Department News

EPS welcomes Dr. Sonia Tikoo !

Sonia2Dr. Sonia Tikoo joins Rutgers EPS as its newest faculty member after a two-year postdoctoral stint at the University of California, Berkeley.  Sonia received her B.S. with Honors in Geology and History (Minor) from the California Institute of Technology (2008) and her Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2014).

Sonia’s research interests lie at the intersection of planetary science and paleomagnetism. By studying a combination of meteorites and lunar rocks from the Apollo missions, she seeks to determine the magnetic field generation mechanisms and longevities of core dynamos on differentiated planetary bodies.  Constraining the intensities of core dynamo fields over time provides insight into the long-term planetary thermal and chemical evolution.  Sonia is also interested in how impact cratering events alter the magnetization preserved within planetary crusts and is working on rocks from a number of terrestrial impact craters.

Through these efforts, Sonia will help us build a stronger planetary science program at Rutgers, as well as expand our program in rock magnetism.  We look forward to exciting new course offerings and fruitful collaborations in the coming years!

Welcome, Sonia!

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EPS undergraduates receive prestigious NASA summer internships

Liam Juliane Shannon

Shannon Boyle and Liam Hoare, who are working with Prof. Juliane Gross on lunar and meteorite rock samples, have been selected for a highly prestigious 10-week summer intern program at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) - NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, TX. This is a remarkable achievement for Shannon and Liam (and Rutgers as well !) as only 10 to 12 students worldwide are selected to participate in this program. 

As interns, Shannon and Liam will experience cutting-edge research in the lunar and planetary sciences and work one-on-one with LPI and JSC scientists on a research project and be able to preview possible career pathways in planetary science. Shannon will work with Dr. Cyrena Goodrich on primitive achondrite breccias known as ureilites; and Liam will work with Dr. David Kring on LL chondrite impact melt breccias. 

We are excited that two of our own Rutgers EPS undergraduate students get to experience such a wonderful opportunity.  Well done and congratulations, Shannon and Liam!

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Sea-level Rise in 20th Century was Fastest in 3,000 Years

 sea-levelRise300 0TreeIn a new study led by EPS' Bob Kopp, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, during the 20th

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 century, sea level has risen more than in any of the 27 previous centuries.

Global sea level rose by about 14 centimeters, or 5.5 inches, from 1900 to 2000m, a substantial increase, especially for vulnerable, low-lying coastal areas.

 More on the study can be read online at Rutgers Today and on the front page of the NYTimes. Access to the published article can be found at PNAS.

 

Ken Miller named co-chair of the IODP-SEP, International Ocean Discovery Program Science Evaluation Panel, for 3-year term.

The IODP-SEP fosters and evaluates millerdrilling proposals for the three IODP Facilities Boards (drilling platforms): the US-led D/V JOIDES Resolution, the Japanese-led D/V Chikyu, and the European led mission specific platforms.  The SEP mandate includes evaluating proposals for 1) the themes and initiatives of the IODP Science Plan; and 2) the completeness of the site characterization data package and its adequacy for achieving the scientific objectives of the proposal. Tnternational Ocean Discovery Program (IODP)he SEP also advises the Facilities Boards on any shortcomings of the proposal pool with respect to themes and challenges of the IODP Science Plan, and makes suggestions for stimulating proposal pressure in those areas.  Miller will be lead chair for science, complementing the site characterization co-chair, David Mallinson (E. Carolina University).  As co-chair, Miller will be expected to attend annual Facilities Board meetings in Europe, the U.S., and Japan, the IODP Forum, and to co-chair the SEP twice a year meetings.

Marie-Pierre Aubry elected as AAAS Fellow

millerThe AAAS Council has elected Marie-Pierre Aubry as Fellow, in recognition of her contributions to innovation, education, and scientific leadership. The tradition of electing AAAS Fellows began in 1874 to recognize members for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.  Marie will be recognized in a 13 February Fellows Forum at the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. At the forum, Fellows receive an official certificate and fellowship rosette pin, the emblem of Fellowship. For more information, go to AAAS Fellows. Congratulations Marie !

The 2014 EPS Student Awards and Recipients


Kinney 2014bCongratulations to Sean Kinney who received a Henry Rutgers Scholar Award, and to all 2014 EPS Award recipients! (Click here for a complete list and description of all EPS Student Awards and Recipients). The Henry Rutgers Scholars Award recognizes graduating seniors who have completed outstanding independent research projects leading to a thesis in their major field of study or an interdisciplinary thesis. These awards are offered across the School of Arts and Sciences, representing only the very finest of  student achievement.


(Click here for a complete list and description of all EPS Student Awards and Recipients).

Matthew Golombek (Rutgers Geology BS, 1976) awarded G.K. Gilbert Award.

Congratulations to our Rutgers College Geology alumus Dr. Matthew Golombek, (Rutgers BS, 1976, U Mass Ph.D., 1981) who has been awarded this year’s Geological Society of America, Planetary Geology Division’s  G.K. Gilbert Award.  Dr. Golombek is currently a Project/Research Scientist at California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

 

"The G. K. Gilbert Award is made for outstanding contributions to the solution of a fundamental problem(s) of planetary geology in its broadest sense, including planetary geology, geochemistry, mineralogy, petrology, andtectonics, geophysics, and the field of meteoritics. Such contributions may consist either of a single outstanding publication, or a series of publications that have had great influence on the field. The award is named for G. K. Gilbert, who over one hundred years ago clearly recognized the importance of a planetary perspective in solving terrestrial geological problems.” 

 

Link to awards description and prior recipients http://rock.geosociety.org/pgd/awards.html