News and Outreach Events 2018

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Career Roundtable

Five scientists representing various career paths that EAS students might be considering took part in the Career Roundtable. The event was held on Tuesday, November 27, from 5-7 PM in the Patton Room, Geology Building S201. There were include some formal presentations by our panelists, time for Q&A with the panel, followed by an informal pizza reception with our guests, allowing time for informal conversation.

EAS Research Scientist Arndt Schimmelmann Receives Fulbright

Arndt Schimmelmann, a Research Scientist in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, has received a Fulbright grant from the Core Fulbright US Scholar Program.

"My research project aims to develop food standards to aid in the forensic detection of the origin and quality of food items that are sometimes adulterated, for example honey and olive oil. Food standards will be developed and globally distributed by Indiana University, collaborating institutions, and the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria. Pairs of standards will derive from contrasting regions, for example honeys from tropical Vietnam and from subarctic Canada.

The attached picture shows me in a hotel room in Hanoi (Vietnam) a few days ago. In front of me are bottles with tropical jungle honey, vegetable oils, and a bag of rice from the Mekong Delta. I was preparing the U.S. Customs declarations."


EAS held its spring registration EARTH WEEK Meet and Greet on October 16th in front of the 10th Street entrance. It was a great success meeting new students, handing out course information, swag and candy, participating in demos, and Kaj Johnson’s bean-bag challenge as well as the "Name the Triceratops." Look for more information about the fall registration Meet and Greet on IU Day in April 2019.

It’s that time again! The 2018 Science Fest is in the works.

The event will take place Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. This is an important outreach event for our department, a big event in the community, and is always a blast for those of us that participate. For Science Fest to run smoothly, we need as many volunteers as we can get!

An information meeting will be held Tuesday, October 9th in room GY416 at 5:30pm. This meeting should not take long. Please take the time to click the following link and fill out the information regarding your interest in volunteering.

Here are the details:
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Admission: FREE

Department events will be located at the Owen Hall Pavilion and inside the Student Building. Events sponsored by our department will include:

  1. Drive the Mars rover
  2. Make your own earthquake
  3. See a tornado
  4. Watch a volcanic eruption

For more information about the IU Science Fest:

EAS Professor Paul Staten on the Weather Channel
SAVE THE DATE! Fall Recruiting in EAS

Chevron Oil Corportaion will be recruiting on October 9th and 10th in the Department. There will be an information session on the evening of October 9th, with interviews on October 10th. Go here to sign up for an interview or apply for a position.

Career Opportunity: Assistant/Associate Professor in Regional Climate Modeling

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Indiana University (IU) Bloomington invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate level in regional climate modeling to begin in Fall 2019. Applicants with strengths in a broad range of earth system modeling, climate dynamics, or land-atmospheric coupled models are encouraged to apply. Find out more


It’s that time again! The 2018 Science Fest is in the works. Here are the details:
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Admission: FREE

Department events will be located at the Owen Hall Pavilion and inside the Student Building. Events sponsored by our department will include:

  1. Drive the Mars rover
  2. Make your own earthquake
  3. See a tornado
  4. Watch a volcanic eruption

For more information about the IU Science Fest:

IU researchers develop model for predicting landslides caused by earthquakes

From AAAS: The 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan, China, killed tens of thousands of people and left millions homeless. About 20,000 deaths nearly 30 percent of the total, resulted not from the ground shaking itself but from the landslides that it triggered.

A model developed by researchers at Indiana University can help experts address such risks by estimating the likelihood of landslides that will be caused by earthquakes anywhere in the world. The estimates can be available within minutes, providing potentially life-saving information to people who are affected by earthquakes and the agencies and organizations charged with responding to them.

"Earthquakes can be devastating, horrific and stressful events," said Anna Nowicki Jessee, a postdoctoral research fellow in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences who developed the model. Read more from the AAAS EurekAlert site.

EAS Mourns the Passing of Colleague Dr. Larry Onesti

From the Bloomington Herald Times: In 1976, Larry Onesti joined the Indiana University Bloomington faculty, where he forged a distinguished career as a teacher and researcher, first as an Associate Professor of Geography and then as Professor of Geological Sciences in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (formerly Geology). Later in his IU career, he moved to the School of Continuing Studies, where he served as Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Principal of Indiana University High School. His IU career spanned 23 years.

More information and his obituary

The 2018 Science Fest Details

It's that time again! The 2018 Science Fest is in the works. Here are the details:

  1. Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
  2. Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  3. Admission: FREE

Department events will be located at the Owen Hall Pavilion and inside the Student Building. Events sponsored by our department will include:

  1. Drive the Mars rover
  2. Make your own earthquake
  3. See a tornado
  4. Watch a volcanic eruption

For more information about the IU Science Fest:

2018 Summer Science Institute

Indiana teachers get a hands-on look at environmental change at IU Summer Science Institute

Fron News at IU Bloomington: Science teachers from across Indiana recently traveled to the Indiana University Bloomington campus to attend a workshop on environmental change and its impact on communities. The event was a collaboration between WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology and the Environmental Resilience Institute at IU, a part of IU’s Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge. Read more about this institute.

X188 Volcanoes of the Eastern Sierra Nevadas
X188/190 Volcanoes of the Eastern Sierra Nevadas

One of the students, Ellen Bergen, from the summer 2018 course made a video of her experience and set it to music. Take a look here: Video from 2018 X188 Volcanoes of the Eastern Sierra Nevadas









diplomacy lab
Students from Environmental and Energy Diplomacy Course Featured in IU News Article

From the IU Newsroom: Students advise U.S. Embassy in Malaysia on renewable energy. Students in an IU Bloomington class on finding ways to help Malaysia expand its use of renewable energy thought they might get a chance to present their findings to the U.S. ambassador to Malaysia. It turned out they got more than that.

The ambassador, Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir, invited embassy staff and high-level Malaysian government officials and business leaders for an end-of-semester video conference in which the students presented their work. The group in Malaysia then launched into detailed discussion of the findings and ideas.

The course, "Environmental and Energy Diplomacy," led by IU Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Michael Hamburger, was part of the Diplomacy Lab project, in which the U.S. State Department collaborates with research universities to "course-source" projects related to foreign policy. Read more about the symposium.

Atmospheric Sciences Student Internships for Summer 2018

Students in the EAS Atmospheric Sciences programs are pursuing a variety of internships over the summer. These include:

  1. Zoe Mintz: KARE 11 in Minneapolis. Broadcasting for the Minnesota State Fair towards the end of August and beginning of September.
  2. John Hyndman: doing risk analysis for Weather Analytics
  3. Allie Downs: Climate Prediction research at College Park
  4. Sarah McCorkle: National Weather Center REU
  5. Seth Emerick: late stage negotiation to do forecasting work with Crane.
April 18 2018 Diplomacy Lab Symposium

Eight EAS students, who are taking part in the "Environmental & Energy Diplomacy" class that Michael Hamburger is teaching this spring, attended a Diplomacy Lab Symposium on April 18th on the Bloomington campus. Among the guests was the former Science Advisory to the Secretary of State, Dr. Vaughan Turekian.


IU Day
IU Day EAS Meet & Greet

EAS was a hosting station for the IU Day Scavenger Hunt right here in our lobby. We served 50-60 students who stopped by to play the game, get swag and/or stamps, and learn about the diverse research in our department.

Outside on the lawn, EAS faculty and students were on hand to greet everyone who came to inquire about our course offerings, get some Earth-themed swag, and watch or participate in the 2nd competitive bean bag toss competition. Doug Edmonds, Brian Yanites, and students demonstrated a stream table and a couple of drones used in the study of geomorphology and sedimentary systems. Ed Herrmann demonstrated flint-knapping to make stone tools. And personnel from the Indiana Geological Water Survey showed off some impressive fossils to interested participants.

EAS was also an IU Day Scavenger Hunt station.

Important information about Course Name Changes

As our course titles are in transition from the GEOL department to the EAS department, our courses for Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 are listed under either EAS or GEOL on the Course Brower, depending upon which courses have gone through the course change approvals. Please check both places in order to enroll in Summer and Fall classes. The courses are listed here for your convenience.

Recent EAS Graduate Kevin Webster Collaborated on Methane Study

From the publication EOS: Some Caves Remove Methane from the Atmosphere, New Tests Reveal.

Isotopic signatures pinpoint the sinks and surprising sources of methane in widespread karst caves. Researchers suggest that this type of cave globally removes more methane than it produces. Read about this discovery here.

2018 Crossroads Conference

The Crossroads Planning Committee is excited to announce important information regarding this year’s conference!

Crossroads 2018 will be held March 23-24 (Friday-Saturday). This is a great opportunity for students to practice presentation skills through poster or oral presentations, share their research with peers, and receive meaningful feedback from career professional judges.

Friday March 23: Keynote Speakers,Student Oral and Poster Presentations, and Career Fair.
Saturday March 24: Awards Ceremony, Networking Social, and Panel Discussion with Industry Leaders

  • Prizes for best oral and poster presentations
  • Interact with industry leaders
  • Participate in company panel discussions
  • Keynote speakers from various fields

Judges are coming from a range of backgrounds, including oil and gas, environmental consulting, government organizations (including the Indiana Geological Survey, USGS, and the National Weather Service), and weather/atmospheric companies.

In addition to interacting with these professionals through presentation feedback, we are organizing two extra events:

  • 1) A career panel (Saturday morning) where you can ask a panel of career professionals your burning career path questions!
  • 2) A short career fair (Friday morning), where companies will set up tables where you can talk to professionals one on one and discuss their career and potential jobs at their company or in their specialty in general. This would be a good chance to polish your resumes and business cards, and get a better idea of what you can do with your degree!

We encourage all undergraduate and graduate students doing research to participate as presenters, and prizes will be awarded for best oral and poster presentations in PhD, Masters, and Bachelors degree categories.

Even if you don’t have something to present, we encourage everyone to come see what your peers are researching and to learn about the many career paths available to earth and atmospheric scientists!

Presentation Abstracts are due March 10, and updates on the conference can be found at our website:

Chen Zhu
EAS Professor Chen Zhu Honored in AAAS Fellows Reception at IUB

A reception for new AAAS fellows was hosted by IU President Michael A. McRobbie on January 25th, 2018 in IU’s elegant Frangipani room. Amongst the catered delectables, friends and colleagues assembled to show their respect and admiration of L. Jean Camp, Matthew Hahn, Andrew Wiley, Chen Zhu, and Adam Zlotnick who were all newly awarded AAAS fellows.

Dr. Lisa Pratt Is Appointed NASA Planetary Protection Officer

From Frank Groen, Director of NASA Safety and Assurance Requirements Division: "Lisa most recently served as the Provost Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Associate Executive Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University Bloomington. Her research has focused on understanding life’s adaptations to extreme environments on Earth and on working with engineers to solve robotic challenges associated with the search for evidence of past or present life on Mars and the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn. Lisa’s biogeochemical research on microbial transformation of simple inorganic molecules has been funded for two decades by NASA and the National Science Foundation. She is a specialist on detection of metabolic pathways utilized by complex microbial communities in sulfide- and methane-based ecosystems.

From 2003 to 2008, she was director of a NASA Astrobiology Institute Team that investigated biosustaining energy and nutrient cycles in the deep subsurface of Earth and Mars. From 2011 to 2016, she co-directed field campaigns on the western margin of the Greenland ice sheet with Jeff White (School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU Bloomington), recovering microbial biomass and methane under ice-free and ice-covered conditions in small lakes and then transporting samples back to Indiana where advanced stable-isotopic and genomic analytical methods were used for characterization. Pratt served as chair of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group from 2013 to 2016, and she is currently a member of the Return Sample Science Board for the Mars 2020 Rover mission, which aims to drill and cache strategically collected samples on Mars with the long-term goal of transporting samples back to Earth for investigation by scientists from around the world.

As a faculty member, she has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal papers, largely in co-authorship with 12 postdoctoral fellows, 20 PhD students, and 14 MS students for whom she was the primary advisor over a period of 30 years at Indiana University. She has been a distinguished lecturer for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, a visiting scholar for Phi Beta Kappa, and a recipient of multiple teaching awards.

Lisa has served twice as a member of the NASA Planetary Science Subcommittee, and she has served many times as a chair or member of competitive proposal reviews for NASA and the National Science Foundation. She holds a PhD in geology from Princeton University, an MS in geology from the University of North Carolina, and an MS in botany from the University of Illinois.

As NASA’s PPO, Lisa will be responsible for the leadership of NASA’s planetary protection capability, maintenance of planetary protection policies and oversight of their implementation by NASA’s space flight missions. She supports the Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Technical Authority and serves as a principal advisory resource for the Chief, SMA and other senior officials. She will be the Agency’s focal point for interactions with external organizations such as COSPAR and the National Academies on matters related to planetary protection. Her office will be located at NASA Headquarters." Deb Gaylan in the College of Arts + Sciences Office of Communications is the contact person for inquiries. | Read more, including an interview with Dr. Pratt in the IU Newsroom.

Grand Staircase, Home to Countless Dinosaur Fossils, Could Be Destroyed by Mining

(Op-Ed) By P. David Polly, President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology | November 30, 2017

Quoting Live Science Magazine, "President Donald Trump is expected to make a big announcement in Utah this Monday (Dec. 4), where he will detail the government’s plan to shrink two of the state's national monuments: Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears, according to news sources." Read more about Grand Staircase Escalante and Bears Ears

Update to the SVP Lawsuit: In December 2017, the White House announced that it would reduce the boundaries of both monuments, thus removing literally hundreds of scientifically important paleo localities from the protection and the funding associated with monument status. The Society, along with partner organizations, has filed lawsuits to reverse this decision because of its impact on science. Read more about this lawsuit.