University of Michigan EARTH eNews: March 2017

Dear Alumni and Friends,
We hope our alumni, family and friends are all doing well. Here in Ann Arbor we are halfway through our winter term and busy planning summer courses at Camp Davis, field work, and department field trips to the Grand Canyon and New Zealand. We appreciate your support that makes these field trips possible for our students.

Sincerely, Adam Simon and Kacey Lohmann

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

Career Panels
We will hold two career panels during the current term. The first will be held on March 23 and will focus on the oil and gas industry. It will be chaired by alumnus Bill Zempolich with representatives from the Michigan Oil and Gas Association (MOGA). The second on April 13, chaired by alumnus Josh Trapani, will focus on careers in government and non-government associations.We welcome suggestions for future career panels and appreciate your support.

Mining Industry Career Panel
When the career panel can't come to campus, we take the students to the career panel. Seven Michigan students attended the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) annual meeting in Toronto. This is the world's largest mining industry meeting, attended by 25,000 people from industry as well as representatives from governments from six continents. The students had meetings with the Vice President and Chief Geologist for Barrick Gold Corporation, the Chief Geologist of Exploration for Teck Resources, Inc. and several other companies.  We sincerely appreciate alumnus Dan Core (PhD, 2004) for organizing these meetings and helping to engage industry leaders with our (well dressed!) students.

Honors and Awards

Dave Mogk (BS, 1975), Professor of Geology at the Montana State University, was selected for the 2017 Mineralogical Society of America Distinguished Public Service Award. The Distinguished Public Service (DPS) Medal is awarded to individuals or organizations who have made important contributions to furthering the vitality of the geological sciences, especially but not necessarily in the fields of mineralogy, geochemistry, petrology, and crystallography.

Katharine Loughney (PhD student, working with Catherine Badgley) received the Ermine Cowles Case Student Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Attainment in Research, awarded for the manuscript, "Facies, environments, and fossil preservation in the Barstow Formation, Mojave Desert, California."

Peng Ni (PhD student, working with Youxue Zhang) accepted a prestigious Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowship to work at the Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institute for Science in Washington, D.C. starting later this year.

In Memoriam

We mourn the loss of Erle Galen Kauffman (PhD, 1961). Erle had a 20 year career with the US National Museum, Smithsonian Institution, where he ultimately held the position of Full Curator, Department of Paleobiology. During that tenure, Erle also served as Adjunct Professor of Geology, George Washington University, Washington DC. From 1980 to 1996, Erle was Professor and later Chair (1980-1984), in the Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder.


We mourn the loss of Mrs. Darinka Z. Briggs, a scientist, an artist, and adventurer who was a member of our department family along with her husband and faculty member, Dr. Louis I. Briggs, Jr., Professor of Geology and Mineralogy. Darinka was a prolific painter and known for her wonderful, captivating landscape paintings.


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