Director's Weekly Reports

Lamont Weekly Report, June 4, 2021

    Hello Friends,  I’ll start with a walk down memory lane.  Retired Lamont scientist and historian John Armbruster reminded me last week that last Friday was the 70th anniversary of the official dedication of Lamont Geological Observatory.  Work was already well underway in Lamont Hall and Maurice Ewing was the Founding Director.  I have been reading Naomi Oreskes’ fascinating book “Science on a Mission” about the early days of the three major oceanographic institutions, Lamont, Scripts, and Woods Hole.  Cold war submarine warfare needs for better naviga

Lamont Weekly Report, May 28, 2021

     Hello Friends,  Lots of exciting research news piled up while I was away, so I will dive right in.  We can collectively celebrate two of our students finishing up their theses this week.  Daniel Bishop successfully defended his PhD on "Attributing the Causes of a Century of Hydroclimatic Change in the United States”.

Lamont Weekly Report, May 7, 2021

     Hello Friends,  Spring is in full swing.  April showers have brought May flowers, as well as gardening news from the campus. The Lamont Community Garden, located opposite the New Core Laboratory, lay fallow last summer but is gearing up for a new season.  The Campus Life Committee has supported this community effort for years and reminds everyone that all gardening skill levels are welcome.  Pick some peas off dewy morning vines or harvest some tomatoes in the heat of the summer sun—enjoy a break from the office or lab and meet new colleagues.

Lamont Weekly Report, April 30, 2021

Hello Friends,  It has been two very special weeks in a row, first with Earth Week and now with Commencement Week.  Several awards were given at this week's undergraduate Class Day, including the following DEES departmental honors: to Anna Ledeczi, in recognition of her outstanding undergraduate accomplishments as well as participation and leadership in DEES; to Roger Creel, the Best TA Award; and to our professorial colleague Meredith Nettles, the Best Professor Award!  DEES department chair Jerry McManus tells me a few more awards are in the offing, including the Walter Pit

Lamont Weekly Report, April 16, 2021

     Hello Friends,  A big cheer for the last week of classes!  It was another bittersweet semester as the pandemic prevented us from interacting with our students in our usual ways.  Indeed, my class was entirely on Zoom and it was obvious to me that I did not get to know my students as well as during the “before times”.  Hopefully there will be opportunities to sit in the cafeteria and share a meal as our workplace returns to normal over the coming months.  Along these lines, I have been happy to hear that people are enjoying the new picnic tab

Lamont Weekly Report, April 2, 2021

     Hello Friends,  This week’s science round-up has some great stories.  Lamont Associate Research Professor Anne Bécel is quoted in an article about an emerging effort to harness the power of satellite-linked cargo ship GPS systems to detect the presence and pathways of tsunamis in the ocean.  What an amazingly creative idea and perfect example of merging ocean science and technology in ways that can save lives.  The ships have something called the Automatic Identificat

Lamont Weekly Report, March 26, 2021

     Hello Friends,  It has been a quiet week.  A week to ponder what the near future will hold.  An easing of pandemic pressures?  Enhanced stress with a new virus variant?  Of course, relief that appointments for vaccines are becoming increasingly easy to schedule.  In the Dean’s Council meeting yesterday, we were told that discussions are being had and guidance will soon be forthcoming on issues ranging from summer travel policies, visitor policies, return to work policies, small gathering policies, vaccine policies and more.  How do

Lamont Weekly Report, March 12, 2021

Hello Friends,  A lot has been going on over the past two weeks, most obviously the arrival of warm spring weather and uplifted spirits.  This is also the time of year when graduate student admissions are in full swing and the Observatory competes for the best and brightest in the nation.  Last Friday, in my joint lab meeting with Jacky Austermann, we welcomed three prospective students, Emily, Yichen, and Mila.  Jacky had the inspired idea of asking each person in our group to say one thing they liked about Lamont after introducing themselves and their research.&nb

Lamont Weekly Report, March 5, 2021

     Hello Friends,  I am using Spring Break week to catch up on email and take a breath.  Your friendly action-packed newsletter will be back next week.  Until then, put on your own mask first before taking care of others.

     Have a peaceful weekend.

     Best, Mo





Lamont Weekly Report, February 26, 2021

     Hello Friends,  Spring is in the air—and not a moment too soon.  I think the added challenge of cold, darkness, and snow is pushing many of us to a breaking point from our already weirdly normalized pandemic (dis)equilibrium.  We are stressed, we are depressed, we are coping in ways we might not even appreciate, just out of the sheer necessity of getting through another day with parents, children, health challenges, work demands, and more.

Lamont Weekly Report, February 19, 2021

     Hello Friends,  This week’s science stories were all about dams and dinosaurs, including Adjunct Senior Research Scientist Dennis Kent’s work unraveling the mysterious movements of our sauropodian friends across Pangea and across the Mesozoic.  Perhaps you didn’t know that the non-descript small white building behind the Core Repository building is actually one of the leading centers of paleomagnetic research in the nation, with a history of transformative research reaching back decades.

Lamont Weekly Report, February 5, 2021

     Hello Friends, I was very happy this week to circulate the Lamont Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force Report which I received from the Task Force co-chairs Gisela Winckler, Kailani Acosta, and Benjamin Keisling.  If you have even glanced at it, you can appreciate the depth of thought and work that went into creating this inspiring document.  I look forward to next week’s Town Hall (on Friday) where we will officially launch the next phase of our DEI and anti-racism activities—where the baton will be passed to the Directorate, and indeed all of us, to ta

Lamont Weekly Report, January 22, 2021

     Hello Friends,  We come to the end of another roller coaster of a week.  Holding our breath on Inauguration Day morning.  Being inspired by an incredible youth poet.  Smiling at Bernie Sanders mittens.  Hoping for a more civil union as 2021 unfolds.  And for some of us, waiting patiently, marshalling our ideas, discussing with our DC advisory reps, and trying to read the tea leaves to see what opportunities a Biden stimulus package might present to Lamont and our emerging Climate School.