2005 Awards and News
Walter Alvarez is the Desert Research Institute of Nevada's 2006 Nevada Medalist. Alvarez is a geologist who considers himself an Earth historian, and is fascinated by the challenge of reading the history of our planet recorded in rocks.
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Walter Alvarez receives Founders' Medal from the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago
Michael Manga is a geophysicist who applies his background in fluid dynamics to a wide variety of fundamental questions in geology. The phenomena he explores range in scale from microscopic to planetary; he draws insights from field measurements, numerical simulations, laboratory experiments, and even astronomical observations. Manga began his research
John will begin his appointment on June 1st, 2006.
The event lasted for four days and drew people from Australia, China, Switzerland, Canada and across the US. Full size photo of the group.
The California Academy of Sciences was founded in 1853 to survey and study California's vast resources, as well as in response to concerns over the environmental changes during the California gold rush. Today, the Academy runs one of the 10 largest natural history museums in the world, and is overseen by its 300 lifetime Fellows.
Professor Fung's computer model indicates that the "breathing biosphere" can absorb carbon only so fast. Beyond a certain point, the planet will not be able to keep up with carbon dioxide emissions: "It's all about rates. If the rate of fossil fuel emissions is too high, the carbon storage capacity of the land and oceans decreases and climate warming accelerates." Read the full Press Release here.
Hundreds of friends, colleagues and associates of Professor Emeritus Bruce A. Bolt packed the Faculty Club this afternoon to celebrate his life. Professor Bolt, who served as Director of the UC Seismograph Stations for 28 years, passed away on July 21 2005 after a brief illness. Speakers recalled Bruce's scholarship, leadership, and verve, and remarked on his love of theatre, wine and above all his family. His hearty smile and the twinkle in his eye made Bruce instantly recognizable on the Berkeley campus for decades. We send our condolences to Beverley and her family. Bruce will be sorely missed by all who knew him.<br>UC Berkeley Press Release<br>Berkeley Seismological Laboratory In Memoriam page
The Urey Medal is awarded every year to outstanding senior scientists for their life-long contribution to geochemistry.
Ingrid Johanson was awarded a United States Geological Survey (USGS) Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellowship
This prize is awarded to Roland Burgmann for his outstanding contributions to research and scholarship. Through his research work on earthquakes and crustal motions with the help of satellite observations, Professor Burgmann belongs among the international leaders in state of the art research. Professor Roland Burgmann will spend several months in summer 2005 as guest of thePostdam Geophysical Research Institute in the framework of a researchcollaboration.
Professor Barbara Romanowicz elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Joshua will begin his appointment in November 2005.
Phoebe will begin her appointment in December 2005.
The Educational Initiatives Award is an award presented annually to a department or unit on the Berkeley campus in recognition of distinctive contributions to undergraduate education. Designed to complement the campus's Distinguished Teaching Award for individual faculty, the Educational Initiatives Award is presented to a department, unit, or group of faculty that has created an outstanding program or initiative that has had a sustained impact upon undergraduate education and can serve as a workable model for others on campus.
This award is given annually by the Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology section of the AGU recognize outstanding contributions to volcanology, geochemistry, or petrology.
Siena is a wonderfully preserved medieval city with a University dating back to the 13th Century, and the ceremony was befitting of that surrounding, beginning with a fanfare by four long medieval trumpets, after which he gave a 45 min "dissertazione" in Italian, entitled "Toward a synthesis of human history and Earth history" http://www.unisi.it/eventi/laurea/