Friday, April 25 at 7:30 pm: The Chamber Music Society of Sacramento and the UC Davis Earth and Planetary Sciences department present "Earth Week Celebration Concert" featuring Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring and Gustav Mahler's "Song of the Earth". For more information, please visit the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.
"Mass Grave of 'Prodigal Sons' in California Poses Prehistoric Mystery" - Using stable isotope signatures in biological tissues, Gry Barfod's research helps provide answers at this archeological site.
Howie Spero has been chosen as the Faculty Research Lecturer for 2014. The Faculty Research Lecture Award is the highest honor the Davis Division of the Academic Senate accords its members.
From Nature: "Rapid remobilization of magmatic crystals kept in cold storage," lead author Kari Cooper. Results show that the magma reservoir beneath Mount Hood spends <~10% (and likely < 1%) of its time in an eruptible state. UC Davis press release with video
From BBC Nature: "Ancient reptile's birth fossilised" A rare fossil has revealed how marine reptiles evolved to give birth to live young. Ryosuke Motani undertook the study. Read the findings in the journal PLoS ONe
From Outlet: "How Bad is the California Drought?" Jeffrey Mount, geology professor emeritus at UC Davis and the founding director of the Center for Watershed Sciences, says climate models point to an increasing frequency of warm and dry winters in California.
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Geology graduate students Jessica Hosfelt and Chad Trexler have each received an Honorable Mention for their Graduate Research Fellowship proposals to NSF.
Geology graduate student Mark Stelten was named as a recipient of an Outstanding Student Paper Award from the Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology Section of AGU for his presentation, "The mechanisms and timescales of rhyolite generation at Yellowstone caldera: New insights from 238U-230Th crystallization ages, trace-elements and isotope composition of zircon and sanadine," presented at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.
Associate Professor Tessa Hill has earned the prestigious National Science Foundation Early Career Development award. NSF's Faculty Early Career Development Program supports junior faculty who perform outstanding research, are excellent educators, and integrate education and research in their work.
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Professor and Acting Chair Louise Kellogg
I am happy to announce that the department's name has changed from Geology to Earth & Planetary Sciences. This new name reflects the extraordinary breadth of intellectual activity in the department. I appreciate the efforts of all the individuals who wrote the name change proposal....
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Davis, anticipates openings for temporary, part-time Lecturers to teach undergraduate courses during the 2014-15 academic year contingent upon the instructional needs of the department. posted 4/7/2014
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Davis, seeks to fill two postdoctoral scholar positions in the area of Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry. Positions open until filled. posted 03/04/2014
Life on the Ice
Visual journalist Karl Drury and journalist, Deidre Mussen, were invited by Antarctica New Zealand to spend two weeks in Antarctica from late November as part of its media programme. Their assignment included profiling people working on the ice to highlight the reality of life on the world's southernmost continent. Tyler Mackey, UC Davis PhD student in geology, is featured.