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(Talk - Oct 27/15)
De-muzzling science: In conversation with ICS president Gordon McBean

Join us in conversation with internationally recognized climate scientist and UBC Science alumnus Dr. Gordon McBean and Dean of Science Dr. Simon Peacock as they discuss threats to scientific freedom, science literacy, and navigating the climate change policy realm.
Gordon McBean, President of the International Council for Science, was a lead author for the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and is a former Federal assistant deputy minister. He is a professor at the University of Western Ontario, and director of policy at the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, recently designated a world-class centre for multidisciplinary disaster prevention research and communications. McBean graduated from UBC in 1970 with a PhD in Physics and Oceanography, served as professor of Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences here from 1988 to 1994, and is in Vancouver to receive the university's 2015 Alumni Award of Distinction.

Tuesday, October 27th 2015
Earth Sciences Building
2207 Main Mall
Room 5104-5106

Doors Open: 11:50am
Discussion Begins: 12 Noon
Duration: 35min followed with 25min Q/A
Limited seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Light snacks and refreshments provided.
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(News - Oct 8/15)
1984/85/86 Geological Engineering Alumni Reunion

On October 2 and 3, 2015, 50 geological engineering alumni from the graduating classes of 1984, 1985 and 1986 returned to UBC from near and far (including BC, Alberta, the US and South America) for a long overdue reunion. The alumni enjoyed catching up with former classmates at an ice-breaker event in the Pacific Museum of Earth and at dinner in Sage Bistro. The fondly-remembered "waldo" was visited by many, as were the hallways of graduation photos, and the new Earth Sciences Building. Others took advantage of a walking tour of campus and a bus tour to the ARD water treatment facility at Britannia Mine.

(News - Sep 29/15)
SCIENCE Magazine recognizes EOAS innovations in education

The Career Magazine at AAAS SCIENCE references EOAS innovations in education. This Special Feature explores how and why faculty should incorporate active learning into their courses. It also offers advice for current faculty and emerging science professionals who anticipate having a teaching role in their careers. See " Effective teaching: to be an effective educator, get active", Chris Tachibana, Sept 18, 2015.

(Awards - Sep 28/15)
Paul Smith awarded the Billings Medal

At a Vancouver ceremony on Friday evening (September 25th) attended by former graduate students as well as representatives from EOAS and the Geological Survey of Canada, Paul Smith was officially presented with the Geological Association of Canada's Billings Medal for contributions to Canadian paleontology. The photo shows Paul Smith (holding the medal) with Roger Beckie, Head of EOAS.

(Talk - Nov 7/15)
Paul Hoffman: Earth's Astonishing Climate History

Since the time of the French Revolution, physicists and geologists have challenged each other to understand the inner workings of Earth's climate system. More recently, connections between global glaciation (i.e., "Snowball Earth") and the abrupt and improbable rise of the complex life that defines the biological diversity of our modern world have drawn evolutionary biologists, statisticians and even philosophers of science into the fray. Paul Hoffman (OC, FRSC, NAS, AAAS), visiting from Harvard and the University of Victoria, is a chief architect of this remarkable piece of Earth history. An extraordinary scientist, Paul Hoffman is above all a master storyteller and he will visit UBC on Saturday, November 7 to weave the epic tale of "Earth's Astonishing Climate History". This lecture is the inaugural Brock Talks Public Lecture: Please bring your families and share with the UBC community in this remarkable evening.
For more information see the pdf poster.

(Awards - Sep 22/15)
EOAS Annual Awards

Congratulations to EOAS Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students whose contributions have been recognized by the following awards: The photograph taken at the annual EOAS barbeque shows prize-winners, from left to right: Paul Smith, Anna Mittelholz, Miranda Joyce, Rhy McMillan, Roger Beckie (Head of EOAS), Kathy Scott, Michael Lipsen and Erik Eberhardt.

  • Paul Smith: EOAS Leadership and Service (ELAS) Award
  • Miranda Joyce and Kathy Scott: Excellence in Administration and Technical Support (EATS)
  • Erik Eberhardt and Michael Lipsen: EOAS Undergraduate Instructors of the Year Award
  • Rhy McMillan and Anna Mittelholz: EOAS Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

(News - Sep 18/15)
Polar Bears and Research Equipment in the Arctic Ocean

The picture was taken Sep 16 by Dr. Kristin Orians of the University of British Columbia on the icebreaker CCGS Amundsen which is currently working in the Beaufort Sea. The photo was taken near 75 N 150 W in the middle of the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic Ocean.
"... In the end it looks like the cable survived intact. We retrieved the equipment as quickly and safely as possible so the ship could move off and give the bears their space."   For more details see here.

(Award - Sep 8/15)
Roger François elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Congratulations to Roger for this exceptional honour and achievement. To quote from the web site of the Royal Society of Canada: ' The fellowship of the RSC comprises distinguished men and women from all branches of learning who have made remarkable contributions in the arts, the humanities and the sciences, as well as in Canadian public life. Since 1882, new Fellows have been nominated and elected by their peers who are themselves Fellows of the Society. Over 3,700 scholars and artists have been inducted into to the fellowship over the past hundred and thirty years '.

Roger is being recognized for his pioneering research on particle and sediment fluxes in the ocean using stable and radioactive nuclides which has provided fresh insights into algal production and nutrient recycling as well as the rates of the ocean's overturning circulation in the past. His work has opened new windows on the evolution of Earth's global carbon system.

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

Faculty Positions in EOAS

Assistant Professor in Geological Engineering

Colloquia & Seminars

Nov27 3:00 PM *

Susan Solomon Emerging Signals of Climate Change, and Getting Past International Gridlock

Dec03 12:00 PM *

Connor Langford Risky Business - Risk and Risk Management in Geological Engineering

Dec03 4:00 PM *

Connor Langford Application of Reliability Methods to the Design of Underground Structures

Dec04 12:00 PM *

Aaron Cahill The Shale Gas Revolution: An Unplanned Environmental Experiment

Dec04 3:00 PM *

Aaron Cahill Energy Resource Geoengineering and Environmental Impacts: Geological Carbon Sequestration to Shale Gas Development and Beyond

Thesis Defenses

Dec02 12:00 PM

Bart De Baere Exploring mineral dissolution kinetics using the flow-through time-resolved analysis technique [SV:EOAS ]

Dec04 10:00 AM


Dec07 10:00 AM

Chuck Kosman Cretacious mantle of the Congo craton: Evidence from mineral and fluid inclusions in Kasai alluvial diamonds [SV:EOAS ]

Dec08 9:30 AM


Weather Briefings

Nov27 11:15 PM

Matt Fung Weather Briefing - All are Welcome

Dec04 11:15 PM

Nathan Monash Weather Briefing - All are Welcome

Welcome Prospective Students

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The Department administers majors, honours and applied science programs that attract over 300 undergraduate and 220 graduate students. Our programs offer challenges to students at all levels. To learn more see;