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Department News

Ken Miller & Dennis Kent awarded NSF funding for the Core Repository

Congratulations to Ken Miller and Dennis Kent who have been awarded a 3-year NSF continuation grant for the Core Repository !  OCE-1154379: Renewal of Curation of ODP Legs 150X and 174AX cores: The Rutgers Core Repository.

Helen Janiszewski receives NSF Fellowship

Helen-with-bonesCongratulations to EPS undergraduate student Helen Janiszewski who has been awarded a 3-year Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.  Helen graduates from Rutgers this Spring with majors in both Geological Sciences and Physics, with dual minors in Math and Russian Studies.  Helen has already been accepted for graduate studies in the field of solid earth geophysics at Caltech, Columbia, MIT, University of Washington and University of Southern California, and after a series of visits has decided on Columbia University. Congratulations and best of luck to Helen as she starts the next stage of her academic career

A slow-motion crisis...

Falkowski sketch 2012Nature Outlook talks to Rutgers University Professor Paul Falkowski about the effects of human activity and climate change on communities of life-sustaining oceanic microorganisms.

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Vadim Levin awarded $290k NSF grant

NSF Earthscope ( has awarded ~$290k to Rutgers for a program of seismological studies of the continental lithosphere in Maine and Quebec. Vadim Levin will carry out the project in collaboration with William Menke of Columbia University. The key aspect of the work will be the collection of new seismological observations along a 1000 km line stretching from Nova Scotia to the shore of the Hudson Bay"

Congratulations to EPS undergraduate student Poorna Srinivasan

... who has been awarded a $1000 Aresty grant for participating at to the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) in Houston and for her continued work time on the microprobe! Poorna also received an additional $1400 from the YSS Undergraduate Research Conference (with LPSC) for the conference, where she will be 1 of 21 undergraduates to present asoects of their research.

To top it off, Poorna has been accepted as an intern for 10 weeks this summer at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston.  LPI is paying her transportation as well as a stipend of $5000.  As an intern, Poorna will be working one-on-one with either a PI at either LPI or NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project of current interest in lunar and planetary science. She will be participating in peer-reviewed research, learn from top-notch planetary scientists, and preview various careers in science. This internship is highly competitive and will serve Poorna well as she looks toward begiing graduate studies Fall, 2012.

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