The Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) hosted their fifth annual Patrons Circle Dinner on April 11, 2019, bringing together EAPS fellowship donors with their student fellows and members of the faculty for an evening of friendship, inspiration, and thanks. EAPS Patrons Chair Neil Rasmussen ’76, SM ’80 concluded the evening making a case for the value of basic research and its importance for public enlightenment about the urgent issues of today, and how science can be used to help the human condition. “If we are going to be good stewards of our planet, we are clearly going to need important advancements in understanding urgent issues like climate change and the health of our oceans,” said Rasmussen. “But science and technology themselves make nothing happen. People make things happen.”
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