Dr. Wendy Jepson (GEOG) presented a paper at the July 3-5 Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers Annual International Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. She addressed household water security in south Texas colonias in the session, "Collaborative responses to problems of water security: theories, practices, and implications for geographical research."
Dr. Piers Chapman (OCNG), Dr. Matt Howard (OCNG) and graduate student Ruth Mullins-Perry (OCNG) attended the Gulf of Mexico Alliance's All Hands Meeting June 19-21. The meeting focused on shared ecological issues of the five Gulf States and how industries could work together effectively to enhance the economic and ecological health of the Gulf.
Dr. Lisa Campbell (OCNG) attended the "Marine Microbes" Gordon Research Seminar and Conference in Italy, June 23-29. She participated as a speaker and discussion leader. Graduate student Darcie Ryan (OCNG) presented a poster at both the seminar and the conference. Dr. Campbell is also attending the Association of the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography conference in Lake Biwa, Japan, in her capacity as secretary, July 8-13.
Dr. Anita Rapp (ATMO) gave an oral presentation, "Understanding precipitation in southeastern Pacific marine low clouds", at the 2012 CALIPSO, CloudSat, EarthCare Joint Workshop: The Role of Clouds and Aerosols in Weather and Climate in Paris, France, June 18-22.
Dr. Wilford Gardner (OCNG) was to the University of Sao Paulo to present a lecture on the use of sediment traps in the recently funded CARBOM project studying the shelf-to-ocean transport of organic matter and the impact on the ecosystem. Several days were spent interacting with scientists, students and technical personnel on the project. There was also a visit to Santos on the coast where they toured USP's newly refurbished 211-foot research vessel Alpha Crucis-the former Moana Wave of Hawaii, a sister ship of TAMU's research vessel Gyre.
Dr. Oliver Frauenfeld (GEOG) and undergraduate student Demi Mixon (GEOL) traveled to Salekhard, Russia, for the Tenth International Conference on Permafrost. Mixon received travel grants from the U.S. Permafrost Association and the International Arctic Research Center to present her poster, "Characteristics of Active-Layer Temperature Profiles Related to Arctic Transportation Management on the North Slope, Alaska." Dr. Frauenfeld gave a talk on "Observational Station-Based Frozen Ground Feedbacks in the Eurasian High Latitudes," which was co-authored by graduate student Liang Chen (GEOG).
Dr. Piers Chapman (OCNG), Dr. Steve DiMarco (OCNG), and Dr. Matt Howard (OCNG), along with graduate students Ruth Mullins-Perry (OCNG), Alyson Lucchese (OCNG), Emma Cochran (OCNG), and Heather Zimmerle (OCNG), went on a hypoxia cruise from June 10-16. Dr. Chapman and Dr. DiMarco left July 4 for a BP-funded cruise along with Dr. Norman Guinasso (OCNG) and graduate students Zimmerle, Laura Spencer (OCNG) and Mengran Du (OCNG). They will be deploying deep current meter moorings and taking a number of hydrographic stations.
GRANTS AND AWARDS ACTIVITIES
Dr. Rick Giardino (GEOL), pending an announcement from NASA, received a 5-year, $10-million grant for educational opportunities for undergraduates and training for public school teachers. Dr. Giardino's work with science education was specially mentioned in the testimony of Dr. Jeffrey R. Seeman, vice president for research, before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Research and Science Education on June 27. Dr. Giardino also received a $48,000 grant from the Texas Water Development Board to develop sediment budget models for the lower half of the Guadalupe River.
Dr. Jose Sericano (GERG) published an article in Comprehensive Sampling and Sample Preparation: Viņas, L., V. Besada, J. L. Sericano, 2012. Sampling of Fish, Benthic Species, and Seabird Eggs in Pollution Assessment. In: Comprehensive Sampling and Sample Preparation, Eds. Pawliszyn, J., Bayona, J. M., Elsevier, Academic Press: Oxford, UK, 349-372.
Dr. Sericano also published an article in Antarctic Science LTD with Dr. Andrew Klein (GEOG), Dr. Terry Wade (GERG), Dr. Stephen Sweet (GERG) and Dr. Mahlon Kennicutt (OCNG): Klein, A.G., S.T. Sweet, T.L. Wade, J.L. Sericano, M.C. Kennicutt II, 2012. Spatial patterns of total petroleum hydrocarbons in the terrestrial environment at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Antarctic Science Ltd 2012: 1-17.
Dr. Wendy Jepson (GEOG) published a scientific paper in the most recent issue of The Annals of the Association of American Geographers, one of the flagship journals for geography. Her paper is "Claiming water, claiming space: contested legal geographies of water in south Texas."
Dr. Sarah Bednarz (GEOG) discussed the importance of improving geography education and her work on the AP Human Geography Development Committee to help schools teach geography earlier and better.
Texas Monthly featured Dr. Nielsen-Gammonin a story on how water could affect the Texas economy moving forward. Finally, Dr. Nielsen-Gammon gave climate recommendations for retiring in Texas to US News and World Report. He recommends Brownsville and Corpus Christi for their mild winters and summer breezes.
Dr. Shari Yvon-Lewis (OCNG) was interviewed by the publication International Innovation for her work investigating oceanic levels of methyl bromide. She expressed her hope that the work would show policymakers that agreements like the Montreal Protocol could make a difference. Yvon-Lewis's graduate students Lei Hu and Yina Liu were also featured in the piece.
The Eagle recognized Texas Sea Grant's celebrating 40 years of researching coastal and marine resources as well as reaching out to the community in emphasizing the importance of the marine environment.
Dr. Mahlon Kennicutt (OCNG) is featured at Hear the Answer, an educational website on the importance of scientific and environmental research. He answers questions on the reasons for studying Antarctica ,how decisions are made about Antarctica , and humans' affect on the Southern Ocean.
Dr. Ken Bowman (ATMO) will collaborate with KBTX-TV's meteorologist Bob French to organize a workshop on the Advances in Meteorology in Texas for television and radio meteorologists in Texas. The workshop, to be held November 3, will focus on areas of collaboration between broadcast meteorologists and climate researchers, advances in weather prediction and methods for communicating weather and climate information to the public.
Dr. Peter Blum (IODP) discussed the work of the JOIDES Resolution from the ship on KBTX-TV with fellow staff scientist Dr. Sandra Turner of UC-San Diego. The JOIDES Resolution is currently in the middle of a cruise that started June 2 and ends August 1. They are drilling in the Newfoundland Paleogene and Cretaceous Sediment Drifts to look at the climate record of those geologic time periods. So far they have found evidence of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, a period noted for its extremely high temperatures, and the Cretaceous-Paleogene Boundary, the catastrophic event 65 million years ago suspected to have killed the dinosaurs. They also have found evidence of the Eocene-Oligocene Boundary, where the climate switched from very warm to very cold. The work of the JOIDES Resolution can be followed on the JOIDES Resolution blog.
Dr. Debbie Thomas (OCNG and GEOL) is on the steering committee for the Building U.S. Strategies for 2013-2023 Scientific Ocean Drilling workshop, which completed and published the final workshop report. The meeting served to prioritize the 14 scientific challenges outlined in the 2013-2023 Science Plan for the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) and to identify new approaches for more efficient planning of scientific ocean drilling expeditions. The workshop results and pre-meeting community input confirmed the U.S. community's strong support for the 2013-2023 Science Plan, international collaboration, and collaborations across research themes. The report is available on the USSSP website.
Dr. Shaima Nasiri (ATMO) and Dr. Don Conlee (ATMO) are leading the Student Operational ADRAD Project, a summer program for Aggies interested in atmospheric sciences. Students help operate ADRAD, analyze household weather stations, prepare daily forecasts and make cloud observations. They also use a variety of resources to collect and archive climate data, including weather balloons, NASA satellite observations and ground-level instruments. The students can be found discussing their adventures on the ATMO SOAP blog.