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Rebecca Fischer awarded American Fellowship by AAUW

Graduate student Rebecca Fischer was awarded the prestigious American Fellowship by the American Association of University Women.  This award, which dates back to 1888, is highly competitive, with only about 70 recipients this year across all areas of scholarship.  The fellowship is intended to support outstanding graduate students during the final year of their dissertation research.  Many alumnae have gone on to distinguished academic careers, including Hanna Holborn Gray, President Emerita of the University of Chicago.

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Graduate Students Awarded NSF Fellowships

DoGS graduate students Nadia Pierrehumbert and Lily Thompson were awarded 2014 NSF graduate research fellowships. These fellowships are extremely competitive, with a success rate of only 14%. Way to go Nadia and Lily!

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2014 Chicago Magazine Green Award to Liz Moyer

DoGS associate professor Liz Moyer, codirector of the University’s Center for Robust Decision Making on Climate and Energy Policy, received a Green Award from Chicago Magazine for her work on the economics of climate change and stratospheric water vapor.

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Rebecca Fischer awarded Plotnick Fellowship

Graduate student Rebecca Fischer is one of two students in the Physical Sciences Division chosen to receive the Plotnick Fellowship for the 2013-14 academic year. This is in recognition of her outstanding achievement in our graduate program. The fellowship is named for Harvey Plotnick, who provided funding for the award and who is a long-time friend of the Division, member of the PSD Visiting Committee, and member of the University of Chicago Board of Trustees. Congratulations Rebecca!

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Professor LaBarbera highlighted in the University of Chicago Magazine

Professor LaBarbera, who has a joint appointment with DoGS, was highlighted in an article in the University of Chicago magazine.

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Maureen Coleman and Dan Fabrycky awarded Sloan fellowships

Maureen Coleman and Dan Fabrycky have been selected for 2014 Sloan Research Fellowships in recognition of their exceptional achievements and potential. Maureen is a DoGS assistant professor and will receive an Ocean Sciences fellowship. Dan is an assistant professor in astronomy who is part of the planetary group, and will receive a Physics fellowship.

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Hannah Diamond-Lowe wins best poster!

DoGS undergraduate Hannah Diamond-Lowe won the best poster award for her poster, "A New Look at the Thermal Inversion of HD209458b" at the Exoclimes III conference in Davos, Switzerland. Her prize-winning poster can be viewed on the fourth floor opposite room 451. Awesome work Hannah!

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DoGS alumnus wins Mineralogical Society of America Award

Former DoGS postdoc (2006-2007), Fang-Zhen Teng, won the Mineralogical Society of America Award. Fang-Zhen Teng is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington.

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DoGS alumna wins 2014 Houtermans award

Former DoGS graduate student, Liping Qin, PhD 2007, was awarded the 2014 Houtermans award from the European Association of Geochemistry. Liping Qin is now a professor at School of Earth and Space Sciences, the University of Science and Technology of China. Click here to read an interview with Liping in Nature.

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Ray Pierrehumbert awarded prestigious King Carl XVI Gustav Professorship in Environmental Science by the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences

This is considered Sweden's highest award in environmental science.  Ray plans to spend the 2014-15 academic year at Stockholm University.  Read more here (i Svenska). Also, see coverage in UChicago News.

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Super-Earth's Need Not be Waterworlds

A paper co-authored by Northwestern University postdoc Nick Cowan and Assistant Professor Dorian Abbot suggesting that super-Earth exoplanets will not always be waterworlds was covered in a recent issue of The Economist. Previous research had suggested that super-Earths should have smaller topography and deeper oceans than Earth, and should therefore tend to have no exposed land.

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Popular Science: Early Earth should have been a snowball, but wasn't

Post doctoral scholar Robin Wordsworth and Professor Raymond Pierrehumbert find that nitrogen and hydrogen may have been greenhouse gases that warmed earth to a habitable level.

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Exploding star missing from formation of solar system

A new study published by University of Chicago researchers Haolan Tang and Nicolas Dauphas challenges the notion that the force of an exploding star prompted formation of the solar system. Read the article.

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GeoSci grad student featured in Inquiry

Geophysical Sciences graduate student Rebecca Fischer is featured in the Fall/Winter 2012 issue of Inquiry, the Physical Sciences Division newsletter. Read the article.

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Titanium paternity test fingers Earth as moon's sole parent

A new chemical analysis of lunar material collected by Apollo astronauts in the 1970s conflicts with the widely held theory that a giant collision between Earth and a Mars-sized object gave birth to the moon 4.5 billion years ago.

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