University of Michigan EARTH eNews: June 2018

Dear Alumni and Friends,
June finally brought warm and sunny weather to Ann Arbor just in time for the annual Top of the Park festival. Camp Davis is alive with activity, where students for the last time will enjoy the antique student cabins before they are removed in August to make way for new student cabins. Here, we share news about our first class of Earth Camp high school graduates, some alumni news, and department news. 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

Faculty and Former Undergraduates Receive Innovation Award
Faculty members Brian Arbic and Adam Simon, along with former UM undergraduates Anne Canavati and Jayson Toweh, were awarded the Michigan Sustainability Cases inaugural case award for "INNOVATION" for their published study that focuses on the Agbogbloshie electronic waste graveyard in Accra, Ghana. You can access their web-based case study, which includes photos and videos from Agbogbloshie here.

Photo: Adam Simon and Jayson Toweh.

EARTH Camp News
All nineteen Earth Camp alumni are matriculating to college in the fall of 2018, and four will attend the University of Michigan. Read more here.

Top: Future University of Michigan student Ponette R. hiking in Yellowstone with Earth Camp, summer 2017. Bottom: Future University of Michigan student Jordan W. on top of Mt. Anne at Camp Davis Rocky Mountain Field Station.

Michigan Is Home to the Oldest Rock in the United States.
The Carney Lake Gneiss is the southernmost exposed Archean unit in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Dickinson Co, Lake Superior region. The strongly deformed and cataclastic gneissic rocks consist of mostly granitic gneiss with minor interlayered hornblende-biotite gneiss and biotite-rich gneiss. At the 64th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Lake Superior Geology, Robert Ayuso reported that the Carney Gneiss near Iron Mountain is at least partly 3.8 Ga. Proceedings Volume 64: Part 2: Field Trip Guidebooks (see page 7 of this pdf).

Alumni News
Alex Janewski (PhD 2011) was recently elected President of the New Orleans Geological Society, a 500+ member non-profit devoted to “facilitating the development of the profession and science of Geology.”  The NOGS celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the Society’s founding in 2017, and are active in New Orleans raising funds for the new Louisiana Children’s Museum, hosting monthly technical talks, helping organize the Deepwater Technical Symposium, running field trips, and volunteering at STEM events in the New Orleans area. Alex is also the co-chair for AAPG’s Student Poster Session, sponsored by Shell, for the third year.

In Memoriam
Kathy Treese (BS ’78, MS ’80) passed away on Monday April 2, 2018. She was a science teacher at Pearl River High School in Louisiana, since 1992.

Full Obituary

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