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The European Geophysical Union has awarded the David Bates Medal to Professor Sushil Atreya. Read more


New findings from NASA’s MAVEN show a varied atmosphere on Mars. Read more


Arctic warming: solutions beyond reducing CO2. Read more

Two new endowments for the department

The Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering department recently received two endowments from members of the community. One is from Alumnus Jeff Masters, co-founder and director of meteorology at Weather Underground. The other gift comes from Professor Perry Samson, who has been with the department since 1979. Read more

Professor Joyce Penner named President-elect of AGU Atmospheric Sciences

testThe American Geophysical Union (AGU) Atmospheric Sciences Section selected Professor Joyce Penner to be the section’s President-elect. “As president-elect of the Atmospheric Sciences (AS) section, I will seek to enable a larger conversation about how the meeting structure could evolve in ways that benefit our science and its evolving interdisciplinary nature,” Penner states. Read more

Professor Michael Combi part of team that found water ice on Comet 67P

testThe European Space Agency's Rosetta team recently confirmed the presence of water ice on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Professor Michael Combi contributed to the findings, which were published in Nature. According to the abstract, there has been limited evidence so far for exposed water-ice regions on the surface of the nucleus. Read more

Professor Slavin briefs Senator Gary Peters on space weather

The National Science and Technology Council released a National Space Weather Action Plan this past fall, which is a major step forward in the development of a comprehensive approach for preparedness and response to extreme solar outbursts. In acknowledgement of the new plan, Chair James Slavin was invited to discuss matters related to space weather with Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and his staff. Read more

NASA’s CYGNSS Spacecraft Begins Environmental Testing

NASA's Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) is one step closer to beginning its mission to probe the inner core of hurricanes in greater detail to better understand their rapid intensification. The first-of-its-kind constellation of eight micro-satellites is undergoing environmental testing at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. Read more

Flying lab investigates Southern ocean’s appetite for carbon

A team of scientists, including Assistant Professor Eric Kort, is conducting a series of research flights over the remote Southern Ocean in an effort to better understand just how much carbon dioxide the icy waters are able to lock away. Read more

Meet the brave people who ride their bike year-round to the SRB

New blog follows Alum Brie Van Dam in Alaska

First detection of molecular oxygen at a comet

Marti Moon reflects on her 50-year-career at the University