A recent article in the Spotlight section of the Earth Science Women’s network features the School’s new Grew Assistant Professor Cici Cruz-Uribe. The article describes her research and her past and anticipated mentoring roles. We look forward to her work in support of gender and other forms of diversity.
In recent years, one of Ed Grew’s growing interests has been in the field of mineral evolution. This fairly new field explores when and where different mineral species have appeared over time, with a natural but not exclusive focus on terrestrial minerals. A recent Quanta Magazine article quoting Ed Grew and describing some of his collaborative work was highlighted in UMaine’s news blog.
Quanta Magazine’s mission is to enhance public understanding of research developments in mathematics and the physical and life sciences.
In addition to the Quanta Magazine article, Ed’s work received notable mention in an online article on deepcarbon.net that focuses on Earth’s mineral diversity.
Congratulations to the recipients of the Spring 2015 student awards!
Kupfer Field Camp Award
Golden Field Camp Scholarship
Edward Sturgis Grew Award
George H. Stone Award
Golden Professional Development Award
Outstanding Senior Award
As we approach a new academic year, we are very pleased to welcome two new faculty members and a NOAA Fellow to our School. Both faculty members are the first to hold new, privately funded, named professorships in the school. We once again express our appreciation to the donors for these positions.
Aaron Putman is returning to UMaine (Ph.D., 2011) as the George H. Denton Professor. Aaron has spent the past four years at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, first as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist then as an Assistant Research Professor. Aaron’s research and teaching interests are broad, but focus on the interactions of Earth’s surface, cryosphere, and atmosphere. He is an internationally recognized scholar, having performed field work in Asia, South America, New Zealand, Antarctica, the U.S., and Europe. Aaron has published twenty-six papers, with more in review. Aaron’s wife, Katherine Allen, will also be joining us as a NOAA Climate and Global Change Fellow, working in the area of Geochemistry and Paleoclimate, particularly as they relate to ocean chemistry and biological activity.
Alicia (Cici) Cruz-Uribe is the Edward Sturgis Grew Professor in Petrology and Mineralogy. Cici comes to us after spending a year at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as a Postdoctoral Investigator, following her Ph.D. at Penn State. Cici is primarily a metamorphic petrologist and geochemist, with a focus on kinetics and the chemical evolution of the mantle at subduction zones. She will establish a piston-cylinder experimental petrology laboratory beginning this fall. In addition to bringing new energy and expertise, her presence fills an important gap in petrology left by the retirement of Daniel Lux this year.
Abi Bradford, a 2015 graduate of the School of Earth and Climate Sciences, is once again featured – this time in the UMaine Today article “Save the Snow”. The article describes Abi’s background and research experience working with Karl Kreutz on Alaskan glaciers.
George Denton was recently announced as the recipient of the 2015 Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division of the Geological Society of America Distinguished Career Award. George will receive the award at a ceremony at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Baltimore in November, where a fuller citation of George’s many accomplishments will be read. More information about the award is here.
Brenda Hall is the lead author on a new paper just published in Nature Geoscience, entitled “Accumulation and marine forcing of ice dynamics in the western Ross Sea during the last deglaciation”. UMaine faculty and students George Denton, Stephanie Heath, Margaret Jackson, and Tobias Koffman are co-authors. This relatively new journal (established in 2008) has quickly risen to be one of the most respected journals in the field. The article is in the August 2015 issue, pages 625-628.
School of Earth and Climate Sciences Professor Karl Kreutz, along with former UMaine graduate students Bess Koffman, Dan Breton, and Dominic Winski and Honors student Eliza Kane, participated in a recently published study of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet divide core. The study reveals that abrupt climate change that began in Greenland spread in ~200 years to the Antarctic, with ocean currents responsible for transferring the heat.
For more details, see the full UMaine news item: https://umaine.edu/news/blog/2015/05/01/providing-climate-context/
The Nature article is at: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v520/n7549/full/nature14401.html
In that same issue is a paper co-authored by Kreutz’s former UMaine Honors student Matthew Kohler, now at the University of Washington. Matt’s study uses nitrogen isotopes to evaluate the origin of biological nitrogen fixation billions of years ago in Earth’s history.
Recent Ph.D. graduate Bess Koffman has been awarded one of five prestigious inaugural postdoctoral fellowships in the newly established Society of Fellows at Dartmouth College. Bess completed her Ph.D. in paleoclimatology, focusing on the record of atmospheric dust preserved in Antarctic ice cores, in 2013, and later that year began an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. A full description of the new Society of Fellows is available at: http://now.dartmouth.edu/2015/04/five-scholars-named-to-the-society-of-fellows/
Research Professor Ed Grew was part of an international team of scientists to discover, describe, and report a new sulphate-borate mineral. The new mineral, fontarnauite, is a double salt of sodium and strontium and the eighth sulphate-borate mineral identified so far. It was discovered and characterized by a group of scientists from the Science and Technology Centres and Faculty of Geology of the University of Barcelona, Spain, in collaboration with Ed Grew and mineralogists from the University of Manitoba. The new compound was found in 2009 on a geological survey carried out in the Emet Borate District (Anatolia, western Turkey), one of the most important Miocene borate deposits in the world. Its name pays tribute to Ramon Fontarnau i Griera (1944-2007), who headed the Material Characterization Section of the Science and Technology Centres. The mineral and name received official approval by the Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification of the International Mineralogical Association in September 2014, and a full description is in press in Canadian Mineralogist.