Events

Monday, October 15, 2018 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monell Building, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Auditorium
3:00-4:00 Paul M. Bradley, Ph.D., Research Ecologist/Hydrologist, South Atlantic Water Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey and Michael Focazio, PhD, Program Coordinator, Toxic Substances Hydrology and Contaminant Biology Programs, Environmental Health Missions Area, U.S. Geological Survey will present "Assessing Exposures from Drinking Water at the Point of Use: USGS Collaborative Tapwater Research". 4:00-5:00 Ana Navas-Acien, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Director, Columbia Superfund Research Program, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University will present "Arsenic and Health Effects in the Strong Heart Study: Opportunities for Prevention".
Monday, October 15, 2018 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Online
Harnessing the expertise of the Earth Institute's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, a world leader in earth sciences, Columbia University’s Master of Science in Sustainability Science develops the skills of full-time and aspiring sustainability professionals in Earth systems observation, analysis, projection, and environmental remediation. The program focuses on the scientific methods and tools that can be used to observe, monitor, and respond to environmental impacts, enabling a practical application of science to address the critical sustainability issues of our time. Students are early- and mid-career professionals, with backgrounds in engineering, math, science, and related fields who want to help organizations better understand and address environmental impacts and the systemic risks that arise from environmental change. Learn more about the program’s curriculum, faculty, experience, and outcomes during this information session. Speaker: Art Lerner-Lam, Director of the Master of Science in Sustainability Science Program and Deputy Director of the Earth Institute’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Thursday, October 18, 2018 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (part of the Earth Institute) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The IRI's seasonal climate forecasts and ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecasts are discussed in this briefing by IRI's chief forecaster, Tony Barnston.
Friday, October 19, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Schapiro CEPSR, 530 W. 120 St., New York, NY 10027 Davis Auditorium
This seminar features Dr. Christopher Clack, CEO of Vibrant Clean Energy, LLC (VCE). Dr. Clack is pursuing a path that leads the way for a more intelligent electric power system design, here in the US and abroad. Dr. Clack has been at the forefront of the energy optimization world for many years. In 2012, he created the groundbreaking National Energy with Weather System (NEWS) simulator through support from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), National Research Council (NRC) project. He later transferred to the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder. During his time at CIRES, he developed various methods to advance the way people think about variable generation and the future role it has. His most recent efforts have been towards understanding the energy transition for decarbonizing the energy system. Dr. Clack can be characterized as an expert in mathematics, statistics and optimization. He combines this expertise with the gained skills of numerical weather prediction, electrical engineering, and economics.
Friday, October 19, 2018 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
Marcia Bjornerud Walter Schober Professor of Environmental Studies and Professor of Geology Lawrence University https://www.newyorker.com/contributors/marcia-bjornerud https://press.princeton.edu/titles/13234.html
Saturday, October 20, 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Seismology Seminar Room
Join LDEO Core Repository Curator Nichole Anest for a special visit to one of the world's largest collections of deep-sea samples. Then join teacher colleagues to explore middle and high school learning activities that use these resources.
Monday, October 22, 2018 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Milbank Hall, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 222
Howard Mielke Department of Pharmacology Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana Cities are humankind’s major habitat. Industrial lead contaminated city ecosystems, thereby fostering speculation that urban habitats may be uninhabitable. This research provides insights into processes that advance the quality of urban ecosystems. A soil lead survey was completed in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina. The tragedy of Katrina offered a natural experiment. A post-Katrina survey found that environmental lead and children’s blood lead decreased substantially, explained by low lead coastal sediment that washed into flooded communities. This research reports on soil lead and children’s exposure in unflooded vs. flooded communities of metropolitan New Orleans. Soil lead and blood lead decreased equally in unflooded and flooded communities. Curtailment of petrol lead additives reduced urban lead inputs, altered the topsoil ecosystem, and diminished children’s lead exposure. National blood-lead trends parallel those of metropolitan New Orleans. Although risks remain for children in some communities, long term habitability of urban centers is attainable. Followed at 3 PM by: Update on lead in New York City soil Presented by Columbia and Barnard students Hosted by Lex Van Geen, Lamont Research Professor, and Brian Mailloux, Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Barnard College
Monday, October 22, 2018 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Online
The Earth Institute and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) present an online information session on the M.A. in Climate and Society. The M.A. Program in Climate and Society is a 12-month interdisciplinary Master of Arts program that trains professionals and academics to understand and cope with the impacts of climate variability and climate change on society and the environment. During the online information session perspective students will have the opportunity to learn about the program and ask questions. Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/276312272 Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 929 436 2866
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Mudd Hall, 500 W. 120 St., New York, NY 10027 407 (Data Science Institute)
Join us as we reveal the winners of the 2018 DSI Data Art Contest! Light refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Online
Harnessing the expertise of the Earth Institute's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, a world leader in earth sciences, Columbia University’s Master of Science in Sustainability Science develops the skills of full-time and aspiring sustainability professionals in Earth systems observation, analysis, projection, and environmental remediation. The program focuses on the scientific methods and tools that can be used to observe, monitor, and respond to environmental impacts, enabling a practical application of science to address the critical sustainability issues of our time. Students are early- and mid-career professionals, with backgrounds in engineering, math, science, and related fields who want to help organizations better understand and address environmental impacts and the systemic risks that arise from environmental change. Learn more about the program’s curriculum, faculty, experience, and outcomes during this information session. Speakers Braddock Linsley, Co-Director of the Master of Science in Sustainability Science Program and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Research Professor
Thursday, October 25, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Faculty House, 64 Morningside Dr., New York, NY 10027 Presidential Suite, 3rd Floor
Extreme heat events cause more deaths in the typical year than any other type of extreme event. They also pose major challenges to our infrastructure. As our planet warms under increasing greenhouse gases, there is high confidence that heat extremes will become even more frequent and intense. This panel brings together climate scientists and public and private sector practitioners to highlight the relationship between climate change and extreme heat events, and showcase some ways that society is adapting. Participants include: • Kizzy Charles-Guzman, New York City Mayor's Office of Recovery & Resiliency • Robert Haas, Radiant Solutions • Katherine Marvel, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies • Gavin Schmidt, Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Monday, October 29, 2018 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor
With introductory remarks from Alex Halliday, Director of Columbia's Earth Institute, this seminar features Martin Rees, an astrophysicist and cosmologist, and the UK's Astronomer Royal. Our Earth has existed for 45 million centuries but this is the first when one species - ours - has the entire planet's future in its hands. Advances in biotechnology, cybertechnology, robotics, and artificial intelligence--if pursued and applied wisely--could empower us to boost the developing and developed world and overcome the threats humanity faces. But we must avoid dystopian risks. These are of two kinds: those stemming from our ever-heavier collective 'footprint' on the Earth, and those enabled by technologies so powerful that even small groups, by error or design, can create a catastrophe that cascades globally. At the same time, further advances in space science will allow humans to explore the solar system and beyond with robots and AI. But there is no "Planet B" if we do not care for our home planet. Martin Rees is based at Cambridge University where he is a Fellow (and Former Master) of Trinity College. He has been appointed to the UK's House of Lords, and he was President of the Royal Society for the period 2005-10. He is a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Pontifical Academy, the Japan Academy and several other foreign academies. His awards include the Balzan Prize, the Bower Award for Science of the Franklin Institute, the Gruber Prize, the Crafoord Prize and the Templeton Prize. In addition to his research publications, he has written extensively for a general readership. He has been increasingly concerned about long-term global issues -- the pressures that a growing and more demanding population are placing on environment, sustainability and biodiversity; and the impact of powerful new technologies. His ten books include 'Before the beginning', 'Just Six Numbers', 'Our Cosmic Habitat', and 'Our Final Century' -- and the newly-published, 'On the Future: Prospects for Humanity', which will be the theme of his lecture.
Thursday, November 1, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Fayerweather Hall, 1180 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027 Room 411
Ben Orlove is Professor of International and Public Affairs and a member of the Committee on Global Thought. He taught for many years at the University of California, Davis. At Columbia University, he teaches in the Master’s Program in Climate and Society, for which he serves as Associate Director. He is a Senior Research Scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, and is one of the four co-directors of the Center for Research in Environmental Decisions. He will discuss "Climate Change and Discursive Change: Tracing Terms and Concepts through International Climate Organizations". Discussion will be moderated by Lisa Dale, Lecturer in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology. The Committee on Global Thought (CGT) Lunchtime Seminars are a forum for Columbia University faculty and visiting scholars to present current research characterizing and assessing issues of global importance. No registration is required. Light lunch will be available.
Friday, November 2, 2018 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
Beatrice Magnani Associate Professor, Geophysics Southern Methodist University https://www.smu.edu/Dedman/Academics/Departments/EarthSciences/People/Faculty/Magnani
Thursday, November 8, 2018 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Low Library, 535 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 Faculty Room
The Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research program is unique in its mission to train a generation of professionals equipped to address some of the world's most urgent problems. The symposium highlights the work of current Postdoctoral Researchers. Speakers include: • Weston Anderson: “Climate-forced crop production variability and synchronous crop failures” • Allison Bridges: “Environmental governance in China: Identifying pathways for cooperative sustainability planning” • Pilar Fernández: “Assessing the human dimension of human-tick contact risk using a smartphone application” • Megan Maurer: “Trees on the street: The social value of a green infrastructure in NYC” • Andy Stock: “Intercomparison of cloud-filling algorithms for marine satellite data” The Symposium will be presented and moderated by John C. Mutter, Director of Graduate Studies, Sustainable Development Ph.D. program; Director, Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research program; Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.
Friday, November 9, 2018 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
Chris Fairral Research Physicist Earth System Research Laboratory, NOAA https://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/people/chris.fairall/
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Online
The Earth Institute and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) present an online information session on the M.A. in Climate and Society. The M.A. Program in Climate and Society is a 12-month interdisciplinary Master of Arts program that trains professionals and academics to understand and cope with the impacts of climate variability and climate change on society and the environment. During the online information session perspective students will have the opportunity to learn about the program and ask questions. Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/629882558 Or Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 929 436 2866
Thursday, November 15, 2018 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (part of the Earth Institute) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The IRI's seasonal climate forecasts and ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecasts are discussed in this briefing by IRI's chief forecaster, Tony Barnston.
Monday, November 19, 2018 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Low Library, 535 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 Rotunda
We would like to invite you to the 2018 CleanTech Innovation Showcase hosted by Columbia Technology Ventures, Columbia Engineering, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and the Earth Institute at Columbia University. This full day event will highlight advancement by Columbia researchers in clean technology through in-depth panel discussions, presentations, and startup pitches. A tentative agenda and list of speakers is included below. Exploring and Exploiting Systematic Failure in Batteries for Fun and Profit, Presentation by: Dan Steingart Sustainable Transformation of Unconventional Resources: Wastes to Worth, Presentation by: Alissa Park Making materials for sustainable energy storage and management, Presentation by: Yuan Yang Low-Cost Fuel Production in a Sustainable Energy Future, Presentation by: Daniel Esposito Motivating Energy Savings and Load Shifting in Multi-family Residential Buildings, Presentation by: Patricia Culligan Cleantech Opportunities Arising Out of the Energy Transition, Presentation by: Vijay Modi Energy from Natural Evaporation , Presentation by: Ozgur Sahin The Innovative Technologies at Waste Water Treatment, Presentation by: Halil Kurt Closing the fossil fuel energy cycle with a little help from our friends, earth’s microbes, Presentation by: Ray Sambrotto Harnessing in situ mineral production to mitigate groundwater arsenic contamination, Presentation by: Benjamin Bostick Panel: CleanTech at Columbia G. Michael Purdy , Executive Vice President For Research; Dean Mary Boyce, Dean Of The Fu Foundation School Of Engineering And Applied Science; Peter De Menocal, Dean Of Science For The Faculty Of Arts & Sciences VC Panel: The Future of CleanTech Investing David S. Miller, Co-Founder And Managing Director, Clean Energy Ventures; Jiong Ma, Senior Partner, Braemar Energy Ventures; Nicholas Querques, Program Manager, Technology To Market, NYSERDA
Friday, November 30, 2018 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
Kanani Lee Associate Professor Geology and Geophysics Yale University https://people.earth.yale.edu/profile/kanani-lee/about
Thursday, December 6, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Online
The Earth Institute and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) present an online information session on the M.A. in Climate and Society. The M.A. Program in Climate and Society is a 12-month interdisciplinary Master of Arts program that trains professionals and academics to understand and cope with the impacts of climate variability and climate change on society and the environment. During the online information session perspective students will have the opportunity to learn about the program and ask questions. Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/217073877 Or Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 929 436 2866 or +1 669 900 6833
Friday, December 7, 2018 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
Tasha Dunn Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Geology Colby College Yale University http://www.colby.edu/directory/profile/tasha.dunn/
Thursday, December 20, 2018 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (part of the Earth Institute) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The IRI's seasonal climate forecasts and ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecasts are discussed in this briefing by IRI's chief forecaster, Tony Barnston.
Thursday, January 17, 2019 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (part of the Earth Institute) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The IRI's seasonal climate forecasts and ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecasts are discussed in this briefing by IRI's chief forecaster, Tony Barnston.
Thursday, February 21, 2019 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (part of the Earth Institute) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The IRI's seasonal climate forecasts and ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecasts are discussed in this briefing by IRI's chief forecaster, Tony Barnston.
Thursday, March 21, 2019 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (part of the Earth Institute) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The IRI's seasonal climate forecasts and ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecasts are discussed in this briefing by IRI's chief forecaster, Tony Barnston.
Thursday, April 18, 2019 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (part of the Earth Institute) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The IRI's seasonal climate forecasts and ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecasts are discussed in this briefing by IRI's chief forecaster, Tony Barnston.
Thursday, May 16, 2019 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (part of the Earth Institute) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The IRI's seasonal climate forecasts and ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecasts are discussed in this briefing by IRI's chief forecaster, Tony Barnston.