DGE Newsletter, July/August 2009
Caldeira Lab Group
Field & Berry Groups
Aug. 18: Dr. Xavier Rodó, Director, Institut Català de Ciències del Clima (IC3), Barcelona, spoke about Modeling Climate Change Impacts on Health. He discussed Climate Dynamics and Impact Units on vector & Aug. 13: Dr. Anand Gnanadesikan, Oceanographer in the Oceans and Climate Group at NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory and a lecturer in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program at Princeton
water-borne diseases (e.g. malaria & cholera). By using scale dependent correlation analyses (SDC) of past epidemics with climate, one may anticipate future disease outbreaks.
University, spoke to the title: What if the oceans were blue? Impacts of ocean water clarity on climate, ENSO and cyclogenesis? He showed us numerous models of the connections between physical circulation, the biosphere, and large-scale ocean chemistry.
July 4: Eve-Lyn Hinckley was recently married to Matthew Long, a PhD student in Environmental Earth Systems Science (at Stanford) in this lovely setting photographed by Nona. You may spot our recent PhD, Kim Nicholas Cahill, who co-officiated at the ceremony.
July 30: Caldeira and Cristina Archer are quoted at length in Nature (Pg. 564) about their studies of tapping into wind energy at high altitudes.
Aug. 10: Ken Caldeira traveled to Paramount Studios in LA to participate in the film “Acid Test” that premieres Wednesday, August 12 at 10:30 pm ET/PT on Discovery Planet Green. (  It will air on Discovery
Planet Green throughout Blue August, a month devoted to on-air and online programming about the wonders and mysteries of the oceans.
Dr. Hinckley left the Field lab at the end of August, moving to a post-doc at the University of Colorado.  
Aug. 9-12: Luis Fernandez participated in the workshop “Biofuel Technologies and their Implications for Water and Land Use Workshop”, in Atibaia, Brazil. Convened by NSF and NSF’s Brazilian and Argentinean counterparts, this workshop’s goal was to spur internationally collaborative research on bioenergy and its potential impacts on global land use and water resources.
Chris Field, Kris Ebi, and Mike Mastrandrea participated in the scoping meeting for the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report in Venice in July.
Dr. Kris Ebi, the Executive Director of the Technical Support unit for WG2 of the IPCC arrived at DGE in mid August. She has been in this position for the last several months, working from Washington DC. For Kris, an expert in climate change and human health, this is something of a homecoming, as she spent several years with the Electric Power Research Institute, in Palo Alto.
In late August, Dr. Josep Peñuelas, the leading ecologist in Spain, arrived for a short sabbatical in the Field Lab.
Also at the end of August, the summer interns in the Field Lab returned to their real lives. Chinmaya Kulkarni returned to Brown. Julie Ralph and Jeremy Hoffman returned to classes at Stanford.
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