Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences faculty continue to earn numerous awards and honors, in recognition of their leadership in their respective fields.
AWARDS & HONORS
Associate Professor of Geobiology TANJA BOSAK received a Geological Society of America Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division award for her work answering questions about early life and its habitats.
In recognition of contributions to meteorology and climate science, specializing in moist convection in the atmosphere and tropical cyclones, KERRY EMANUEL, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Co-Director of the Lorenz Center, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
RAFFAELE FERRARI, the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Chair of the EAPS Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate, received the 2016 Robert L. and Bettie P. Cody Award in Ocean Sciences from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography for, “pioneering efforts toward understanding the nature and rates of oceanic mixing and their consequences for the general circulation.”
Cecil & Ida Green Assistant Professor of Geobiology GREG FOURNIER received MIT’s 2017 Charles E. Reed Faculty Initiatives Fund Award for work studying “The Evolution of a-Carboxysomes and Earth’s Early Atmosphere.”
Professor of physical oceanography PAOLA MALANOTTE-RIZZOLI has been invited to give the Rachel Carlson Lecture at the American Geophysical Union 2017 Fall Meeting. The Rachel Carson Lecture honors the life and work of marine biologist Rachel Carson and is given by a female scientist who exemplifies Carson’s work with cutting-edge ocean science, especially science relevant to societal concerns.
In addition to earning the NAS Arthur L. Day prize, SUSAN SOLOMON was recognized with The Royal Society’s 2018 Bakerian Medal and will give the Bakerian Lecture in Spring 2018. She was also named an honorary Fellow of the UK’s Royal Meteorological Society, and became the Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies at MIT.
SELIN AWARDED TENURE
Noelle Selin is nationally and internationally recognized for her work on understanding the pathways from emissions to impacts for atmospheric pollutants in policy-relevant ways.
Noelle Selin's research focuses on using atmospheric chemistry modeling to inform decision-making strategies on air pollution, climate change, and toxic substances, including mercury and persistent organic pollutants. She has also published articles and book chapters on the interactions between science and policy in international environmental negotiations, focusing in particular on global efforts to regulate hazardous chemicals and persistent organic pollutants. Selin is an active participant in the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and also serves as Associate Director of MIT’s Technology and Policy Program. She holds a primary appointment in MIT’s Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS.)
Selin came to MIT in 2007 as a Postdoctoral Associate at the Center for Global Change Science after completing her PhD at Harvard in Earth and Planetary Sciences. She joined MIT’s Earth Systems Division (ESD) as an Assistant Professor in 2010 with a joint appointment in EAPS. She was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2015, at the same time ESD transitioned to become IDSS.
A regular contributor to the journal Environmental Science and Technology (ES&T), Selin was co-author of two submissions which were selected as the top paper in environmental policy in the ES&T publications Best Papers of 2016 and Best Papers of 2015. The 2016 publication “Costs of IQ Loss from Leaded Aviation Gasoline Emissions” was the first assessment of the annual costs of IQ loss due to lead emissions from aircraft for the continental United States.
FOLLOWS & MCGEE PROMOTED
In July, the Executive Committee of the Corporation approved the promotion of Michael Follows to full Professor and David McGee to Associate Professor.
Mick Follows seeks to understand how the interactions of physical, chemical, and biological processes modulate the structure and function of marine microbial communities and regulate the oceanic cycles of carbon and nutrient elements on global and climate scales. Using idealized theory, numerical models, and the analysis of observed data, he and his group seek to identify the relationships of individuals and communities to their environment, connecting cellular-scale processes to global microbial community structure. In particular, through his leadership of the MIT Darwin Project, his team has created a marine ecosystem model that, when initialized with many phytoplankton types whose physiological traits have been determined stochastically, results in emergent community structure and biogeography consistent with known distributions of microbes in the global oceans.
Follows joined the MIT faculty in 2013, subsequently assuming a secondary appointment in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Originally from the United Kingdom, Follows holds a PhD from the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.
David McGee’s research focuses on understanding the atmosphere’s response to past climate changes. By documenting past changes in precipitation and winds using geochemical measurements of stalagmites, lake deposits, and marine sediments and interpreting these records in the light of models and theory, he aims to offer data-based insights into the patterns, pace, and magnitude of past hydroclimate changes. His primary tool is measurements of uranium-series isotopes, which provide precise uranium-thorium dates for stalagmites and lake deposits and allow reconstructions of windblown dust emission and transport using marine sediments.
McGee joined the faculty in 2012 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship with a joint appointment at the University of Minnesota and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and now serves as Director of Terrascope, MIT’s freshman learning community. He holds a PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Columbia University.
2016-17 marked a major milestone for several of our faculty and staff, who retired after many years of hard work, leadership, and dedication to the department.
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