University of Michigan EARTH eNews: October 2018

Dear Alumni and Friends,
Autumn is here, bringing us beautiful colors on the trees across campus and cooler mornings that are a harbinger for winter. Earlier this month we hosted our alumni board who engaged with our students during a speed dating career panel. The turnout was wonderful and the level of enthusiasm among our alumni was palpable. We celebrated the life and career of our 2018 Distinguished Alumna Helen Foster, a pioneer who demonstrated that everything is possible. We hope each of you is doing well. 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

Annual Meeting of the EARTH Alumni Advisory Board
The annual meeting of the Department Alumni Advisory Board was Friday, October 12th. They gathered to hear presentations on the state of the department and its activities, make recommendations, and discuss the future of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Nathan Niemi discussed Camp Davis Renovations and the 2019 Camp reunion plans. Greg Dick presented trends in undergraduate majors and minors. Naomi Levin reviewed the Graduate Program. The board also heard progress reports on prior Alumni Board recommendations.

Photo: Dale Austin.

Alumni Career Panel
Department alumni who work in energy consulting, public policy, renewable energy finance and development, biofuels, and oil and natural gas development, met informally with students. They shared their experiences and perspectives on career paths, and sought feedback from students on changes they might like to see in the Department.

Bill Zempolich, MS 1985, chats with students. Photo: Dale Austin.

Shell Workshop
While they were here for the board meeting, EARTH alumni Katy Keller and Jim Hnat ran a workshop that focused on the geology and economics of oil and natural gas exploration.  They discussed regional exploration strategies, volumetric distributions, appraisal planning, stakeholder analysis, project economics and recommendations to a review board. Jim and Katy are senior exploration geologists with Shell, also involved in the business side of the company.

Photo: Dale Austin.

Distinguished Alumna 2018: A Conversation with Helen Foster
Helen Foster (B.S. 1941, M.S. 1943, Ph.D. 1946) is the 2018 Distinguished Alumna. This award is given "In recognition of fearless leadership and outstanding achievement in the geosciences”. Helen has had a long and distinguished career, during which she lectured at Wellesley College, spent ten years mapping in Japan shortly after WWII, and over 25 years mapping the geology of Alaska. We give thanks for her support of the Department over the decades, including service on the Alumni Advisory Board

As Helen was unable to travel to Michigan for family reasons, Professor Becky Lange talked about Helen's life and career, then screened an interview she conducted with Helen at her home earlier this year.

Alumni News
Alum Chris Palenik combines high-powered microscopes and his U-M research background to help solve criminal cases. Read more.

Giving BlueDay is Coming November 27, 2018
On Giving BlueDay last year, 108 of our alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students contributed over $19,000 to the Department! For the third year in a row your enthusiastic response earned us the #1 rank of the 60+ units in LSA. A record-breaking 8,215 donors gave over $4.4 million to support the University. We hope to continue that trend for Giving BlueDay 2018.

Photo: Nikolas Midttun.

A Reminder: Camp Davis Alumni Reunion, August 16 to 22, 2019
We are finalizing plans for the Camp Davis Alumni Reunion. If you have not already done so, please fill out this form to receive notifications as more information becomes available.

Upcoming Alumni Receptions
Alumni Reception, Geological Society of America conference: Monday 5 November 2018, 6:00-8:00pm
JW Marriott Indianapolis, JW Grand Ballroom Section 9, 10 S West St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Alumni Reception, American Geophysical Union: 12 December, 2018, 6:00-9:00pm
National Press Club Ballroom, 13th Floor, 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045

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