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Archive – March 2012

For years, it was assumed that phosphorus was a key ingredient bacteria needed in making nutrient cycles work in tropical forests. Now University of Geogia Asst. Professor, Nina Wurzburger, and her research colleagues Jean Philippe Bellenger, Anne M.L. Kraepiel, and Lars O. Hedin of Princeton University, have found that molybdenum is a critical element in the process.
A special movie screening of the high-octane Hollywood blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow, a sci-fi disaster film based loosely on the idea of “abrupt climate change,” in which global warming triggers a series of catastrophic superstorms that plunge the planet into a new ice age. Daniel Sigman, the Dusenbury Professor of the Department of Geosciences, will lead a discussion exposing both the good and bad science depicted in the movie, and will be available for a Q&A session after the screeni
In recognition of the prospects for making much faster progress in understanding higher levels of complexity in science, and as part of a new international collaboration, the Group of Eight Research Councils Initiative on Multilateral Research Funding has awarded grants to William Tang, head of the Fusion Simulation Program at PPPL and two other University-based scientists: Jeroen Tromp, a geophysicist and Geosciences prof.; and Venkatramani Balaji, a climate modeler for AOS.