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Archive – November 2012

While formal digging at Polis Chrysochous ended in 2007, research is still being conducted on the findings, and Princeton students continue to work at the site. Over fall break, Smith accompanied Adam Maloof, an associate professor of geosciences; Frederik Simons, an assistant professor of geosciences; and students in the freshman seminar "Earth's Environments and Ancient Civilizations (in Cyprus)" to conduct a geophysical survey at the site.
An enhanced approach to capturing changes on the Earth's surface via satellite could provide a more accurate account of how ice sheets, river basins and other geographic areas are changing as a result of natural and human factors. With their method, Harig and co-author Frederik Simons, an assistant professor of geosciences, can clean up data "noise" — the signal variations and distortions that can obscure satellite readings — and then recover the finer surface details hidden within.
An interdisciplinary workshop held at Rutgers University, Thursday-Friday, January 17-18, 2013. This workshop will focus onstatistical approaches to overcoming these challenges and making inferences about the Earth's past environments, bringing together Earth scientists, statisticians, applied mathematicians, and computer scientists to address these issues.
Hollywood Science Gone Bad: A Special Screening of "The Core"with Professor Jeroen Tromp. 8 P.M., Friday Nov. 30, East Pyne 010. This is a special movie screening of the exhilarating Hollywood blockbuster The Core, a disaster film in which the Earth’s molten core has stopped rotating, causing the deterioration of the electromagnetic field and provoking the irradiation of the planet.
Princeton University and Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory researchers Jeroen Tromp (Geosciences), Emily Carter, Choong-Seock Chang, and William Tang are among the recipients of the Department of Energy’s 2013 Innovative and Novel Computational Impact of Theory and Experiment (INCITE) multi-year awards totaling 265 million core hours on Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Cray XK7 “Titan” and Argonne National Laboratory’s IBM Blue Gene/Q “Mira.”
Professor Gerta Keller et al.* survey the state of mass extinction studies, over 30 years since Walter and Luis Alvarez, Frank Asaro and Helen Michel discovered the KT impact. The nature and causes of mass extinctions in the geological past have remained topics of intense scientific debate for the past three decades.
This was Princeton University’s first Graduate School departmental reunion. With the assistance of the Graduate School, a few dedicated graduate alumni organized a week of activities, including a day-long conference that highlighted the Department of Geosciences at Princeton, as well as field trips to both the Appalachians and the Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
Princeton University professors Michael Oppenheimer and Ning Lin published a paper in February predicting an increase in the number of major storms striking New York and New Jersey. But even they didn’t expect one to come so soon.
Shortly after his graduation from Princeton, Charles Hoadley Dodge (class of 1879) , donated a large number of mineral specimens to his alma mater. Among these were a few spectacular English barite specimens, but the majority were examples of colorful copper ores from the mining operations at Bisbee.
Prof Adam Maloof, Associate Professor of Geosciences, Earth History, to appear on NPR SCIENCE FRIDAY (Nov. 9th)
The European Geosciences Union (EGU) has awarded Professor Jeroen Tromp the 2013 Beno Gutenberg Medal. The EGU Awards & Medals program recognizes eminent scientists for their outstanding research contributions to Earth, planetary, and space sciences. Awardees are considered to be remarkable role models that foster the next generation of young scientists in geosciences research. Prof. Tromp came to the Department of Geosciences as Blair Professor of Geology and Professor of Applied & Computationa
Winter in Princeton often means periods of icy or snowy weather and every storm brings a unique set of hazardous conditions. As Facilities Departments work diligently to remove snow and ice from roads, parking lots, walkways and building entrances, you still may encounter slippery surfaces while walking around campus.
Superstorm Sandy is a sign of more things to come, says climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer. He's been studying climate change for three decades and is a geoscience professor at Princeton University, but superstorm Sandy stunned even him.
Record heat waves and wildfires singed states this past summer, awakening Americans to a warming globe. As the earth’s climate continues to change, risk must be predicted further in advance to anticipate increasingly severe weather. Hurricanes are one such concern. Hurricane floods so violent they occur only once a century now could hit low-lying coastal areas every one or two decades.
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 - A brief report from Guyot Hall after Hurricane Sandy.
The idea that low surface densities of hairs could be a heat loss mechanism is understood in engineering and has been postulated in some thermal studies of animals. However, its biological implications, both for thermoregulation as well as for the evolution of epidermal structures, have not yet been noted.