University of Michigan EARTH eNews: June 2019

Dear Alumni and Friends,
We hope our northern hemisphere alumni and friends are having a wonderful summer and those south of the equator are enjoying winter wherever you may be. We are happy to share the news of two new faculty hires and two new postdoctoral fellows who will join our department during the next year. Emeritus professor Steve Kesler wrote a new book Great Lakes Geology and alumnus John Valley was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. We look forward to hosting many of you at the Camp Davis 90th Anniversary Reunion & Student Cabin and Recreation Hall Dedication in August. As always, please let us know what you've been up to so that we may include it in the newsletter.

Sincerely, Adam Simon and Kacey Lohmann

Four New Faces for MichiganEarth

Two Assistant Professors and two Fellows will join the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Welcome to the University of Michigan to all!

Robert McCarley Holder, Assistant Professor
Robert joins us from Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University
PhD 2018: Earth Science, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Zack Jack Spica, Assistant Professor
Zack joins us from the Earthquake Research Institute at The University of Tokyo
Ph.D. 2015: - Seismology/Volcanology , Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

Jenan Kharbush: President's Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. 2015: Chemical Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD
Jenan joins us from a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University.

Carlos Mauricio Peredo: Research Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows
Ph.D. 2019: Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Carlos joins us from George Mason University.

Great Lakes Rocks Available from University of Michigan Press

Great Lakes Rocks: 4 Billion Years of Geologic History in the Great Lakes Region by Professor Emeritus Stephen E. Kesler is the newest book to be published by Department faculty. It should be useful to anyone who wants to learn about modern research on the many geologic processes that formed today’s Michigan and Great Lakes. The book can be ordered through the University of Michigan Press website. Use promo code UMGLROCKS to receive a 30% discount. An excerpt from the book can be read here.

Alumni News

John Valley (MS 1977, PhD 1980) was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. John is the Charles R. Van Hise Professor in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

At the 2019 USGS Honor Award Ceremony, the 2018 Shoemaker Award for Communications Product Excellence will recognized a print publication that has six authors with geoscience degrees from the University of Michigan. (The 22-chapter, 797-page book has 48 authors.)

John H. DeYoung, Jr. (MS 1969), Nora K. Foley (BS 1978), Craig A. Johnson (MS 1981), Patricia J. Loferski (PhD 1990), Keith R. Long (MS 1984), and Robert R. Seal II (PhD 1989) are among the authors of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Professional Paper 1802, “Critical Mineral Resources of the United States—Economic and Environmental Geology and Prospects for Future Supply,” which was recognized with the 2018 Shoemaker Award for Communications Product Excellence in the Large Print Product category at the 2019 USGS Honor Awards Ceremony on May 7

Left to right (with the UofM alums in bold): John DeYoung, Suzanne Nicholson, Timothy Petty (Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, U.S. Department of the Interior), Cathy Knutson, Bob Seal, Angela Timms, and James Reilly (USGS Director)

In Memoriam
Keith R. Long (MS 1984)
4/30/1957 to 3/29/2019

Keith joined the U.S. Geological Survey in Tucson in 1988, to work in the Center for Inter-American Mineral Resource Investigations where he participated in cooperative studies in Central and South America, especially Mexico and Bolivia. Keith devoted his career to studying mineral resources and specializing in the economic aspects of mineral resource assessment. Focus of his research in recent years included work on the economics of porphyry copper deposits, economic filters for evaluating mineral deposits, the environmental aspects of historical mine tailings, and characterization of rare earth element deposits and significant metal deposits of the U.S.  He wrote over 100 publications ranging from country-specific studies of the mineral resources of Bolivia and the United States to work identifying and classifying abandoned mines in California (upcoming). Keith also published an English-Spanish dictionary of mining and geologic terms. He ended his career as a Research Specialist in rare earth minerals. Read full obituary.

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