This year’s Interdisciplinary Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting will bring together a selection of outstanding minds from multiple generations, 3 scientific disciplines, and nearly 90 different countries. Nobel Laureates and young scientists from all around the world in the fields of chemistry, physics, and physiology & medicine will listen to lectures on some of science’s greatest discoveries and participate in discussions about some of the world’s toughest challenges.
When the meetings first began after the end of World War II, a frequent topic of discussion was undoubtedly, nuclear energy. Indeed, at one of the first Lindau meetings in 1955, 52 Nobel Laureates signed the Mainau Declaration as an appeal to governments around the world against the use and proliferation of atomic weapons. At this year’s meeting, among the conversations ranging from new chemical reaction mechanisms, to cosmic microwave background radiation, to cell signaling and drug development, there will be a slightly different, but equally threatening, unifying theme: climate change.
When I first started thinking about working in the Arctic, I remember thinking it was pretty amazing that certain animals, insects, and plants actually thrive at these high latitudes. Then I came to Barrow, where there is an entire community of people that have chosen to live here and whose ancestors have been living here for centuries!
When you first see Barrow though, it may appear like some kind of temporary settlement. The buildings and homes are relatively small and simple, and there aren't any paved roads. But in fact, Barrow is one of the oldest permanent settlements in the U.S., and the rich history, culture, and lasting traditions of the people who live here definitely show that.
Day 2 out on the BEO today, and another successful and productive day it was! Even though it started off a bit windy and pretty cold, we were still able to spend most of the day in the field collecting soil cores, water samples, and biogeochemical data.
Check out the NGEE-Arctic blog too for some information about our day (and pictures) from a different perspective. :)
Woohoo! I have landed in Alaska! I stayed in Anchorage last night and completed the final leg(s) of my trip bright and early this morning. My plane left at 6 am, made a few stops, but then I finally made it!! This is my first Arctic field campaign as a graduate student and I couldn't be more excited! I’m going to try and blog each day about what I’m doing and learning, and also tell you a little more about the project I am working on. You can ask me questions here in the comments, tweet something out to me and tag it #NGEE2014, or post on my blog’s Facebook page!
As some of you may know, I started working with scientists at Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) this past summer. Before we get into all of the suhweet science I’ve had the opportunity to join in on, I want to tell you a bit about ORNL (just because it actually has a pretty rad history).
Welcome to Think Like a Postdoc. If you're a fan of science as much as I am, and/or are curious about getting a degree in a STEM field, or pursuing an interdisciplinary graduate degree (all from the perspective of a graduate student), then you're in the right place. Think Like a Postdoc also includes posts about my current lab and field research, including analytical chemistry, Arctic biogeochemistry, and energy & environmental policy. Comments and questions are always welcomed. And please tell me what you want to hear about next!
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