University of Michigan EARTH eNews: December 2019

Dear Alumni and Friends,
We are happy to report that the Department had a record-setting Giving BlueDay. Funds raised will help support programs at Camp Davis and outreach efforts like our annual Fall Preview. As the year comes to an end, we take this opportunity to reflect on all the wonderful things our department and our friends have experienced in 2019. If you have news to share in these eNewsletters or the Department's printed newsletter, please let us know by emailing us at

Sincerely, Adam Simon and Kacey Lohmann

Another Successful Giving BlueDay for 2019!

On December 3rd, the Department set a new record for funds raised during the annual Giving BlueDay event. We were fortunate to have received a single anonymous donation of $30,000 in addition to gifts of all sizes from faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends.

The preliminary Earth and Environmental Sciences total for Giving BlueDay 2019 is $44,181.

Camp Davis received 39 donations totaling $36,355 + $1,000 leaderboard prize. The Earth Strategic Fund received 43 donations totaling $5,826 + $1,000 leaderboard prize.

Thanks to our alumni and friends for their generous support, now and throughout the year.

These numbers will be updated on the department website and social media as final tallies become available.


Fall Preview 2019

We brought 15 first-generation, underrepresented, and/or DEI-committed prospective graduate students to our department on November 1st for our annual ‘Fall Preview’ event in conjunction with Astronomy & LSA. This recruiting event gets better each year! After a welcome dinner including three of our grad students, the Preview attendees had a whirlwind Friday starting with a welcome and department introduction by Grad Chair Naomi Levin, an application and admissions workshop led by Selena Smith and Jena Johnson, individualized lab tours given by grad students, faculty meetings, lunch with grad students, Smith Lecture, a poster reception at the Michigan League featuring current graduate student research, and a walking tour of Ann Arbor led by Jackie Wrage, Kevin Velez, and Jenny Bowen. A huge hit this year was the introduction of current grad student ‘buddies’ assigned to each participant, which helped our visitors feel even more welcome. Our Fall Preview event not only provides an abundance of advice and Michigan connections to promising recruits that care about DEI issues, but it also shows our current students and the broader Earth Science community that we are ever striving to be more inclusive.

Alumni News

University of Nebraska Professor Tracy Frank (PhD 1996) has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to work in Ireland for six months begining in January 2020. Read about Tracy at Nebraska Today.

Photo: Greg Nathan, University of Nebraska Communications

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

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