University of Michigan EARTH eNews: March 2018

Dear Alumni and Friends,
The spring equinox brought increasingly longer days and warmer weather to Ann Arbor. Our students are busy wrapping up research projects and studying for final exams, and faculty and students are busy planning their summer activities. 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

2018 Departmental Awards
The 2018 Dorr Dinner was held on March 8th in the apse of the University of Michigan Museum of Art. The highlight of the evening event was the annual presentation of Department Awards.

This years recipients are:

  • Department Award for Academic Excellence: Sirawich Pipatprathanporn and Serena Scholz
  • Camp Davis Field Geologist Award: William Arnuk, Isabel Engelhart, Ryan Horwitz, and Ian Vamossy
  • Alumni Undergraduate Award: Drake Yarian
  • Undergraduate Academic Excellence Award: William Arnuk and Austin Carter
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award: Alyssa Abbey, Sean Hurt, and Kyle Meyer
  • John Dorr Graduate Academic Achievement Award: Trever Hines and Peng Ni

Congratulations to all the recipients!

Students Present at Society of Economic Geologists Student Symposium
In early March, five graduate students and six undergrads attended the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) meeting in Toronto, the world's leading convention for people, companies and organizations in mineral exploration. Six of our students were the only students from the United States to present their research at the Society of Economic Geologists Student Symposium. The students met with Francois Robert, VP & Chief Geologist, Global Exploration for Barrick Gold, the world's leading gold producer. We are grateful that Francois, a postdoc alumnus of our department, and Rob Krcmarov (Executive VP, Exploration & Growth) took an hour out of their busy schedules to tell us about their career experiences and to provide us with insight regarding the mining industry. Go Blue!


Alumni News
On October 27, 2017, John Greene (BS '63, MS '70) was honored with the David B. Hermelin Award for Fundraising Volunteer Leadership at the University of Michigan.  John's dedication to students is an inspiration for all of us in the Department. John is a founding member of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Alumni Advisory Board, and he served for six years on the Dean's Advisory Council at the College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts.  The Hermelin Award honors volunteers and was established in 2004 as the university’s highest recognition for donors and volunteers.

February Field Work:

Emily Beverly was in the Serengeti in Tanzania collecting samples with a particular focus on developing 17O in soils as a tool for reconstructing past changes in aridity.

Naomi Levin was in the Afar region of Ethiopia. Naomi’s field work this season focused on collecting samples for paleoenvironmental reconstructions. The collected samples included carbonates for isotopic work in the UM IsoPaleoLab and sediments for biomarker, phytolith and pollen analysis.

Read more at the Levin Research Group website.

Check out Emily and Naomi’s instagram feeds to see pictures from their fieldwork.

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