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Congratulations to Lauren Padilla (MAE) who successfully defended her thesis titled, "Application of Empirical and Dynamical Closure Methods to Simple Climate Models" on December 10, 2012. Lauren has accepted a position as an environmental modeler at Stone Environmental, Inc. in Montpelier, VT.

Congratulations to Kelly Kearney (Geosciences), a member of Jorge Sarmiento's group, on successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis entitled, “An Analysis of Marine Ecosystem Dynamics Through Development of a Coupled Physical-Biogeochemical-Fisheries Food Web Model” on October 18, 2012.  Kelly has accepted a position at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science - University of Miami.

AOS Graduate Student Retreat - Fall 2012

On Friday, September 14, 2012, AOS graduate students and faculty gathered for a one-day retreat at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton.  The retreat was the first of its kind solely organized by AOS students and faculty to promote scientific and social interactions among students and faculty and to welcome the incoming students. Photo Album


The AOS Program extends a warm welcome to its newest members -- Graduate Students Jane Baldwin, Nicholas Lutsko, Robert Nazarian and Anna Trugman!

2012 Summer Undergraduates

Five Controversies in Climate Science Symposium

In celebration of Knox Taylor Professor of Geosciences S. George Philander’s contributions to atmospheric and oceanic science research and graduate education, the AOS Program with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is hosting a two day symposium on September 6-7, 2012 in the Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall of the Woodrow Wilson School.

CICS Receives $3M in Federal Funding

The Cooperative Institute for Climate Science (CICS)  recently received more than $3 million in new federal funding intended to support climate science and education. U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) announced the new support Aug. 27 with the funding coming from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  full story

Bollasina and coauthors honored by World Meteorological Organization

Congratulations to Massimo Bollasina, a postdoc in our Program, and coauthors Yi Ming and V. "Ram" Ramaswamy on winning the World Meteorological Organization's Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award for 2013.  Their paper, "Anthropogenic aerosols and the weakening of the South Asian Summer Monsoon" (published in the journal Science in September 2011) tied weaker South Asian summer monsoons to human activities.

Congratulations to AOS Graduate Student Spencer Hill who was recently selected for the Princeton Energy Scholars (PECS) group.   He is among the seven new graduate student members selected for the 2012-2013 academic year.  

Balaji Working at the Forefront of 'Exascale' Supercomputing

AOS Senior Professional Technical Specialist V. Balaji is one of three Princeton-based scientists awarded a grant by the Group of Eight's (G-8) Research Councils Initiative on Multilateral Research Funding to aid in the development of the advanced software that will put the coming new generation of computers to work on solving problems of global interest.
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Guest Blogs by PECS Scholar Geeta Persad

Check out AOS Graduate Student and Princeton Energy and Climate Scholar (PECS) Geeta Persad's  guest blogs on the PECS trip to the United Nations Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference for the Alliance For Climate Education blog.  The blogs and accompanying daily video updates from the conference will be posted at beginning Friday, June 15th and run through June 22nd.

Atmosphere-Ocean Science Days -- a conference for young scientists

Princeton University is hosting AOS Days, a multi-day conference for early career scientists working on problems in atmosphere and ocean dynamics, on June 7-8, 2012 in Lewis Library.

Find out more information and register online here.

Asian Emissions Contributing to Air Pollution in Western US

In a recent study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, a team of researchers led by CICS Scientist and AOS Associate Research Scholar Meiyun Lin found that the contribution of Asian emissions to intercontinental pollution is higher than was previously believed.  full story   Media coverage in Nature

Isaac Held wins the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Climate Change category

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Climate Change was recently granted to Isaac Held, a lecturer with rank of Professor in the AOS program and senior research scientist at GFDL, “for his fundamental and pioneering contributions to our understanding of the structure of atmospheric circulation systems and the role of water vapor – the most important greenhouse gas – in climate change.”  full story

The January 2012 edition of Physics Today features an article on Congressional Science Fellows, including former AOS Graduate Student and current Congressional Science Fellow Ian Lloyd.
The article can be found here.