We hope everyone is enjoying their week at AGU as it wraps up. Please be sure to send the department any photos that you had taken with fellow colleagues and alumni. It was great connecting with everyone!
The University Sustainability Committee has added two Graduate Student Representatives!
Becky Tisherman is a 3rd year PhD student in the Department of Geology and Environmental Science working with Dr. Dan Bain. Becky’s research tackles challenging questions about the impacts of legacy metal contamination on agricultural production. She is working on the Yunnan, China project, quantifying the contribution of legacy contamination to metal loads to receiving waters.
Marjike Hecht is a PhD student in the School of Education, and was previously the Director of Education for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Marijke focuses on environmental education, youth development, and nature. She worked for nearly 20 years in a variety of educational settings, including teaching middle school math and science in NYC public schools, teaching adults English in Bolivia, and educating community members about local environmental health and stewardship of Pittsburgh's greenspaces.
The dB-SERC Leader Awards for 2017-2018 Year were awarded to Dr. Danielle Andrews-Brown and Dr. Kyle Whittinghill!
The Research Spotlight highlighting Dr. Thomas' paper, "Global Assessment of Groundwater Sustainability Based On Storage Anomalies" has been placed in the research spotlight on EOS. The goal of this research was to incorporate monthly changes of storage into an evaluation of groundwater sustainability in the largest and most productive global aquifers. Whereas previous methods used a linear trend to quantify changes in groundwater storage, this research applied well-known performance indicators to remotely-sensed observations from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites to quantify sustainability metrics.
We were honored to present our 2nd Annual Distinguished Alumni award to Mr. William Zagorski! Mr. Zagorski is considered “the Father of the Marcellus Shale” for his initial work in applying hydraulic fracturing to the Marcellus, and he has worked in many other basins as well. Mr. Zagorski received his B.S. in Geology from Pitt in 1979, and his M.S. in 1992 in Geology at Pitt, working with Dr. Tom Anderson. Congratulations to Mr. William Zagorski!
Catch up with alumni, current students, and faculty at the fourth annual AGU alumni gathering this December in Washington, D.C.!
Postdoctoral Associate, Dr. Patrick Shirey helped facilitate a workshop on science communication at the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting in August. While participating as part of the winning team in Wiley's first "Impact-a-thon" for a $7,500 grant toward improving science communication. His team proposed a project to increase diversity within the fisheries profession through engaging high school students through a pilot project that could be continued on an annual basis, described below and on the blog.
Check out our NASA FDL superstar, Molly O’Beirne – Ph.D. Student, who spent the summer completing cutting edge research with NASA FDL, the SETI Institute, and Google Cloud. Check out 1:52:31 to hear about the Astrobiology Team 2 research group!
Who uses NASA Earth science data? Dr. Mike Ramsey, for developing new ways to study active volcanoes and to provide data to support emergency response.
Dr. Emily Elliott was honored with the Biogeosciences Section Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring!