Director's Weekly Reports

Lamont Weekly Report, January 19, 2018

    This week ends with uncertainty over whether the federal government will still be in operation tomorrow. The House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution last night – the fourth of this fiscal year (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/us/politics/government-shutdown-house-vote.html) – and the Senate must pass the bill by midnight tonight to avoid a shutdown.

    Fortunately, scientific progress at Lamont continued as though our government is in thoughtful hands.

Lamont Weekly Report, January 12, 2018

    One week ago, our Facilities staff had just finished shoveling out our campus following a major snowstorm, and we were facing a weekend with record low temperatures for the date. Today, temperatures well above the average high for the date and steady rain are changing the landscape and threatening local flooding (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/11/nyregion/new-york-today-weather-whiplash.html). This winter season promises to be an interesting one.

Lamont Weekly Report, January 5, 2018

    Already truncated to three workdays by university holidays, this week was shortened further by weather, when a severe winter storm (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/04/us/winter-snow-bomb-cyclone.html) closed the campus yesterday. That we could open the campus at the usual time this morning is the result of daylong efforts yesterday by Andy Reed and a dozen of his colleagues from Facilities who plowed and shoveled out our roads, pathways, and parking lots.

Lamont Weekly Report, January 5, 2018

    Already truncated to three workdays by university holidays, this week was shortened further by weather, when a severe winter storm (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/04/us/winter-snow-bomb-cyclone.html) closed the campus yesterday. That we could open the campus at the usual time this morning is the result of daylong efforts yesterday by Andy Reed and a dozen of his colleagues from Facilities who plowed and shoveled out our roads, pathways, and parking lots.

Lamont Weekly Report, December 22, 2017

    Winter is no longer coming; it’s here. The winter solstice was marked at 11:28 EST yesterday, and we have begun three months of seasonally appropriate weather. At least the duration of daylight will now increase daily until June.

    I am pleased to report that Tim Crone has been promoted to Lamont Associate Research Professor, Senior Staff, effective next month. The Marine Geology and Geophysics Division held an informal party yesterday afternoon to celebrate the milestone. Please join me in congratulating Tim on his new rank!

Lamont Weekly Report, December 8, 2017

    This week has been both the last full week of fall semester classes and the week before the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The AGU meeting is being be held in New Orleans for the first time, and I hope that all of you planning to attend will be able to drop by the reception for Lamont and Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences alumni, staff, and students next week. The event will be on Tuesday evening at the usual time (6:30-8:30 pm) in the Louisiana Ballroom of the Loews New Orleans Hotel.

Lamont Weekly Report, October 13, 2017

    This week was launched by Open House. Fine weather contributed to a record attendance of 3891, an increase by nearly 900 over last year (http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/news-events/highlights-2017-lamont-doherty-open-house). The official head count was certified by Howie Matza, who logged 440 individuals arriving by automobile to the campus, 565 attendees delivered by bus from the city, and 2886 riders on the shuttles from the HNA parking lot.

Lamont Weekly Report, September 29, 2017

     A Washington Post-ABC News poll taken last week indicates that 55% of Americans now agree with the statement that climate change has contributed to the severity of the largest recent hurricanes (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/09/28/majority-of-americans-now-say-climate-change-makes-hurricanes-more-intense/). The majority who hold that view rises to 67% for adults under the age of 30.

Lamont Weekly Report, September 22, 2017

     This has been a terrible month for natural disasters, with two major earthquakes in Mexico and multiple Atlantic hurricanes. On Tuesday, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake southeast of Mexico City produced widespread structural damage and more than 200 fatalities (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/20/world/americas/mexico-earthquakes-explainer.html). The normal faulting event occurred at 50 km depth, probably within the subducting Cocos plate, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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