Mars exhibits ample evidence for an ancient surface hydrosphere. The Martian meteorite nicknamed Black Beauty is composed of regolith braccia from the heavily cratered terrains of ancient Mars and contains zircon grains dated to 4.5 billion years ago. Dr. Munir Humayun and colleagues continue their research on this fascinating Mars meteorite in a paper published in Nature Geoscience. The paper has been gaining the attention of the international media and several links to different articles are included here.
The Ecological Center of Akumal (CEA) is now accepting volunteers for the Coral Reef Monitoring Program. Akumal is located in the Mexican Caribbean, on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and the program brings a great opportunity for students who are looking for field experience in reef ecology and biodiversity conservation.
The College of Law and the Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Science are offering a joint degree program in Law and Aquatic Environmental Science, J.D./M.A.E.S., which will permit students to complete both degree programs concurrently.
The National Weather Service in Tallahassee is offering the opportunity to work one on one with forecasters in an operational environment during the Fall semester. Applications are requested for students interested working in NWS operations as well as working on a multimedia project related to the operational and warning environment.
The National Academies are accepting applications for the 2015 session of the Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program. Special consideration will be given to candidates who are from a Gulf state, studying at a Gulf state institution, or doing research relevant to the Gulf of Mexico.