Dr. Shari Yvon-Lewis (OCNG) and graduate students Lei Hu and Yina Liu presented three papers describing their recent results at the May 15-17 Global Monitoring Annual Conference in Boulder.
GRANTS AND AWARDS ACTIVITIES
Recents grants awarded through April 2012 are posted on the GeoResearch website.
Dr. Piers Chapman (OCNG) attended a meeting of the BP Gulf of Mexico research groups on May 9 to discuss outreach to the New Orleans community. The research groups will be working with Texas Sea Grant in their outreach activities. Cruises related to the research award will start at the end of June.
SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION
Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Dr. Christopher C. Mathewson(G&G) of College Station to the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists. The board licenses and regulates the public practice of geoscience.
Mathewson is a Regents professor emeritus and a senior professor of geology at Texas A&M University. He is a licensed professional engineer in Texas and Arizona, and a licensed professional geologist in Texas and Oregon. He joins a nine-member board, and his term is until Feb. 1, 2017.
Dr. Robert Duce (ATMO) chaired the Committee of Visitors for the research programs of the Division of Ocean Sciences at the National Science Foundation June 4 and 5.
Dr. Lisa Campbell (OCNG) was re-elected to the ASLO (Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography) Board of Directors as secretary for a three-year term (July 2012-June 2015).
Oceanography doctoral student Yang Feng and Drs. Steven DiMarco and George Jackson (OCNG) have a paper in press in Geophysical Research Letters, "Relative role of wind forcing and riverine nutrient input."
Dr. Norman Guinasso (OCNG) discussed his work studying oil and gas seeps near BP's Macando Well in the Gulf of Mexico in an article published in The Louisiana Weekly on May 14. It was also posted on The Huffington Post.
Dr. Steve Quiring (GEOG) and graduate students Chris Labosier and Laiyin Zhu published an op-ed piece in The Houston Chronicle arguing that budget cuts are threatening vital research on Texas hurricanes.
Dr. Will Sager (OCNG) lent his astronomy expertise to The Eagle to discuss the eclipse of the Sun by Venus on June 5. He discusses his interest in astronomy and the best way to view the eclipse as it happens.
Dr. John Kessler (OCNG) was cited in the British edition of Wired magazine for his work on the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Dr. Andrew Dessler (ATMO) was quoted in The New York Times on the question of clouds and their potential affect on global warming, the last bastion against accepting climate change for skeptics in the scientific community. He was also cited for his work on the positive feedback cycle in climate change caused by water vapor in a ScienceDaily article marking the tenth anniversary of the launching of NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) satellite. Dr. Dessler is also participating in the Google.org climate communications initiative, a project that seeks the most effective way to communicate climate science news.
Dr. Mark Lemmon (ATMO) discussed with several news outlets the August landing on Mars of the rover Curiosity which will study climate change on the red planet as well as whether Mars ever had conditions favorable to life.
Dr. Robert Korty (ATMO) discussed the potential shift in wildfires from Texas to the Western United States with Reuters in an article on MSNBC.com. He also discussed the potential of volcanoes to diminish hurricanes for a Nashville news outlet.
Master's degree student Victor Garcia of the Water Degree Program will intern in Washington, D.C. this summer for the Green Strategy Committee of the Peace Corps as part of Texas A&M's Public Policy Internship Program.
Harold E. Johnson III (G&G) and Stephanie Grotte (GEOG) each received a George Bush Presidential Library Foundation Grant. Johnson will use his grant to collect samples in the Ouachita orogen in Arkansas.
Grotte is now in Belize as part of her travel grant, studying the abundance, micro-habitat and diet of lionfish around the Turneffe Atoll.
The award supports students' travel to conferences, research projects or internships, either in the United States or abroad. The College of Geosciences makes the selection based on academic record to help young scholars advance their research.