Hannah White, public outreach manager at Northwest Mining Association, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan trading association representing the entire mining life cycle, from exploration to reclamation and closure. Their purpose is to advocate and advance, educate, and foster and promote environmentally and socially responsible mining. She spoke to students in a seminar on November 19th. More info
The winning Michigan Tech Mining team, “the fabulous four,” was Cora Hemmila, Matthew Younger, Matthew Schuman and Matthew Schwalen. The team advisor is James Murray Gillis, Instructor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, Director, Mine Safety and Health Training Program.
The 2nd Annual National Mining Competition Awards Gala was hosted at TCU Place. TCU Place is Saskatoon’s Arts & Convention Centre. The banquet keynote speaker was N. Murray Edwards, President and Owner of Edco Financial Holdings, Ltd, investor in Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., Ensign Energy Services, Inc., Imperial Metals Corp., and Calgary Flames National Hockey League team.
The contest was held at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada at the Univesity of Saskatchewan. Founded in 2012, the National Mining Competition is Saskatchewan and Canada’s first undergraduate mining case competition. Teams are challenged to solve an innovative mining strategy case relevant to business issues facing firms within the global mining sector. This year’s competition is recruiting undergraduate students from the faculties of business, geology, engineering, and others, to team up and compete at this this unparalleled mining-industry event. The National Mining Competition is a student run, academic case competition focused on the mining industry. Undergraduate teams compete from universities & colleges across North America where they are challenged to develop an innovative solution to complex issues facing the mining industry. The National Mining Competition is a student run, academic case competition focused on the mining industry. Undergraduate teams compete from universities & colleges across North America where they are challenged to develop an innovative solution to complex issues facing the mining industry.
More details about Michigan Tech team coming soon.
Nathan Sankary, who graduated in geology from Michigan Tech earlier this year, is doing Master’s degree work in Israel this year at the Israel Institute of Technology studying Environmental Engineering. He was raised in Minneapolis and earned a Michigan Tech geology degree. He is posting a blog on his adventures. It’s at
The Midwest to The Mideast
Peace Corps Masters International Environmental Engineering Program graduate Cara Shonsey has published a paper titled, “Quantifying available water supply in rural Mali based on data collected by and from women,” in a special issue of the Journal of Cleaner Production on Water, Women, Waste, Wisdom and Wealth. Her advisor, John Gierke (GMES), co-authored the paper that can be viewed online
A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum Director Ted Bornhorst presented an invited banquet talk on copper-dominated deposits of the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan for the 6th annual Precambrian Research Center Professional Workshop Series Short Course at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Bornhorst and Bob Barron, GMES department facilities manager, led a field trip to the Caledonia Mine for workshop participants. Bornhorst, Barron and Richard Whiteman, Red Metal Minerals, published a guide for the field trip in the workshop volumes titled “Caledonia Mine, Keweenaw Peninsula native copper district, Ontonagon County, Michigan.”
Work by PhD student Lucas Bowman (GMES) is featured in the Environmental Monitor article, “Landslide Monitoring, Social Research Protect San Vicente in El Salvador.” Link to the article
PI Judith Perlinger (CEE/CWS) and Co-PIs Shiliang Wu (GMES/CWS) and Emma Norman (SS/CWS) have been awarded a $1,450,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation for “CNH: Managing Impacts of Global Transport of Atmosphere-Surface Exchangeable Pollutants in the Context of Global Change.”
PI Thomas Oommen and Co-PI Lauren Schaefer (GMES) have been awarded a $30,000 grant/student fellowship from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for “Application of Remote Sensing and Numerical Modeling to Volcanic Hazard Monitoring.”
Daniel Cerminaro (CEE) and Thomas Oommen (GMES) have received $22,000 from the National Science Foundation for a potential three-year research project “Graduate Research Fellowship.”
PI Colin Brooks (MTRI) and Co-Pi’s Thomas Oommen (GMES), Timothy Havens (ECE), and Tess Ahlborn (CEE), have been awarded $240,899 for Evaluating the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for transportation purposes, by MDOT.
Colleen Mouw (GMES) has received $19,031 from the University of New Hampshire for a potential three-year research project “Development of Novel Detection and Prediction Algorithms for Microcystis Blooms.”
Thomas Oommen (GMES) has received $325,030 for a three year research project “A Crowdsourced Knowledge Base for the Damage Assessment of Extreme Events” from the National Science Foundation.
Colleen Mouw (GMES) has received $64,631 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the first year of a potential three-year, $213,363 project, ” Interpreting Ecological Variability Using Remotely Observed Optical Properties and Ocean Models.”
Colleen Mouw (GMES) has been awarded a $9,374 research grant for “Development of Novel Detection and Prediction Algorithms for Microcystis Blooms” from the University of New Hampshire, as part of a three-year project totaling $98,284.
PI Simon Carn (GMES) has been awarded $58,114 for the first year of a five-year, $661,458 research grant for “Multi-Decadal Sulfur Dioxide Climatology from Satellite Instruments” from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
New Funding: Aleksey Smirnov has been awarded a one-year research grant totaling $334,200 for “Early Career: Acquisition of a High Sensitivity Superconducting Rock Magnetometer for Paleomagnetic and Paleointensity Research,” from NSF.
New Funding: Colleen Mouw has been awarded a $17,945 research grant for “Ocean Basin Impact of Ambient Noise on Marine Mammal Detectability, Distribution, and Acoustic Communication,” from Penn State University, for the first year of a potential 19 month project totaling $29,963.
Assistant Professor Gregory Waite (GMES) has received $112,564, for the first two years of a three-year project totaling $126,928, from the National Science Foundation for a project, “Geophysical Investigation of the Mid-continent Rift System.”
The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum was the featured exhibitor at the 69th Annual Greater Detroit Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show held at the Macomb Community College Expo Center and hosted by the Michigan Mineralogical Society. The show theme was “marvelous metals” and a photo of one component of the museum’s native copper exhibit was on the program.
The museum’s exhibit consisted of three parts, two of which two are now on display in the entrance to the museum: a decorative 450 lb. native copper specimen protruding from host basalt lava flow rock and a 200 lb. specimen with native copper spires extending into an open pocket.
John Peters, exhibits chair, said, “The outstanding ‘copper island’ in the center of the showroom…was simply awesome . . . and we are grateful for your institution’s participation.”
In addition to the featured copper exhibit, the museum also filled a standard exhibit case with iron minerals from Michigan. Ted Bornhorst, museum director, gave a one-hour presentation on Saturday and again on Sunday for show visitors titled, “Michigan native copper: Its geologic setting and origin.”
Recently, at the University of Minnesota Duluth, the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum Director Ted Bornhorst presented an invited banquet talk on copper-dominated deposits of the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan for the 6th annual Precambrian Research Center Professional Workshop Series Short Course at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Bornhorst and Bob Barron, GMES department facilities manager, led a field trip to the Caledonia Mine for workshop participants. Bornhorst, Barron and Richard Whiteman, Red Metal Minerals, published a guide for the field trip in the workshop volumes titled “Caledonia Mine, Keweenaw Peninsula native copper district, Ontonagon County, Michigan.”
Walking is tricky business, as any toddler knows. And while most artificial feet and limbs do a pretty good job restoring mobility to people who have lost a leg, they have a ways to go before they equal the intricacy of a natural gait. As a result, over half of all amputees take a fall every year, compared to about one-third of people over 65.
In cooperation with a Mayo Clinic scientist, researchers at Michigan Technological University are taking a giant step toward solving the problem. They are making a bionic foot that could make an amputee’s walk in the park feel, well, like a walk in the park.
The secret lies in the ankle. Mo Rastgaar, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering–engineering mechanics, and PhD student Evandro Ficanha are working on a microprocessor-controlled ankle-foot prosthesis that comes close to achieving the innate range of motion of this highly complex joint.
Neala Creasy, a Senior in Applied Geophysics in the Geological and Mining Engineering & Sciences Department at Michigan Tech 2014 – Women of Promise award.
The Women of Promise program was initiated in 1999 as a result of a recommendation from the Presidential Council of Alumnae (PCA). The program recognizes current female Michigan Tech students from each academic department who go above and beyond what is expected of them in terms of being a well-rounded student, by demonstrating, for example, academic achievement, campus and community leadership, good citizenship, creativity, and other characteristics of high achieving individuals. In short, women who exemplify, early on, the criteria one would consider in selecting future inductees to the Presidential Council of Alumnae. This program is also an excellent opportunity for current female students to interact with and often to be mentored by successful Michigan Tech Alumnae.
The 2013 GMES winner was Audrey L. Hutton.
Three Michigan Tech students won scholarships at the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologist (AEG) 56th Annual Meeting in Seattle.
Lauren Schaefer, a geology PhD student, won the Tilford and Lemke scholarships. The Tilford scholarship is provided to a graduate student for field studies. The Lemke scholarship is provided for outstanding student abstract for the work, “Geotechnical characterization of materials for stability analysis of large volcanic slopes: Are studies for specific volcanoes justifiable?” Lauren is advised by Thomas Oommen (GMES).
Bonnie Zwissler, a civil engineering PhD student, won the Lemke scholarship for the outstanding student abstract for “A study of the impacts of freeze-thaw on cliff recession at the Calvert Cliffs in Calvert County, Maryland.” This research was done as part of her MS and is advised by Oommen. Zwissler is pursuing her PhD and is co-advised by Eric Seagren (CEE) and Oommen.
Lindsay Davis, a Peace Corp Masters International (GMES) student won first place in the graduate division for the Martin L. Stout scholarship. The Stout scholarship supports environmental and engineering geologic studies by students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Lindsay is advised by Louisa Kramer (GMES). Michigan Tech would like to congratulate these three students for their phenomenal success.
The applications for the 2014 AEG student scholarships are due on February 1. Details of student membership to AEG and the scholarships can be obtained from the Michigan Tech AEG student chapter website or for more information contact Oommen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
To the people of Peña Blanca, Panama, Chet Hopp must seem like a godsend. He’s helping them get cleaner water, improve sanitation and understand their local volcanic hazards.
“I’m an environmental health extensionist, which means that my main responsibilities to my community of Peña Blanca deal with sanitation,” says Hopp, a Peace Corps Master’s International student in geology at Michigan Technological University. “Specifically, we work to improve access to potable water through development and construction of gravity-fed aqueducts, as well as improving sanitation practices through education and access to various types of latrines.”
Soil around San Vicente volcano in El Salvador has always been rich, leading farmers to plant coffee, beans and sugar cane on its slopes. In times of heavy rain, the loose soil and volcanic rock on the steep slopes washes down, covering the villages nearby in heavy mud.
Find out more about the work of John Gierke and Luke Bowman in the article published in Environmental Monitor