Assistant Professor Aleksey Smirnov (GMES/EPSSI) has received $186,272 from the National Science Foundation for the first two years of a potential five-year project, “CAREER: Reading Magnetic Fingerprints From Deep Time: An Insight into the Geodynamo and Early Earth System Evolution.”
GMES students Guoqun Zhang and Lauren Schaefer won paper awards in a student competition at a meeting of the Association of Engineering Geologists (AEG)–North Central Section.
Zhang won the first prize in the undergraduate category for her paper, “Analyzing the Slope Stability of the Transitional Slope Beside a Loess Platform, in Northwest China.”
Schaefer was runner-up in the graduate category for her paper, “Numerical Modeling of Volcanic Slope Instability and Related Hazards at Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala.”
As winners, both students were speakers at the Paper Competition Night in Chicago on April 17.
Michigan Technological University ranks as the No. 1 Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) university nationwide for the seventh consecutive year. With 31 PCMI graduate students currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, Michigan Tech has earned top spot in the 2012 rankings of Peace Corps’ Master’s International and Paul D. Coverdell Fellows graduate schools.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Michigan Tech scientists installed seismographic equipment around Clintonville, Wis., to help the US Geological Service monitor and analyze loud booms that residents have been hearing. Assistant Professor Greg Waite (GMES) and graduate student Josh Richardson installed the seismographs. See Seismometer.
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.