This page was last revised June 15, 2015

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August-October: Simone will be on the U.S. GEOTRACES cruise on the Healy, Dutch Harbor Alaska to the North Pole (or as close as they can get..)

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August: several of us (Jong-Mi, Gonzalo, Ed) will be at the Goldschmidt Conference in Prague

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July: Ed, Simone will be at the Chemical Oceanography Gordon Conference

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July: Ed attends the International Science Steering meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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June: Jessica Fitzsimmons completes her Rutgers postdoc and starts as an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University

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June: Mengli turns in her thesis, should defend near the end of August

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June: Ed spends the month in Singapore

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Late May: Ed goes to Brest France to attend the GEOVIDE post-cruise meeting

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January: Ed attends the XMAS2 conference in Xiamen, China, then spends 3 weeks in Singapore

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December: Jong-Mi finishes her MIT post-doc and will move on to UC Santa Cruz in the spring

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December: MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography External Review

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October: Ed attends the GEOTRACES International Science Steering meeting in South Africa

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September: Cheryl Zurbrick joins the group as a postdoc, but will spend three months teaching part-time and go on an Antarctic research cruise before joining us full-time in February.

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April 28: Gonzalo has movedto Singapore to be part of Ed's CENSAM project

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March 31: Abigail moves on to her new job at the Gradient Corporation in Cambridge MA

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mid-February: we received our samples from the GEOTRACES South Pacific Transect

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January 20: Ed has returned from his 6 month residency in Singapore

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Dec. 31: Jessica moves on to her postdoc at Rutgers working with Rob Sherrell

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Ed has been awarded the Harold Urey Medal by the European Association of Geochemistry, to be presented at the 2014 Goldschmidt Conference in Sacramento in June.

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Ed, Intan, Mengli, Jessica, Abigail, Simone and Sherrain will attend the Ocean Sciences meeting in Hawaii in February.

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Ed will attend the Decadal Survey of Ocean Science meetings in San Francisco (December) and on the Gulf Coast (January).

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Ed, Intan, and Jani will sample near the Johor River in November. We are getting samples for experiments of Pb isotope exchange.

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Ed went to the international GEOTRACES Science Steering Committee meeting in Bremerhaven Germany in the first week of October (he is co-chair).

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Jessica and Gonzalo participated in HOE-PhOR cruise off Hawaii in September

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Jessica successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis in August, 2013.

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Ed will spend July-December in Singapore as part of the CENSAM-SMART program.

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Gonzalo and Mengli participated in HOE-PhOR cruise off Hawaii in May

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Jong-Mi successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis in April, 2013.

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Ed, Gonzalo, and Simone went to Rio de Janeiro for 9 days for sediment coring work (aimed at anthropogenic metals and persistent organic pollutants) in April, 2013.

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The US GEOTRACES North Atlantic Transect community got together for a data workshop at ODU in Norfolk March 11-15, 2013. It was a very stimulating meeting, and we began to see the pieces being put together. As of May, we are soliciting submissions for a Deep-Sea Research II issue (submissions close Nov. 2013).

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Ed had a busy GEOTRACES fall travel schedulein 2012, with the International Science Steering Committee meeting in Goa, India; Latin American GEOTRACES Meeting, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Moscow Arctic GEOTRACES meeting, Moscow, Russia.

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Ed spent 3 months in Singapore May-August 2012 as part of the CENSAM-SMART program. While he was there, he gave 2 presentations (of Jong-Mi's Indian Ocean Pb work) at the Asia-Oceania Geosciences Meeting (AOGS).

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Ed, Jessica, Gonzalo, and Abigail attended the Goldschmidt Conference June 23-27, 2012

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C-MORE will have the Kilo Moana almost continually on-site near HOT for five months beginning in the middle of May. One of the greatest time-series ever!

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Ed and Gonzalo will go to Kuwait near the end of the month to sample the freeze cores we collected in January.

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Jong-Mi has returned back to work at the beginning of March.

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Ed and Gonzalo did fieldwork in the Northern Persian (Arabian) Gulf in January, with some water sampling but the prime objective was obtaining freeze cores to look at anthropogenic changes during the past 50-100 yrs. The newly-constructed freeze core (modified WHOI design, built by MIT machine shop) functioned well.

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Abigail Noble has joined our group as a postdoc; she'll be working on Pb and Pb isotopes from the GEOTRACES cruise.

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Jong-Mi Lee had a baby boy at the end of the year; mother and child are healthy and well but not sleeping much, I hear.

Before the big event, Jong-Mi had completed chemical and isotopic analyses of three coral cores from the Singapore-Indonesian-Central Indian Ocean region and analyzed Pb isotopes on samples from the Japanese Indian Ocean transect.

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US GEOTRACES NORTH ATLANTIC TRANSECT, Pt. 2: In November, 2011, Ed Boyle, Jessica Fitzsimmons, and Gonzalo Carrasco set out from WHOI on the R/V Knorr to complete the US GT-NAT (via Bermuda and cominginto Praia in the Cape Verde Islands in mid-December. Although we had some bad weather in the second week that lost us some time and a couple of shallow stations, the cruise was very successful overall.

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JIMMY CHOW LECTURE: The estate of Jimmy Chow, a Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientist who participated in groundbreaking research on Pb and Pb isotopes on the earth surface, established an annual lecture in his name. In early June 2011, Ed Boyle gave the first lecture in this series: "Getting the Lead Out: Observing the Transit of Anthropogenic Lead through the Marine Environment"

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HOT CRUISE: Jessica Fitzsimmons went on the April 2011 HOT cruise to test and compare methods for Fe and Fe colloid sampling.

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NORTHERN ARABIAN GULF WATER, SEDIMENT, AND CORAL SAMPLING: In March 2011, Ed Boyle and Gonzalo Carrasco spent 3 days on a Kuwait vessel (led by Chief Scientist Bondi Gevao and several other people from KISR), sampling the waters and surface sediments of the northern Arabian Gulf, and Intan Nurhati and Rick Walsh drilled several coral cores. These will

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SINGAPORE CORAL SAMPLING: Intan Nurhati together with Jani Thuaibah Isa Tanzil sampled several corals near Singapore in late 2010. Jong-Mi Lee obtained other coral samples from the central Indian Ocean and northwest coast of Sumatra (Kerry Sieh samples). These are being analyzed for paleoclimate indicators, Pb, Pb isotopes, and Cd.

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C-MORE BigRAPA CRUISE: In November 2011, Jong-Mi Lee and Rick Kayser participated in this cruise in the southeast Pacific from Chile to Easter Island (Dan Repeta, Chief Scientist). They collected samples for Fe, Fe colloid, Fe speciation, and Pb and Pb isotope analysis.

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US GEOTRACES: The US GEOTRACES North Atlantic Transect cruise departed from Lisbon on October 10, 2010 (Knorr) and arrived in the Cape Verde Islands on November 3, 2010 after propulsion problems on the ship.

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NAS:

Ed Boyle was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in April 2008.

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We moved!

At the end of October, 2007, we moved to renovated space in the 6th floor of Building 25, a modern building across the street from our old labs and right next to the MIT Health Department (still on Carleton St.). After many years in which it could be said that all of my graduate students had better labs than mine, it is no longer true. Here are a couple of pictures:

The sea of pink boxes (everything was packed into them):

 

The view from my clean flow bench: