University of Michigan EARTH eNews: November 2016

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Giving BlueDay is Tuesday, November 29, 2016. Supporters around the world are invited to make a donation and be a victor for Michigan.

Giving BlueDay 2015:

  • Added 71 new donors to the Department
  • Raised $6201 for the Department and Camp Davis
  • MichiganEarth was #1 in performance of numbers of donors and dollars raised by departments

Watch for upcoming notices and help us make Giving BlueDay 2016 a success with your generous donations!

Dear Alumni and Friends,
We enjoyed seeing members of our alumni board who made the trip to Ann Arbor last month. There was lots of activity focused on student engagement, and assessing the department curriculum and how it aligns with the expected and needed learning outcomes for our students. We look forward to working with our alumni to help our students achieve their goals. Here, we share some news about mastodons, editorial honors, and Arctic voyages. As always, we welcome news from 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

More news, events, and general interest articles can be found on the department web site.

Joel Blum Appointed Editor
Professor Joel Blum is the inaugural editor of a new American Chemical Society journal dedicated to geochemistry, atmospheric and marine chemistry, and astrochemistry research. The journal, ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal that will publish research across the fields of high and low temperature geochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, marine chemistry, planetary chemistry, astrochemistry and analytical geochemistry.

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Professor Dan Fisher led a team of paleontologists in October who excavated the most complete ice age mastodon skeleton found in Michigan since the 1940s. The team included teachers from Tuscola County who volunteered for the dig. The excavation, near Mayville, Michigan, recovered more than 75 complete or nearly complete bones, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the extinct mammal’s skeletal mass.

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Emeritus Professor Henry Pollack spent August and September participating in an expedition that traversed the fabled Northwest Passage across the high Arctic. The ship departed Anchorage on August 13 and docked in New York City on September 16. Intermediate stops included Dutch Harbor and Nome in Alaska, Ulukhaktok, Cambridge Bay, and Pond Inlet in Canada, and Ilulissat, Sisimiut and Nuuk in Greenland, before returning to the USA. Most of the route was well north of the Arctic Circle, with the furthest north registered at about 75 N in Lancaster Sound north of Baffin Island. Henry’s journey took all of three weeks, compared to the nearly three years (1903 – 1906) that Amundsen took to complete the journey.

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