Two scientists who untangled the complex forces that drive El Niño, the world’s most powerful weather cycle, have won the 2017 Vetlesen Prize for achievement in earth sciences. The $250,000 award will go to S. George Philander of Princeton University and Mark A. Cane of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, who also holds a joint appointment in the APAM Department.
Simon J. L. Billinge, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, and Oleg Gang, Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science and Professor of Chemical Engineering, were featured in Brookhaven National Laboratory's Top-10 Science Succeses of 2016.
Prof. Sobel was elected as an Academic Sector AMS Councilor. Sobel stated, "The AMS is a critically important institution for our field, unifying a diverse membership and continually redefining what it means to be an atmospheric, oceanic, or hydrologic scientist. I began my career as a theoretically oriented academic meteorologist, but my interests have broadened to include applied research on extreme weather risk, scientific communication, and interaction with the private sector. I now appreciate the AMS even more than I did before, and I am honored by the invitation to serve on the Council in this time of rapid change."
Renata M. M. Wentzcovitch is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics Department, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. Research in her group is devoted to computational quantum mechanical studies of materials. She addresses electronic, structural, and vibrational properties from a fundamental and inter-related perspective. She has developed and applied materials simulation methods particularly to investigate materials properties at high pressures and temperatures.