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URI professor emeritus Saul B. Saila receives national award of excellence from American Fisheries Society
Biological oceanographer and URI professor emeritus Saul B. Saila has been given the Award of Excellence by the American Fisheries Society (AFS). The award is the oldest major AFS award and the most prestigious presented to an individual. Presented annually since 1969, it is given in recognition of outstanding science in the fields of fisheries and aquatic biology. (2001-09-04)

Dust from Africa leads to large toxic algae blooms in Gulf of Mexico, study finds
Saharan dust clouds travel thousands of miles and fertilize the water off the West Florida coast with iron, which kicks off blooms of toxic algae, according to a new study. (2001-08-28)

Cal-(IT)2 adds new industrial partner SGI
The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology has signed a new industrial partner: SGI Inc. (NYSE:SGI), formerly known as Silicon Graphics. The institute is a collaboration between the University of California, San Diego and the University of California, Irvine. On a co-investment basis, the high-performance computing company will supply hardware and software to be used by research teams involved in projects under the auspices of Cal-(IT)2 (pronounced cal-eye-tee-squared). SGI's initial cooperation involves a co-investment of $210,000. (2001-08-28)

Scripps Ocenographer Walter Munk awarded first-ever international Prince Albert I Medal
Walter Munk, considered by many to be one of the world's greatest living oceanographers, will be awarded the inaugural Prince Albert I Medal from the International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans (IAPSO). (2001-08-27)

New NASA satellite sensor and field experiment shows aerosols cool the surface but warm the atmosphere
New research based upon NASA satellite data and a multi-national field experiment shows that black carbon aerosol pollution produced by humans can impact global climate as well as seasonal cycles of rainfall. Because aerosols that contain black carbon both absorb and reflect incoming sunlight, these particles can exert a regional cooling influence on Earth's surface that is about 3 times greater than the warming effect of greenhouse gases. (2001-08-14)

Cannibalism in the North Atlantic: Scripps researcher finds crustacean species keeps population in check by eating its young
Using a combination of field samples from the Norwegian Sea and a new method for analyzing sea life populations, researchers have shown that tiny marine crustaceans called copepods use cannibalism as a mechanism to limit their population. (2001-08-08)

Scripps researchers unveil the first comprehensive wildfire forecast for the western United States
Using statistical methods developed in climate forecasting research, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, have constructed the first comprehensive forecast for wildfires in the western United States. (2001-07-16)

The Oceanography Society dedicates journal issue to URI Dean John Knauss
Not many people have seen Dr. John Knauss at a loss for words, but he was speechless on Saturday when presented with the current issue of the journal Oceanography, specially published by The Oceanography Society (TOS) as a tribute to his accomplishments as a scientist, an educator, an administrator, a leader, and a gentleman. (2001-07-09)

Scripps scientists, diving officer receive honors
Three scientists and a diving officer with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, recently received distinguished honors from a variety of organizations. (2001-06-05)

Point and click under the sea
Born out of the need to adapt software developed for traditional computing applications into the underwater environment, the (2001-05-23)

Scripps professor wins 25th Rosenstiel Award for contributions to marine science
Lynne Talley, a research oceanographer and professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, has been chosen as the recipient of the 25th annual Rosenstiel Award. (2001-05-08)

Ocean whitecaps impact global temperatures
A new study by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, has dramatically elevated the importance and influence of oceanic whitecaps on global climates. Whitecaps, the bright, wind-driven result of breaking wave crests, have been mostly ignored by climate models. (2001-05-06)

URI acquires coastal monitoring equipment with $250,000 Navy grant
Two URI scientists have been awarded $250,000 by the Navy to purchase a Remote Environmental Monitoring UnitS (REMUS), an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that will be used to map chemical sources in coastal marine waters. (2001-04-30)

Pioneer oceanographer receives A. A. Michelson Award
Dr. Walter Munk, a pioneering oceanographer, was honored yesterday by the Navy League of the United States as the recipient of its 1999 A.A. Michelson Award. Named in honor of A.A. Michelson, a Navy physicist who was the first American Nobel laureate, the award recognizes scientists whose work has resulted in significant improvements to the nation's maritime forces, or to enhancements in the U.S. industrial technology base. (2001-04-26)

URI oceanographers discover how planetary waves affect phytoplankton production
Three University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) scientists have discovered that planetary waves traveling thousands of miles have a significant impact on the abundance of phytoplankton in the upper ocean, and may play a role in predicting global warming. (2001-04-24)

The National Academy of Sciences honors Scripps professor with Agassiz Medal
Scripps Institution of Oceanography Professor Emeritus Charles S. (2001-04-17)

Scripps researchers pinpoint human-induced global warming in world's oceans
Most efforts to detect signs of global warming have been directed to signals in the air temperature field. Breaking research conducted by Tim Barnett and David Pierce of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, has shown preliminary evidence of human-produced warming in the upper 3,000 meters of the world's oceans. Their findings are published in the April 13 edition of the journal Science. (2001-04-12)

Measuring the muscle: new study by Scripps researchers depicts how the tuna's body is built for speed
Scientists have long predicted that tuna, with their highly streamlined body and elevated internal temperatures, are equipped with a (2001-04-11)

Dr. Robert Spindel is recipient of the Walter Munk Award For Distinguished Research in Oceanography Related to Sound and the Sea
The Walter Munk Award for Distinguished Research in Oceanography Related to Sound and the Sea will be presented to Dr. Robert C. Spindel on April 2, 2001 at the Miami Beach meeting of The Oceanography Society. (2001-04-01)

New analysis of meteorite shows key ingredients for life on earth may have been delivered by comets
An object that fell to Earth more than 136 years ago has revealed new clues about the origin of meteorites in space and new information about how life may have started on early Earth. (2001-02-26)

Scripps researcher receives coastal engineering award
Richard Seymour honored for 'significant contributions' to coastal research. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has awarded Richard Seymour, a research engineer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, the 2000 John G. Moffatt - Frank E. Nichol Harbor and Coastal Engineering Award. The award is one of only two medals ASCE grants annually in the field of coastal engineering. (2001-02-07)

New group of microorganisms discovered in the open sea
Archaea, one of three separate domains of life on our planet, were undiscovered until 1970. Since then, they had been found mostly in extreme environments such as high- temperature volcanic vents on the ocean floor, continental hot springs and fumeroles, and highly salty or acidic waters. Now, scientists funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) have found unexpected, astounding numbers of archaea living in Earth's largest biome, the open sea. (2001-01-23)

Scripps Institution scientist honored with Maurice Ewing Medal of the American Geophysical Union
Joseph L. Reid, professor emeritus of physical oceanography in the Marine Life Research Group at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, is being honored with the Maurice Ewing Medal of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for his outstanding scientific contributions to ocean sciences. (2000-12-14)

Huge new hydrothermal vent system found on seafloor
A new hydrothermal vent field, which scientists have dubbed (2000-12-10)

Scripps diving officer inducted into scuba diving Hall of Fame
James R. Stewart, diving officer emeritus at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, was one of the initial inductees into the NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) Hall of Honor. At a special awards ceremony held during NAUI's 40th Anniversary Reunion Nov. 10-12 in Houston, Texas, Stewart joined 21 other scuba pioneers who were honored for their countless hours of volunteer labor and valuable contributions to the field of scuba diving.  (2000-11-12)

Scripps scientist awarded packard fellowship to study climate change
Geochemist Jeffrey Severinghaus of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, has been selected a 2000 Packard Fellow for investigations to understand the stability of past and future climates. Severinghaus, an associate professor in the Geosciences Research Division at Scripps, specializes in analyzing Earth's climate by studying air trapped in ice cores. (2000-11-06)

U.S. science delegation headed for U.N. international climate negotiations in The Hague
Ten of the top experts from the University of California (UC) and other leading institutions involved in many aspects of global climate change research will participate in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP-6) taking place in The Hague, Netherlands, Nov. 13-24. (2000-10-29)

Researchers produce the first direct 3-D image of a volcanic system
Until now, textbook depictions of the fiery magma chambers that reside beneath volcanoes and below the earth's crust were based on projected measurements, some guess work, and the artist's creative imagination. Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, have for the first time produced a direct three- dimensional image of a volcanic system based on sound waves reflected from a subterranean magma chamber. (2000-08-09)

New equipment will give Earth Scan Lab a better view
LSU's Earth Scan Laboratory, a facility that uses satellite imagery to track hurricanes, will soon have a new satellite- data receiver system that will show such detail that researchers will be able to see a specific house. The system will be particularly useful for damage assessment during or after a hurricane. (2000-06-05)

Dr. Pinkel receives Walter Munk Award for Distinguished Research
Dr. Robert Pinkel, Professor of Oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, was presented with the Walter Munk Award for Distinguished Research in Oceanography Related to Sound and the Sea, in a recent SIO ceremony. The award is granted jointly by The Oceanography Society, the Office of Naval Research, and the Oceanographer of the Navy. (2000-05-24)

New research on long-term ocean cycles reveals rapid global warming in near future
Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, report evidence of pronounced changes in the earth's climate that can be tracked in cycles of ocean conditions over thousands of years. These cycles reveal that Earth is currently in a period in which a natural rise in global temperatures--combined with warming from the greenhouse effect--will push the planet through an era of rapid global warming. (2000-03-19)

Iron-binding compounds produced by marine bacteria have important implications for marine microbial ecology
Structures of newly-discovered siderophores (iron-carrying molecules secreted by bacteria to facilitate iron acquisition) described in the February 18 issue of Science by researchers at UC, Santa Barbara and other institutions, shed light on how marine bacteria acquire iron and raise provocative questions about the evolution of iron uptake by marine bacteria. (2000-02-16)

NASA Langley Research Center AMS tip sheet
NASA Langley Research Center scientists will report on new atmospheric science discoveries and areas of exploration at the American Meteorological Society meeting in Long Beach, California, from January 9-14. Details of scheduled papers and poster sessions follow. (2000-01-06)

Massive pollution documented over Indian Ocean
An international group of scientists has documented widespread pollution covering about 100 million square kilometers of the tropical Indian Ocean -- roughly the same area as the continental United States. (1999-06-08)

Future Directions In Global Change Research
A workshop for journalists on new findings in global change research and the next generation of NASA earth-observing satellites will be held June 24-25 in Washington, D.C. The workshop includes talks by leading U. S. scientists and a tour of satellite facilities at Goddard Space Flight Center. (1999-05-25)

Giant Ocean Eddies Discovered
Australian and US oceanographers have discovered huge ocean eddies a kilometre deep in the Indian Ocean, north-west of Australia. (1999-02-23)

Scientists To Kick Off Major Field Experiment On Role Of Aerosols In Climate Change
Pollutants known as aerosols play a role in cooling the planet and mitigating the effects of global warming. Scientists from around the world are now trying to find out how; the intensive field phase of an experiment sponsored in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) is beginning next week. (1999-01-29)

University of Washington Prepares For First Graduate Program In Astrobiology To Train Those Who Will Hunt For Life In Outer Space
The University of Washington, with a $2 million National Science Foundation grant, is poised to become the first institution to launch a doctoral program specifically geared to train scientists to search for life on celestial bodies such as Mars or Europa, an icy moon of Jupiter. (1998-09-30)

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Receives $491,928 Grant Towards Construction of Museum of Ocean Sciences
Harbor Branch announces a $491,928 award from the State of Florida's Cultural Facilities Program (Dept. of State, Cultural Affairs) towards the construction of a $1.5 million, 15,000 sq. ft. museum of ocean sciences. The proposed museum building will house marine science exhibits and displays with particular emphasis on ocean research, education, engineering and at sea operations. (1998-07-06)

Georgia Scientists Study Salt Marsh To Understand Global Warming
An interdisciplinary team of Georgia scientists has found a surprisingly high rate of carbon and nutrient turnover by microbes in one of Georgia's coastal salt marshes, a highly productive ecosystem. (1998-06-05)

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