University of Michigan EARTH eNews: November 2019

Dear Alumni and Friends,
Winter has at last announced itself in Ann Arbor with a Veterans Day snowstorm that shut down much of the area. Alumni remember that Michigan's weather can be challenging. Thankfully they don't hold it against us. As always, we look forward to hearing from our alumni. 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

Mark Your Calendars! Giving BLUEDAY 2019 is Coming

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences will once again be participating in the annual day of giving, Tuesday December 3rd. Our alumni and friends have made us a Giving Blueday leader year after year. We encourage both first-time and frequent donors to make a contribution to the Department on this day. There will be opportunities for matching funds and hourly challenges throughout the day. More information will be provided through social media and our department website.


Alumni Advisory Board Meeting 2019

On October 24th through the 26th the Department hosted the annual meeting of it’s Alumni Advisory Board. The board is composed of friends from a number of industries, academia, and government. They meet regularly to share their insights into the current and future state of the Earth and environmental sciences and to review the progress of our programs.

Read more about the Alumni Advisory Board at

Renewable Energy Career Event with Dr. Edith Wilson

Dr. Edith Wilson visited our department for two days of career sessions focused on opportunities for geoscientists in renewable energy. Dr. Wilson spent over 30 years in the oil and gas industry and switched gears to renewable energy after founding Rock Whisperer, LLC in Tusla, OK, in 2011. She hosted undergraduate-and graduate-focused career sessions, a workshop, a resume review period, and met with students for 1-on-1 and small group meetings. Over 20 undergraduate and graduate students got personalized insight into the types of careers available for energy geoscientists, how to transfer more traditional skills to the renewable energy sector, and how to market themselves to both large and small companies.

Student News

Graduate Student Sarah Katz has won a GSA Kerry Kelts Student Research Award. These awards for undergraduate or graduate student research are named in honor of Kerry Kelts, a visionary limnogeologist and inspiring teacher. Congratulations Sarah!

Alumni News

Samantha Sands (BS 2004) has recently joined ESIP (Earth Science Information Partners) as their new Meetings Director. Learn more about ESIP at

Donna Jurdy (PhD 1974) has been elected Chair of GSA's Geophysics and Geodynamics Division.

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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