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Lamont Weekly Report – February 23, 2007

P.O. Box 1000, 61 Route 9W Palisades, New York 10964


- Letter from the Director



It is a mark of the quality of the Observatory when our staff are
featured in two consecutive issues of Nature in the Abstractions
column - Spahr Webb in the Feb 15th issue for his paper on the
Earth's hum - a definitive piece of work that reads to me like
something that will be still receiving citations 20 years from now,
and Michael Studinger on the Feb 22nd issue for his work with Robin
Bell and colleagues, discovering four new sub glacial lakes in East
Antarctica. Congratulations to all.

A large piece of Monday was spent at the EI External Advisory Board
meeting, followed on Tuesday by an excellent event in the Low Library
- Jeff Sachs and Al Gore talking about Climate Change - with Al
notably saying very kind things about Lamont in general and Wally and
Jim Hansen in particular.

This highlight was moderated on Thursday by a long day trip to NSF,
with the leadership of the marine department, to suffer interrogation
on the Langseth refit project.

Having survived that (just), a three hour long ExCom and a Senior
Staff meeting topped off the week on Friday... so now, I am glad it
is the weekend.

As you will see from the latest report from Mary Reagan and the
Campus Life Committee on the recycling competition, we still reign
supreme, though I am troubled by that thought that we each generate
12 lbs of waste paper!!:

Week 3 results are up at
and we've retained our first place standing in the paper recycling.
We are very clearly in the lead with a cumulative total of 12.09 lbs
of paper recycled per person. Our closest competition is at 8.47 lbs!

Our standings in the other competitions:

Grand Champion - 14th place

Per Capita Classic - 14th place

Waste Minimization - 53rd place

For specific information on the amount of lbs LDEO generated in
each category, check our detailed report at

Anyway, have a great weekend,

- Mike


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