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2014 News@OEAS


March 2014

ODU's Cutter Helps News Team Evaluate Coal Ash Spill

Greg Cutter, a chemical oceanographer on the Old Dominion faculty, was the right scientist in the right place to help a WVEC-TV news reporter assess the impact on Hampton Roads drinking water of a coal ash spill last month into the Dan River.

WVEC News, March 10th.
Inside ODU, March 24th.

Researcher Victoria Hill's 'Outreach' from the Arctic

Hill during her 2011 Arctic expedition with the Catlin Arctic Survey.

Hill is well versed in science outreach aimed at children and teenagers, and she is giving her young audience the opportunity to practically travel along with her "in her suitcase" for the expedition to the frozen north that she began this week.

A member of the ODU Bio-optical Research Group (BORG) led by OEAS Professor Richard Zimmerman, Hill began her outreach for this expedition by starring in a video she titled "Packing for the Arctic." In it, she shows what she put in her suitcase to help her stay warm near the North Pole.

Inside ODU, March 6th.

February 2014

CCPO Researchers Predict Ice Melt in Antarctic

From left to right: John Klinck, Eileen Hofmann and Michael Dinniman.

The Ross Sea, a major, biologically productive Antarctic ecosystem, will be extensively modified by climate change in the coming decades as rising temperatures and changing wind patterns create longer periods of ice-free open water and affect the life cycles of both predators and prey, according to a paper published by Virginia researchers.

The paper was written by Walker Smith, a professor at VIMS; CCPO professors Eileen Hofmann and John Klinck; and CCPO research scientist Michael Dinniman. Klinck is the director of CCPO.

Inside ODU, February 27th.

Noffke Early Life Research Featured in Science News Magazine

Nora Noffke

An article in Science News magazine summarizing current research about early life on Earth focuses on the work of Old Dominion geobiologist Nora Noffke. The article, "Life's Early Traces: New Finds Help Push Microbe Origins Beyond 3.5 Billion Years Ago," appeared online in late January and will be in the next print issue of the magazine in early February.

Inside ODU, February 6th.

Darby Report in Nature Geoscience: Arctic Had Year-Round Ice Earlier than Previously Thought

Darby is pictured here at the controls of the $1.2 million microprobe that allows him to trace iron grains.

Year-round sea ice began occurring in the Arctic Ocean at least 44 million years ago - about 26 million years earlier than previously believed - and, in the millennia that have followed, the cycles of deep freezes and thawing in the northern polar region cannot always be linked to climate changes in the earth's more temperate zones. Those are conclusions to be published in the journal Nature Geoscience this week by Dennis Darby, a geological oceanographer at Old Dominion.

Inside ODU, February 3rd.



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