WERNEGREEN NAMED BASS FELLOW FOR RESEARCH, TEACHING
Jennifer Wernegreen has been named to Duke’s Bass Society of Fellows in recognition of her excellence in research and undergraduate teaching. As a Bass Fellow, she will be appointed the Lee Hill Snowdon Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences and Policy, starting July 1. Bass faculty are nominated by their peers, and then vetted by a committee charged to establish both their reputation as internationally recognized scholars and their excellence as innovative and dedicated undergraduate teachers. Read more>
CAGLE, READ NAMED AMONG TOP 5 PERCENT OF UNDERGRAD INSTRUCTORS
Nicolette Cagle and Andrew Read were among the top 5 percent of all undergraduate instructors in Trinity College for the fall 2018 semester, based on course evaluations. It’s great to see our faculty excel in the classroom!
DOYLE’S BOOK RECEIVES AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF GEOGRAPHERS AWARD
The American Association of Geographers (AAG) named Martin Doyle’s The Source: How Rivers Made America and America Remade its Rivers the 2018 recipient of the Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography. The award is given annually for books that make an important contribution to advancing the science and art of geography. On April 7, Martin will be recognized at an awards luncheon during the 2019 AAG Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
RITTSCHOF PAPER WINS NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY RESEARCH AWARD
A paper co-authored by Dan Rittschof received an Alan Berman Research Publication Award from the Naval Research Laboratory. The study sheds new light on the complex, and still only partly understood, biochemical processes that allow barnacles to create super-strong underwater adhesives. Dan and his colleagues identify a critical step in the adhesive-making process that previous studies have missed. The discovery of this critical step could help scientists create synthetic adhesives with properties that mimic the barnacles’ adhesives and, ultimately, aid in the development of environmentally friendly biofouling solutions.
FACULTY MEMBERS HAVE A BUSY SPRING BREAK IN THE NEWS
Cindy Van Dover was quoted in a story in Science on a bus-size robot set to vacuum up valuable metals from the deep sea. Stuart Pimm responded to a UN report that found that worsening environmental ills are killing millions of people yearly, in an Associated Press article. Brian Murray wrote an insightful piece for Forbes offering five key questions for policymakers to consider as they ponder the Green New Deal. Bill Schlesinger wrote an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle on why we should be cautious about nuclear power as a solution to climate change.