AWARDS AND HONORS
Texas A&M Agrilife Awards go to Texas Sea Grant employees
The Texas Sea Grant Extension Team to Establish and Implement Trade Adjustment Assistance for Gulf and South Atlantic Shrimp Fisherman received the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Superior Service Award. Team members are:
Terrie Looney, CEA-Coastal and Marine Resources (CMR), Chambers and Jefferson Counties
Julie Massie, CEA-CMR, Galveston County
John O'Connell, CEA-CMR, Matagorda County
Rhonday Cummins, CEA-CMR, Calhoun County
Ginger Easton Smith, CEA-ANR, Aransas County
Edward Reisinger, CEA-CMR; Cameron County
Micheal Haby, Professor and Extension Seafood Economist
Gary Graham, Senior Research Associate, Sea Grant Extension
Russell Miget, Senior Research Associate, Sea Grant Extension
Extension Superior Service Award
Dr. John Jacob, agriculture and life sciences faculty, has been selected to receive the annual Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Superior Service Award.
Dr. Jacob is one of 16 individuals on six teams and one unit chosen from the nominations submitted. He will be recognized on Tuesday, Jan. 8, during the general session of the Texas A&M AgriLife Conference in College Station. The presentation at 3:30 p.m. will be followed by a reception in Dr. Jacob's honor.
|JOIDES Resolution going through the Panama Canal. IODP Expedition 344: Costa Rica Seismogenesis Project began Oct. 23 in Balboa, Panama, and is scheduled to end Dec. 11 in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. For the daily and weekly Science Reports, see the website. |
Benjamin Giese (OCNG) and Hank Seidel (OCNG), research scientist, were awarded 2.4 million hours of computer time on NSF's new supercomputer Yellowstone to study climate change from 1845 to the present using an ocean reanalysis system. Located in Wyoming, Yellowstone is a 1.5 petaflop machine, one of the 10 fastest computers in the world.
Dr. Matt Howard (OCNG) and Ph.D. candidate, Ruth Mullins-Perry, presented three papers at the MTS/IEEE OCEANS 2012 meeting at Hampton Roads, Virginia. An expert in cyberinfrastructure and data management, Dr. Howard presented "U.S. IOOS Program Office Quality Assurance of Real-time Ocean Data Project," and "Integrating Observing Systems to Benefit Stakeholders: A Case Study in the Gulf of Mexico" on behalf of Dr. Ann Jochens (OCNG), who directs the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association. Both talks were part of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing session.
Mullins-Perry also presented "From Rivers to the Coastal Ocean: A Model for Integrating Observing Systems on the West Florida Shelf" in the session on Integrated Ocean Observing Science and Technology Applications. All three talks were well-received by the MTS/IEEE OCEANS audience. Texas A&M is a leader in the Gulf of Mexico for ocean observing systems that benefit decision-making by the public, educators, resource managers, academics, and business. Inquiries on GCOOS and IOOS should be directed to Dr. Jochens.
Dr. Ethan Grossman (GEPL) presented an invited lecture at the Paleontological Society Short Course at the National Geological Society of America meeting, "Reconstructing Earth's Deep-Time Climate - The State of the Art in 2012," and another invited presentation, "The Oxygen Isotope Record of Earth History."
At the GSA Meeting, Dr. Grossman and his students presented the following:
Grossman, E.L. The oxygen isotopic record of Earth history. Geol. Soc. America Abstracts with Programs, v. 44.
Robbins, J.A.,* Tao, K.,** Grossman, E. L., and O'Dea, A., 2012. Exploring the delayed overturn in Caribbean fauna using gastropod stable-isotope profiles to quantify seasonal upwelling and freshening of coastal waters. Geol. Soc. America Abstracts with Programs, v. 44.
Tao, K.,** Robbins, J.A.,** Grossman, E.L., and O'Dea, A., 2012. Quantifying upwelling and freshening in nearshore tropical environments using stable isotopes in modern Tropical American gastropods. Geol. Soc. America Abstracts with Programs, v. 44.
Woodard*, S.C., Thomas, D.J., Grossman, E.L., Olszewski, T.D., Yancey, T.E., Raymond, A., and Miller, B.V., 2012. Nd isotopes reflect eustatic and climatic change during Late Paleozoic Ice Age: a record from the Bird Spring platform, western U.S. Geol. Soc. America Abstracts with Programs, v. 44.
At GSA, the following presentations were given by new GEPL graduate students based on projects at their undergraduate institutions:
Fresh water Mussel Shells (Chambardia Wissmanni) as Archives of Past African River Biogeochemistry, Lauren Graniero, et al.
Tracking Whole Rock Geochemical Changes Driven by Diagentic Recrystallization of Carbonates: An Analysis of the Ordovican Chickamauga Limestone (North-Central Alabama), Andrew P. Roark, et al.
Dr. Matthew Schmidt (OCNG) presented "Current Research in Earth, Impact of Abrupt Deglacial Climate Change on Tropical Atlantic Subsurface Temperatures," Nov. 1, at Rice University. Schmidt discussed his findings that both instrumental data analyses and coupled ocean-atmosphere models indicate that Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) variability is tightly linked to abrupt tropical North Atlantic (TNA) climate change through both atmospheric and oceanic processes.
Dr. Thomas Yancey (GEPL) and Jennifer Hendricks (GEPL), graduate student, attended the annual meeting of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies in Austin, Oct. 19-22 and presented talks and poster sessions:
Hart, M. B., Yancey, T. E., Leighton, A. D., Miller, B., Liu, C., Smart, C. W. and Twitchett, R. J., 2012, The Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary on the Brazos River, Texas: New stratigraphic sections and revised interpretations; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, GCAGS Journal, v. 1, p. 69-80.
Yancey, T. E., Dunham, A. and Durney, K., 2012, Paleocene-Eocene marine transgression in the Upper Calvert Bluff Formation, Wilcox Group, Bastrop County, Texas; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, Transactions, v. 62, p. 491-502.
Hendricks, J. K., Yancey, T. E., Flis, J. E., Flis, C. J. and Grossman, E. L., 2012, Formation of barrel concretions around methane seepage pathways in Upper Middle Eocene shelf sediments, Stone City Bluff, Texas; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, Transactions, v. 62, p. 179-188.
McBride, E. F., Folk, R. L. and Yancey, T. E., 2012, Silica-cemented sandstones (groundwater calcretes) in outcrops of the Jackson Group, Texas coastal plain; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, Transactions, v. 62, p. 273-285.
Folk, R. L., McBride, E. F. and Yancey, T. E., 2012, Proposed microbial origin of kaolinite in Simsboro Sandstone (Upper Paleocene), Limestone County, Texas; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, Transactions, v. 62, p. 117-129.
Dr. Thomas Bianchi (OCNG) has been named Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier. This is a multidisciplinary journal devoted to the analysis of saline water phenomena ranging from the outer edge of the continental shelf to the upper limits.
Dr. Bruce Herbert (GEPL) has been appointed associate editor of the
Journal of Geoscience Education. The journal is the premier peer-reviewed publication for geoscience education research and curriculum and instruction at the undergraduate and pre-college levels. JGE is the publication of record for the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), and serves as the only international forum for research concerning the pedagogy, assessment, and philosophy of teaching and learning about the geosciences.
Dr. Wilford Gardner (OCNG) attended a two-day University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) Council meeting and the annual UNOLS member meeting at NSF in Arlington, Virginia, Oct. 23-24, to consider issues regarding the U.S. academic rese
arch vessel fleet. NSF will retire Cape Hatteras next year. Point Sur is going to work at Palmer Station for the "summer" season and will be retired if there is insufficient funded work when they return. Progress is being made on the construction of three new ships and a submersible Alvin. Dr. Gardner was re-elected for another 3-year term on the UNOLS Council.
Dr. Alejandro Orsi (OCNG) gave an invited talk and contributed to working groups during the first Seeing Below the Ice Workshop held in Hobart, Australia. A key objective of the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) International Project Office is to develop a strategy for a sustained network of observations in the Antarctic sea-ice zone.
Dr. Sonia Garcia, Director of Recruitment, attended the Biennial Association of American Geographer's meeting, Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oct. 24-26. Partners for this conference included Texas State University, Binghamton University in New York, University of Miami, Cameron University, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), and University of Puerto Rico, with more than 700 in attendance. Dr. Garcia was able to introduce the Geosciences program to undergraduates from the University of Puerto Rico. She said that there was much interest in GIS, geomorphology, geoinformatics, oceanography, and the REU opportunities through Dr. Chris Houser.
Dr. Bruce Herbert recently collaborated with his two Ph.D. students Omar Harvey (WMHS) and Li-Jung Kuo(GEPL) in the following publications:
Harvey, O.R., B.E. Herbert, L.-J. Kuo, and P. Louchouarn, "Generalized Two-Dimensional Perturbation Correlation Infrared Spectroscopy (2D-PCIS) reveals Mechanisms for the Development of Surface Charge and Recalcitrance in Plant-derived Biochars." Environ. Sci. & Technol. 10.1021/es302971d.
Harvey, O.R., L.-J. Kuo, A. Zimmerman, P. Louchouarn, J. Amonette, and B.E. Herbert . "An index-based approach to assessing recalcitrance and soil carbon sequestration potential of engineered black carbons (Biochars)."Environ. Sci. & Technol. 46(3): 1415-1421.
Dr. Herbert also has three chapters in the new book, Strengthening Science Education Leadership: An Information Technology-based Learning Ecology Model, J.F. Schielack and S.L. Knight (eds.), Teacher College Press, New York, N.Y., 2012.
Herbert, B.E., S. Pedersen and .F. Schielack, 2012. "Creating synergy through a focus on technology-based inquiry," pp. 35-38.
Wu, X.B., L. Griffing, B. Herbert, G. Acheson, and S.L. Knight. 2012. "Bridging current science and classrooms: The science learning community perspective," pp. 95-106.
Nickles, G.L., and B.E. Herbert. "Connectivity in the IT-based learning ecology: A system perspective. pp. 83-94.
Former dean and Distinguished Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert Duce (OCNG/
ATMO) published "Atmospheric Transport and Deposition of Mineral Dust to the Ocean: Implications for Research Needs," was published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, Volume 46, pps. 10390 to 10404. The article is a result of a UN workshop session that Dr. Duce chaired in Malta in 2011.
Sosdian*, S., Lear, C., Tao*, K., Grossman, E.L., O'Dea, A., Rosenthal, Y., 2012. Cenozoic Seawater Sr/Ca evolution: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G3) v. 13, Q10014, doi:10.1029/2012GC004240.
E.L. Grossman, 2012. Applying Oxygen Isotope Paleothermometry in Deep Time. In L. C. Ivany and B. T. Huber (eds.), Reconstructing Earth's Deep-Time Climate - The State of the Art in 2012. Paleontological Society Papers. Paleontological Society, p. 39-67.
The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 342 Preliminary Report, Paleogene Newfoundland Sediment Drifts, was published Oct. 29,
IODP Expedition 344 scientific party walked for a cure against breast cancer on JOIDES Resolution helipad.
TAMU experts have a word or two about Hurricane Sandy
Dr. Steven Quiring (GEOG) and Seth Guikema, a former Texas A&M engineering professor now with Johns Hopkins University, were cited by various media sources, including NBC, CNN, USA Today and Discovery Channel, for their computer model used to estimate how many people on the East Coast would lose power.
Drs. John Nielsen-Gammon (ATMO) and Dr. Robert Korty (ATMO) were interviewed by KBTX local news regarding their predictions of the extent and damage done by Hurricane Sandy. Meteorology students in the Wall of Weather Room also commented on the storm for the broadcast. Click to view the interview with KBTX.
Or, to view the the full story on the TAMU experts and their predictions about Hurricane Sandy click here.
Also, Dr. Chris Houser (GEOG) was interviewed about Hurricane Sandy's post-tropical cyclone tracking by Scientific American Oct. 1. The full interview and story can be seen here.
On Oct. 17, Janet Torres, Krittika Govil and Alan Lewis, (WMHS) and Jaime Ricci (GEPL) and Adam Lee (GEPL) led several demonstrations for educational outreach to sixth graders from the Kor Education School in College Station. Dr. Sonia Garcia thanks Dr. Sam Feagley (Agriculture), Dr. Thomas Yancy (GEPL), Dr. Rick Giardino (GEPL) and Dr. Eric Riggs (GEPL) for lending materials and a lab room for the students to work with. Dr. Garcia said the parents where very satisfied with the learning activities and have contacted the Dean's Office about planning future field trips to learn more about other Earth systems.