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Honors & Awards

  • Chip Lesher has been named a 2016 Fellow of the Geological Society of America. Society Fellows are chosen in recognition of their distinguished contributions to the geosciences. In Chip's case, he was nominated for his "innovative studies of the chemistry and physics of magmatic systems with particular reference to physical and transport properties that impact the differentiation of Earth and the planets."

  • Graduate student Erik Davies has received a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship for his research on the “Thermodynamics and Mechanics of Large Impacts”.

  • Isabel Montanez has been named a 2016 Geochemical Fellow by the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry. The honorary title of Geochemistry Fellow is bestowed upon outstanding scientists who have, over some years, made a major contribution to the field of geochemistry.

  • Tessa Hill has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers. "President Obama Honors Extraordinary Early-Career Scientists" -White House Press Release

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From the Chair

Professor and Chair Dawn Sumner

Professor and Chair Dawn Sumner

Dear Friends of Earth and Planetary Sciences,

Professor Emeritus Charles Higgins passed away on May 16, 2016, at the age of 90.

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Friday Brown Bag: noon Fri in 1316 Earth & Phy. Sci.

August 5, 2016: “Foraminiferal Response to Environmental Variability along the California Margin (Exit Talk)” – by Kate Davis

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Oxygen Oases in Lakes May Have Heralded the Great Oxidation Event

Professor Dawn Sumner discusses her most recent ideas on how we got O2 in the atmosphere.

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