Dr. Mike Jercinovic accepted the Microanalysis Society’s (MAS) Fellow Award at its annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 5. The honor recognizes “eminent scientists, engineers and technologists in the field of microanalysis of materials and related phenomena who have distinguished themselves through outstanding research and service to the microanalysis community,” MAS states.
Professor Sheila Seaman passed away at home in Leverett on Saturday, July 27 after a long heroic battle with cancer. A beloved teacher and researcher in the department, she was a volcanologist who studied active and extinct volcanoes in Iceland, Maine, Arizona, New Mexico, and Canada. She was an avid runner, gardener, protector of land, plants, and animals, and a serious Bruce Springsteen fan. Read more...
We are pleased to announce the donation of the MOVE software package to the Department of Geosciences by the Scotland-based Petroleum Experts Limited. This industry-standard software package is valued at $2.18 million and provides tools for 3D analysis and geophysical and structural modeling of deformation of the Earth's crust.
This week several faculty and students are presenting at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in Washington DC. If you're there, check out these great talks by Kevin Bean, Dr. Forrest Bowlick, Xin Li, Dr. Eve Vogel, and Dr. Piper Gaubatz:
A 1:24,000-scale geologic map and database of surficial materials has been released by the USGS for Massachusetts. This has been a major effort by State Geologist Steve Mabee and the Massachusetts Geological Survey, in collaboration with the USGS, since 2002. The database and map represents the culmination of nearly 80 years of state-federal cooperation and research.
In a new paper in Quaternary Science Reviews, successful PhD candidate Greg de Wet and fellow researchers use the sedimentological record proglacial lake Gjøavatnet on Amsterdamøya, NW Svalbard to reconstruct the activity of the Annabreen glacier across the entire Holocene. The paper can be accessed here.
Several of our undergraduate are giving presentations this Friday, April 28, at the 23rd Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference. More information about the conference can be found here. A list of students and the research they are presenting can be found in the photo.
The Department of Geosciences is participating in #UMassGives to upgrade our introductory laboratory instruction classroom and outfit it with polished rock tabletops. This will give our students essential, tangible tools for their explorations as part of our introductory courses.
Dr. David Boutt published a recent research in the journal Hydrological Processes showing that upland aquifer systems dominated by thin deposits of surface till – a jumbled, unsorted material deposited by glaciers – make up about 70 percent of the active and dynamic groundwater storage for the region.Read more about the research here.
Graduate students Serena Dameron, Raquel Bryant and Adriane Lam, with Dr. Kinuyo Kanamaru, have been featured in portraits by The Bearded Lady Project this past month. Participants in the project aim to celebrate the critical contirbutions of women scientists to their fields, in addition to educating the public on the gender, race, and class-based inequalities and prejudices that exist in the sciences, with special emphasis on paleontology.
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