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Archive – September 2012

The Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in August, was aptly named. Over the next two years, it will explore its landing site and the surrounding area, including 18,000-foot-high Mount Sharp, providing scientists with more information about the red planet than they ever have been able to obtain. Kevin Lewis, a postdoctoral associate research scholar in Princeton’s geosciences department, is spending the first 90 days of the rover’s two-year mission at the Jet Propulsion ­Laboratory in Pas
This nodule may look like a simple porcelain mass, but it is in fact one of the better specimens of the extremely rare mineral roeblingite. This mineral is known to occur from only two localities, the Parker Shaft of the Franklin Mine, near the town of Franklin, New Jersey; and from a similar deposit in Sweden.
All graduate and undergraduate students at Princeton are encouraged to attend a special lecture on misconduct in science by investigative reporter, Rex Dalton. The lecture will address various topics of recent controversies.
The Ward and Sigman lab groups’ recent four-day research cruise to the Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study (BATS) site in the Northwestern Sargasso Sea complements an earlier winter cruise as part of a collaborative project entitled “Functional diversity of marine eukaryotic phytoplankton and their contributions to C and N cycling.”
The Department of Geosciences congratulates Graduate Student Mathis Hain on being awarded the Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Honorific Fellowship by the Princeton University Graduate School. Hain and other students will accept their awards at a formal event held on September 28, 2012.
Princeton Geophysics Professor Jeroen Tromp is a member of the scientific team for NASA’s proposed InSight mission to Mars set to launch in 2016.
The 2011-2012 Arnold Guyot Graduate Student Teaching Prizes announced. The prizes were instituted to recognize graduate student contributions to the teaching mission of the department. Criteria include quality of teaching as determined by student evaluations and faculty assessment, and length of service.
This morning at 8:30 a.m., Geosciences Chair, Faculty, Postdocs, and Staff greeted new and returning Graduate Students for orientation. The 2012-2013 semester will begin on Thursday, Sept. 13. Interim chair, Allan Rubin, introduced students to the attending members of the department.
Members of the Ward lab group participated in a month-long research cruise in Spring 2012 in the Eastern Tropical North Pacific (ETNP) as part their ongoing project entitled “Control of Denitrification and Anammox in the Oxygen Deficient Waters of the Eastern Tropical North and South Pacific.
Please join the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) for its first ever Geoscience Careers Roadshow at Princeton University on September 28th, 2012, ROOM 155, GUYOT HALL, 11:00 AM