January 29, 2018
Claire Zurkowski, a second-year graduate student in Geophysical Sciences, has won an Outstanding Student Paper Award for the talk she presented at the December meeting of the American Geophysical Union, titled "Stability of the high pressure phase Fe3S2 up to Earth's core pressures in the Fe–S–O and the Fe–S–Si systems." The OSPA Award is granted only to the top 3-5% of student participants.
January 09, 2018
In an article for the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Professor David Jablonski and Graduate Student Stewart Edie reveal a surprising fact about mass extinction events: the robustness of ecological variety that remains in the face of mass die-offs of species. Their research shows that despite the high number of species that die out during these types of events the 'functional diversity' of an ecosystem, i.e. the various modalities through which species survive relative to their ecosystem, remains fairly constant.
January 03, 2018
Professor Doug MacAyeal's involvement with the public-art piece "White Wanderer" was marked by the New Yorker magazine as a defining moment of 2017. Professor MacAyeal provided a seven minute audio track of iceberg B15 breaking off from the Antarctic ice shelf which the artists used in their installation.