From KQED Radio: "Over 100,000 Evacuated From Oroville Dam Emergency" - Professor emeritus Jeffrey Mount is one of the featured guests. They discuss the state of the dam, the ongoing impacts on surrounding communities and the condition of the California's water infrastructure. From PBS NewsHour: "Precarious Oroville Dam highlights challenges of California water management"
"KeckCAVES Virtual Reality Software Now for Gaming Headsets" - from UC Davis News. Virtual reality software used by scientists at the University of California, Davis, to study everything from earthquakes to molecular biology in a 3-D "caveâ can now run on some off-the-shelf gaming VR headsets.
"Trump's Pledge to 'Open Up the Water' for Valley Farms: Easier Said Than Done" - from KQED Science. Jeff Mount, senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California and Professor Emeritus, discusses California's water issues.
"Smudged volcanic crystals offer clues to past eruptions" - from Science Online. Article includes discussion about Kari Cooper's work using diffusion clocks to understand volcanic processes.
2/1/2017 update - "Drilling into heart of Iceland volcano complete"
"Deep in the Heart of Iceland, There's a New Way to Tap the Earth's Energy" from Smithsonian Online. Robert Zierenberg is a principal investigator on the Iceland Deep Drilling Project.
"New Theory Explains How the Moon Got There" - from UC Davis News. Sarah Stewart is senior author on the paper. Read the Nature paper: "Tidal evolution of the Moon from a high-obliquity, high-angular-momentum Earth". From the NY Times: "If a 'Big Whack' Made the Moon, Did it Also Knock the Earth on Its Side?"
"Atom-by-Atom Growth Chart For Shells Helps Decode Past Climate" - from the Egghead blog. "We've gotten the first glimpse of the biological event horizon," said Howard Spero, a study co-author and UC Davis geochemistry professor.
"What the Ancient CO2 Record May Mean for Future Climate Change" from UC Davis News. "Climate change not only impacts plants but that plants' responses to climate can in turn impact climate change itself, making for amplified and in many cases unpredictable outcomes," said lead author Isabel Montanez.
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- Geerat Vermeij has been awarded the Addison Emery Verrill Medal by the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. The medal honors singular individuals who have contributed to our understanding of natural history and natural sciences. From the Peabody Museum press release: "Vermeij...has transformed the field of evolutionary biology and advanced the field of paleo-biology by addressing the profound influences organisms have on each other's evolutionary histories."
- Sandy Carlson is the recipient of the 2016 Encourage Award by the Association for Women Geoscientists. From AWG, "Your leadership initiative has helped to not only continue to foster the relationship between AWG and the Paleo Society, but to bring a whole new level of recognition to our awards for young women pursuing careers in paleontology. This is the definition of encouraging women in the geosciences!"
- Isabel Montañez has been elected vice president (and president-elect) of the Geological Society of America beginning July 1, 2016.
- Dawn Sumner has received the 2016 Distinguished Career Award from the Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division of the Geological Society of America. This award is bestowed in recognition of Dawn's continually high level of geobiological research and mentorship of exceptional student research. Notably, the distinguished career award is only presented to those who have significantly shaped the field of Geobiology and have demonstrated exceptional geobiological research and teaching.
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Professor and Chair Louise Kellogg
Dear Friends of Earth and Planetary Sciences,
As we begin the new year, the rainstorms are moving through the region, reminding us of Will Durant’s observation that "Civilization exists by geologic consent, subject to change without notice".
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Precarious Oroville Dam highlights challenges of California water management
From PBS NewsHour: At Northern California’s Lake Oroville, water levels receded Monday, stopping the overflow of water from the dam’s emergency spillway. This reduced the risk of immediate uncontrolled flooding -- but longer-term concerns remain. William Brangham speaks with Jeffrey Mount of the Public Policy Institute of California about the massive evacuation that took place and the outlook for the dam's future.