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USA Today
Apr 22, 2016
Mario Molina shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1995 for work on chlorofluorocarbons and teaches at the University of California, San Diego. V. Ramanathan discovered the greenhouse effect of halocarbons, and is professor of atmospheric and climate science at UC San Diego. Durwood Zaelke is president of the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development.

Physics Today
Apr 22, 2016
Marcia McNutt has rubbed shoulders with President Obama, Chinese premier Li Keqiang, and Pope Francis. She has also undergone explosives training with the US Navy SEALs, barrel raced on her Arabian horse, and raised three daughters. Currently editor-in-chief of Science, she will leave on 1 July to start a six-year term at the helm of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). For many years McNutt followed a typical academic career. After earning her bachelor's degree at Colorado College in 1973 and her PhD at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography five years later, she settled into academic life. But in 1997 she left her tenured position at MIT to brave a new career. The move has paid off, as she has progressed from one prestigious science leadership role to the next.

Apr 22, 2016
With an estimated 1.7 million new cancer diagnoses every year in the US, and outbreaks of malaria, Ebola and Zika rocking populations around the world, scientists are on a constant search for new compounds that might kill the cancer cells and microbes that threaten human life. Over the past two decades, they've turned increasingly to one important place: coral reefs. Compounds derived from the ocean are approximately seven times more likely to make it into drug form [than compounds from land], William Gerwick, professor of oceanography and pharmaceutical sciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, told VICE. The staggering number and range of species in the ocean is one reason for this success, but what makes marine compounds particularly effective for drug development is how they've evolved. "Part of why coral reefs have such potential is because all of that diversity makes for tough competition," David Kline, a coral reef researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, told VICE.

Apr 21, 2016
A growing network of cameras trained on the forested mountains around Lake Tahoe is changing the way crews fight Western wildfires by allowing early detection that triggers quicker, cheaper, more tactical suppression than traditional war-like operations, experts said Wednesday. Frank Vernon, a research geophysicist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, began developing the “virtual fire lookout towers” in 2002 when he and others built a large-scale, wireless network in Southern California.

Yahoo News
Apr 19, 2016
Investigators have confirmed that two debris pieces found since December match Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which disappeared more than two years ago in March 2014. The finding is a helpful step in what has become the most high-profile plane search of this century, but oceanographers doubt it will assist the investigators still combing the ocean floor for signs of a plane crash. "It's not only ocean currents, because it's on the ocean floor, it's also winds and waves, so you need to be able to model three things correctly," says Luca Centurioni, a scientist with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego. "And we just cannot do it."

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Apr 19, 2016

Boston Globe
Apr 17, 2016
In the mid 1950s, Charles Keeling was a postdoc in geochemistry at Caltech. While there, he built the first instrument that could accurately measure CO2 concentrations in atmospheric samples. He tried his new device out on trips around California, but it was only when he moved to Scripps Institution of Oceanography that was able to begin an experiment that has outlived him. Beginning in 1956, Keeling and his successors have measured atmospheric CO2 at an observatory high on the flanks of Mauna Loa, one of the two giant volcanoes that dominate the Big Island of Hawaii. There is nothing there to confound the work — no smokestacks, cars, anything. The graph that records what they’ve found over six decades is now called the Keeling Curve — and it is unequivocal.