"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.
"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.
From Science Friday: "For Oysters, Challenges and Hope in the Changing Ocean". Ira Flatow and Tessa Hill experiment with ocean acidification on stage at the Mondavi Center, UC Davis, California
From EOS: "Augmented Reality Turns a Sandbox into a Geoscience Lesson" - The prototype of the AR Sandbox was developed at the Keck Center for Active Visualization in Earth Science (KeckCAVES) at UC Davis.
From NPR: "Outdated FEMA Flood Maps Don't Account For Climate Change" - with Nicholas Pinter.
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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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In this issue:
- Mike Oskin: #Earthquake Geology in Napa Valley
- Department News
- In Memoriam: Rand Schaal
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is committed to creating a community that respects each person as an individual. We promote diversity, creativity, and rigorous intellectual inquiry for all members of our department and the University community, through excellence in research, teaching, mentoring, and service. Diversity and excellence – in perspectives, scientific approaches, and contributions to society – are the cornerstones of our success as a department.
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Wednesday Seminar: 4 pm Wed in 55 Roessler
January 18, 2017: “The deep continental lithosphere, the rise of continents, and the cambrian explosion” – by Dr. Cin-Ty Lee, Rice University
Friday Brown Bag: noon Fri in 1316 Earth & Phy. Sci.
January 20, 2017: “M.S. Exit Talk: PRILOSEC* for RELIEF** from Acid Reflux in the Karaha-Telaga Bodas Geothermal System, Indonesia. *(Preliminary Research Investigation of Laser Operational Settings for Elemental Composition) **(Rare Earth Ligand Induced Element Fractionation)” – by Carolyn Cantwell, UC Davis
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