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Northwestern Announces Nemmers Prize in Earth Sciences

Northwestern University has created a $200,000 Nemmers Prize in Earth Sciences, the University announced today. The inaugural prize will be awarded in 2018 and every other year thereafter....

Integrated Data-Driven Discovery in Earth and Astrophysical Sciences

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is a founding partner in the a novel graduate training program steeped in Data Science: Integrated Data-Driven Discovery in Earth and Astrophysical Sciences (IDEAS). This program was funded by the National Science Foundation in 2015 with ...

Professor Seth Stein has been elected President of the American Geophysical Union Focus Group on Natural Hazards

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is pleased to announce that Professor Seth Stein has been elected President of the American Geophysical Union's Focus Group on Natural Hazards. The Focus Group on Natural Hazards studies a wide range of geophysical hazards, including but not limite...

PhD Candidate Emily Wolin Featured in NOVA Documentary

“Making North America” is the new Nova documentary that tells it all, from the 4.5 billion year old Precambrian granite in the walls of a Minnesota café to the 15 thousand year old glacial striations of the most recent ice age on a rock in New York’s Central Park.  Some t...

Professor Yarrow Axford awarded NSF CAREER Grant to Support Paleoclimate Research in Southern Greenland

Dr. Yarrow Axford, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, was recently awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award by the National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs. The CAREER award recognizes junior faculty members who demonstrate ...

Congratulations to our 2015 Graduates!

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is proud to congratulate our 2015 graduates! We celebrated with a light lunch and a presentation of departmental awards and honors on Friday, June 19th. All graduating students were recognized and thanked with a small gift from the department. Thank you...

Graduate Student Jamie McFarlin Awarded NSF GRFP Fellowship

Graduate student Jamie McFarlin was recently awarded a fellowship from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Since it was established in 1952, the GRFP has selected and recognized early career students with demonstrated potential to become high-achievin...

Double Major Allegra C. Mayer wins the Deutsche Akademische Austausch Dienst (DAAD)

Allegra has been awarded the Deutsche Akademische Austausch Dienst (DAAD) study fellowship. This fellowship will fund her research next year in Jena, Germany at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, where she will study the effects of land-use change on carbon cycling in the critical zone in...

EARTH and University Library Host Seismology Short Course

The Northwestern Earth and Planetary Sciences Department in collaboration with the Northwestern University Library is hosting the sixth annual IRIS-EarthScope "USArray Data Processing and Analysis for the next generation of seismologists" short course in early August. The primary goal of the course ...

Drilling Fieldwork on the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

In mid-July 2014, Professor and Chair Brad Sageman and Ph.D. candidate Matt Jones drilled core and sampled outcrop sections of an Ocean Anoxic Event (OAE2) interval on the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah for a National Science Foundation Earth-Life Transitions project.  The ...

Congratulations Graduates!

EPS celebrated the achievements of a large class of Ph.D. and undergraduate students on Friday, June 20 following the 156th commencement. Close to ninety people attended the party, where Chair Brad Sageman gave out department awards, Assistant Chair Patricia Beddows hooded undergraduates with geolog...

Summer Arctic Fieldwork

Several students and faculty from the department are headed to northern climes this summer to conduct different but complimentary research. Grace Andrews and Greg Lehn will collect water samples on two projects advised by Professor Jacobson in Western Greenland and Canada respectively. Then Everett ...

New Evidence for Oceans Worth of Water Deep in the Earth

The research of EPS geophysicist Steve Jacobsen and University of New Mexico seismologist Brandon Schmandt provides new evidence for the existence of oceans worth of water found in deep pockets of magma located about 400 miles beneath North America....

EPS Undergraduate 2014 Fellowships and Awards

EARTH undergraduates are no strangers to early successes in their careers, and a number have recently landed prestigious awards and internships....

Steve Jacobsen receives Humboldt Award

Professor Steve Jacobsen has received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Award winners are honored for their outstanding research record and invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist coll...

Nora Richter and Michael Witek Awarded Fulbright Scholarships

Two Earth students, undergraduate senior Nora Richter and graduate student Michael Witek have each been awarded coveted Fulbright Scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year....

Seth Stein's Germany Dispatch

Seth Stein, recipient of the 2014 Humbolt Research Award, and his wife, Carol, have been living in Gottingen, Germany, collaborating with Dr. David Hindle and Professor Jonas Kley on problems in interplate and intraplate tectonics.  At a recent ceremony in the historic town of Bamberg, Germany,...

Northwestern’s 2014 Climate Change Symposium

EPS department chair Brad Sageman and postdoctoral researcher Dorothée Husson have developed the speaker line-up for Northwestern University’s 2014 Climate Change Symposium. Other NU collaborators for the day-long event included the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern ...

Visiting Scholar Carol Stein, along with Professor Seth Stein and others, develop new theory on Midcontinental Rift Formation

Visiting Scholar Carol Stein (Univ. of Illinois Chicago) has teamed with husband EPS Professor Seth Stein,  EPS Professor Donna Jurdy, recent  EPS Ph.D. graduate Miguel Merino, and other researchers to develop a new theory about how the Midcontinental Rift has formed. Read the story here....

Steve Jacobsen Featured in Daily Web Magazine, Slate

Read the story, The Earth's Mantle is Soaking Wet, here....

Suzan van der Lee and grad students Emily Wolin and Trevor Bollmann featured on ABC and CBS news

EPS Professor Suzan van der Lee, and graduate students Emily Wolin and Trevor Bollmann were featured on ABC and CBS news on March 18, 2014. When a November 4, 2013 blast at the McCook Quarry in Illinois was quickly followed by a seismic event, van der Lee was brought on to investigate....

Joshua Townsend wins 2014-2016 Presidential Fellowship

Joshua Townsend has won a Presidential Fellowship, the most prestigious fellowship awarded to graduate students at Northwestern University. Funded by the President of the University and awarded by The Graduate School, Joshua will be inducted into the Society of Fellows. Highly competitive, Townsend ...

Everett Lasher wins 2014 Marcus Fund Award

Everett Lasher, with advisor Yarrow Axford, received the 2014 Marcus Fund Award from the American Association of Geographers (AAG).  The fund supports field research and faculty-student interaction in “challenging outdoor environments.”  Everett’s proposal, titled “...

EPS Researchers Featured in Climate Change Exhibit

Two Degrees and You: An NU Approach to Climate Change, is a temporary exhibition on display in the Northwestern University Library (January 13-March 21, 2014), and features the research of four faculty and two graduate students from the department. The interdisciplinary exhibit examines not only wha...

Seth Stein Wins the 2014 Price Medal

The Royal Astronomical Society has awarded Seth Stein the 2014 Price Medal for investigations of outstanding merit in solid earth geophysics, oceanography or planetary sciences....

Outstanding Student Paper Awards

EPS Graduate students Michael Witek and Emily Wolin won Outstanding Student Paper Awards at this year’s 2013 American Geological Union fall meeting. Outstanding Student Paper Awards are awarded to promote, recognize and reward students for outstanding presentations of their substantive researc...

Students in Energy and Climate Change Class Tour Walgreen Co's Net Zero Energy Store

Students in Professor Yarrow Axford’s Topics in Energy and Climate Change class (EARTH 342/ISEN 410) were treated to a preview tour of Walgreen Co.’s innovative net zero energy (meaning it will produce the same amount of energy it will use) retail store, slated to open November 21, 2013....

EPS Major Nora Richter returns from the Arctic with mud & a senior project

“It is really strange to wake up in the middle of the night and think it's the afternoon,” wrote EPS and ISP major Nora Richter after spending part of last summer conducting research in the Norwegian Arctic, where the “midnight sun” shines late into the summer nights.  A...

Seismic Sensitivity - Northwestern’s Seismometers and Pakistan’s September 24 Earthquake

On the first day of classes, September 24, 11:29:48 UTC, seismic records from Northwestern's two seismometers picked up the signals from a remote, M7.7 earthquake in Southern Pakistan....

Seismic Sensitivity - Northwestern’s Seismometers and Alaska’s August 30 Earthquake

Northwestern University operates two, soon three, seismometers in dramatically different conditions.  Northwestern's quiet seismic station at Ryerson Woods in Lake County registered a strong P wave and a long, strong, clear Rayleigh wave train generated by the August 30, 2013, M7 earthquake nea...

STEM Education Summer Workshops

Postdoctoral Researcher Dorothée Husson presented current developments on carbon capture and sequestration to a unique audience in August: Chicago-area high school teachers. The two-day Climate Change & Sustainability workshop was one of many projects organized through the Office of STEM Educat...

Dedication Ceremony for Signage Marking the GSSP

While Lake Pueblo State Park in Colorado is known for being a fishing "hot spot," in addition, the nearly 10,000 acre park is of geological importance.  Signage marking the Global Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) Cenomanian-Turonian Boundary, 38.2822° N Latitude 104.7275° W Longitu...

USArray Data Processing for the Next Generation of Seismologists

This August, Northwestern University will again host the USArray Data Processing short course, but this year there will be an introductory version of the course as well as an advanced version. The short courses are attended by graduate students in seismology from research universities all across the...

Summer News from EPS Department Major Zach Kisfalusi

EPS Department major Zach Kisfalusi is spending his summer on the Fond Du Lac Reservation in Cloquet, MN, working on the Sustainable Land and Water Resources project, one of the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)....

Ashley Gilliam wins the 2013-2014 NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship

Ashley Gilliam won a coveted 2013-2014 NASA Earth and Space Science fellowship, or NESSF. Her proposal was titled: "Titan's Impact Craters and Associated Fluvial Features: Evidence for a Subsurface Ocean." Ashley’s advisor is Professor Donna Jurdy, and Professor Emeritus Abraham Lerman is also...

Rosemary Bush featured in Northwestern Alumni Magazine

A photo of one of Rosemary Bush's fossils, accompanied by a short piece about her research, is part of the 2013 quarterly alumni magazine, Northwestern....

Class of 2013 Graduation Reception

Following Northwestern’s 155th Annual Commencement, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences welcomed the graduates and their families to a reception held in their honor in the atrium adjacent to our new home in Tech. Professor Sageman recognized the recent achievements of faculty and st...

Beyond Academics: EARTH students active in Northwestern University Graduate Student Association (NUGSA)

EARTH graduate students Jeremy Gouldey, Laurel Childress, and John Lazarz are active in the NUGSA, The Graduate School’s student association. NUGSA members are advocates for the student body to the administration, plan events that build the community at Northwestern, and provide opportunities ...

Six EPS students honored at Fellowship Winners Party

The Office of Fellowships held their Fellowship Winners party in the Guild Lounge of Scott Hall on May 30th. Six students from EPS were recognized....

Four from EPS Receive Departmental Honors for 2012-2013

Laura Beckerman, Caroline Binkley, Peter Ilhardt and Allegra Mayer have received departmental honors in Earth and Planetary Sciences for the 2012-2013 academic year, and Jennifer Mills has received departmental honors in Integrated Science for research conducted in our department. Congratulations go...

Four EPS undergraduates present at the 2013 Undergraduate Research and Arts Exposition

One of the hallmarks of an Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) undergraduate education is to conduct research. Four seniors from EPS presented theirs at the Undergraduate Research and Arts Exposition held on Monday, May 20. Students could choose to give either a poster or an oral presentation....

Steve Jacobsen receives 2013 Weinberg College Distinguished Teaching Award.

Associate Professor Steve Jacobsen has been selected to receive a 2013 Weinberg College Distinguished Teaching Award. Nominated by the Weinberg College Student Advisory Board, Jacobsen's award recognizes excellence in instruction, significant contributions to curricular innovation, exemplary mentori...

Seth Stein wins Humboldt Research Award

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has awarded Seth Stein a Humboldt Research Award. Humboldt awards promote academic cooperation between scientists and scholars from Germany and abroad. This award is granted "in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date to academics whose fundame...

Emily Wolin and Jessica Lodewyk's Spring SPREE Service Run

Graduate students Emily Wolin and Jessica Lodewyk successfully serviced 20 seismic stations and collected 53 GB of data in Wisconsin and Minnesota last April, as part of the SPREE (Superior Province Rifting EarthScope Experiment). All of the stations they visited were in working condition--one of th...

Laurel Childress Awarded Best Oral Presentation of a Student Poster in NZ

Laurel Childress and Neal Blair traveled to Wellington, New Zealand mid-April for a NSF GeoPRISMS workshop to plan field studies of local subduction processes. Laurel was awarded best Oral Presentation of a Student Poster (The Subduction Margin Carbon Cycle: A Preliminary Assessment of t...

Emile Okal wins 2013 Sergey Soloviev Medal

Professor Emile Okal has been selected by the European Geosciences Union as the 2013 recipient of the Sergey Soloviev Medal.  This medal is "awarded for outstanding scientific contributions in fundamental research that improves our knowledge of basic natural hazards principles as well as resear...

Craig Bina honored in Ceremony at Ehime University, Matsuyama, Japan

Professor Craig Bina and several international colleagues were honored on March 4 in a special ceremony by the president of Ehime University (Matsuyama, Japan) for contributions to worldwide research collaboration....

Andrew Jacobson Visits Congress to Talk about Climate Change

Andrew Jacobson, associate professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, was one of four AGU scientists who spent April 14^th , 2010 on Capitol Hill to present his research at the 16^th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibition and Reception. This exhibition featured science,...

Steven Jacobsen wins PECASE

President Obama designated Assistant Professor Steven Jacobsen among 100 beginning researchers to receive a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) at a White House ceremony on January 13th, 2010. The Award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government o...

Suzan van der Lee Receives NSF CAREER Award

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences proudly announces that assistant professor Suzan van der Lee has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation, the agency's most prestigious award for new faculty members....

Seth Stein Named William Deering Professor of EPS

Seth A. Stein, professor of Earth and planetary sciences at Northwestern University, has been appointed the William Deering Professor in Earth and Planetary Sciences....

Andrew Jacobson Receives Major NSF Award

The Department congratulates Dr. Andrew Jacobson, Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, on receiving a major grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Jacobson will use the award, which totals $847,218, to purchase a Multi-Collector Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer (MC-TIM...

Andrew Jacobson Wins Packard Fellowship, Clarke Medal

The department is proud to announce that Dr. Andrew Jacobson, assistant professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, has recently received two major awards--the 2008 F.W. Clarke Medal and a Packard Fellowship....

Steven Jacobsen Awarded CAREER Grant

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences congratulates assistant professor Steven D. Jacobsen on receiving a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, the agency's most prestigious grant for young scholars. Jacobsen is the third EPS junior faculty member awar...

Steven Jacobsen Wins Packard Fellowship

Steven D. Jacobsen, assistant professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, has been awarded a five-year, $875,000 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. One of only 20 scientists nationwide to receive this prestigious unrestricted research grant, Ja...

Father-son team reassesses natural, financial hazards

Seth Stein and his father, Jerome Stein, find similarities among their disciplines, write a series of papers and a book. Don’t miss the Science Café Talk about their collaborations, Gambling Against Nature: Combining Science & Economics to Defend Against Natural Disaster Wednesday, Janu...

Geology # 7 of Forbes 15 Most Valuable Majors

According to Forbes, Geology is #7 of 15 most valuable majors....

Xiaoting Lou Receives Honorable Mention for Seismology Presentation at AGU

Xiaoting Lou received an honorable mention in the competition for 2011 Outstanding Student Presentation Award in the Seismology section of AGU. This means his presentation was in the top 25% of over 250 student presentations and received exceptionally good reveiws from the judges. A link to the othe...

Toast to Retiring EPS Professor, Abraham Lerman

On Wednesday, May 30th, at the End of the Year Faculty Gathering, EPS Chair Brad Sageman and Professor Emile Okal recognized Abe Lerman for his accomplishments. Although Lerman retires on August 31, he will teach Earth's Changing Climate during the Fall 2012 quarter....

NU 2011-2012 Fellowship Winners’ Party

The NU Office of Fellowships hosted a Winners’ Party on May 14, in Scott Hall’s Guild Lounge. Undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni were among the winners of 104 external awards, fellowships, grants and scholarships this academic year.  Northwestern winners numbered over 200...

Undergrads Alice and Jenny Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

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Donna Jurdy Wins Teaching Award

The Weinberg College awarded EPS faculty member Donna Jurdy a Weinberg College Outstanding Freshman Advising Award for the 2011-12 academic year. Teaching awards applaud excellence in instruction, significant contributions to curricular innovation, exemplary mentoring of research and independent stu...

Banner Year for Undergraduate Research Grant Program Awards

The Office of the Provost and the Grants Committee undertake rigorous review to identify undergraduate’s independent research projects worthy of funding through the Undergraduate Research Grant (URG’s) program. Five Earth and Planetary Science students have won awards! They are:...

For First Year Students Interested in Earth and Planetary Sciences...

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Stein, van der Lee & Grad student Trevor Bollman Featured on EarthScope Channel

EPS faculty members Seth Stein and Suzan van der Lee are featured in an EarthScope YouTube channel video that describes how EarthScope seismometers are being used to understand the extent and origin of the North American Midcontinent Rift.....

Axford and Jacobson featured in Northwestern magazine

The Spring 2012 edition of Northwestern magazine featured Earth and Planetary Sciences professors Axford and Jacobson with articles frontlining their work on arctic evidence of climate change and the carbon "fingerprinting" ability of new technologies, respectively. This publication is the quarterly...

Considering Earth and Planetary Sciences as a major? Learn more...

Are you a freshman or a transfer student who is considering Earth & Planetary Sciences as a major or minor? Explore the Undergraduate section of our website, and contact Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Andrew Jacobson, if you have questions about the program....

Rosemary Bush wins Best Student Poster Award

Congratulations go out to Rosemary Bush, who won the Best Student Poster Award while at the Climate and Biota of the Early Paleogene Conference in Salzburg, Austria, June 2011.  Her poster is entitled Composition of n-Alkanes in Individual Fossil Leaves from the Paleocene-Eocene Boundary....

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August 11, 2014