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.
Professor Blair Orr (SFRES) is stepping down as director of Michigan Tech’s Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) program, the nation’s largest. Orr will be replaced by Lecturer Kari Henquinet (SS).
Volcanoes produce a rich variety of seismic signals in addition to those generated during normal earthquakes. The signals that result from movement of magma or other volcanic fluids, or the resonance of fluid-filled cracks, have distinct characteristics.
The impacts of volcanic eruptions can extend anywhere – from the immediate flanks of the volcano to regions thousands of kilometers downwind. This was brought starkly to the world’s attention during the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano in April 2010.
In the Great Lakes region, as elsewhere, there are competing demands for a limited supply of water, including agricultural irrigation, public water supply, industrial production, and cooling in the generation of electricity.
Jet airplanes on Northern Pacific air routes fly over more than a hundred potentially active volcanoes. About ten days each year, volcanic eruptions create a fine ash— volcanic particles with a texture like flour and diameters smaller than 0.1 mm.
Creating a sustainable water system in Nicaragua
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.
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.
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.