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Johns Hopkins Geologist Naomi Levin Wins Young Scientist Award

A Johns Hopkins University geologist has won the prestigious Young Scientist Award from the Geological Society of America for the contributions she has made to the understanding of the environments of early humans in Africa. Naomi Levin, an assistant professor, will receive her award at the geological society’s 125th anniversary conference in Denver on October 29.

Early Human Habitat Was Savanna, Not Forest

Pre-humans living in East Africa 4.4 million years ago inhabited savannas — grassy plains dotted with trees and shrubs — according to a team of researchers that includes earth scientist Naomi Levin of The Johns Hopkins University’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Levin’s team published a commentary on this topic in the May 27 issue of the journal Science.

Charting Ocean Currents With a Cutting-Edge Supercomputer

Using a $736,000 grant administered through the federal stimulus act, Johns Hopkins earth scientist Thomas Haine is working with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop what promises to be the biggest, most cutting-edge and detailed computer model of ocean currents ever made. The supercomputer model, which will be run by a National Science Foundation–built supercomputer capable of doing a million billion calculations per second, will simulate currents in the Arctic, Antarctic and Atlantic oceans in hopes of shedding light on how small-scale turbulent eddies affect large currents, such as the powerful Gulf Stream.

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