University of Michigan EARTH eNews: February 2019

Dear Alumni and Friends,
After having such a wonderful mild winter, the end of January brought a polar vortex and record cold temperatures last felt in 1911. One can only marvel at folks who survived and thrived in such cold winters a century ago. I am reminded of reading The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder that recounts the winter of 1880-1881 in then Dakota Territory. We highly recommend that book as the antidote for anyone who feels that dealing with 21st Century winters is a challenge, with our thinsulated clothing, programmable thermostats that just make rooms warm, and imported chocolate from far away equatorial countries to mix with milk and keep us warm. Here we highlight our Camp Davis alumni reunion and three recent PhD graduates. 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

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Camp Davis 90th Anniversary Reunion: August 16-22, 2019

Registration is now open for the 2019 Camp Davis 90th Anniversary Reunion & Student Cabin and Recreation Hall Dedication.

Camp Davis Alumni Reunions have been periodically held to offer our alumni an opportunity to return to Camp Davis, visit with friends, family, and colleagues, and take part in many of the educational, recreational, and cultural activities available in the Jackson area.

A pressing need to renovate the student cabins at Camp Davis has put the alumni reunions on hold for several years as we worked to get the renovation project off the ground.

We are thrilled that the renovation project is moving forward in 2018-2019, and we are excited to invite alumni back in the summer of 2019 for a dedication of the new student cabins and recreation hall and a week of fun and activities at Camp Davis and the surrounding region.

See the Reunion Website ( for a schedule of events, pricing, and registration information.

Photo: Nikolas Midttun, 2018

Will Bender Thesis Defense, December 17, 2018

Will Bender successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Quantum-mechanical evaluation of the thermodynamics and kinetics of environmentally-relevant actinide reactions" and is actively seeking employment in the environmental consulting and engineering industries where he hopes to work on contaminated site assessment and remediation projects.

Brian Konecke Thesis Defense, December 14, 2018

Brian Konecke successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Sulfur in apatite as a volatile and redox tracer in magmatic and magmatic-hydrothermal systems" and looks forward to his next adventure as a postdoctoral research fellow at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.

Tristan Childress Thesis Defense, January 8, 2019

Tristan Childress successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Fingerprinting Source Fluids of Iron Oxide-Copper-Gold and Iron-Oxide-Apatite Deposits Using Traditional and Non-traditional Stable Isotope Geochemistry" and is actively pursuing a job in the mining industry.

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