CINCINNATI, OH, September 13, 2018 — Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Dr. Madeleine Briskin with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Briskin celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
After obtaining a doctorate in January 1973 at Brown University, Dr. M. Briskin was appointed assistant professor in geology at the University of Cincinnati. She was the first woman and the only one on the faculty for 38 years. She was promoted to associate professor in 1979, and was appointed to full professor in 1987. Dr. Briskin currently holds the title of professor of Geology Emerti.
She received a Bachelor of Science in 1965 at the City College of New York, and her Master of Science in 1967 at the University of Connecticut.
With her mentor professor John Imbrie, a member of the National Academy of Science, she was part of pioneering work in deep sea studies; utilizing the deep-sea sediment record to reconstruct the dynamics of ocean and atmosphere through geologic time – air sea interaction, global circulation, and the identification of forcing mechanisms of climate recognized as inducing ice ages and their consequent changes within the biosphere. Her research led to the first quantitative study of 2 million years of Pleistocene and Holocene history. Her results led to the identification of an astronomical mechanism where complex interaction in the Earth's orbital motion generates quasi integrated astronomical cycles which are recorded and preserved in the deep-sea sediment of the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. Dr. Briskin reported a 3-degree centigrade oscillation in the global sediment record. The change in temperature is associated with global climatic oscillation sometimes leading to ice ages. She was the first to quantitatively identify the hidden amplitude modulated astronomical cycle at 430,000 in the eccentricity of the Earth's orbit; she also identified the same cycle in the inclination of the Earth's magnetic field and within the fluid envelopes of earth (Ocean, Atmosphere). This led to a comprehensive model of the pulsation of the Earth with the periodicity of 430,000 years; orbital changes through time induces significant phase changes at the liquid core boundary, which are thought to force significant adjustment in the convective cells within the mantle, possibly affecting crustal plate movement. This by implication would also promote dramatic changes in the Earth's biota. Her scientific result was presented at a number of national and international conferences in her field. Her scientific results were published in national and international journals. Dr. Briskin was the first to identify the 430,000-year astronomical cycle, and not Milankovitch as it is sometimes mistakenly reported. As a professor at the University of Cincinnati she was the first to introduce the study of paleoclimate. She taught undergraduate classes, and graduate seminars; she supervised masters and doctoral students, and she participated in many university committees, and she also contributed to the community at large. She was quoted and interviewed by many national and local television networks (Leslie Stahl of 60 Minutes), radio, and The Chronicle of Higher Education and many other current newspapers.
In 1984 she spent a sabbatical year at Stanford University where she interacted with astrophysics. Dr. Peter Sturrock, head of astrophysics, extended an invitation to join The Society for Scientific Exploration. The society addresses “edge of the edge” scientific subjects not normally studied at universities. Subjects such as UFO, life in space, and other mysteries. Dr. Briskin's search for knowledge reaches beyond immediate objective reality. She is deeply interested in ancient civilizations and their contact with beings from the stars. She learned that the 430,000-year cycle is listed in the Indu Veda, and is also recorded in the ancient Egyptian stella; she has particular interest in the ancient Sumerian civilization.
Her interaction with author Zacharia Sitchin, the author of “The Earth Chronicles” led to a joint publication titled “Of Heaven and Earth” published in 1996. She reports the possible link between another planet in the solar system referred to be ancient Sumerians as Nibiru-The Planet of the Gods. This planet us thought to have an orbital cycle of 3,600 years; Dr. Briskin believes that this planet may be responsible for the periodic 430,000 (432,000+-) pulsation of the earth. She recognizes that the mythical lore of ancient civilizations may in fact be true—that beings coming from the stars were instrumental in the origin of man and civilization. She has a deep interest in the NASA missions to the Moon and Mars and the search for intelligent life. In the 1980's she offered a course in which she demonstrated a significant correlation between scientific data, astronomical data, and the biblical record. She was recommended by her students for the A.B. Dolly Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Cincinnati in 1994 and 1995.
Dr. Briskin is a member of the following organizations: The American Geophysical Union, The Geological Society of America, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, The New York Academy of Sciences, The Society for Scientific Exploration, The Paleontological Society, Sigma Xi, The Planetary Society, The American Quaternary Association, Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research, The Society for Sedimentary Geology, and The Regional Scientists and Engineers of Cincinnati. Her professional affiliations include: The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University.
She participated in an international cruise to the Black Sea, in a collaborative effort between the West German, Turkish and United States government. Another cruise was to the Rio Grande Rise in the South Atlantic. She attended a number of international paleooceanographic congresses in Canada, Italy, France, and Cambridge, England. Dr. Briskin was selected for inclusion in multiple editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in the Midwest, Who's Who in the World and Who's Who of American Women.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to her profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Briskin has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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