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Nick Federico presents his poster at the Northeast Section Meeting of the Geological Society of America. His poster described road salt contamination in Reedy Meadow Marsh. Go Nick!

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UML EEAS is well represented here at the Northeast Section Meeting of the Geological Society of America. Joe Fontaine and Casey Beaudoin are presenting posters this morning. Dr. Rich Gaschnig will present this afternoon. Nick Federico presents a poster tomorrow and Prof. Lori Weeden will present Tuesday morning. The UML EEAS table is getting a lot of attention as well!

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Science is not black and white, there is an insurmountable amount of gray. It is up to us as scientists to stand on the edge of what is known, to move the needl...e, and to communicate it in a way that is effective, accessible, understandable and actionable. I have been so busy stuffing my brain with knowledge since I arrived at the yearly American Meteorological Society meeting in Austin, Texas last Saturday that I have barely taken any pictures nevermind had time to post them. The days are long, often over 12 hours... beginning with talks and workshops as early as 7am and ending with networking events, dinners, and social mixers up through 10pm (or later). As much as I’ve been moving physically, my brain has been moving faster. Yesterday was a defining moment for me in my career. I presented research, as an undergraduate student at my first ever professional conference. I had the opportunity to stand by my work for 2 hours, and share it with levels and age ranges from high school up through PHD and beyond. I conversed with some of the most advanced and respected senior Meteorologists in the field, including the author of one of my textbooks. Professors at universities and government officials applauded and congratulated me for my achievements. I think what makes these annual meetings so miraculous is that there are thousands of us collaborating under the same roof: some of us who are only beginning, and some of us who have been at it for decades. I wish that I could even begin to find the words to do justice to just how incredible of an experience this has been. All I can truly say is that I am honored, humbled, blessed, and truly grateful to have found something that I am passionate enough to devote myself to for the rest of my life. @ Austin Convention Center

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UMass Lowell is now a member of UCAR: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). Under the leadership of former Chair and Professor Nelson Eby, the Department of Environmental, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences (EEAS) at UMass Lowell applied to become a member in late 2016 highlighting EEAS’ expertise in Atmospheric Sciences, followed by an extended decision process. UCAR visited the EEAS department in the spring of 2017, and the department was recently congratulated for becoming one of UCAR’s newest member organization.

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Lori Weeden

Excellent turnout of current and former UML students at the Southern New England Weather Conference! Good to see you all!!!!!

UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative Director Juliette Rooney-Varga received a three-year, $340,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study whether college students who are exposed to the World Climate Simulation are more likely to become engaged with sustainability issues on campus.

Jobs in the Geosciences: Some interesting statistics - Median salaries: Atmospheric Scientists $90 K, Environmental Scientists $67K, and Geoscientists $90 K. In Massachusetts 9,980 geoscientists are employed in the non-governmental sector and the median salary is $84,000. If you want to know more about the geosciences in Massachusetts, or any other state, follow the link below.

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Andrew Cornish, a very talented EEAS major, has set the geologic time scale to music. We thought you might enjoy his rendition of geologic time. We hope to bring you more of his (commissioned) works in future postings. Follow the link below to see the YouTube video.

Watch in full screen and with headphones!

For a number of years all students in EEAS have taken a two semester Earth and Environmental Systems course. There is a final exam for the laboratory part of the course which has become somewhat famous/infamous. The exam is based on exploratory missions undertaken by Star Fleet Command. Because of changes to this course sequence we will no longer be using these lab finals. For those of you who took the course, and for those who didn't, we thought you might like to see these exams. Follow the link:

Two EEAS faculty members presented papers at the Goldschmidt Conference in Paris. This is the major international geochemistry conference and there were more than 5,000 attendees. Dr. Eby presented an invited paper titled "Mesozoic magmatism in northeastern North America and Canda: A classic A1-type granite province". Dr. Gaschnig presented a paper titled "Behavior of Mo, U, and Tl isotopes during differentiation in the Kilauea Iki system" and was the co-author of a paper titled "Ni isotopic composition of the upper continental crust through time".

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Please join Prof. Lori Weeden on a fun hike to the top of Pack Monadnock on August 19th. You can scramble over the beautiful schist or stroll up the roadway. Registration to open soon!!

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Congratulations to Dr. Obrist!

Prof. Daniel Obrist recently led an international group of researchers to conduct a long-term study of the origin of mercury pollution in the Arctic tundra.

EEAS and Chemistry hosted an eager group of campers from 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy for a forensic science workshop. The students discover a body in Olney 202 laying on a tarp. They also found sand on the tarp. Comparison of the sand on the tarp with possible locations for the murder allowed the students to identify the most probable site for the crime, a brook in a local town. Subsequently a footprint was discovered in the sand next to the brook. A routine traffic stop led to the discovery of sand-covered sneakers in a suspect's car. The students were able to link the suspect to the crime via the sand evidence and the footprint. Case closed!

Thanks to a new grant, Climate Change Initiative member Matt Barlow, and his team, will conduct research on extreme rainfall events in the Northeast and computer climate models. UMass Lowell Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at UMass Lowell UMass Lowell Weather Center

Assoc. Prof. Mathew Barlow of the Department of Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is conducting research to try to understand what causes extreme rainfall events in the Northeast.