Dear Alumni and Friends of Lamont,
Greetings from Southern California! I was in San Francisco this past December for the Fall AGU conference and, as always, one of the
highlights was getting the chance to reconnect with several old friends
at the Lamont-Doherty alumni reception. As a sign of the economic
pinch on the Observatory, the fixings were understandably a bit lighter,
but that didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm or enjoyment in the least.
Of course, as nice (and convenient) as it is to talk with Lamonters in San
Francisco during the geophysical union conference, I know many would
love the chance to visit with alumni on the Lamont-Doherty campus—a place very dear to my heart. In the past, it was difficult to pick a time when
a significant number of other alumni would also be there. To this end, one idea that has been bandied about by the Alumni Board is to invite alumni
to return to Lamont-Doherty during its annual Open House. This daylong event is held in the fall when the leaves are changing color (an aspect of nature I do miss living here in Southern California) and the beauty of
the Lamont-Doherty campus is at its peak.
Open House is attended by thousands of individuals from the local community and metropolitan area. Scientists open up their labs, giving
brief talks and demonstrations to people of all ages. It is a fantastic way to celebrate science and to share current research with the Observatory’s friends and neighbors.
Last year, because of financial constraints, Open House was canceled, but the tradition will be reinstated in 2010. The Alumni Association will sponsor an official gathering that day for all Lamont-Doherty alumni, which we hope will be the first of many reunions to come. So please consider a trip to NYC the weekend of October 2.
For those of you who live in part of the world with seasons, may you have a very pleasant springtime. I look forward to seeing many of you on the East Coast in early autumn.
Steven C. Cande, PhD ’77
Some alumni board members at a fall east coast meeting
Board of Directors
Scripps Institution of Oceanography La Jolla CA
St Paul MN
Mary Ann Brueckner
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Research
Palo Alto CA
Emma (Christa) Farmer
P. Jeffrey Fox
College Station TX
Palo Alto CA
New Brunswick NJ
Stevens Institute of Technology
Joyce O’Dowd Wallace
Washington Township NJ
New York NY