Four postdoctoral fellows have been awarded EESA Early Career Development Grants. Each of the four projects is aligned with different goals of the EESA Strategic Plan. Chun Chang’s project, Producing Oil-in-Water Nanoemulsion for Efficient Proppant Emplacement Using Hydrodynamic Cavitation, is relevant to the Sustainable Earth Grand Challenge; Michael Whittaker’s project, Observing Geochemistry with Atomic Resolution, to Climate and the Carbon Sink. Veronica Tribaldos’ project, “Exploring the Subsurface of Urban Areas with Distributed Acoustic Sensing Deployed on Dark Fiber Networks,” will advance EESA’s “Nimble and Networked Sensing” Strategy, and Sebastien Uhlemann’s project “Integrated surface and subsurface monitoring of landslide dynamics at Berkeley Lab–towards early warning of slope failure” will advance the Area’s Resilient System Grand Challenge.
The EESA Early Career Development Grant (ECDG) provides an opportunity for early career scientific staff to develop new concepts, tools, and approaches with the potential to complement/enhance existing EESA research programs, make progress on new EESA research directions, and/or to lay the foundation for future proposals. These ‘seed’ projects are expected to be completed within 12 – 18 months.