EAPS Under the Dome 2016

Helen Hill | EAPS News
Sunday, May 1, 2016

On Saturday, April 23, MIT opened its doors for "Under the Dome: Come Explore MIT", a free, day-long, campus-wide open house that gave visitors the opportunity to see firsthand the innovative, creative, and ground-breaking work taking place on MIT's campus and beyond.

Members of the Department of Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) hosted a jamboree of activities to get visitors up to speed on Earth's incredible history, the rocks beneath our feet, sun spots, solar powered balloons, just how many critters there are in a drop of Charles River water, how to read a stalagmite for clues about our planets changing climate and much more.

Here are a few of our photos. For more please visit EAPS flickr page.

Oceans Alive!

Members of the Follows Group set up a live plankton camera and hosted a show and tell of local plankton; explained how they go about understanding how ocean ecosystems work using computer models and demonstrated a predator prey relationship model based on swedish fish. Who knew ocean modeling could be so yummy!

Principal Research Scientist Stephanie Dutkiewicz shares her work using computer models to understand the distribution of phytoplankton in the ocean - Image credit: Vicki McKenna

Postdocs David Talmy and Jonathen Lauderdale (not pictured) collecting plankton in the Charles River for viewing at Open House - Image credit: Lauren Hinkel 

A spring bloom of Charles River plankton as seen under the microscope - Image credit: Deepa Rao

Undergraduate Kaylee Brent putting swedish fish to work in a predator-prey game - Image credit: Vicki McKenna

Stellar Outreach: Sun-spot spotting

Members of the Wallace Observatory and observe@MIT the monthly stargazing group set up telescopes equipped with safety filters to give visitors the opportunity to hunt for sunspots and solar prominences.  

Observing sunspots on the lawn in front of the Green Building with Senior Lecturer Amanda Bosh - Image credit: Vicki McKenna

Introducing: The Climate Detectives!

The McGee Lab for Paleoclimate and Geochronology focuses on how precipitation and wind patterns responded to past climate changes. Members of the lab exhibited cave deposits (stalagmites), lake deposits, and marine sediment from around the world and explained a little bit about their research with the aid of a sandbox and a pretend mass spectrometer.

The McGee Lab crew - (left to right) Christine Chen, Charlotte Skonieczny, Gabriela Serrato-Marks, Christopher Kinsley - Image credit: Vicki McKenna

Gabriella Serato Marks mans the sandbox - image credit: Vicki McKenna

Ashling Neary shows off a stalagmite section - Image credit: Vicki McKenna

Up in the Air with Aerocene

Tomás Saraceno, CAST visiting artist, and scientists in EAPS joined forces to confront the climate crisis at COP21 in Paris with an art exhibition inspired by solar balloons and meteorological data exploring earth’s stratosphere and its chemical constituents. During Open House, in an activity co-sponsored by EAPS and ARTS at MIT, visitors were invited to learn more about Saraceno and his solar balloon launches through a movie of the ballon's launch at the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico and by browsing copies of the Aerocene newspaper. A second activity allowed visitors to choose launch points and climate data to display on the iGlobe as a way of exploring possible balloon trajectories.

Visitors browse through the Aerocene newspaper - a collection of article and images about Saraceno's project - Image credit: Vicki McKenna

Senior Lecturer Lodovica Illari explains the science behind Aerocene with the aid of an i-Globe (right) - Image credit: Vicki McKenna

Madeleine Youngs explaining a paper folding activity at the Aerocene exhibit - Image credit: Vicki McKenna

EAPS Rock Stars

Kimberly Huppert firing up the next generation of geologists at "The Great Rock Show" exhibit - Image credit: Vicki McKenna

Tim Grove treats visitors to his inimitable brand of geological show and tell - Image credit: Vicki McKenna

Judy Pu shares her infectious love for geology - Image credit: Vicki McKenna

We Globe. You Globe. i-Globe.

Glenn Flierl showcasing models of global ocean circulation and phytoplankton blooms on the i-Globe - Image credit: Vicki McKenna

Special thankes to everyone who made these events and activities such a great success especially: Rohini Shivamoggi, Allison Schneider, Rung (Waritha Panaswatwong), Lodovica Illari, Glenn Flierl, Tim Grove, Amanda Bosh, Madison Douglas, Christopher Kinsley, Christine Chen, Gabbi Serrato Marks, Kimberly Huppert, Judy Pu, Emily Zakem, Deepa Rao, Stephanie Dutkiewicz, Jonathen Lauderdale, Anne Wilem Omta, David Talmy, Kaylee Brent, Madeleine Youngs, Ashling Neary, Charlotte Skonieczny, Francois Tissot, Max Collinet, Harry Matchette-Downs, Bill McKenna,  John Marshall, William Shinevar, Roberta Allard, Quinjian Jin, Lauren Hinkel, ARTS at MIT, and Vicki McKenna.

-There were so many of you, we're sorry if we're missing anyone: Errors (or to be added) as always email eapsweb@gmail.com.


Story image - Credit: Vicki McKenna