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November 30 , 2009
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In this issue:

  • International Research Experiences for Undergraduates
  • Geology Student Internship Links
  • Big Freeze Plunged Europe Into Ice Age in Months

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International Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Summer Research Opportunities for Chemical Science Undergraduate Students

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The ACS-IREU Program is welcoming Applications for Participation in Summer 2010. This NSF-funded international research program provides opportunities for undergraduates majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, materials science or chemical engineering to conduct intensive research for 10 weeks in laboratories in France, Italy, Germany, or the UK To qualify, students must be in their sophomore or junior year, have one semester or summer of prior research experience, and must be US citizens or permanent US residents. Members of underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply.

The IREU program is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst – DAAD), and participating European Chemistry Thematic Network institutions.

The ACS International Research Experience for Undergraduates (IREU) program gives undergraduate chemical science students an opportunity to pursue research at universities in France, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Participating institutions are recognized as top producers of scientific knowledge.

IREU students spend 10 weeks working on frontier chemistry research projects under the guidance of faculty members and graduate student mentors to sharpen scientific skills, develop collaborations with scientists abroad, and experience the life and culture of a foreign country.

Summer 2010 IREU programs for U.S. Students:

Find research opportunities and application information for institutions in Germany, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

  • U.S. to Germany
    In partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, DAAD) and the German Chemical Society, ACS will select 15 Research Internships in Science and Engineering U.S. applicants to receive the prestigious NSF-funded ACS-IREU Scholarship to conduct summer research in Germany.
  • U.S. to France, Italy, and the United Kingdom
    European Chemistry Thematic Network member institutions in France, Italy, and the United Kingdom will each host two U.S. students to conduct undergraduate research. These students will also receive the prestigious NSF-funded ACS-IREU Scholarship.
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Geology Student Internships Links

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Big Freeze Plunged Europe Into Ice Age in Months

ScienceDaily (Nov. 30, 2009) — In the film The Day After Tomorrow, the world enters the icy grip of a new glacial period within the space of just a few weeks. Now new research shows that this scenario may not be so far from the truth after all.

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William Patterson, from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, and his colleagues have shown that switching off the North Atlantic circulation can force the Northern hemisphere into a mini 'ice age' in a matter of months. Previous work has indicated that this process would take tens of years.

Around 12,800 years ago the northern hemisphere was hit by a mini ice-age, known by scientists as the Younger Dryas, and nicknamed the 'Big Freeze', which lasted around 1300 years. Geological evidence shows that the Big Freeze was brought about by a sudden influx of freshwater, when the glacial Lake Agassiz in North America burst its banks and poured into the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. This vast pulse, a greater volume than all of North America's Great Lakes combined, diluted the North Atlantic conveyor belt and brought it to a halt.

Without the warming influence of this ocean circulation temperatures across the Northern hemisphere plummeted, ice sheets grew and human civilisation fell apart.

Previous evidence from Greenland ice cores has indicated that this sudden change in climate occurred over the space of a decade or so. Now new data shows that the change was amazingly abrupt, taking place over the course of a few months, or a year or two at most.

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