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2010 Departmental Awards

The Department announced its awards and scholarships for 2010 on Friday at the Spring Picnic.  Congratulations to Pat Ryan, Kaleb Boucher, Ashley Stinson, Robin Arnold!  See the complete list.

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Departmental Spring Picnic

Join us Friday, April 30 at 4:00 on the lawn between Bryand and Sawyer for an end-of-the semester gathering and celebration.  In addition to the barbecue, salads, and other goodies, we will announce and award the student prizes and scholarships.  All are welcome!

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Norton featured in article about Maine’s first lake

A feature article appears today in the Bangor Daily News reporting the recent findings of Professor Steve Norton’s research into Sargent Mountain Pond in Acadia National Park.  The possibility that Sargent Mountain Pond was Maine’s first lake to develop after the ice sheet retreated allows Norton and colleagues an opportunity to record and study environmental […]

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Registration open for Earth Science Teachers Workshop

Registration is now open for this year’s Earth Science Teachers workshop, an annual event sponsored and hosted by the Department of Earth Sciences.  The Workshop will occur on Wednesday, April 28th.  This year’s theme relates fundamental processes within larger Earth systems.  The full announcement follows below. Earth Science Teachers Workshop: Fundamentals, systems, and cross-cutting concepts […]

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Orono seismograph record for the Chilean quake

On Saturday February 27th at 3:34 am local time (6:34 UTC) a magnitude 8.8 earthquake occurred offshore of the west coast of Chile.  The primary earthquake was located 105 km (65 miles) WSW of the city of Talca, Chile, and has been followed by numerous aftershocks. US Geological Survey calculations indicate that the earthquake’s focus […]

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Ed Grew celebrates 25 years at UMaine

Research Scientist Ed Grew is in his 25th year at UMaine, a milestone that the University will mark formally in the spring.  Below is a letter recognizing Ed’s contributions to the University: The Department of Earth Sciences welcomes the opportunity to recognize the 25 years of service of Edward Grew to the University of Maine.  […]

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UM seismograph offers local view of Haitian Earthquake

At 5:44pm on January 12, the University of Maine’s new seismometer began to pick up shaking from a distant earthquake event.  For the next hour the incoming signal saturated the display as seismic waves passed by the station.  Our seismograph had detected the magnitude 7.0 Haitian earthquake which is responsible for tremendous loss of human […]

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UCAR selects UM for membership

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), a highly regarded organization with an international profile, has selected UMaine for membership. UCAR, with its associated National Center for Atmospheric Research, works to create collaborative research related to the Earth’s atmosphere and related systems. UCAR selected UMaine because of the international prominence of the Climate Change Institute […]

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Earth Sciences revamps courses, major

In Fall 2009, the Department of Earth Sciences instituted a new curriculum and revised its requirements for the B.S. and B.A. degrees.  These changes were made with the three primary goals of (1) increasing the climate change, surficial processes, and societal relevance content, (2) offering a wider variety of elective courses, and (3) providing more […]

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Department of Earth Sciences installs new scanning electron microscope

Funded by a grant of $457,584 from the Major Research Instrumentation program of the National Science Foundation and additional support from the Office of the Vice President for Research at UMaine, the Department of Earth Sciences has recently installed a new scanning electron microscope (SEM) with several specialized accessories to support research and education in […]

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Grew, Hall, Johnson, Kurbatov, Maasch and Mayewski win ARRA funding

Professors Ed Grew, Brenda Hall, Scott Johnson, Andrei Kurbatov, Kirk Maasch and Paul Mayewski were all informed that the National Science Foundation will fund some of their research proposals through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. Grew’s proposal ($ 190,718) focuses on boron-rich minerals and boron isotopes in deep-seated crustal rocks from East Antarctica, and […]

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Johnson elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America

Scott Johnson, Professor of Tectonics and Structural Geology in the UMaine Department of Earth Sciences, has been elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA) for his outstanding research, teaching and service contributions to the broad ?eld of Earth Sciences. The status of Fellow is given to only about 2 percent of the GSA’s […]

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