University of Michigan EARTH eNews: August 2017

Dear Alumni and Friends,
We hope our alumni, family and friends are all doing well.  Here in Ann Arbor, we just had another wonderful Art Fair, and our faculty and students are busy with field work, teaching at Camp Davis, and getting all the things done that pile up during the academic year.  Here, we highlight our newest faculty member, and recognition for research. As always, we appreciate your support and ask you to reach out and update us on your current lives.

Sincerely, Adam Simon and Kacey Lohmann

Header photo: Kīlauea and Mauna Loa around 1901. A hand-tinted photograph from the department archives (see article below).

More news, events, and general interest articles can be found on the department web site. You can follow the field trips, research, and Camp Davis on Twitter and Instagram.

New EARTH Faculty
We are pleased to announce the arrival of Professor Julia Cole as a new member of our faculty.  Julia's research group investigates climate and environmental change on human time scales, in systems with large societal impact.  An important theme of her group's work is how paleodata can refine our insights into potential future changes, for example by improving climate model assessment and documenting the full range of recent observed variability. Julia is also dedicated to communicating climate science broadly, and participates in efforts to do this through many avenues. We are excited to have Julia joining our family.

Honors and Awards

Professor Youxue Zhang and Research Professor Jeff Alt were elected Fellows of the American Geophysical Union. They are recognized for their exceptional scientific contributions and prominence in Earth and space sciences. AGU bestows this prestigious recognition to no more than 0.1 percent of the total membership annually.  Congratulations Youxue and Jeff!

Professor Kacey Lohmann received the 2017 Excellence in Departmental Advising Award. This is an award bestowed on only two advisors across the entire College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Kacey is recognized for his respectful and wise interactions with students and for having shown unfailing dedication to the values of education.

News from Guyana
Nikita La Cruz (PhD candidate) returned to her high school in Georgetown, Guyana to meet with students and discuss opportunities in higher education, especially STEM fields. She also discussed the importance of ore deposits for global society, and the economy of Guyana. Nikita is doing field work in the Guiana Shield exploring for gold and base metal deposits.

In Memoriam
We mourn the loss of Erle Galen Kaufman (BS 1955, MS 1956, PhD 1961). Erle held numerous positions throughout his career, including at the U.S. National Museum, Smithsonian Institution; Professor and Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder; and, Professor and Professor Emeritus at Indiana University Bloomington.  His contributions to stratigraphy and paleontology earned him many awards.
We mourn the loss of Paul Fenske (MS, 1951). Paul had a distinguished career in the geosciences, and proudly served in the military during World War II. He was the Executive Director of the Water Resources Center at the Desert Research Institute of the University of Nevada System, and Research Professor of Hydrology and Geology, University of Nevada-Reno.  Paul's research into contaminant movement in desert groundwater systems was influential in changing the way we understand the hydrologic cycle.

Department History Project
Inspired by the bicentennial of the University of Michigan, we have been gathering photographs, documents, and objects relating to the history of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and its predecessors. The header image and portrait of Erle Kaufman are but two examples of the treasures we have uncovered. This material is being digitized and we expect the bulk of it will be deposited in the Bentley Historical Library. In the coming months a selection will be posted on our website and Facebook page.

If you have material that you would like to contribute or you are curious to know if we still have a copy of some fondly remembered photograph, email Dale Austin.

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