Over the weekend of October 12-14th, 2012, Chris Gerbi participated in the Chinese-American National Academy of Sciences Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium, held in Irvine, California. He was also invited to be on the organizing committee for the next symposium, in 2014, to be held in China.
Brenda Hall attended a similar Symposium in 2006.
Additional information about the program (http://www.nasonline.org/programs/kavli-frontiers-of-science/):
The Academy’s Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia bring together outstanding young scientists to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in a broad range of disciplines. The format encourages both one-on-one conversations and informal group discussions in which young participants continue to communicate about insights gained from formal presentations and the excitement of learning about cutting-edge research in other fields. By doing so, Frontiers helps to remove communication barriers between fields and encourages collaborations among some of the world’s best and brightest young scientists. Annual Kavli Frontiers symposia are held for young scientists in the U.S. and bilateral symposia have included young researchers in the U.K., Germany, France, Japan, China, Indonesia, and India.
Bess Koffman, a Ph.D. student in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences, has won an NSF postdoctoral fellowship award. Next June, pending completion of her degree, she will begin work at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and at Cornell University, investigating the role of New Zealand dust in global climate during the Last Glacial Maximum. The project will take place over the course of two years, and will include field work in New Zealand, geochemical analysis of samples from New Zealand and Antarctica, and a global climate modeling component. Details of the award can be found here: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1204050. Bess’s current Ph.D. research focuses on dust in Antarctic ice cores.
Science Daily, the popular news website for breaking news in science, highlights a new paper in the July 2012 issue of American Mineralogist by Robert Hazen of the Carnegie Institution with co-authors including Ed Grew of the University of Maine.
Science Daily reports that the paper “demonstrates that the creation of most minerals containing mercury is fundamentally linked to several episodes of supercontinent assembly over the last 3 billion years.” With support from the National Science
Foundation, Ed has been collaborating with Hazen since 2008 on the topic of mineral evolution, which offers new insights into understanding Earth’s changing near-surface geochemistry through geologic time. They are currently writing a manuscript on
the evolution of boron and beryllium minerals. For more information, see the following links: http://carnegiescience.edu/news/mercury_mineral_evolution; http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/06/120625162354.htm.
The new book “The Story of Earth” by Robert M. Hazen (Viking Press, April 26, 2012) highlights Ed Grew’s research on boron and beryllium minerals and the emerging field of mineral evolution. Hazen, a senior scientist at the Carnegie Institution’s Geophysical Laboratory in Washington, D.C., credits Ed with producing a “landmark graph” showing the increasing diversity of the 108 officially approved beryllium minerals over geologic time, adding that Ed had produced “an even more impressive survey of the 263 known boron minerals.” In the acknowledgments, Hazen writes that “I am especially indebted to Edward Grew, whose studies of the evolution of the minerals of the rare elements beryllium and boron have taken the field to a new quantitative level.” Hazen invited Ed to collaborate with him on mineral evolution in 2008, and since then they have co-authored three presentations at annual meetings of the Geological Society of America and papers on the possible role of boron in the development of prebiotic organic compounds (“RNA World”) and on the evolution of mercury minerals. Ed is currently writing a manuscript with Hazen on the evolution of boron and beryllium minerals.
A book review appears in Nature: Volume 485, Page 39, Date published (03 May 2012) DOI: doi:10.1038/485039a [seeing the full review requires a subscription].
The Geological Society of Maine announced that Patrick Ryan and Peter Strand won the Walter Anderson Award for the best undergraduate poster at the spring Geological Society of Maine meeting, held April 13 at UMaine – Presque Isle. Pat and Peter had traveled with Professor Brenda Hall in January and February, 2012, to perform research in Antarctica. The result of their work includes their poster “Investigation of the Ross Sea Ice Sheet History, as Preserved in the Antarctic Dry Valleys”. You can find more information about the Geological Society of Maine on their website.
Today the University formally announced that Dr. Brenda Hall will be promoted to Professor and that Dr. Christopher Gerbi will be granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor. You can read more at the UMaine news site.
Hall, whose main research focus is in glacial geology, joined the faculty as a Research Professor in 2001 and as an Assistant Professor in 2004. Gerbi, who runs the electron microscopy laboratory and focuses his research on rheology, joined the faculty in 2007.
A Magnitude 7.4 Earthquake occurred on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 18:02:48 UTC time (2:02:48 Eastern Daylight time). The shaking was significant enough to be measured on the seismometer at the University of Maine. The quake occurred at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles) at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). The epicenter was located 322 km (200 miles) south-southeast of Mexico City. The earthquake is a result of thrust faulting on or near the plate boundary between the Cocos and North American plates. The characteristics of the earthquake are thought to be consistent with subduction zone activity in the area. In the impacted area, the Cocos plate moves to the northeast at a rate of 60 mm/year (approx. 0.1 inch/year). Damage appears to be primarily structural, with no deaths and relatively few injuries reported.
We send out our congratulations to Eliza Kane and Audra Norvaisa for scholarships we learned about recently!
Eliza is using a $5000 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, to support her studies in Brazil this semester. This is a nationally competitive award aimed at supporting travel abroad for Pell grant-funded students. More information is at their website.
Audra won a $4500 Vydunas Fund Scholarship – also a nationally competitive award. This is an award given to students of Lithuanian descent who are active members in the Lithuanian Scouts organization. Audra used the award to support her participation in the University of Oregon Geoarchaeology Field School last summer.
On February 23, Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative and the Department of Earth Sciences are hosting a seminar with Dr. Robert Jacobson, a supervisory research hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey (http://www.cerc.usgs.gov/Staff.aspx?StaffId=268) . The event will include two presentations by Dr. Jacobson, both of which will take place in Wells Conference Center, Room 2. For more information, please contact Ruth Hallsworth at firstname.lastname@example.org and 581-3196.Conceptualizing and Communicating River Restoration 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
In this presentation, Dr. Jacobson will discuss his recent book chapter that presents a model for communicating aspects of river management. The model includes a decision-making structure in which managers, stakeholder and scientists interact to define management objectives and performance evaluations.Re-engineering the Lower Missouri River for Ecosystem Recovery: A Long, Strange Trip
This presentation will focus on some of the details of Dr. Jacobson’s work investigating physical processes on the Missouri River. He will highlight some of the measurements used to describe water flow, sediment transport and river morphology that are at the heart of the aquatic habitat restoration activities currently underway in the Missouri River. Co-sponsored by the Department of Earth Sciences.
The Museum’s exit survey asked visitors what they liked best about the event. Among the responses: “the pretty rocks” (from a 5 year old girl); “crystals”; “different than the usual museum”; “I like seeing scientists”; and “awesome”!