University of Michigan EARTH eNews: November 2017

Dear Alumni and Friends,
Here in Ann Arbor, we had our first snowfall of the season, which was the perfect excuse to add a little spice to our lattes, and break in the winter wardrobe.  We hope each of you has the opportunity to be surrounded with family and friends for Thanksgiving. Below, we share some recent news of department events, and accolades.  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. You can follow the field trips, research, and Camp Davis on Twitter and Instagram

2017 Distinguished Alumni Lecturer: Joaquin Ruiz
We welcomed alumnus Joaquin Ruiz (MS, 1980; PhD 1983) as our 2017 Distinguished Alumni​​​ Lecturer. This award is intended to celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of an alumna or alumnus through their professional achievements, service to the department, and contributions to society. Joaquin has distinguished himself as a leader in the fields of economic geology and geochemistry, and is currently Vice President for Innovation, Dean of the College of Science, Thomas R. Brown Chair, Director of Biosphere 2, and Professor of Geosciences​ at the University of Arizona​.

Alumni Advisory Board Meets
We welcomed our Alumni Advisory Board (AAB) who visited in late October. Dan Wiitala, Ann Fitzpatrick, Larry Davis , and Kevin Mackey held a career panel with students the night before the AAB meeting, and the feedback from both sides indicates that our students benefit tremendously from these engaged learning opportunities. 

Shell Short Course
Alumni Jim Hnat, Katy Keller, and Nick Olds, and their colleague Mike Foley, organized an afternoon short course for 20 students who learned about the geology and business aspects of natural gas exploration. The students overwhelmingly report having a great time and gaining insight that transcends what they learn in traditional classes. We plan to make such short courses a regular tradition, with one each fall and winter term. (photo by Dale Austin)

2017 Fall Preview
The Department hosted a Fall Preview event for fifteen students who visited U - M to meet with faculty and students and to learn about our graduate program. This annual event allows prospective graduate students to gain insight into the graduate application and admissions process and, importantly, to learn about life in Ann Arbor from current graduate students. (photo by Dale Austin)

Earth Camp
Jenna Munson organized and hosted high-school seniors and their families from EARTH Camp who visited campus to learn about the college application process. During their visit, prospective students met with current graduate students who demystified the application process and provided advice on successfully navigating the transition from high school to college. 11 of the 20 seniors have already applied to Michigan and more applications are on the way.

Great Lakes Student Paleoconference
The paleontology graduate student group hosted the first Great Lakes Student Paleoconference on campus the weekend of November 11. Students from the University of Chicago joined U-M graduate students for a day of talks and discussion of their research, ranging from crinoids to pterosaurs to opossums. Dr. Matt Friedman led a tour through the University of Michigan Paleontological Collections at the Research Museums Center on the final day of the conference. In this photo, he displays the skull of the early whale Dorudon atrox. (photo by Meg Veitch)

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