On Capital Public Radio: "Mars Orbiter Team Discovers Evidence Of Water Flow." Dawn Sumner, a member of NASA's Mars Rover team, is a guest on Insight.
Former UC Davis geology instructor Rand Schaal, whose lively teaching style inspired and entertained thousands of undergraduates, died suddenly on Sept. 11, 2015, in Needles, California. He was 64.
8 coming attractions at UC Davis: #6. Earth and Planetary Sciences Shock Compression Laboratory, spring 2016. Sarah Stewart's lab will house equipment and support infrastructure for using shockwave techniques to study planet formation and evolution, especially collisions.
Graduate student Natalia Lopez Carranza is profiled in UC Davis Today: "Top Mexican grad students at UC Davis".
From the egghead blog: "Oxygen oasis in Antarctic lake reflects distant past." At the bottom of a frigid Antarctic lake, a thin layer of green slime is generating a little oasis of oxygen, a team including UC Davis researchers has found. Article in New Scientist: "Hidden oasis of oxygen suggests life took first breath in lakes"
Adventures on the JOIDES Resolution: Masters student Millie Levin is blogging about her experiences on a scientific expedition off the coast of Australia. For the next two months, as part of her M.S. research, she will be on the JOIDES Resolution, a 143-meter long research vessel that drills sediment cores for the International Ocean Drilling Program.
From KQED Science: Geologic Highlights of California's New National Monument. The Berryessa-Snow Mountain Region: Its Remarkable Geologic Features" by Eldridge and Judith Moores.
"No. 1 in impact in life and earth sciences" from UC Davis Dateline. A new CWTS Leiden ranking of research impact puts UC Davis first in the world in the category of life and earth sciences.
Rob Zierenberg was a guest scientist aboard Leg 5 of the MBARI 2015 Gulf of California Expedition. The purpose of this leg was to study the seafloor-spreading ridges of the Alarcon Rise and Pescadero Basin and volcanic seamounts nearby, with the objective to understand the tectonic and volcanic processes of the ridges and the transition from spreading ridge to bounding transform faults.
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Graduate student Alisha Clark received a best poster award at the 2015 Annual Meeting of COMPRES in Colorado Springs. Her poster featured her work on "Pressure dependent elastic properties of amorphous silicates by GHz frequency ultrasonic interferometry and high pressure X-ray microtomography".
Professor Kari Cooper has been elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. She has made fundamental contributions to both the development of analytical techniques - most notably involving U-series nuclides - and the understanding of temporal and physical aspects of magma system histories.
Graduate student Mark DeBlois has been awarded the UC Davis Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship for 2015-2016.
Professor Tessa Hill has been named a 2014-15 Chancellor's Fellow. The Chancellor’s Fellows program began in 2000 as a way to recognize faculty in the early stages of their careers, for outstanding research and teaching, as well as service to the university.
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Professor and Chair Dawn Sumner
Dear Friends of Earth and Planetary Sciences,
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences—and the greater geology family—has lost a good friend. Rand Schaal unexpectedly and peacefully passed away overnight September 10-11, 2015 in Needles, California.
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The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California Davis seeks an outstanding scholar whose study of the origin, transformation, or deformation of Earth and planetary materials addresses major processes in the solid Earth. posted 11/3/2015
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is committed to creating a community that respects each person as an individual. We promote diversity, creativity, and rigorous intellectual inquiry for all members of our department and the University community, through excellence in research, teaching, mentoring, and service. Diversity and excellence – in perspectives, scientific approaches, and contributions to society – are the cornerstones of our success as a department.
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Student Chapter of American Institute of Professional Geologists: 3 pm Wed in 1119 Earth & Phy. Sci.
Wed, December 2, 2015: “Career options in Geothermal Energy” – by Gene Suemnicht, EGS Inc.
Wednesday Seminar: 4 pm Wed in 55 Roessler
December 2, 2015: “A deep-time perspective on the emerging mass extinction in the oceans.” – by Jonathan Payne
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The love of science fiction leads to a lifetime study of planetary evolution
from One of a Kind
Shockwave Scientist/Moon Maven/Science Fiction Fan Girl
"I've always had a fascination with science fiction. It's partly why I chose to study planetary sciences, along with a love of physics and a belief in the likelihood of life beyond our solar system. Sometimes, I feel like I'm starring in a science fiction film. I get to play explorer, researching how large bodies impact planets and result in the unexpected. There is a tremendous feeling of excitement when I discover something new."