Ocean Currents 9/13/23

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Congratulations Banyu Carbon 

The School wholeheartedly congratulates professors Alex Gagnon and Julian Sachs, founders of the climate solutions oriented startup Banyu Carbon, for their continued success. This week MSNBC and other news outlets reported on the major increases in fiscal investments from many US and global companies in strategies for carbon dioxide removal and Banyu Carbon is one of the startups selected for additonal funding.

Banyu Carbon utilizes a proprietary process that uses sunlight to drive a chemical reaction releasing carbon dioxide from seawater. Since only a small fraction of the sunlight is needed for the chemistry, the remainder is used to generate solar electricity. The liberated carbon dioxide can be stored in geologic formations or used by industry.

Congratulations to our community for not only being part of the basic research leading to new understanding of our earth and ocean, but for also being part of the solution to climate change.

See YOU at Oceanography Convocation 

Our favorite fall event—Oceanography Convocation and Honors Celebration—will occur on Wednesday, October 4, from 4:30–6:30 p.m. under a tent on the lawn outside OSB. Please plan to attend and devour some pizza, play lawn games, and learn about all (most?) of the awards our staff, students, postdocs, and faculty have won in the past year. It is an impressive list!

Did you win an award this year and are worried we will forget to announce it? Please email Michelle Townsend with your happy news. We track academic awards and UW staff awards but many can slip under our radar. Don't be shy!

It's not too late to apply for the Leo Cup

Applications from individuals or groups close later this week on September 15th for this year's Leo Cup. You are encouraged to speak to past winners Georges Kanaan and Iris Kern, or to Michelle or Rick, about the application process. The prize is $40,000 toward your research. DEADLINE is Friday, September 15, 2023 (but let's be honest, if you get us something by Sunday the 17th we'd be happy to include it in the review process).

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