University of Michigan EARTH eNews: May 2016

Dear Alumni and Friends,
We just completed our winter academic term here in Ann Arbor and faculty and students are looking forward to a summer filled with field work, research, and returning to our beloved Camp Davis. If any of you are passing through Jackson, WY this summer, please stop by and say hello. We always welcome alumni and friends to visit us in Hoback Junction. In this newsletter, we highlight some of the high altitude research being done to understand mineral resources in Chile, tectonics in Tibet, and good old fashioned structural geology in the Appalachians. We really do try to get around. As always, we welcome news of our alumni and friends. Please email us and let us know what you're up to, and if you have any news you would like to share.

Sincerely, Adam Simon and Kacey Lohmann

Michigan Geophysical Union, April 7, 2016
24 of our graduate and undergraduate students participated in the poster conference, which was held at Palmer Commons on campus. Many thanks to volunteer organizers Sara Nedrich, Alyssa Abbey, Sharon Grim, and Jess Hicks. Thanks also to Judith Klatt, Kevin Meyer, Rebecca Lange, and Jeroen Ritsema who served as judges, and to Brian Arbic who presented the prizes. Read more.

Adrianna Trusiak: Science Communication Fellows Program
This Winter, PhD student Adrianna Trusiak participated in the Science Communication Fellows Program called Portal to the Public at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History. Read more.

Iron Ore at 5,000 Meters
Associate Professor Adam Simon and PhD student Tristan Childress spent their spring "break" in northern Chile with colleagues Martin Reich (2005 PhD alumnus of our department), now Professor of Geology at the Universidad de Chile, and Artur Deditius (former post-doc with Rod Ewing and Steve Kesler), now Professor of Geology at Murdoch University in Australia. Read more.

Thermochronology and the Tibetan Plateau
In March and April, 2016, Assoc. Prof. Nathan Niemi and colleagues from CU Boulder and the Chinese Academy of Sciences undertook a field expedition to the Bukadaban Range on the northern Tibetan Plateau.  Read more.

Structure in the Appalachians
The 2016 structure class fieldtrip went to the Maryland Appalachians. Ben van der Pluijm and colleague Charlie Onasch (BGSU, retired) took 41 students to several classic Appalachian stops on some of the coldest April days ever.  Navigating a caravan of 7 vans is a little large and stop limiting, but it all worked out great with the help of 7 grad student drivers.  Wonderful stops, including the group picture at the famous Roundtop Railroad cut shown here.  We saw lots of folds, cleavage and faults, working from east (Blue Ridge) to west (Valley and Ridge) along the MD transect of the central Appalachian foreland fold-thrust belt.

All work and no play makes for a dull day. Students in GeoClub took time away from their studies to engage in a battle of laser tag at our local Zap Zone. One can only imagine the visions of advisors as targets, and how accurate those shots must have been.

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