Jessica Irving joined the Department of Geosciences on Feb. 1, 2013, as an assistant professor for a term of three and a half years. Irving will be teaching GEO 203 "Fundamentals of Solid Earth Science" in the fall alongside Prof. John Higgins.
On May 14, 2013, Dean William Russel of the Princeton Graduate School announced graduate student Jonathon Husson as a recipient of a teaching award for his work as an assistant instructor.
Kevin Lewis, the co-author of the study and a Princeton University research scholar in geosciences, analyzed high resolution images taken by the Mars rover Curiosity to disprove the theory that Gale Crater once held a lake that may have supported life.
The Department of Geosciences and Princeton University congratulate Jenna L. Losh on successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis on May 1, 2013.
Tiger of the Week: Karin Sigloch *08. Sigloch’s Ph.D. work at Princeton played a key role in the Nature paper. She had developed a method for creating 3-dimensional images of the earth’s deep interior, “using waves generated by naturally occurring earthquakes,” and tested it on data from USArray, a network of seismological sensors.
Humans are adding new reactive forms of nitrogen (N) into the environment, which has the potential to cause a range of problems. Andrew Babbin and Prof. Bess Ward set out to address this problem in the lab by constructing a series of mesocosms out of sediments from the Chesapeake Bay, United States, with large amounts of organic matter added to some of the columns.
A study of sediment cores collected from the deep ocean supports a new explanation for how glacier melting at the end of the ice ages led to the release of carbon dioxide from the ocean. The Princeton effort led by Daniel Sigman, Princeton’s Dusenbury Professor of Geological and Geophysical Sciences.
Nine students have received the 2013 Spirit of Princeton Award, which recognizes positive contributions to the University community. Undergrad Nathan Mathabane ’13 and others were selected from a pool of applicants who were nominated by other members of the University community.
Princeton professors have been studying extreme weather, natural disasters, and their impact on people and property for years, but Hurricane Sandy pushed their research to the forefront. No longer was their work theoretical: It now is discussed in front-page newspaper stories and in government offices, particularly in and around New York City.
On Friday, March 22, 2013, Post-doc Mélanie Barboni and Grad student Brenhin Keller, were given the opportunity to interact with the community by providing a departmental tour hosted by the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab (PPPL). The tour was part of the “The Young Women’s Conference in Science, Mathematics, Technology, and Engineering.”