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Wayne Pennington Named Jefferson Science Fellow at the US Department of State.

From an article in the College of Engineering Magazine
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Wayne Pennington, chair of the Department of Geological & Mining Engineering and Sciences, has been named a Jefferson Science Fellow by the US Department of State. The Jefferson Science Fellowship was established to create opportunities for substantial engagement of tenured scientists and engineers from US academic institutions.

Pennington will serve a one-year assignment working full-time as a Senior Engineering Advisor with a group at USAID, the Agency for International Development. He will help improve methods of infrastructure development for increased capacity building, particularly in post-disaster and post-conflict settings in Pakistan and Afghanistan. His focus will be primarily on improved energy development and distribution, and on earthquake hazard mitigation.

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Ray Smith Searches for Mines in His Golden Years

Former Michigan Tech President Ray Smith is featured in a story in Arizona’s Green Valley News and Sun.

The story chronicles how Smith and three other men locate old hazardous mining sites in 10,000 square miles of south-central Arizona. They pinpoint the location, record data on the environment and wildlife, and erect safety signs.

Smith says the members of the group, called the Hazardous Abandoned Mine Finder, share a “love for the desert and the never-ending quest for minerals.” Smith, who is 93, was president from 1965-79. He had written a story about HAMF in the August issue of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society.

NASA features Simon Carn

NASA features Simon Carn in an article about gases from the eruption of Chaitén Volcano in Chile: “Volcanic eruptions are a sort of atmospheric chemistry experiment; they stick a large amount of gas into the atmosphere quickly,” he said. Scientists do not know with certainty what will result from such an experiment. They have learned that over time, the gases may transform into tiny droplets or particles called aerosols. Read more

Stan Dyl Geology Fellowship Awarded to Elisa Piispa

The Stan Dyl Geology Fellowship has been awarded to Elisa Piispa, a PhD student in geology, for her work on improving the proterozoic continental reconstructions based on combining characterizations of the paleomagnetism, geology, mineralogy and geochronology of mafic dike swarms in India. This fellowship will be used to support her travel to India to present her work. She is advised by Assistant Professor Aleksey Smirnov.

P. M. Thorton Endowed Fellowship Awarded to Joshua Richardson

Joshua Richardson, MS student in geophysics, has been awarded the P. M. Thorton Endowed Fellowship for his work on emerging seismic structural imaging techniques involving active and passive source imaging of the upper crust. Josh has conducted seismic surveys at the Bering Glacier in Alaska and on Fuego Volcano in Guatemala. He is advised by Assistant Professor Gregory Waite.

Seaman Museum Fellowship Awarded to Elisabet Head

Elisabet Head, PhD candidate in geology, has received the Seaman Museum Fellowship for her work on fluid inclusions in olivines erupted by Nyamuragira volcano. She is advised by Assistant Professor Simon Carn and the fluid-inclusion aspects were conducted in collaboration with Professor Paul Wallace at the University of Oregon.