University of Michigan EARTH eNews: October 2016

Dear Alumni and Friends,
The leaves are slowly turning and there is again a reason to celebrate on Saturday afternoons. We look forward to hosting our annual alumni board meeting this month, and share here some field trip news and awards bestowed on alumni and current faculty. 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.

Internships Wanted
Our undergraduate and graduate students are keenly aware of the need to gain practical out-of-the-classroom experience that complements and enriches their traditional academic studies. If your company is recruiting interns for next summer, please, please, please email me and I will post these opportunities and continue to encourage our students to apply.

Adam Simon, simonac@umich.edu

Field Trip-Sudbury and the UP
Kacey Lohmann, Adam Simon and Peter Knoop led a seven-day field trip for undergraduate and graduate students to Ontario and the Upper Peninsula during the last week of August. The students spent time near Elliot Lake examining diamictites and stromatolites that record oxygenation of Earth’s atmosphere, and in Sudbury they examined evidence for a giant asteroid impact that resulted in ore deposits that are the source of platinum that is the base for synthesizing the chemotherapy drug Cisplatin, which is used to fight a wide variety of sarcomas, carcinomas, lymphomas, bladder cancer, cervical cancer and germ cell tumors.  As on all of our field trips, students were encouraged to look at the rocks and develop their best scenarios for their field observations. Students also learned how to pack up camp really quick in the dark to avoid a thunderstorm, how to make wonderfully delicious shish kabobs over a camp fire, and spent a lot of time discussing life and career paths with the faculty.  The trip provided a wonderful opportunity to connect the students to the geologic events that make humans possible and enrich the fabric of modern society.

Alex Halliday (Faculty, 1986-1998) has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Harry Hess Medal of the American Geophysical Union. The award will be presented to Alex at the Fall AGU meeting in San Francisco. https://honors.agu.org/winners/alex-halliday/

Susan Y. Schwartz (PhD, Geophysics and Seismology, 1982-1988) was elected as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2016. Susan is a Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences at the University of California Santa Cruz. http://eps.ucsc.edu/faculty/Profiles/singleton.php?singleton=true&cruz_id=syschwar

Professor Marin K. Clark elected GSA Fellow: Marin is nominated for her research on how continental topography, as expressed by the evolution of rivers and other landforms, relates to lithospheric deformation. She has demonstrated that these systems are a sensitive record of vertical surface movement, caused by deformation deep in the Earth’s crust or uppermost mantle. —John Geissman

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Julien Amalberti received the 2016 Haüy-Lacroix award, for his  PhD work entitled: “Experimental Study of Volcanic Degassing". It is an award from the Société Française de Minéralogie et de Cristallographie (SFMC). The SFMC was created in 1878 and award young researcher in earth science for the outstanding quality and originality of their PhD work

In Memoriam
We are saddened by the loss of Jon Davidson (Visiting Assistant Professor, 1987-1988) who battled leukemia for the past eight years. Jon was elected as Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2016. Jon was a Professor of Earth Sciences at Durham University in the United Kingdom. https://www.dur.ac.uk/earth.sciences/obituary/

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