JANUARY 15, 2019
A monthly digest of department news
Third Exoplanet Discovered by TESS
The TESS science team, including Professor Sara Seager, announced the find at the annual American Astronomical Society meeting: a dense, gaseous planet three times the size of Earth orbiting a bright, dwarf star about 53 light years away, which appears to have the longest orbital period of the three planets so far identified by TESS.
EAPS Makes Strong Showing at AGU
Department members can chalk up AGU's centennial year as a success, taking home awards, giving invited talks, and presenting a plethora of earth and planetary research.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR AGU AWARDEES
• Professor Tim Grove
2018 Harry H. Hess Medal
• Graduate Student Meghan Jones
2018 Data Visualization & Storytelling Grand Prizewinner
A Global Thermostat
in Tropical Mountains?
Science Magazine reports new research presented at AGU from Professor Oli Jagoutz and others showing that tropical mountain weathering pulls CO2 from the atmosphere—and that mountain-forming tectonic collisions coincide in the geologic record with glacial periods of the past 500 million years.
Coral Larvae Use Sound to Find a Home
Researchers, including MIT-WHOI Joint Program student and EAPS-affiliate Cynthia Becker, found that the soundscape of a reef—the combined sounds of all animals living nearby—might play a major role in steering corals towards healthy reef systems and away from damaged ones.
Oil & Water: Middle Eastern Environmental Dilemmas
Visiting Assistant Professor Maryam Rashed Alshehhi models a region with freshwater shortages, oil spills, and frequent dust storms.
A warm welcome to new members of the department, congratulations on recent promotions, and a fond farewell to those who’ve left.