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Society of Exploration Geophysicists Challenge Bowl

Two students from the geological and mining engineering and sciences department were runners-up at the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Challenge Bowl recently. Josh Richards, a PhD candidate in geophysics, and Chad (Danford) Moore, a senior in applied geophysics, took second place at the Sixth Annual Sooner Challenge Bowl at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
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The SEG Challenge Bowl is an international contest testing students’ breadth and depth of knowledge about the field of geoscience. The quiz-show format features intense competition, as the contestants attempt to buzz in first with the answers to challenging geoscience questions.


Pennington Gives Talk at Portland Museum on Earthquakes

Department Chair Dr. Wayne Pennington  gave a talk on the Haiti and Japan earthquakes at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) Science Pub night at Portland Oregon recently. The entire talk. titled “Scientific and Humanitarian Lessons from the Haiti and Japan Earthquakes”  can be viewed from the Youtube link:   Link to Video 1 hr 16 min
Details about the talk in this OMSI web publication:

New Mineral Named for Seaman Museum Curator

A new mineral discovered in the Mammoth-St. Anthony mine in Arizona has been named georgerobinsonite. The mineral is named after George W. Robinson, professor of mineralogy and curator of Michigan Tech’s A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum. It is a lead chromate—a salt of chromic acid—that occurs as minute, transparent, orange-red crystals on cerussite, another lead carbonate and secondary lead mineral.

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Geology Club Meetings

Do you like rocks?
Want to go collecting in the Keweenaw?
Would you like to learn more about Geology first-hand?

Come to our next Geology Club Meeting
Every other Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the Dow (632) Atrium (lake side)
All majors and levels welcome!

Spring Semester Meeting dates (every other Wednesday)
Jan 18
Feb 1, 8, 15, 29
March 14, 28
April 11



Wayne Pennington Named President of AGI

Wayne Pennington, chair of the geological and mining engineering and sciences department, has been named president of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI).

Pennington received degrees in geophysics and geology from Princeton University (BA in 1972), Cornell University (MS in 1976) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (PhD in 1979). He has been a professor of geophysical engineering at Michigan Tech since 1994 and became GMES department chair in 2003.

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Patrick Manzoni Receives Platinum Corporate Sponsor Award

Graduate student Patrick Manzoni (GMES) received the platinum corporate sponsor award for his outstanding student abstract at the 54th annual meeting of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, held in Anchorage, Alaska. Manzoni was selected as one of the three awardees based on his abstract, “Slope Stability Analysis of the Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala, Using Limit Equilibrium and Finite Element Method.” A review committee of three AEG members selected Manzoni’s abstract from more than 30 student abstracts. The fieldwork forming the basis of the research was conducted as part of the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) project.