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Archive – August 2012

Introducing the Department of Geoscience "Mineral of the Month" series. On or around the 1st of every month, curator Christopher Holl will select a speciment from the department's mineral collection, write a brief description, and publish its record information. We begin the series with the mineral Variscite.
The Cooperative Institute for Climate Science (CICS, director Jorge Sarmiento) at Princeton University will start its 10th year with more than $3 million in new federal funding to support climate science and education. U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) announced the new support Aug. 27 with the funding coming from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
As Prof. Michael Bender prepared to lead the way into the storage area of his lab at Princeton University, he gave a visitor a quizzical look. “You really might want to put these on,” he said, holding up a bulky red parka and a pair of thick gloves. “Oh, I’ll be fine,” said his guest. “No, really,” Bender insisted gently. “It would be a good idea.”
The Princeton Journeys feature, When in Rome, asks Princeton faculty to provide insider's information about their favorite world-wide destinations. Current pick: Lincoln Hollister on Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
The President and Council of the Geological Society of India conveyed to Prof. Gerta Keller and her co-authors that the Radhakrishna prize has been awarded to them for the best paper published in their journal for the year 2011.
The Geomicrobiology Research Group is back in the South African mines this summer. They had the opportunity to share a photomontage of their work. Their photos were taken at the Beatrix gold mine; the site where the nematode H. mephisto, endearingly titled “devil worm,” was found. The Group often have to descend to the depths of 3 kilometers (approx. 2 miles) and hike along miles of difficult terrain.