The important work of Lamont scientists is funded through a mix of public and private support. Each year, many private individuals, foundations, and corporations invest in Lamont, advancing our understanding of Earth and continuing the Observatory’s outstanding record of achievement. Every gift, large or small, helps generate another discovery. And in that way, every donor becomes a partner in our scientific and educational endeavors and plays a key role in advancing the fundamental knowledge needed to sustain our planet
The 2012 Vetlesen Prize awardees are Susan Solomon and Jean Jouzel. Solomon, an atmospheric chemist at MIT, is renowned for leading the efforts to identify the cause of the Antarctic ozone hole. Jouzel, of the Laboratoire des Sciences due Climat et l’Environnement of the Institut Pierre Simon Laplace, is a geochemist who extracted the longest-yet climate record from polar ice cores.
We would like to thank Sarah Johnson, and Wendy and George David, for their generous support of our Climate and Life Initiative. We also acknowledge the generosity of Riverkeeper, Inc., for their continued support and scientific partnership investigating the water quality of the Hudson River. Each year since 2004, the Brinson Foundation has given generous and dedicated support for the Observatory, most recently providing resources for postdoctoral researchers and the Earth Microbiology Initiative.
In addition to their success securing institutional grants from federal sources, our scientists raised substantial private funding for their research from the Comer Science and Education Foundation, the Global Climate Change Foundation, the Lenfest Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Tides Foundation and the Tinker Foundation.
Our Advisory Board, led in FY13 by Chair Frank Gumper, is made up of community leaders, loyal friends and Lamont alumni, who deeply believe in our mission to generate fundamental knowledge about the origin, evolution and future of the natural world.
The Advisory Board Innovation Fund, which derives from the interest and support of our Board for innovative, high-risk and high-reward startups, allows the Observatory to provide seed funding for research and educational projects. A recent Innovation Fund grant to Maureen Raymo, director of the Lamont Core Repository, assisted with the purchase and installation of a video wall in the Repository in June 2013. A valuable education and outreach tool, the video wall is equipped with core description and data visualization software, scientific data processing and educational scientific visualizations, and it is accessible to anyone using the Repository facilities.
The Lamont Alumni Board is made up of 15 former graduate students, researchers and staff members who strive to promote the welfare of the Observatory by acting as advocates and supporters of the Observatory’s mission. Members serve three-year renewable terms and meet three times per year, in addition to maintaining a liaison with the Observatory’s Advisory Board.
Greg Mountain, Ph.D. ’81, took over leadership of the Alumni Board in December 2012. A marine geologist, Greg is a professor at Rutgers University and an adjunct at Lamont. He’s long been active in the alumni association and is now working hard to strengthen ties within the alumni community and encourage current students, recent graduates and postdoctoral scientists, to remain connected to Lamont.
“Lamont doesn’t stand still; it’s the same diverse, vibrant, engaged community it’s always been. The faces, the challenges and the questions may change, but the energy does not. Through ties in the alumni association, even if you’re not on campus, you can remain part of Lamont’s vitality and worth,” Mountain said.
We encourage alumni to connect with us and experience first-hand the value of maintaining ties across miles and years, whether at our annual December Alumni Reception in San Francisco, on campus at our annual fall Open House, or any time your travels bring you to Greater New York.