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(Award - Feb 22/15)
Stephanie Waterman winner of prestigious Sloan Fellowship.

Congratulations to Stephanie Waterman, winner of a prestigious Sloan Fellowship from The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Awarded annually since 1955 , the fellowships honor early - career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders. Fellows receive $50,000 to further their research. See the press release here.

(Award - Feb 22/15)
Rowan Cockett, winner of NSERC Gilles Brassard Doctoral Prize for Interdisciplinary Research.

Congratulations to Rowan Cockett, a PhD candidate in EOAS, who on February 17, 2015 was awarded the $10,000 NSERC Gilles Brassard Doctoral Prize for Interdisciplinary Research. Rowan is developing numerical models to utilize geophysical data in the analysis of subsurface fluid movement. He is also the developer of a widely-used web-based program Visible Geology used to visualize three-dimensional geology.

(Award - Feb 19/15)
Leslie Smith is a co-recipient of the 2015 NSERC Synergy award: Reducing the business and environmental risks of mining

Dr. David Blowes, Dr. Richard Amos, Dr. David Sego, Dr. Leslie Smith, Gord Macdonald (representing the University of Waterloo, Carleton University, University of Alberta, The University of British Columbia, and Diavik Diamond Mines Inc.) have been awarded a category 2 (large companies) NSERC Synergy award recognizing long term research collaboration between universities and industry. "The Diavik Waste Rock Research Project is an unprecedented research program that is leading to better mine waste management to protect fragile northern environments for centuries to come." Congratulations Leslie!
More details, including a video, can be viewed at:

(Award - Feb 12/15)
Sara Harris has won a prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship

Congratulations to Sara Harris who has won a prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). The fellowship recognizes exceptional contributions to teaching and learning at Canadian universities. The community of 3M National Teaching Fellows embodies the highest ideals of teaching excellence and scholarship with a commitment to encourage and support the educational experience of every learner. Up to 10 fellows are selected annually. See the STLHE page and see the Maclean's article [pdf].

(News - Feb 12/15)
PCIGR Project Manager Diane Hanano is currently in the Indian Ocean

Diane is aboard the JOIDES Resolution, a scientific drilling ship operating for the International Ocean Discovery Program. The 2-month long expedition (IODP 354) is drilling a transect of sites across the middle Bengal Fan to investigate the interactions among the growth of the Himalaya and Tibet, the development of the Asian monsoon, and processes affecting the carbon cycle and global climate. Diane is responsible for communicating the onboard science to students, educators, researchers and other audiences around the world via multiple social media platforms and live video broadcasts with schools and museums. See more at:

(Award - Feb 10/15)
John Thompson receives the 2015 CFES Mentorship Medal

The Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences mentorship medal is awarded to exceptional Earth scientists from industry, academia or government who have demonstrated the 'sustained and inspirational mentorship of colleagues and employees including peers, graduate students, undergraduate students and technicians'. John Thompson is currently an Adjunct Professor in EOAS and from 1991 to 1998 was the Director of our Mineral Deposits Research Unit. Jointly nominated by Teck and UBC, John joins Douw Steyn as the second EOAS recipient of this medal. Many congratulations John!

(Award - Feb 2/15)
Doug Polson wins a Faculty of Science Achievement Award

A message from Dean Peacock: I am delighted to announce the recipients of the 2014/2015 Faculty of Science Achievement Awards. These awards recognize the exceptional service contributions of Science's staff, students, and faculty. We will be presenting the awards at the Faculty of Science meeting on March 3, 2015, and I invite you to attend to celebrate with your colleagues. Please join me in congratulating (and thanking!) the recipients for their outstanding contributions to the Faculty of Science.
Congratulations Doug (and thanks!)

(Award - Jan 23/15)
Peter Bradshaw inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame

Peter Bradshaw is an Honorary Professor in EOAS who, in 1989, was a leading figure in the founding of our Mineral Deposits Research Unit which he has fervently supported ever since. Congratulations from your colleagues in EOAS Peter! The opening of his citation reads:
'Peter Bradshaw has served the mining industry with distinction for more than forty years as a mine-finder, company builder, an advocate of collaborative research and science and by working effectively with local and indigenous people'.
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(Award - Jan 14/15)
Raymond Andersen wins the Farnsworth Award

Raymond Andersen is the 2015 recipient of The American Society of Pharmacognosy, Norman R. Farnsworth Research Achievement Award. This award, given in recognition of outstanding lifetime contributions to research in natural products chemistry, is the highest and most distinguished award given by the Society.

(News - Jan 8/15)
An attractive education: MAGNET featured in International Innovation

"With a vision of providing a cohesive learning environment, combining industry internships, professional skills training and networking opportunities, the Multidisciplinary Applied Geochemistry Network takes a novel approach to geochemistry education in Canada"
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(News - Jan 8/15)
Earthly insights: PCIGR featured in International Innovation

"The Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research in Vancouver, Canada, is a hotbed of research investigating the isotopic and geochemical compositions of a wide range of materials relevant to mechanisms governing the most important systems in the Earth and the environment..."
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(News - Jan 7/15)
Sara Harris: Conversations that Matter

Sara Harris discusses climate science in this video part 1 of 2 "Conversations that Matter" with the Vancouver Sun's Stuart McNish

Also see past front page entries from   2015,   2014,   2013,   2012

Colloquia & Seminars

Mar06 1:00 PM

Ethan F. Baxter Sm-Nd Garnet Geochronology - How Low Can we Go?

Mar12 4:00 PM

Robin Wordsworth 3D Modeling of the Early Martian Climate

Weather Briefings

Mar06 12:15 PM

Pedro Odon Weather Briefing - All are Welcome

Mar13 12:15 PM

Bana Afshar Weather Briefing - All are Welcome

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