University of Michigan EARTH eNews: September 2016

Dear Alumni and Friends,
September brings to an end a summer of field work, teaching at Camp Davis and at least a little rest and relaxation for our faculty, staff and students. Fall classes are in session, we won our first two football games, and the weather is warm and sunny, causing us unfortunately to fantasize that snow is only in the movies. In this newsletter, we mourn the loss of beloved friend Ruth Dorr, highlight outreach efforts to increase diversity in higher education, graduate student research conference support, and news that alumnus Scott Tinker was elected President of the American Geosciences Institute. 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

In Memoriam: Ruth Muriel Pritchett Dorr
Friend of the department Ruth Muriel Pritchett Dorr passed away at the age of 92 (7/9/1923 - 5/26/2016) in Vista, California, following an extended decline in her health over the past few years. Ruth was the widow of Department Chair and Camp Director John A. Dorr, Jr. Read more at the Ann Arbor News.

EARTH Camp Sends Michigan Bear on High-Altitude Journey
We recently launched our new high-altitude weather balloon with our incoming class of Earth Camp students who spent one week this summer on campus and at Sleeping Bear Dunes. The balloon provided real-time atmospheric data to the students as we watched it (inadvertently) travel to Canada. If you want to check out the balloon’s flight and explore the data, you can find everything here: https://tracking.stratostar.net/mission/0087. Read more.

EARTH Camp: A Hands-On Week in the Upper Peninsula
We had a very successful expansion of Earth Camp, our summer outreach program for high school students. All 20 Earth Camp students from last summer returned for a one-week, Upper Peninsula experience. They traveled around the UP to Mackinac Island, Tahquamenon Falls, Pictured Rocks, Jasper Knob, Houghton, and Marquette. It was a great week of hands-on learning. Read more.

Brian Arbic and Adam Simon at Coastal Ocean Environment Summer School in Ghana
Brian Arbic and Adam Simon organized and taught parts of the Coastal Ocean Environment Summer School (COESS) in Accra, Ghana. More than 100 Ghanaian undergraduate and graduate students from six different universities as well as professionals from the Ministry of Petroleum and other government agencies learned about a range of topics including offshore oil and natural gas development (a new and growing industry in Ghana), coastal oceanography, climatology, and fisheries. The school was run with a healthy mixture of lectures and hands-on learning components to maximize student involvement and learning outcomes. Arbic and Simon have funding to run the summer school again in 2017 and are hoping to find financial support to allow the school to continue beyond next year. Read more.

Scott Tinker (M.S., 1985) new President of the American Geosciences Institute
Scott Tinker is the new President of the American Geosciences Institute. Scott is Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair and acting Associate Dean of Research in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin, and director of the Advanced Energy Consortium (AEC).

Students Attend Electron Probe Microanalysis Topical Conference
Daniel Korfeh, Nikita La Cruz and Jack Touran (left to right) attended the Electron Probe Microanalysis Topical Conference (EPMA 2016) held at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI. Read more.

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