University of Michigan EARTH eNews: February 2018

Dear Alumni and Friends,
We hope that 2018 is treating you well. Here in Ann Arbor, we are nearly halfway through the winter term. Students are eagerly awaiting their "spring" break later this month, when they can enjoy the warm and sunny Michigan weather. Please keep our students in mind if you are looking for summer interns and send Kacey and me an email. 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

In Memoriam
We mourn the loss of John Amoruso (MS,’57). In 2013 he was the first recipient of the Department’s Distinguished Alumni Award. As part of that celebration, John presented the history and geology behind his grand discovery of the Amoruso Field to members of the Department and University. He began his presentation with a personal history of how be started with a lack of proficiency in math, and decided to pursue geology, a field where he could apply his intuitive skills with basic knowledge of the geological concepts to become successful. Not only was he skillful as a geologist, but his talents in business led to the leasing of properties to exploit what is known now as the Amoruso Field. John’s outstanding contributions to the petroleum industry and unwavering dedication to the Department highlight his long career.

Photo: John Amoruso, ca. 1955, from the Department archive

Alumnus Building LEED-Platinum Home
Dexter Perkins (MS 1977, PhD 1979) and Betsy Perkins “are building the greenest home ever built in this region (North Dakota).”

Read Bismark Tribune Article

Photo: Dexter Perkins, ca. 1974, from the Department archive

Alumni News
Arlo Weil (PhD 2001) received the 2017 Outstanding Publication Award of GSA's Structural Geology and Tectonics Division.

Read more at the Bryn Mawr website.

Photo: Arlo Weil, ca. 1999, from the Department archive

Student Awards

Anne Rosett, a senior in Earth & Environmental Sciences, won first place in a poster session at the Governor's Summit on Extractive Industries, held in Lansing, MI. Anne presented her research focused on geochemical fingerprinting of spinel from Tanzania and Mozambique for the purpose of gem exploration.  This will be the topic of Anne's senior honors thesis. Anne was the only undergraduate student presenting at the conference.

Photo: (l-r) Gephen Sadove, Anne Rosett, Tristan Childress

“A Meteor in Michigan: Some Seismicity and Some Geometry”

"On January 16, a little after 8:08pm local time, a bright flash lighted the sky, and by some, even a bang was heard.  An object, a meteor, that earlier had entered our atmosphere became so heated by air friction that it exploded.  Some have reported surface recovery of small fragments of the object near the explosion..”

“The explosion was recorded by several seismic stations in the region, with the AAM station of Ann Arbor showing a remarkably clean signal.”

Read more at Ben van der Pluijm’s vanderBlog

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