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Department News

Welcome Back ! New EPS offices, new staff and a new semester...

If you haven't noticed, we have a new department front office Rm 253 and business offices Rm 250A&B. We also have a couple of new and and a couple of returning smiling faces ! If you have not done so, please stop by and poke your head in and check us out. Say hello to Danielle, Jovani, Tonya and Jason !

ParentiPlease welcome Danielle Parenti who joined us in July as EPS' Principal Secretary.

Danielle brings to us strong interpersonal and organizational skills which are already being shown to be a great asset to the EPS Business Office, faculty, staff and students alike. Danielle was previously employed by Middlesex High School and Raritan Valley Community College. We are delighted that Danielle decided to join us and we welcome her to our EPS family!

Reaves3Although known by all, please say hello again to Jovani Reaves, who has helped all of us over the past 10 years, with matters big and small.

We are delighted that Jovani has been promoted to EPS’ Accounting Specialist and will be working with you on grants, expenses, personnel issues to name a few. One thing new, is that you may see Jovani's door closed...not that she no longer likes us, but her new role in the department has got her doing a lot of number crunching ! Danielle will be assisting in handling a lot of the day to day activities that used to have Jovani running in circles !

RufusIf you have not met her yet, please also welcome Tonya Rufus who joined us in March as the new EPS’ Business Manager.

Tonya holds an MS and an MBA, and came to us most recently from SEBS Accounting Office, prior to that as a Senior Financial Analyst at Dow Jones in Princeton and an Associate Financial Advisor at Pricewaterhouse Coooers Lybrand in Parsippany. In her short tenure with us, she has helped to transition and set up our business office following our no fault divorce from Chemistry !

jppappasAlso continuing with us, please say hello to Jason Pappas, who has been with us for the past 2 years as our one and only IT GUY (aka SAS IT Technician), and helped every single one of us solving problems that baffled those of us even with fancy PhDs. But since we have to share Jason with other departments in SAS, let’s try to make it easy by submitting work orders ( so he can help us from wherever he is whenever he can. EPS has never had a decently staffed office like this, with such competent officers! We are thrilled and grateful to have such a strong support for our daily operations. We look forward to working with Danielle, Jovani, Tonya and Jason to make the best of what our department and Rutgers can offer at a time when the Earth Science has never been more important.



Follow EPS geologists Greg Mountain, Yair Rosenthal, along with new graduate students Kim Baldwin and Ryan Hupfer on adventure in the South Seas... here to connect with the Rutger's team !
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Gail Ashley receives 2012 Geological Society of America, Laurence L. Sloss Award for Sedimentary Geology! (2)




The Geological Society of America Laurence L. Sloss Award is given annually to a sedimentary geologist whose lifetime achievements best exemplify those of Larry Sloss — achievements that contribute widely to the field of sedimentary geology and through service to the Geological Society of

Congratulations Gail !

The Award will be presented at the Division Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony at the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America. 

1999 ~ William R. Dickinson
2000 ~ George D. Klein
2001 ~ Robert H. Dott, Jr.
2002 ~ Allison R. "Pete" Palmer
2003 ~ Robert J. Weimer
2004 ~ James Lee Wilson
2005 ~ Theresa E. Jordan
2006 ~ Gerald M. Friedman
2007 ~ Michael A. Arthur
2008 ~ Peter G. DeCelles
2009 ~ Raymond V. Ingersoll
2010 ~ Hugh C. Jenkyns
2011 ~ John P. Grotzinger


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A new book by Marie Pierre Aubry just out !

Cenozoic coccolithophores: Braarudosphaerales 

New York: Micropaleontology Press. Atlas of Micropaleontology series, 336 pp.

Congratulations Marie !

Dennis Kent elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Earth and Planetary Sciences Professor Dennis V. Kent along with Physics professors Eva Y. Andrei and Alexander B. Zamolodchikov have been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research.

Congratulations Dennis !

Rutgers scientists elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences


NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers University scientists Eva Y. Andrei, Dennis V. Kent and Alexander B. Zamolodchikov have been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research.

Andrei is a professor II in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Kent is a Board of Governors Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Zamolodchikov is a Board of Governors Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. All are in the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences.

Andrei studies the electronic properties of graphene, a one-atom thick membrane of crystalline carbon with extraordinary electronic properties that could one day be at the heart of speedy and powerful electronic devices. In 2009, the journal Science cited her findings in its list of the year's 10 groundbreaking scientific achievements. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society. She holds the Medal of Physics from CEA, a French government research organization. In 2010, she received the Rutgers Board of Trustees award for Excellence in Research.

Kent is an internationally recognized authority on Earth magnetism. His research focuses on magnetic events such as polarity reversals preserved in rocks. He also studies paleoclimatology and advocates the theory that a comet striking the Earth 55 million years ago triggered the last great greenhouse-induced episode of global warming. According to the ScienceWatch analysis service, Kent is one of the world's most highly cited earth scientists. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the Geological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Zamolodchikov creates mathematical models that describe two major endeavors of modern physics: condensed matter physics and string theory. The first explores the fundamental properties of materials. The second aims to provide a unified understanding of the basic forces and fundamental particles in nature, including gravity, electromagnetism and forces responsible for the stability and decay of atomic nuclei. He has authored several classic papers in mathematical physics, and has been awarded the Dannie Heineman prize, the Onsager prize and the Dirac medal. He is a co-founder of Rutgers New High Energy Theory Center, an internationally recognized group in the development and exploration of string theory.

The three Rutgers scientists are among 220 scholars, scientists, writers, artists, civic, corporate and philanthropic leaders selected to join the academy this year. Members contribute to academy studies of science and technology policy, global security, social policy and American institutions, the humanities and education.

"Election to the academy is both an honor for extraordinary accomplishment and a call to serve," said Academy President Leslie C. Berlowitz. "We look forward to drawing on the knowledge and expertise of these distinguished men and women to advance solutions to the pressing policy challenges of the day."

With these three new appointments, 21 Rutgers faculty are members of the academy. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on Oct. 6 at the academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.


Since its founding in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock and other scholar-patriots, the academy has elected leading "thinkers and doers" from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 19th, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the 20th. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel Laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.

Public release date: 17-Apr-2012

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