Earth & Environment PhD candidate Ann Dunlea, who is finishing her dissertation working with Professor Rick Murray’s group, was just awarded an institutional post-doctoral position at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), through their Ocean and Climate Change Institute. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester, Ann joined Murray’s group in Fall, 2010, and will begin at WHOI in September, 2016. Ann will be working on several paleogeochemical topics related to dynamics of the Indian and Asian monsoon.
Earth and Environment Research Assistant Professor Josh Gray has been awarded a NASA New Investigator Award for his proposal titled “Water, Climate, and Food in the Anthropocene.” According to NASA, “these awards are designed to support outstanding scientific research and career development of scientists and engineers at the early stage of their professional careers.”
Josh has accepted a tenure track assistant professorship in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University, starting in the summer of 2016.
Earth & Environment Professor Bruce Anderson received the American Meteorological Society’s 2016 Editor’s Award from the Journal of Climate. This award was given for his consistently outstanding and insightful reviews of manuscripts across a broad array of topics related to climate dynamics. The award was presented at the 96th annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society, held this past January in New Orleans.
To learn more about Prof. Anderson’s work, you can visit his website here.
As par at of her fellowship, Sullivan-Wiley will be working with Leah VanWey, an environmental sociologist at Brown IBES and Daniela Miteva, an environmental economist at the Nature Conservancy.
Sullivan-Wiley is a final year PhD candidate receiving her doctorate in Geography. She is advised by Assistant Professor Anne Short Gianotti.
Richard Reibstein, who has been providing courses on environmental law and policy in the College of Arts and Sciences since 2000, now as part of the Earth and Environment department, was recently declared a “P2 Champion” of 2015 by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR), the premiere group for pollution prevention (P2) professionals. Congress declared in the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 that it is “the national policy of the United States that pollution should be prevented or reduced at the source whenever feasible”, before recycling or treatment or disposal.
Reibstein worked for twenty-seven years for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the state’s Toxics Use Reduction program, in an office that provides free technical assistance for pollution prevention. In that capacity he launched programs for environmentally preferable purchasing, training for schools and hospitals, and business environmental networks, and many events and publications to help companies and others reduce the use of toxics, energy and water.
According to the NPPR, the P2 Champion Award “celebrates an individual whose work has had an outstanding impact on implementing pollution prevention in one or more of the following areas: Setting pollution prevention vision and strategies; Leading and directing pollution prevention programs; Implementing pollution prevention projects; and/or Significant impact on pollution prevention achieved.” The most recent report by the NPPR on the achievements of P2 programs throughout the nation found that “From 2007-2009, approximately 90 P2 programs in the U.S. reported almost $6.6 billion in economic benefits; more than 7 billion pounds of pollution minimized or eliminated; approximately 16 billion gallons of water conserved; energy usage reduced by almost 2.5 billion kilowatts; over 33 billion pounds of greenhouse gases (GHG) no longer being released into the earth’s atmosphere associated with P2 activities.”
Reibstein told the Department of Earth & Environment that the fact that there are so many government programs having these great results is not widely known. He said that nearly two thousand companies and organizations used the program’s help, when none of them had to, and many had to overcome a fear of contact with government environmental agencies. It was only because the idea of reducing pollution by reducing the use of toxics that become toxic wastes, emissions, and discharges makes so much sense, and so often saves money, that businesses were happy to use the assistance service.
Earth & Environment Associate Professor R. Wally Fulweiler was recently awarded the University of Rhode Island Distinguished Alumni Rising Star Award.
The URI Distinguished Alumni Rising Star Award is given annual to URI alumni with “at least 10 years in their career field who are already making significant contributions to their profession and community at-large by demonstrating innovative, responsible professional leadership, potential for future distinction and a commitment to serving others” (“2015 Rising Star“). For more information on the award ceremony and Prof. Fulweiler’s win, visit URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography website.
Earth & Environment Professor Cutler Cleveland’s coauthored paper on “Order from Chaos: A Preliminary Protocol for Determining the EROI of Fuels” was recently awarded the First Prize, Best Paper Awards for 2015 by the journal Sustainability.
The inaugural Best Paper Awards “recognize the most outstanding papers in the area of environmental, cultural, economic, technical and social sustainability of human beings published in Sustainability.” The announcement can be accessed here.
Cleveland’s paper can be accessed here.
The travel grant is award on a competitive basis to student applicants. Eccles is seeking a Phd in Earth Sciences with an emphasis on detrital garnet geochronology.
The Pardee Summer Fellows program allows “outstanding master’s and doctoral students an opportunity for intensive interdisciplinary research and writing on topics that are aligned with the broad research interests of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future” (“Graduate Summer Fellows Program“).
Sullivan-Wiley is a Phd candidate in Geography advised by Assistant Professor Anne Short.
Andrew Trlica is a Phd candidate in Geography advised by Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra.
Last Friday, Earth & Environment students presented research at the New England Estuarine Research Society (NEERS) Spring Meeting.
PhD Candidate in Earth Science Sarahbeth Buckley presented research on “Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Long Island Sound Salt Marshes;” PhD Candidate in Earth Science Sarah Foster presented research on “Environmental Controls on Sediment Nitrous Oxide Fluxes in an Anthropogenically Impacted Coastal Ecosystem;” and PhD Candidate in Biology Tim Maguire presented research on “Urban Runoff – An Overlooked yet Significant Source of Silica to Coastal Habitats.”
After the presentations, Sarah Foster was awarded the Ketchum prize for best graduate student talk.