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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
To learn more about Prof. Baxter’s research visit his research website.
Annual Carbon Day held in Copley Square
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.