2018 TSS Gold Medal Honoree Announced

The Tallahassee Scientific Society’s Gold Medal, established in 2004, is bestowed annually by the Society on a scientist or scholar selected from the Tallahassee community whose career achievements in science or science education and outreach are deemed exemplary.

The Society is pleased to announce that this year’s honoree is Dr. Jeff Chanton of FSU’s Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science. Jeff is a Gulf Coast Native. He received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985, and joined the faculty at Florida State University in the Department of Oceanography in 1989. He is a Lawton Professor, an AGU fellow, an Aldo Leopold Fellow, and has been named the Florida Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Communicator of the Year. He has authored or co-authored over 280 papers in the peer-reviewed literature and received over 65 grants and contracts to support his research. He has supervised 19 PhD dissertations, 37 Master’s theses, and 7 undergraduate honors theses. He teaches classes at the graduate and undergraduate level and is the director of the University’s Aquatic Environmental Science Graduate Program and the undergraduate Environmental Science Program.

Jeff works on a variety of research problems that involve the greenhouse gases methane and carbon dioxide, isotopic geochemistry, permafrost thaw, oil spill carbon tracing, landfill methane emissions, and groundwater issues. He gives talks on the science of climate change to local churches, synagogues, civic groups, and government organizations, including the 2014 Florida gubernatorial candidates, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He has presented the science of Climate Change to both electric power and natural gas utility group meetings. In addition to scientific publications, he has written articles for popular magazines and newsletters, including The Florida Naturalist and Florida Wildlife.

For a complete list of the Society’s Gold Medalists – “The Tallahassee Scientific Society’s Gold Medal Winners” click here.

Gold Medal Awards & Membership Social 2018

Each year the Society invites its members and their guests to attend a one-hour reception that features catered food and a cash bar. This will immediately precede the Honoree’s public presentation.

Jeff’s presentation for the evening of the Award Ceremony was entitled “Climate and Sea Level Rise – The Nuts and Bolts of an Inescapable Coastal Driver ”.

WHEN – The event took place on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Reception from 6:00 PM to 7 PM (EDT);
presentation from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

WHERE – Challenger Learning Center – 200 South Duval Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Lannutti Lecture Series

Dr. Gabriela González

Dr. Gabriela González

The 2017 Lannutti Lecture series will be held on November 30th. Mark your calendars and plan to attend one or both of the lectures.

This year’s presenter is Dr. Gabriela González, a professor of physics and astronomy at Louisiana State University. LSU is only 30 miles away from the LIGO Livingston Observatory, where she conducts most of her research. The LIGO project, funded by the National Science Foundation, has gravitational wave detectors in two observatories, the one in Livingston and a second in Hanford, Washington.

Dr. González has been a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration since 1997, and in 2011 she was elected as its spokesperson. Her research addresses characterization of noise in and calibration of the gravitational wave detectors.

Her first lecture will be a Physics Colloquium in the FSU Department of Physics, 101 Richards Building (UPL), 1055 Atomic Way, at 3:45 PM on Thursday, 30 November 2017. Dr. González’ lecture will be, “Gravitational Waves Astronomy.”

Her second lecture, “Einstein, gravitational waves and black holes,” will be given on Thursday, 30 November 2017, at 7:30 PM at the FSU College of Medicine Auditorium, 1115 West Call Street.

Both lectures are free and open to the public.