EAPS In The News

Farming is driving force in drying soil in Northern China
A Purdue University and China Agricultural University led research team recently published a paper in the July 9 Nature's Scientific Reports journal. A study spanning 30 years of data analyzed soil moisture in an agricultural region in Northern China. Read what they found out.

Purdue researchers part of volcanic eruptions study
A Purdue University professor was part of an international study that found volcanic eruptions have been responsible for cooling extremes recorded since early Roman times.

Dr. Tanamachi on TWC
Dr. Tanamachi featured on upcoming TWC program.

Dr. Harbor has a new appointment
EAPS professor will start a joint appointment in the fall.

It's inaugural ‘Asteroid Day’. Let's talk to an expert!
Dr. Jay Melosh says detection is more important than deflection.

Smith Insights newsletter
Steve Smith featured in CoS Insights Magazine his for commitment to outreach efforts.

Where did the Moon come from?
In a story from the BBC, EAPS Professor Jay Melosh answers this question.

What do craters, meteorites and the history of our solar system tell us?
“It’s the story of our home,” says Dr. David Minton a planetary scientist studying collisions in space to understand abiogenesis on earth.

A Fossil Fuel Free World is Possible: How to Power a Warming Earth Without Oil, Coal and Nuclear
Noah Diffenbaugh (Prof. of Earth System Science at Stanford, Senior Fellow of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, and a former Purdue EAPS faculty member from 2004-2009) along with Prof. Mark Jacobson from Stanford were featured in an interview on climate change and renewable energy at democracynow.

EAPS Alumnus Receives Fulbright Award
Syed E. Hasan, Ph.D., 1978 Purdue alumnus and UMKC geosciences professor emeritus, has been awarded a Fulbright award to Qatar by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB).

NASA ESS Fellowship Recipients
Congratulations to our NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Recipients for 2015

Faculty invited to lead or participate in studies related to Purdue Studio teaching and learning tools
To improve student communication skills, Professor Jon Harbor turned to Gradient, an online writing and peer assessment tool developed by ITaP.

Harbor honored
Prof. Jonathan Harbor receives honorary doctorate from Stockholm University.

EAPS Prof. Tim Filley talks Twitter and extreme weather tracking with NPR
Using software jointly developed by the Purdue’s Visual Analytics for Command, Control, and Interoperability Environments center (VACCINE) and the Department of Homeland Security, Filley’s students in his Great Issues Course on Natural Hazards huddled around laptops to analyze in real time social media (TWEETS) from communities impacted by a tornado-producing severe weather system moving through Illinois and Indiana to assess the perception of individual’s and communities to the impending hazard. Listen to and read the National Public Radio’s All Things Considered broadcast that highlights the analysis and how the students link to the course partners at the American Red Cross and the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

EAPS Distinguished Science Alumni Recipient - Rick Knabb
Congratulations go to the 2015 EAPS Distinguished Science Alumni Recipient, Rick Knabb. (BS '90 Atmospheric Science, Purdue University)

2015 New EAPS Faculty
EAPS welcomes three new faculty members; Dr. Daniel Chavas, Dr. Robin Tanamachi, and Dr. Daniel Dawson.

Prof. Darryl Granger and his team uses new instrument for dating
A skeleton named Little Foot is among the oldest hominid skeletons ever dated at 3.67 million years old, according to an advanced dating method.

Crough Memorial Lecture
Watch Dr. Mark Zoback's talk on, "Opportunities and Challenges of Shale Gas Development," on YouTube.

The Latest Issue of Elements Magazine includes articles by Professor Granger and Professor Lifton
Professor Lifton and Professor Granger both have articles featured in the October edition of Elements Magazine, which is devoted to cosmogenic nuclides- an area in which EAPS and Purdue have become a world leader.

Terry West Receives AEG Service Award
Terry West Receives AEG Service Award

Shepson Receives American Chemical Society Award
Dr. Shepson was recently honored by the American Chemical Society with the ACS Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology.

Purdue assistant professor taking Purdue to Mars in 2020
Dr. Horgan is the Co-I on a NASA Mars rover mission, set to take place in 2020.

Freed's Geosciences in the Cinema course featured in the IndyStar
Dr. Freed's Geosciences in the Cinema course was highlighted in the IndyStar for exploring bad science in the movie, Sharknado.

Chaubey Awarded ADS/Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award
Dr. Chaubey is the 2014 recipient of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers' ADS/Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award.

Asteroid Strikes: Where Have all the Craters Gone?
It is likely that most of the large impact craters on Earth have already been discovered and that others have been erased, according to a new calculation by Timothy Bowling and Brandon Johnson.

Dynamics of Climate Conference
The Dynamics of Climate Conference will give educators an opportunity to trade conjecture and learn the facts of climate science. The conference will be held on campus from June 18-June 20.

Recent EAPS Grad Announced as 2014 Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow
Hilarie Hahus has been named a 2014 Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

EAPS Alumnus is a 2014 SEG Award Recipient
EAPS alumnus, Bin Wang, has been awarded Life Membership by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

Four Things that Turn America into the Tornado Super Bowl featuring Dr. Agee
Read more about what Dr. Agee had to say about last week's tornado outbreak across the country.

Professor Trapp Talks to Purdue News About Tornado Activity
Prof. Jeff Trapp examined 30 years of U.S. weather records and found that longer periods of tornado activity are most likely to spawn the worst events, but they may also be more predictable.

WLFI News Channel 18 Captures El Aguila Gold Mine Display Dedication
WLFI attended the El Aguila Gold Mine Display Dedication event on April 29. Check out their video to watch the ribbon cutting and an interview with Dr. Chaubey.

Dr. Paul Shepson's Study in Purdue Today
High levels of the greenhouse gas methane were found above shale gas wells at a production point not thought to be an important emissions source, according to study jointly led by Purdue and Cornell universities.

Professor Dev Niyogi and PhD student, Olivia Kellner, are featured in Purdue Today for their study
The study looks at more than 60 years of Indiana tornado climatology data and could potentially be helpful to city planners and forecasters.

EAPS 12000: Introduction to Geography
EAPS 12000 is an introductory course for non majors that is approved for the core curriculum under Science, Technology and Society (STS). Professor Jon Harbor is developing a totally new interactive online version of this course that will be available starting with the summer semester of 2014.

Mayor of Kansas Town Devastated by Tornado to Speak with Purdue Science Policy Class, Research Faculty
The mayor of a Kansas community devastated by an F5 tornado in 2007 will meet on Tuesday (April 1) with Purdue University faculty members and students who are studying the role of science in policy decisions related to hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes.

Access to Top-Flight Supercomputer Yields Sunny Forecast for Atmospheric Science Studetns
An ITap and faculty partnership gives students experience with high-performance computing.

EAPS Alumnus Manages Air-Quality for the Ute Tribe in New Mexico
The Ute Mountain Ute tribe has secured $45,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency to install an air-quality and meteorological station in Towoac.

Purdue Students Partner with INDOT to Forecast Winter Weather
Predicting what Mother Nature will do next is never fun, especially with this winter. A group of Purdue University students are making sure INDOT crews put up a good fight to keep you safe.

EAPS Alumnus Gift Creates First Endowed Chair
Stephen R. Brand, an EAPS alumnus, and his wife, Karen, have given a gift to create the department's first endowed chair.

Did You Know?: EAPS mining exhibit
On the second floor of Hampton Hall, a museum-quality exhibit transports visitors to another realm -- the El Aguila Mine near Oaxaca, Mexico.

EAPS Student Wins Borlaug Fellowship to Promote Sustainable Agriculture in Guatemala
Ian Pope is a Master’s of Science candidate studying earth and atmospheric science at Purdue University in Indiana. His strong interest in agriculture and sustainability issues led him to apply to the U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security program, which provides grants for graduate students who are U.S. citizens to conduct food security research that contributes to the goals of Feed the Future.

New Director of NCAR Announced
James W. Hurrell, an associate director and senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, has been named the center’s new director. He will assume his new post on September 2.

Sunlit Snow Triggers Atmospheric Cleaning, Ozone Depletion in the Arctic
A Purdue University-led team of researchers discovered sunlit snow to be the major source of atmospheric bromine in the Arctic, the key to unique chemical reactions that purge pollutants and destroy ozone.