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Chamberlin postdoc Sora Kim studies shark teeth

A study published in Geology by Chamberlin postdoctoral scholar Sora Kim analyzed the isotopic composition of shark teeth to reveal increased freshwater runoff to the Arctic Ocean during the Eocene greenhouse (38 - 50 million years ago). A article in UChicagoNews on the work can be found here.

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Professor Pierrehumbert featured in NYTimes

Professor Pierrehumbert was featured in an article in the New York Times about the tradeoffs between limiting methane and carbon dioxide emissions as part of the strategy for limiting climate change.

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Fred Ciesla Elected Fellow of the Meteoritical Society

DoGS Associate Professor Fred Ciesla was elected as a Fellow of The Meteoritical Society in recognition of his contributions to the study of meteoritics.  This is a rare honor only given to 1% of members every two years. Ciesla's research focuses on using meteorites to understand the physical processes that control the formation and evolution of planetary systems.

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Abbot featured in PSD Inquiry magazine

DoGS Assistant Professor Dorian Abbot was featured in the Spring/Summer edition of the Physical Sciences Division magazine Inquiry. The article can be found on page 6 of this pdf.

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PNAS paper shows dynamical downscaling not worth it

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by graduate student Michael Glotter and Associate Professor Liz Moyer suggests little benefit to expensive dynamical downscaling methods to bridge the gap between climate model resolution and the finer-spatial-scale projections needed for agricultural assessments.

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Graham Slater accepts assistant professorship

Graham Slater will join Tiffany Shaw, Malte Jansen, and Edwin Kite as new members of the faculty next year. Graham is a macroevolutionary biologist who uses sophisticated statistical techniques to combine information obtained from genetic dating and the fossil record to make inferences about evolutionary radiation.

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Professor Tiffany Shaw to Join Department

Professor Tiffany Shaw will join the Department of the Geophysical Sciences next year, along with other new members of the faculty Malte Jansen and Edwin Kite. Tiffany studies gravity wave drag parameterization, stratosphere-troposphere coupling and its role in tropospheric climate variability and anthropogenic climate change, and tropospheric moisture and momentum transport between the tropics and the midlatitudes.

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Professor Grossman Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Professor Lawrence Grossman has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (read more). Professor Grossman is a meteoriticist who studies the origin of solid matter in the solar system. His many other honors include membership in the Royal Society of Canada, having an asteroid named after him (Asteroid Grossman), and having a mineral named after him (grossmanite).

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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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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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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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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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