Louise Rosen, a senior manager in Columbia University’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations, has been named director of a new office at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory that will oversee fundraising, communications, education and strategic initiatives. Rosen returns to the Earth Institute where she built new degree programs in sustainable development, and environmental science and policy.
by Kim Martineau
Water is on the minds of Rockland residents because the county’s main water provider, United Water NY, wants to build a treatment plant on the Hudson River that would deliver more freshwater to Rockland taps. Some people are in favor of boosting supply to this growing suburban region, a short drive from the George Washington and Tappan Zee bridges. Others are opposed, citing the cost, in energy and dollars, plus the danger to fish and other wildlife. As the project awaits a decision from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, a new debate on water consumption has emerged. Should people be encouraged, or even required, to use less? And if so, how?
by Kim Martineau
A geochemist and Nyack resident who studies the workings of the deep earth and their influence on some of the world’s mYost explosive volcanoes has been awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship. Terry Plank, a researcher at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, joins novelist Junot Diaz, war correspondent David Finkel and filmmaker Natalia Almada in this year’s batch of MacArthur Fellows, who will receive $100,000 a year for five years, no strings attached.
This Thursday, students from all over New York will be getting their hands dirty playing in the mud down by the river. It’s all part of the 10th annual A Day in the Life of the Hudson River event sponsored by Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, NY.
Students will collect and share scientific information from their stretch of the Hudson tidal estuary to provide a snapshot of its health using hands-on field techniques to describe their sites, catch fish and invertebrates (blue crabs, shrimp) in nets, track the river’s tides and currents, and examine water chemistry. The ‘€œDay in the Life’€ event allows students to be scientists for the day by collecting information from their stretch of the river and seeing its connection to the larger ecosystem.