Dean’s Update: Holiday Donations, Dean in DC, Clark on Climate, 4 ‘Highly Cited’ Faculty and more ....

December 6, 2018
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12.06.18

Hi everyone,
 
I am just back from being down at the Marine Lab the last few days. There we celebrated the coming holidays with a flotilla of merrily decorated boats and a party that featured gingerbread house building and destruction as a social-ecological commentary on Hurricane Florence. Here is your reminder to contribute by Friday to the Boys & Girls Club donation effort underway! The last day is tomorrow and we still need school supplies and online cash donations.
 
Last week, I also had the pleasure of being up in Washington, D.C., where I met some amazing prospective students and got to interact with a bunch of our inspiring alumni in a standing-room-only event. Thanks to our fantastic Student Services team and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations for putting on such a great affair.

I also engaged in some visits on Capitol Hill with the North Carolina delegation, where I was able to thank them for continuing to invest in higher education and research for our main funding agencies—NSF, NOAA, EPA, NIH among others.   
 
As we head into the end of the semester, take care of yourselves and good luck with all the exams and projects!

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JIM CLARK SERVES AS CONTRIBUTOR FOR NATIONAL CLIMATE ASSESSMENT

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Jim Clark was part of a team of more than 300 experts who helped produce the Fourth National Climate Assessment, which was released last month. Jim served as technical contributor to the forests chapter, which found that it’s likely that more frequent extreme weather events will increase the frequency and magnitude of severe ecological disturbances in forest structure and function.

It also concludes that climate change will likely decrease the ability of many forests to provide important ecosystem services to society.

FOUR FACULTY MEMBERS MAKE ‘HIGHLY CITED’ LIST

Ram Oren, Drew Shindell, John Terborgh and Mark Wiesner were among the 44 Duke University faculty members in the 2018 Highly Cited Researchers list, compiled by Clarivate Analytics and Web of Science. This year's list of 6,078 names recognizes world-class researchers for their production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1 percent by citations for their field and over the past decade. Duke tied for 12th in the worldwide rankings by number of highly cited researchers this year.

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VENGOSH LAB LOOKS AT FRACKING WASTEWATER IN CHINESE BASIN

Avner Vengosh's lab recently published the first study to report on the quality of flowback fluids from shale gas wells in China’s Sichuan Basin. The international research project, which was done in collaboration with PetroChina, relied on a large set of geochemical and isotope tracers to evaluate the origin of brines in oil and gas wells in the basin. The research helps PetroChina better manage the oil and gas wastewater that is generated from hydraulic fracturing.

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APPLICATIONS FOR WEYERHAEUSER FELLOWSHIP NOW OPEN

Submissions for the F. K. Weyerhaeuser Forest History Fellowship are now being accepted. The fellowship, which consists of an $11,000 stipend, is awarded annually to a Duke University graduate student selected on merit basis. The project must be historical in nature and treat land use, forestry or environment. Learn more>

DUKE ENERGY INITIATIVE LOOKING FOR RESEARCH PROPOSALS

Let the Duke University Energy Initiative help kickstart your new multidisciplinary, collaborative research through its Energy Research Seed Fund program. All Duke researchers can apply for seed grants (up to $45,000), stage-two grants (up to $35,000) and proposal development grants (up to $25,000). Deadline is Monday, Jan. 14. Learn more>

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NEW RACHEL CARSON SCHOLARS ANNOUNCED
 
Congratulation to the newly-named Rachel Carson Scholars, which were announced this week. The new scholars are juniors Molly Albright, Melissa Baldino and Andrea Kolarova; sophomores Danielle Brown, Kendall Jefferys, Katie Knotek and Jessica Wang; and first-years Erin Gleason, India Haber, David Hugo, Maddie Paris and Jwalin Patel. Learn more>

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@Dukenvironment - @dukemarinelab's Undergraduate Scholarships in Marine Science are open to non-Duke undergrads through March 1. More info: https://nicholas.duke.edu/marinelab/undergraduate/scholarships-marine-science

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@Dukenvironment - Dean Toddi Steelman traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to meet with policymakers, including fellow West Virginian and @dukeuniversity alumna @sencapito, as well as to meet prospective students and alumni at our open house. #WeAreDukeEnvironment.

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#WeAreDukeEnvironment

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