University of Michigan EARTH eNews: September 2019

Dear Alumni and Friends,
The term is well underway, with a new cohort of students and a newly renovated department office suite. Faculty and students have returned from their travels and are getting back into the swing of classes. In late August we celebrated the 90th anniversary of Camp Davis with an alumni reunion. We'll have more to say about that in the next eNews. It's a busy time for all, and we look forward to another successful year.

Sincerely, Adam Simon and Kacey Lohmann

A 3.8-million-year-old Fossil from Ethiopia’s Afar Region Reveals the Face of Lucy’s Ancestor

An international research team led by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and including a University of Michigan geologist has discovered a “remarkably complete” cranium of a 3.8-million-year-old early human ancestor from the Woranso-Mille paleontological site, located in the Afar region of Ethiopia. U-M geologist Naomi Levin coordinated environmental reconstructions at the site. The team’s findings were published Aug. 28 in two papers in the international scientific journal Nature.

Read more at Michigan News

Photo: Dale Omori, Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Welcome to New Graduate Students for 2019

We welcome our first year graduate students to the EARTH community. They are a diverse bunch who come with a range of experiences and from all parts of the US and the world. Some of the students in this cohort are joining us fresh from finishing their undergraduate degrees, a large number (6!) are coming from MS programs elsewhere, and others are coming back to academia after a break from school. We are particularly pleased to welcome students from within our program, including a student doing a concurrent undergraduate/graduate degree and a student switching from the MS to the PhD program. All are coming with heaps of enthusiasm. Welcome!

Photo: Dale Austin.

Alumni News

Chris Stefano, formerly Associate Curator at the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum in Michigan, has joined the staff of the Mineralogical Record as an editor. He brings a deep knowledge of collectible minerals and a passion for mineral collecting, combined with a technical academic background, a record of publications in mineralogy and the history of collecting, and extensive experience in the mineral museum community.

EARTH Camp Crowdfunding Update

Earth Camp’s first Crowdfunding Campaign just ended – we raised over $11,000 to support Earth Camp participants! We wish to extend a huge thank you to all who generously gave during the campaign. Securing outside funding for Earth Camp is a top priority for this year and this successful campaign was a great way to kick things off. We have four new Earth Camp students starting at Michigan this fall - two as EARTH majors, and two undeclared. This brings our total Earth Camp alumni at UM to eight.

GSA Alumni Reception
The Department invites you to an Alumni Reception
Monday September 23, 6-8p
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown
340 N 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
(Valley of the Sun D)

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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