By Frederick George III

Rick Murray appointed Division Director, Ocean Sciences, National Science Foundation

July 30th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, July-14, News, Rick Murray

Effective January, 2015, Rick Murray has been appointed Division Director, Ocean Sciences, at the National Science Foundation.  He will be serving in this capacity “on detail” from Boston University and will continue his research program and maintain other Boston University ties throughout the duration of the temporary appointment.  As Division Director, he will oversee ~$350M per year for support of ocean sciences research and oceanographic facilities and infrastructure.

The complete announcement can be found here.

Boston Globe Quotes Professor Nathan Phillips on City Gas Leaks

July 17th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, July-14, Nathan Phillips, News, Uncategorized

A Boston Globe article this week, “Google Earth captures city’s leaky gas pipelines,” highlights leaky gas pipes around the city and the technology that is making environmental information more public.

The article can be read here.

The article quotes professor Nathan Phillips of the Department of Earth and Environment, and references his 2012 study on the subject, which he completed with his students.

A CBS Boston news article on professor Nathan Phillips’ work in 2013 can be read here.

Bruce Anderson co-authors Nature paper refuting widely publicized study of ecological impacts arising from climate change

July 16th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Bruce Anderson, Faculty, July-14, News, Publications

Professor Bruce Anderson, along with many of the lead authors of the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report, coauthored a comment in the journal Nature. The comment is titled “Uncertainties in the timing of unprecedented climates.” It can be downloaded here.

The comment shows how methodological flaws in the first study resulted in artificially low uncertainty in the timing of climatic impacts on biodiversity hotspots, an oversight that can lead to poor planning decisions and that hopefully will be avoided in the future by researchers interested in climatic impacts upon ecological and human welfare.

An accompanying News & Views article titled “Climate science: Expulsion from history” explaining the significance of this paper is also published in Nature – the first time they have ever done this for a comment.  It can be downloaded here.

To learn more about Prof. Anderson’s work, you can visit his website here.

Amanda Vieillard and Robinson Fulweiler published in Ecology Today

July 15th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Alumni, Faculty, July-14, Publications, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler

Amanda Vieillard, who recently earned her MS with Robinson Fulweiler here at Boston University, was published by the Ecological Society of America.

The paper, “Tidal pulsing alters nitrous oxide fluxes in a temperate intertidal mudflat,” co-written by Robinson Fulweiler, can be read here.

Amanda Vieillard is currently working towards her Ph.D. at UCONN. You can see more of her articles here.

 

AGU Luna B. Leopold young scientist awarded to B.U. Alumnus

July 11th, 2014 in 2014, Alumni, Awards, July-14

Dr. Giulio Mariotti, Ph.D. (’13) in Earth Sciences from Boston University, was awarded the prestigious AGU Luna B. Leopold young scientist award in Earth and Planetary Surface Processes. Dr. Mariotti will also present the Robert Sharp lecture at the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

Dr. Mariotti, currently a Crosby Postdoctoral Fellow at EAPS – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will start as Assistant Professor at the Louisiana State University in January 2015. During his Ph.D. studies at Boston University Dr. Mariotti published more than ten articles in top journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal of Geophysical Research.

You can read more by Dr. Giulio Mariotti here.

 

 

Kira Sullivan-Wiley awarded 2014 Moorman-Simon Civic Fellowship

July 9th, 2014 in 2014, Anne Short, Awards, Graduate students, July-14, News

Earth and Environment graduate student Kira Sullivan-Wiley was recently awarded the 2014 Moorman-Simon Civic Fellowship.

The Moorman-Simon Civic Fellowship recognizes Ph.D. students whose research and scholarship addresses critical problems through engagement and community partnerships.  The award provides support for two years.

Sullivan-Wiley is a Ph.D. candidate working with Assistant Professor Anne Short.  Her research focuses on information transfer and efforts to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters in developing nations.  She is working with the Uganda Red Cross and other development organizations to examine the effectiveness of programs that aim to reduce community vulnerability to landslides in eastern Uganda.

Dr. Farouk El-Baz mentioned in Houston Space News Examiner

July 1st, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, Farouk El-Baz, June-14, News

June 27, 2014, Examiner.com released an article that can be seen here.

In this article Dr. Farouk El-Baz, directer of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University, debunks the pronouncement of Ahmed Shaheen, the self-described “Nostradamus of the Arabs,” on the theory Mars has gone through an apocalypse type scenario.

Dr. El-Baz worked for NASA between 1967 and 1972, selecting Apollo lunar landing sites and training astronauts on field geology.

This article is written by Mark Whittington for the Houston Space News Examiner.

Remote Sensing Research Scientist Bradley J. Thompson’s latest article published by Earth & Planetary Science Letters

June 6th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, June-14, Publications, Researchers

Senior Research Scientist at Boston University’s Center for Remote Sensing, Dr. Bradley J. Thompson, has a new article published by Earth & Planetary Science Letters.

His article, “The effects of weathering on the strength and chemistry of Columbia River Basalts and their implications for Mars Exploration Rover Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT) results,” can be read via the link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0012821X14003069#.

To see more of Brad’s work and publications, visit his page here.