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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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Mongolia field work featured on Medill Reports Chicago

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An article from Medill Reports Chicago this summer featured the Mongolia glacial geology field work of Aaron Putnam and Ph.D. student Peter Strand. The goal of the field work is to constrain the timing and spatial extent of glaciation in the region.

Cici Cruz-Uribe featured on Earth Science Women’s Network

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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.

More notice of Ed Grew’s involvement in mineral evolution and diversity research

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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 that focuses on Earth’s mineral diversity.

Spring 2015 student awards

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Congratulations to the recipients of the Spring 2015 student awards!

Trefethan Scholarship
Justin Leavitt
Zachary Mason

Kupfer Field Camp Award
Nicholas Richmond

Golden Field Camp Scholarship
Sydney Eckert
Jason Lively
James O’Neil

Edward Sturgis Grew Award
Nicholas Richmond

George H. Stone Award
Abigail Bradford
Eliza Kane

Golden Professional Development Award
Zachary Mason

Outstanding Senior Award
Abigail Bradford
Eliza Kane

Welcome to new members of the School: Cruz-Uribe, Putnam, and Allen

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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 featured in UMaine Today

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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.

Denton to receive a GSA Distinguished Career award

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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.

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Orono, ME 04469-5790
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Orono, Maine 04469