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(Award - Mar 24/15)
Graduate Student Awards

PhD Student Anna Grau won an Outstanding Student Paper Award at the 2014 Fall AGU meeting for a presentation entitled: "A Quantitative Characterization and Classification of Martian Valley Networks: New Constraints on Mars' Early Climate and Its Variability in Space and Time"

(Award - Mar 24/15)
Undergraduate Student Awards

Undergraduate geology student Dave Nuttall won the GAC-PDAC Logan Student Prize for 2015. Congratulations!
The GAC-PDAC Logan Student Prize (replacing the Logan Student Chapters and GAC Book Prizes) is awarded annually to one undergraduate student at each CCCESD-member department. The prize consists of a monetary award, one-year memberships in both GAC and PDAC, and an electronic certificate affirming that the student won the Prize.
Undergraduate students who are selected for the prize should be academically sound, have good leadership skills (e.g. as they pertain to organizing field trips, geology club geo-events, etc.), and have done well at field school or otherwise show proficiency in field techniques.

(News - Mar 12/15)
YWCA Women of Distinction Award Nominee

Congratulations to Dominique Weis who has been officially accepted as a nominee for the Women of Distinction Award in the category 'Technology, Science and Research'. Recognized nationally, the award honours individuals and organizations whose outstanding activities and achievements contribute to the well-being and future of our community. The winner will be announced on May 26th. Good luck Dominique!
More detail about the nominees can be seen HERE.

(Award - Feb 22/15)
Stephanie Waterman winner of prestigious Sloan Fellowship.

Congratulations to Stephanie Waterman, winner of a prestigious Sloan Fellowship from The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Awarded annually since 1955 , the fellowships honor early - career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders. Fellows receive $50,000 to further their research. See the press release here.

(Award - Feb 22/15)
Rowan Cockett, winner of NSERC Gilles Brassard Doctoral Prize for Interdisciplinary Research.

Congratulations to Rowan Cockett, a PhD candidate in EOAS, who on February 17, 2015 was awarded the $10,000 NSERC Gilles Brassard Doctoral Prize for Interdisciplinary Research. Rowan is developing numerical models to utilize geophysical data in the analysis of subsurface fluid movement. He is also the developer of a widely-used web-based program Visible Geology used to visualize three-dimensional geology.

(Award - Feb 19/15)
Leslie Smith is a co-recipient of the 2015 NSERC Synergy award: Reducing the business and environmental risks of mining

Dr. David Blowes, Dr. Richard Amos, Dr. David Sego, Dr. Leslie Smith, Gord Macdonald (representing the University of Waterloo, Carleton University, University of Alberta, The University of British Columbia, and Diavik Diamond Mines Inc.) have been awarded a category 2 (large companies) NSERC Synergy award recognizing long term research collaboration between universities and industry. "The Diavik Waste Rock Research Project is an unprecedented research program that is leading to better mine waste management to protect fragile northern environments for centuries to come." Congratulations Leslie!
More details, including a video, can be viewed at:

(Award - Feb 12/15)
Sara Harris has won a prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship

Congratulations to Sara Harris who has won a prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). The fellowship recognizes exceptional contributions to teaching and learning at Canadian universities. The community of 3M National Teaching Fellows embodies the highest ideals of teaching excellence and scholarship with a commitment to encourage and support the educational experience of every learner. Up to 10 fellows are selected annually. See the STLHE page and see the Maclean's article [pdf].

(News - Feb 12/15)
PCIGR Project Manager Diane Hanano is currently in the Indian Ocean

Diane is aboard the JOIDES Resolution, a scientific drilling ship operating for the International Ocean Discovery Program. The 2-month long expedition (IODP 354) is drilling a transect of sites across the middle Bengal Fan to investigate the interactions among the growth of the Himalaya and Tibet, the development of the Asian monsoon, and processes affecting the carbon cycle and global climate. Diane is responsible for communicating the onboard science to students, educators, researchers and other audiences around the world via multiple social media platforms and live video broadcasts with schools and museums. See more at:

Also see past front page entries from   2015,   2014,   2013,   2012

Colloquia & Seminars

Apr09 4:00 PM

Laura Wasylenki Constraining the cause of the Great Oxidation Event using nickel isotopes

Apr30 4:00 PM

Martyn Unsworth TBA

May22 12:00 PM *

Rainer H. Helmig Numerical Models for Evaluating the Competitive Use of the Subsurface: The Influence of Energy Storage and Production in Groundwater or, Modeling and Analysis of Soil-Moisture Processes in the Subsurface: The Influence of Evaporation and Salt Precipitation in Groundwater

Thesis Defenses

Apr08 2:00 PM

David Turner Reflectance spectroscopy and hyperspectral imaging of rare earth element bearing minerals and rocks [SV:EOAS ]

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