Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences faculty continue to earn numerous awards and invited honors in recognition of their innovation and leadership in their respective fields.
EAPS scientists and MIT alumni contributed to the American Meteorological Society's monograph "A Century of Progress in Atmospheric and Related Sciences: Celebrating the American Meteorological Society Centennial." Professor Emeritus of Physical Oceanography CARL WUNSCH and Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Oceanography RAFFAELE FERRARI wrote the chapter "100 Years of Ocean General Circulation" and Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science KERRY EMANUEL authored "100 Years of Progress in Tropical Cyclone Research."
Assistant Professor JULIEN DE WIT joined a delegation from Belgium on a recent State Visit to Luxembourg. De Wit was invited to give an address on the future of space exploration to the King and Queen of Belgium, the Grand-Duc and Grande-Duchesse of Luxembourg, and their respective political and industrial entourages.
At TEDx Boca Raton,Associate Professor KERRI CAHOY spoke about her work with CubeSats, "How Tiny Satellites Can Help Us Weather Through Hurricanes". The event's theme, "Rethinking Relationships," was selected to examine how paradigm shifts in behavior, technology and global influences impact our significance as individuals and as connected beings.
NASA awarded a Silver Achievement Medal to the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) team. It is given by NASA center directors in recognition of government and non-government individuals or teams for "a stellar achievement that supports one or more of NASA's core values, when it is deemed to be extraordinarily important and appropriate to recognize such achievement in a timely and personalized manner." Class of 1941 Professor SARA SEAGER is the deputy science director of TESS.
Associate Professor NOELLE SELIN contributed to the Global Mercury Assessment 2018 undertaken by the United Nations Environment Programme (IJN Environment). The document describes mercury emission estimates by sector and country, as well as its fate, levels, and transport in the environment and organisms. She was also co-author on two papers selected for the editors' choice list Best Papers from 2018 in the Environmental Science Family of Journals from the Royal Society of Chemistry: "Understanding factors influencing the detection of mercury policies in modelled Laurentian Great Lakes wet deposition" and "Responses of deposition and bioaccumulation in the Great Lakes region to policy and other large-scale drivers of mercury emissions".
The American Meteorological Society, which is celebrating its centennial conference in Boston, is holding the SUSAN SOLOMON Symposium in January 2020. Solomon, the Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies, has been a leader on the scientific frontier of the world's most important environmental challenges and instrumental in the advancement of atmospheric chemistry, climate, and environmental policy. The symposium will honor Solomon's past achievements and ongoing contributions to atmospheric science. Sessions will highlight the history and future of environmental policy and assessments, breakthroughs in middle atmospheric and ozone science, and provide perspectives on our changing climate—one of the greatest challenges of our time. Each of these three topics will be communicated through invited talks and solicited posters.
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