Hastings named among 100 Inspiring Women in STEM

Meredith Hastings, Associate Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences and Fellow of the Institute, was recently recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine as one of the nation's foremost role models for young women looking to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The magazine writes that awardees such as Hastings serve as exemplars to "advance diversity, promote equality, and build a stronger U.S. workforce."

Hastings not only excels as a researcher, teacher, and mentor, but has also made great strides toward strengthening the presence of women in science in other capacities. 

Writes INSIGHT, "Dr. Hastings co-founded and serves as vice president of the Earth Science Women's Network (ESWN), an organization dedicated to career development and community-building for women to support a more diverse scientific community. Hastings excels at tailoring her mentoring style to her students’ needs and provides ample opportunities for their development as scientists and professionals."

Hastings' committment to recruitment of women in STEM has a practical component as well: in her view, it will foster excellence in research. "Greater diversity in science leads to higher quality science that makes a difference," she says. "Women make up over half of college students but less than 25% of workers in science fields, and innovation depends on all of us making an effort to have our society’s diversity represented."

The awards appear in the magazine's September issue.

(Distributed August 18, 2015)

Institute recognizes recent PhD recipients

IBES is thrilled to recognize the following talented scholars for their successful doctoral defense during the past calendar year:

Aron Buffen, PhD (Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences)
Dissertation Title: On the Isotopic Composition of Nitrate in Andean and Antarctic Ice Cores as a Tracer of Climate and Atmospheric Chemistry Through Time
Date: May 8, 2015

David Ciplet, PhD (Sociology)
Dissertation Title: Movements From the Margins: Advocacy For Justice In International Climate Change Governance
Date: May 26, 2015 


Sarah Corman Crosby, PhD (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
Dissertation Title: Salt Marshes in a Changing Climate
Date: August 25, 2014  


Megan Creighton, PhD (Chemical Engineering)
Dissertation Title: Implications of Surface Functionalization and Geometry on the Applications of Carbon Nanomaterial Colloids
Date: April 10, 2015


R. Chelsea Nagy, PhD (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
Dissertation Title: Ecological and Biogeochemical Consequences of Land Use Change in the Brazilian Amazon
Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015

(Distributed August 14, 2015)

Climate change and a hotter Rhode Island: As days warm, emergency visits, deaths rise

One likely result of hotter temperatures predicted for later this century would be an increase in emergency hospital visits and a higher death rate for Rhode Islanders of all ages. Image: iStock.One likely result of hotter temperatures predicted for later this century would be an increase in emergency hospital visits and a higher death rate for Rhode Islanders of all ages. Image: iStock.

A new study led by IBES graduate student Samantha Kingsley and IBES Fellow Gregory Wellenius finds that in Rhode Island heat-related emergency department visits and deaths increase notably among people of all ages as temperatures rise above 75 degrees. The study projects that if the population were living with the warmer temperatures forecast for the end of the century, emergency department visits and deaths would be measurably higher.

(Distributed August 13, 2015)

NIH funds study of early life chemical exposures led by Institute fellow Joseph Braun

With more than $1.5 million from the National Institutes of Health over the next four years, Brown University epidemiologist Joseph Braun will study how exposure to three common chemicals during pregnancy and childhood affects brain development and the thyroid.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Exposure to the endocrine disrupting chemicals bisphenol A, triclosan and phthalates is ubiquitous in the United States, raising concerns that they may affect health. With a new four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, Brown University epidemiologist Joseph Braun will try to close a gap in research: the effect of these exposures on the brain and thyroid during pregnancy and childhood.

(Distributed July 23, 2015)
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