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Lamont Weekly Report – March 30, 2007

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


- Letter from the Director



Last Saturday several of us were downtown on Pier 94 participating in a Channel 13 event attended by thousands of grade school teachers. Robin Bell and Maya Tolstoy gave interesting talks and I gave a talk too. And there was this other guy on the agenda as well - Al Gore I think his name was - he got a bigger audience than Robin or Maya or me……

And last Sunday was another very successful Public Lecture at Lamont - Dallas Abbott catching everyone's imagination with her meticulous analyses of evidence for megatsunamis created by impacts that occurred in recent history - interesting (and terrifying) stuff. Yet again we had a packed auditorium with overflow watching on the TV outside.

For the past two weeks or so, folks visiting my conference room in Monell have had the pleasure of seeing the beautifully-restored ship's bell from Lamont's first research vessel, R/V Vema. Thank you to those staff, alumni and donors who made this happen, especially our own Richard Perry who did the beautiful restoration work. Eventually we will have the bell on display in a more accessible area, but for a short while I am keeping it for myself! Thank you, Richard, for all your work on this.

The week ended with a joyful three hour ExCom - the previous four days were consumed by 24 separate appointments, which kept me from having time to think - sometimes a good thing.

Have a great weekend - pretty soon it is going to be time to go sailing……..


PS - I am sure many of you saw the article in the Columbia Record about Lamont's prowess in recycling - (so the only way we get visibility downtown is because of our trash?) - but anyway - thanks to Mary Reagan here is the latest update on our standings:

We have continued to maintain our substantial lead in the paper recycling contest. But we are also doing well in other areas. We're number 7 in the Grand Champion standings with a cumulative recycling rate of 43.47%. And, we're number 8 in the Per Capital Classic with 51.02 lbs recycled per person.

RecycleMania is entering it's final week, with the contest ending on April 7th. So you've got one last chance to clean out those offices and really push us over the top. Just a reminder, we only send in the glass and bottle recycling every six weeks or so. We will be doing another run on the last day of the competition and the results will be prorated over the weeks since our last run.

See all the results at


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