August 11, 2022
Hannah Bloom successfully defended her Master's thesis on August 4th titled "s-Process Molybdenum, Ruthenium, and Barium in High-Density Presolar Graphite". Hannah's committee was Andy Davis (chair), Thomas Stephan, Philipp Heck, Fred Ciesla, and Andy Campbell.
What's next for Hannah? This fall she will be a Guest Lecturer at Wheaton College, where she will be teaching Astronomy. In the spring she will be a Guest Faculty at Elmhurst University, where she will be teaching Environmental Science (which will involve a good amount of Earth Science). Future goals include earning a full-time position teaching at the college level.
Congrats again, Hannah!
July 26, 2022
Science and art, intertwined
Ruth Duckworth’s “Earth, Water, Sky,” a four hundred-square-foot mural covers the four walls and ceiling of the entrance to the Henry Hinds Laboratory for Geophysical Sciences.
The space is covered with over four hundred tiles with “fluid, biomorphic ceramic shapes.”
A former faculty member who taught at UChicago from 1964-1973, the piece was commissioned at a particularly exciting time for the geophysical sciences, as the first satellite views of the earth were available, and earth science and atmospheric science were being joined together as one field.
July 12, 2022
It’s not your imagination, summers have been getting hotter and hotter with extreme heatwaves occurring earlier and more frequently. But why is this happening and can we better predict heatwaves in advance to give people time to prepare?
In June of 2021, an unprecedented heatwave shocked the Pacific Northwest and Canada. It ended up being one of the most deadly extreme weather events in the region. But no one could figure out how it occurred, until one Professor of Geophysical Science at the University of Chicago, Noboru Nakamura, saw it as an opportunity to test a new theoretical framework he had developed for understanding atmospheric phenomena.