Lamont Weekly Report, June 20, 2008

Unquestionably the most important news this week is that after more than 20 years at Lamont, Doug Brusa has accepted the position of Director of Development for the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS) at Oregon State University (Corvallis).  Many of you have known Doug longer than I have.  In 1987 he joined Lamont as
Purchasing Manager, and for the last several years has been Associate Director of Development responsible for alumni and community relations, the alumni and friends newsletter, and other aspects of fund raising.  In addition he is one of our unofficial historians - perhaps you have heard one of his talks on Thomas W. Lamont or Henry L. Doherty. He has been a great asset to Lamont and we will miss him dearly. He plans to leave very soon - at the end of this month - so I
encourage all of you to attend a farewell gathering this next Wednesday June 25 at 3:30pm in Lamont Hall.

The Geochemistry Division organized a special event this past Wednesday to recognize Bob Anderson's five years of service as Associate Director - Bob steps down on 1st July  and Bill Smethie will take on the reins of leadership.  Thank you Bob - the Geochemistry Division, and indeed the whole Observatory, owes you a profound debt of gratitude. And Bill - thank you too for taking on this important new responsibility.

Last week we finally completed the excruciatingly difficult decision about the Advisory Board Innovation Fund award. We had ten excellent proposals - all of which did a superb job of addressing the criteria for this competition,  the prize from which is a $25K award. The selectee this year was entitled: "Carbon Productivity responses to Increased Dissolved Inorganic Carbon Concentrations in the Surface Ocean" with PI's Veronica Lance, Andy Juhl and Bob Anderson. Congratulations.

Monday night we experienced one of our worst power outages in recent years when a large tree limb behind Borehole downed our power lines during a storm at roughly 7pm.  Dick Greco, Lenny Sullivan and Bruce Baez from B&G returned to work to make sure all of our generators were up and running and stayed until power was restored at about 5am.  
During the course of the night, they made refueling runs to keep the diesel tanks topped off, not knowing how long the power line repairs might take, and had to make an emergency service call to replace a burned up circuit board in the Geochemistry generator.  Dick, Lenny, Bruce - Thank You!!

The first of our summer-long series of Panel meetings that we call "The Research Life" is scheduled for next Friday June 27th (excuse the typo in my last week's report) - location is Lamont Hall at 330pm and the title is "Authorship: collaboration and conflict". The goal with this series is to convey insights and advice to our students, post docs and junior staff about how to succeed in this tough profession of academic research. As previously they will be strictly informal. All are invited.

And there was a wonderful celebration this afternoon - CIESIN's 10th birthday party - many congratulations to Roberta Balstad and Bob Chen for their leadership over a decade of growth and accomplishment.

Have a great weekend,

Mike