Category: November-13

Michael Dietze part of team awarded new NSF grant

November 14th, 2013 in 2013, Faculty, Grants, Michael Dietze, November-13

The National Science Foundation has awarded 10.5 million dollars to a team of researchers from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). One of the collaborators on this project is Earth and Environment Assistant Professor Michael Dietze.

The goal of the project is “to develop software to manage and make sense of vast amounts of digital scientific data” (“NCSA Team“). Referred to as “Brown Dog,” the project builds off of already existing data collection software.

The 10.5 million dollar grant will support the project for the next five years.

To learn more about the new grant, read NCSA’s full press release.

Dr. Berenice Froment of MIT to give talk at Solid Earth Seminar

November 14th, 2013 in 2013, Department Seminars, November-13

Dr. Berenice Froment from MIT will be on campus Friday November 15, 2013 to give a talk titled “Two studies using recent techniques to better understand the seismic cycle.”

The talk is part of the Department of Earth and Environment’s Solid Earth Seminar Series.

The talk will be held in CAS 141C beginning at 11:00 am.

Ranga Myneni Announces New Coauthored Article

November 14th, 2013 in 2013, 2013, Faculty, November-13, Publications, Ranga Myneni

Professor Ranga Myneni announced today the publication of a new coauthored article in the journal Remote Sensing.

The article, “A production efficiency model-based method for satellite estimates of corn and soybean yields in the midwestern US,” was coauthored by Prof. Myneni and six other authors from China, California, Australia, and Nebraska.

Qinchuan Xin and Peng Gong of Tsinghua University, Beijing, China were the article’s lead authors.

The article can be read online at this address.

To see more of Prof. Myneni’s publications go to the publications section of our website.

Alan Yeakley to give talk tomorrow as part of Terrestrial Biogeosciences Seminar

November 13th, 2013 in 2013, Department Seminars, November-13

The Terrestrial Biogeoscience Seminar will be held on Thursday this week instead of the usual Wednesday.

Alan Yeakley of Portland State University will be giving a lecture tomorrow, Thursday November 14, 2013, on the topic of Watershed Biogeochemistry as part of the Terrestrial Biogeosciences Seminar. The lecture will be held from 3:30 to 4:3o in STO 442, the Graduate Student Lounge; refreshments will be served after the lecture.

To learn more about the Terrestrial Biogeosciences Seminars click here.

Rick Murray quoted in the New York Times

November 12th, 2013 in 2013, Faculty, News, November-13, Rick Murray

Professor Rick Murray was recently quoted in “Scale of Destruction Slows Relief Efforts in the Philippines,” a New York Times article that discusses Typhoon Haiyan and its destructive effects on the Philippines.

Click here to read the article. Prof. Murray’s quote is on page two.

Wally Fulweiler, Sarah Foster, and Dr. Silvia Newell attend CERF Conference

November 12th, 2013 in 2013, Faculty, Graduate students, Meeting, November-13, Presentations, Researchers, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler, Talks, Trips

Professor Wally Fulweiler, Ph.D. student Sarah Foster, and Postdoctoral associate Dr. Silvia Newell were in San Diego, California last week for the 22nd Biennial Coastal Estuarine Research Federation Conference.

The week began with Prof. Fulweiler receiving the Cronin award. The Cronin award “recognizes the significant accomplishments of an estuarine scientist who is in the early stages of his/her career development. The recipient will have shown great promise with work carried out during the first six years after acquiring their Ph.D.” (CERF2013 Program 11). Fulweiler’s award reads: “in recognition of outstanding early career research, and answering fundamental questions about energy flow and biogeochemical cycling of nutrients, carbon, and oxygen, in a variety of environments.”

On Monday, Dr. Newell gave a well-received talk on N-fixation in Waquoit Bay, MA and the potential implications for underestimating N-fixation in marine environments.

On Thursday, Fulweiler and colleagues chaired a special session in honor of the late Dr. Scott W. Nixon which focused on and highlighted the transformative impact of his research. In this session, Foster gave a fantastic talk on significant changes in the biogeochemical cycling of Waquoit Bay.

In a later session, Fulweiler gave a talk on the role regional declines in daily irradiance play in observed decreases in estuarine productivity and altered N cycling

To learn more about CERF or their biennial conference, click their respective links.

Ethan Baxter gives invited lectures at UNH and VT

November 12th, 2013 in 2013, Ethan Baxter, Faculty, November-13, Talks, Trips

Professor Ethan Baxter gave a talk last Thursday at the University of New Hampshire as part of UNH’s Department of Earth Sciences Brown Bag Seminar. Prof. Baxter’s talk was titled “Linking garnet to water: The Chronology of Dehydration.”

This coming Friday Prof. Baxter will be in Virginia giving a talk to Virginia Tech’s Geosciences department. His talk is titled “Making a Long Story Shot: Evidence for Brief Pules of Metamorphism.”

To learn more about Prof. Baxter’s research visit his research website.

Nathan Phillips and Grad Students take part in Carbon Day 2013

November 8th, 2013 in 2013, Events, Faculty, Graduate students, Nathan Phillips, News, November-13

Annual Carbon Day held in Copley Square

Carbon day members promote carbon awareness in Copley Square on October 16, 2013. Photo by Sayaka Yamaki

Carbon day members promote carbon awareness in Copley Square on October 16, 2013. Photo by Sayaka Yamaki

Professor Nathan Phillips and members of the Department of Earth and Environment took part in Carbon Day 2013 this past October. Along with Sustainability@BU and other organizations, E&E members spent the afternoon of October 16, 2013 in Copley Square spreading the news about carbon footprints.

Nathan Phillips answers the public's questions about the reduction of carbon emissions. Photo by Sayaka Yamaki

Nathan Phillips answers the public’s questions about the reduction of carbon emissions. Photo by Sayaka Yamaki

Sponsored this year by Sustainable Neighborhood Lab and Greenovate, Carbon Day promotes public awareness of how individuals, businesses, and communities can reduce the amount of carbon emissions they produce: from basic steps like turning off electrical equipment or using cold water to wash dishes and clothing to much larger projects like the Sustainable Neighborhood Lab initiative. Other participants at Carbon Day included Boston Bikes, Livable Streets, a unique percussion demonstration by Reyna Herrera, and many more organizations.

Reyna Herrera performs for a group of onlookers.

Reyna Herrera performs for a group of onlookers.

Joining Dr. Phillips, E&E graduate students Margaret Hendrick, Bahareh Sanaiemovahed, and Xiaojing Tang all participated in the event. In addition to discussing the reduction of carbon footprints, Dr. Phillips and the graduate students also spent the day informing the public about their recent Boston based research project. Over the summer, Phillips and company discovered over “3,300 leaks spewing natural gas into the streets.” Phillips and his team discovered that these leaks are causing higher electric bills and damage to the environment (BU Today).

Margaret Hendrick stands by an informational display highlighting research on methane escape in the city of Boston. Photo by Sayaka Yamaki

Margaret Hendrick stands by an informational display highlighting research on methane escape in the city of Boston. Photo by Sayaka Yamaki

In informing the public and this research and other carbon-related issues, Dr. Phillips, E&E graduate students, and other participants hope to show the public the practical and positive impact carbon reduction can have on the environment and the wallet.

A close up image of the information on methane escape in Boston. Photo by Sayaka Yamaki

A close up image of the information on methane escape in Boston. Photo by Sayaka Yamaki

For more information about Carbon Day, visit their website or read BU’s news service article.

For more information on Sustainable Neighboorhood Lab or Boston’s Greenovate, click on the links to their respective websites.

Margaret Hendrick is a Ph.D. candiate working with Professor Nathan Phillips on global change, urban ecology, and fugitive methane emissions. Baraeh Sanaiemovahed is a graduate student working with Professor Curtis Woodcock, and Xiaojing Tang is a graduate student working with Professor Suchi Gopal.

Dr. John Hogan to give talk as part of E&E Solid Earth Seminar Series

November 7th, 2013 in 2013, Department Seminars, November-13

Dr. John Hogan of Missour University of Science & Technology will be giving a talk titled “Conversations with a Rhyolite Dike” tomorrow, Friday November 8th 2013,as part of E&E’s Solid Earth Seminar Series.

Dr. Hogan will be speaking at 11 am in the Stone Science Building Room 141C.

For more information of Dr. Hogan’s presentation, see the attached flyer.

Dave Marchant publishes new article in Icarus

November 7th, 2013 in 2013, 2013, Dave Marchant, Faculty, November-13, Publications

E&E Professor Dave Marchant announced the publication of a new co-authored paper today.

Along with James Fastook from the University of Maine and James Head from Brown University, Marchant co-authored a paper titled “Formation of Lobate Debris Aprons on Mars: Assessment of Regional Ice Sheet Collapse and Debris-cover Armoring.”

The article will be published in the January edition, volume 228, of Icarus.

To see the early online publication of the article click here.

To see Dave Marchant’s other publications from the past two years click here.