News: EAS


Report fosters ag industry climate-change tracking

By: Blaine Friedlander

Art DeGaetano, Professor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, is one of nine scientists who have co-authored a report to help the nation’s farmers, producers and commercial agricultural managers reduce risk in the face of climate change. Read more

ngenuity, the first helicopter on the red planet flies around Jezero crater, as a demonstration project, in this illustration. It is about the size of personal drone.

Cornellians help NASA zoom in on red planet

By: Blaine Friedlander

Megan Barrington, an EAS grad student, has been working on a pair of zoomable cameras that will sprout from the NASA Mars 2020 Rover, set to launch on July 30th! The instrument, called Mastcam-Z, is specially designed to see Mars both in visible light wavelengths and in near-infrared wavelengths. The cameras will be used to create 3D models of the surface at multiple wavelengths to reveal the terrain’s composition and geology and help the engineering team guide the rover throughout its exploration area. Read more

Cornell Impacts NYS

Scientists track plant diseases riding across globe with dust

By: Krishna Ramanujan

A Cornell University interdisciplinary team, including Natalie Mahowald, received a grant from NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration to better understand how plant pathogens that travel the globe with dust particles might put crops at risk, especially in places where people struggle to eat. “It’s just a fascinating combination of cross-disciplinary work that’s going to allow us to address things that no one has been able to address before,” said co-investigator Natalie Mahowald, the Irving Porter Church Professor in Engineering in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences... Read more

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Louis Derry Elected GSA Fellow

Louis Derry, Professor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, was elected a fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA). GSA’s mission is to advance geoscience research and discovery while supporting the global community of geologists. The GSA Fellowship recognizes exceptional members of the geoscience community. Derry joined Cornell Earth and Atmospheric Sciences as a research fellow in 1994 and as a faculty member in 1996. Derry’s research includes studying the biogeochemical processes at multiple time scales, from modern environments to evolution of couple biogeochemical cycles over Earth... Read more

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Cornell Atkinson awards $1.1M to innovative projects

By: Blaine Friedlander

Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability awarded a seed grant to an interdisciplinary project that reduces levels of air pollution in India from agricultural burning. The project is led by Natalie Mahowald and Peter Hess from the Cornell University College of Engineering, Andrew McDonald from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, and Prabhu Pingali from The Dyson School. Read more

Black Lives Matter Poster

IDEEAS Comment on Current Climate and A Way Foward

IDEEAS, a working group that fosters community, belonging and connection in EAS, released a statement denouncing anti-Black racism in all its forms and affirming the right of every human being to dignity, security, and equitable treatment. Dear EAS-ers, We are living in an era of multiple crises, mounting violence, and mourning. The current pandemic has not only upended the rhythm of our daily lives, our work, and our ways of connecting with each other. It has ravaged bodies, communities, economies, and our collective sense of physical and spiritual safety. The IDEEAS working group... Read more

EAS Awards 2020

2020 EAS Student Awards

Graduate Awards Meyer Bender ’29 and Stephen Bender ’58 Memorial Scholarship Paula Burgi The Meyer Bender ’29 and Stephen Bender ’58 Memorial Scholarship was established in 1981 by the Bender family in honor of Meyer Bender ’29, who graduated from our department and who was one of our most generous and innovative benefactors throughout his life. The scholarship now also honors Meyer’s son, Stephen Bender ’58, who passed away in late 2014. Like his father, Stephen was very dedicated to our department and his alma mater. He was an honored speaker at many of our EAS Commencement Ceremonies. The... Read more

Merrill Scholar in India

EAS Student selected as a Cornell Merrill Presidential Scholar

By: David Nutt

Ellen Park, a double major in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, was selected as a 2020 Cornell Merrill Presidential Scholar. Park was selected by Lance Collins, Dean of the College of Engineering, for her academic achievements, leadership, and potential to contribute to society. Read more