Jim Kellner is currently one of seven Project Investigators involved in this NASA project, Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation, which will put a LiDAR sensor on the International Space Station to completely map the world's forest structure. Currently there is no such sensor in orbit, and we lack this basic information about the planet's forests, which is contributing to the uncertainty that exists over the role of (for example) tropical forests in the global carbon cycle. The total effort is $94 million and runs through 2021.
I am pleased to announce that Dave Ciplet won the Robert Dentler Award for Outstanding Student Achievement from the American Sociological Association Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology. Dave has made truly remarkable contributions to the field of public sociology and the sociology of practice, making an impact that I think would be the pride of most active full professors.
Professor Meredith Hastings has been chosen to receive the 2014 Ascent Award from the American Geophysical Union. This prestigious prize, commensurate with her many scientific achievements, aims to reward exceptional mid-career scientists in the fields of the atmospheric and climate sciences.
The Board of Fellows has approved creation of an Institute for the Study of Environment and Society (ISES) in the coming academic year. Environmental questions range in scale from molecular to planetary and demand research collaboration from many disciplines. The new center will draw on Brown’s strengths in environmental teaching and research to address those questions in a holistic way.