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Archive – May 2012

On Friday, June 1, 2012, at 3:30 PM - Reception for geosciences alumni, faculty, and friends in the Great Hall, Guyot Hall. The reception will include an informal poster session and tours of the new Geochronology Laboratory.
The Department announces with sadness the recent death of alumnus and former Princeton faculty member Heinrich (Dick) Holland '47.
Through the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University, assistant professor David Medvigy has released a study showing that day-to-day weather variations are growing more erratic and more extreme for at least one-third of the global climate.
The Department of Geosciences at Princeton University and The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences Graduate Program congratulates Sarah E. Fawcett on successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis.
The Department of Geosciences congratulates Amy Gobel ’12 as a finalist in the 2012 Undergraduate Research Symposium.
The influence of the ground beneath us on the air around us could be greater than scientists had previously thought, according to new Princeton University research that links the long-ago proliferation of oxygen in Earth's atmosphere to a sudden change in the inner workings of our planet.
A cosmic one-two punch of colossal volcanic eruptions and meteorite strikes likely caused the mass-extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous period that is famous for killing the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, according to two Princeton University reports that reject the prevailing theory that the extinction was caused by a single large meteorite.
The first annual Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) Discovery Day poster session took place on Friday, May 11th. The five Geosciences seniors who presented posters were: Amy Gobel, Jonathan Moch, Sara Nason, Steven Shonts, and Lija Treibergs.
On May 1, 2012, The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced the qualifying 84 new members and 21 new foreign associates in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Among them were two Geosciences alumni: Susan L. Brantley ’80, *87 and Patricia M. Dove *91.
An article about the GeoGrad field trip across the Appalachians. Susquehanna Cross-Section of the Appalachians from the Piedmont to the Coal Regions led by Ed Cotter *63 and Don Wise *57.
As part of a collaboration with the Art & Archaeology Department, Geosciences has collected archaeological materials from Polis Chrysochous (the site of the ancient city of Marion and successor city Arsinoe) on a field trip to Cyprus. The materials include city walls, building walls, flooring plaster, roof tiles, sculptures, pottery, votives, tools, slag from smelting ore, shells, and more.
Researchers in the development of new technologies, including Danny Sigman, to receive support this year at Princeton University from the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund.
This two day Symposium will discuss the role of the ocean in linking climate across time - from the seasonal cycle, to interannual variability, to climate change - and in linking climate across space - from the tropics to the poles and back again. Invited talks will provide background and perspective for panel discussions that take on five controversial climate science questions.