Department News

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

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"

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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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.

Congratulations to Ken Miller and Dennis Kent

...who have been awarded a 3-year National Science Foundation continuation grant for the Core Repository: OCE-1154379: Renewal of Curation of ODP Legs 150X and 174AX cores: The Rutgers Core Repository.

Paul G. Falkowski has been appointed by Rutgers Board of Governors as first holder of the Bennett L. Smith Chair in Business and Natural Resources

Paul Falkowski

Rutgers University Board of Governors today (December 14, 2011) appointed Paul G. Falkowski, a professor of geological and marine sciences, as the first holder of the Bennett L. Smith Chair in Business and Natural Resources. The university established the endowed chair – which resides jointly in Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences – to support a university faculty member whose research has contributed to understanding the Earth and its climate and who has been instrumental in shaping energy policy internationally.

The anonymous gift establishing the endowment is part of the university's fundraising campaign, Our Rutgers, Our Future: A Campaign for Excellence. A Rutgers faculty member since 1998, Falkowski, who is the founding Director of the Rutgers Energy Institute,, has been recognized for his contributions to the understanding of the role of the oceans in the co-evolution of life and biogeochemical cycles."Paul Falkowski is recognized internationally for his far-reaching scientific vision that is of tremendous value to the understanding of biological oceanography and climate change," said Richard L. McCormick, president of Rutgers University. "His leadership and collaborative efforts toward energy independence through scientific and technological advances exemplify Rutgers' role in New Jersey and beyond."Falkowski is a Board of Governors Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences in the School of Environment and Biological Sciences. He is the lead investigator of the Environmental Biophysics and Molecular Ecology Program.

At the Rutgers Energy Institute, he works to foster innovative research and educational programs in science, technology and economic policies aimed at developing sustainable energy production compatible with economic growth and environmental vitality.A renowned teacher and scholar, Falkowski has received recognition and many distinguished awards and for his work including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Huntsman Medal, the Hutchinson Award and the Verndsky Medal from the European Geosciences Union. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a private nonprofit society of distinguished scholars chartered to advise the government on science for the general welfare of the nation. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Academy of Microbiology.Falkowski, who earned his doctoral degree in Biology from the University of British Columbia in 1975, lives in Princeton with his wife Sari Ruskin and two daughters, Sasha and Mirit.

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