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Paul Mayewski wins Hans Oeschger Medal in recognition of his outstanding contributions to ice core and climate research

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Aaron Putnam wins NSF CAREER Award!

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PhD Candidate Kimberley Miner awarded a Fulbright Research Grant & The SMART Grant from DoD

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Kimberley Miner has been awarded a year-long Fulbright research grant to work in partnership with researchers at the University of Ottawa on glacial pollutant monitoring related to her dissertation.  “The mandate of Fulbright Canada is to enhance mutual understanding between the people of Canada and the people of the United States of America by providing support to outstanding individuals. These individuals conduct research, lecture, or enroll in formal academic programs in the other country. In doing so, Fulbright Canada aims to grow intellectual capacity, increase productivity, and assist in the shaping of future leaders.”

Kimberley has also been awarded The SMART grant which is a Department of Defense sponsored award that will provide stipend and work placement at a DOD facility after graduation. ” The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.” She will be working at the Geospatial Research Lab in Arlington, VA.

GSA grant awarded for dating Antarctic metamorphism

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Steven Spreitzer, a SECS master’s student and teaching assistant has been awarded funding for his research from the Geological Society of America through the Graduate Student Research Grant. For his master’s thesis, Steven is using a radiometric dating technique, called in-situ monazite dating, in order to find the ages of metamorphic rocks from the Larsemann Hills in East Antarctica. This technique will allow the dates of grains of the mineral monazite to be linked to the formation of individual metamorphic minerals, thus relating the variables of time, temperature and pressure. Steven will use this funding to travel to the University of Massachusetts Amherst in order to work with faculty at the Ultrachron Geochronology Lab. This lab has an electron microprobe specifically built for the types of high precision analysis needed for in-situ monazite dating. His thesis advisor is Dr. Ed Grew.

Geological Society of Maine Spring Meeting

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Spring Meeting April 1, 2016

Location: Bryand Global Science Center
University of Maine
Orono, Maine


1:00pm Registration

1:00-2:30pm Poster Presentation, 2nd Floor Bryand Global Science Center and School of Earth and Climate Sciences Open House

2:30-4:00 Student Oral Presentations, 100 Nutting Hall

4:00 pm Keynote Speaker, 100 Nutting Hall
Katherine Allen: School of Earth and Climate Sciences, University of Maine

5:00 pm Business Meeting, 100 Nutting Hall

~5:15 Social Hour, 2nd Floor Bryand Global Science Center

Call for Abstracts for Student Presentations

Submit abstracts by email to: Martin Yates,

Please indicate in the subject line if it’s a GSM poster abstract or GSM oral abstract.

Abstract Deadline: must be received by Friday, March 25, 2016

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Geology Club 2016 California Field Trip

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The University of Maine School of Earth and Climate Sciences Geology Club recently returned from its Spring Break field trip to California.  The trip, led by staff advisers Dr. Alicia (Cici) Cruz-Aribe and Marty Yates, traveled round trip to San Francisco, visited Big Sur, the Tiburon Peninsula, and Point Reyes, and toured the Monterrey Aquarium.  Thirteen undergraduate students participated in the trip, which was made possible with grants from the Golden Fund, the Geological Society of Maine, the UMaine Student Government and Geology Club fundraising.

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Geology Club 50-50 raffle winner

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Congratulations to Bob Morton, winner of the Geology Club 50-50 raffle! The raffle is in support of the Geology Club’s trip to coastal California over spring break.

Smith’s coastal pollution work garners AGU notice

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Sean Smith, a leader of the NSF-funded New England Sustainability Initiative, has been developing tools to predict coastal pollution in Maine.  Sean, along with collaborators in SECS, SMS, and at the Mitchell Center at UMaine, and further afield at UNH, College of the Atlantic, and Texas A&M,   presented their work at the AGU fall meeting earlier this month.  AGU blog contributors noticed the work and developed a full story on the project.  You can read the story on the AGU Geospace blog.

Holly Thomas’s posts from Antarctica

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Holly Thomas, a SECS undergraduate, is part of a team investigating the East Antarctic ice sheet history.  Others on the team include Research Assistant Professor Gordon Bromley, Ph.D. student Margaret Jackson, UC Berkeley Professor Greg Balco, and Chris Simmons.

Holly is sending back periodic updates of their trip and the science.  Her posts are hosted on Brenda Hall’s news page.

Canadian Mineralogist issue in honor of Ed Grew

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The current issue (v. 53, part 2) of the prominent mineralogical journal The Canadian Mineralogist has published an issue in honor of Ed Grew, on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Many papers in the issue come from colleagues with whom Ed has worked over the years. The introduction contains a great summary of Ed’s life and professional contributions. The cover depicts the crystal structure of the recently discovered mineral named edgrewite. The UMaine News site provides an extensive report.

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School of Earth and Climate Sciences
5790 Bryand Global Sciences Center
Orono, ME 04469-5790
Phone: (207) 581-2152 | Fax: (207) 581-2202E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469