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EARTH eNews Archive

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences distributes by email a monthly newsletter during Fall and Winter terms. This is a supplement to its annual printed newsletter.  If you would like to be added to our eNews mailing list, or are already on it and would prefer to be removed, please send an email to

Current and past eNews articles are found below.


January 2022: In Memoriam, Roberto Stanley Molina Garza, 1960-2021, Top 10 Geochemical News Story of 2021 Featuring EES' Jackie Li, Save the Date-Giving BlueDay 2022, 4th year PhD student Jackie Kleinsasser Receives Charles J. Mankin Memorial Award as Co-Author, Retirement News-Anne Hudon and Dale Austin, Disseratation Defenses-ikolas Midttun and William Medwedeff


December 2021: Brian Arbic Launches Effort to Boost Ocean Science Worldwide, Michigan EARTH Selected as an AGU Bridge Program, NextProf Science—Future Faculty Workshop 2022, Michigan EARTH Holiday Lunch, U-M Researchers Analyze Mammoth Tusk Found During Deep-sea Expedition

November 2021: Edenville and Sanford Dam Failures: Field Reconnaissance Report, Professor Huang Wins Aki Early Career Award, Geochemist's Workbench Workshop, Steering Her Ship: Lydia Pinkham, Introducing CIGLR’s New Director, Dr. Gregory Dick, U-M ranked No. 1 public university in the U.S. by WSJ/THE, Dissertation Defense: Sophia Macarewich

October 2021: Welcome 2021 Graduate Sudent Cohort, AGU Fellows Announced: Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni and Peter van Keken, Lake Huron sinkhole surprise: The Rise of Oxygen on Early Earth Linked to Changing Planetary Rotation Rate, Associate Chairs Changing, Submit to Journal of Visualized Experiments, Congratulations to the 2021 Predoctoral Fellow Prithvi Thakur!, Dissertation Defense: Juliana Mesa

July 2021: Congratulations to the 2021 Predoctoral Fellow Maria Alejandra Rodriguez Mustafa!, UROP Blue Ribbon for MichiganEARTH Major, Alumni News: Peter Knoop, Professor Adam Simon was appointed as Director of the Michigan Research and Discovery Scholars, Dissertation Defenses: Rebecca Dzombak, Alex Thompson, Alessio Capobianco, Sooyeon Kim, Jenny Bowen, Kirk Townsend.

May 2021: Virtual Commencement and Student Awards 2021, MichiganEARTH graduate Olivia Mathiesen featured in University Record, Michigan Geophysical Union 2021, Dissertation Defenses: James Saulsbury, Bian Wang, Sarah Brehm

April 2021: Giving BlueDay 2021 Results, Virtual Commencement 2021, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Update, Faculty in the News: Jie (Jackie) Li

March 2021: Giving BlueDay 2021 one week away, Assistant Professor Sierra Petersen receives 2021 Sloan Research Fellowship, Scott Tinker: U.S. Senate Hearing on Climate Change, Becca Dzombak in Smithsonian Magazine: Using Soil to Make Art, Alumni News: Jerry Dickens, Aaron Kurz and Marlon Ramos Defend

January 2021: Giving BlueDay 2021, Nathan Sheldon Named 2020 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, William Hobbs: An Arctic Escape, Student News: Rebekah Stein, Meredith Cologero, and Derek Smith Defend.


October 2020: Fall Preview 2020, MichiganEARTH Eliminates GRE Requirement, Alumni Advisory Board Meeting, Student News-Juliana Mesa and Kierstin Rosenbach, Alumni News-Mitchell Lyle, Voices for Carbon Neutrality, EARTH International Alumni Wanted

August 2020: Recent Grads Share How They Adapted Their Senior Thesis Research to Fit COVID-19, Michigan Virtual Earth Week (ViEW)-May 18 to 22, MichiganEARTH Receives Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Funding, Smith Lecture Series to be Virtual for Fall 2020, Alumni: Join LSA Connect and Mentor Undergraduates at the University of Michigan, Undergraduate Student awarded AIPG Scholarship, Alumni Career Survey

May 2020: Virtual Commencement Activities

April 2020: Remote Class Offerings for Spring and Summer Half-terms, Michigan Stadium Seismometer Captures Eerie Quiet During Pandemic, Remote Career Panels, Rackham Fellowships: Jennifer Bowen, Alessio Capobianco, Sooyeon Kim, and James Saulsbury, Graduate Rackham International, Geoscience News goes to print.

January 2020: Students at AIPG, Undergraduate Trip to the Bruce Peninsula, Recent PhD Mark Robbins Receives 2020 NAGT Outstanding TA Award, Alumni News: Kyle Meyer


December 2019: Another Successful Giving BlueDay for 2019!, Fall Preview 2019, Alumni News: Tracy Frank

November 2019: Mark Your Calendars! Giving BLUEDAY 2019 is Coming, Alumni Advisory Board Meeting 2019, Renewable Energy Career Event with Dr. Edith Wilson, Student News: Sarah Katz, Alumni News: Samantha Sands and Donna Jurdy

October 2019: Camp Davis 90th Anniversary and Reunion, Networking Event with Bob Mahin, Career Panel Opportunity, Alumni News: Andrea Dutton, Faculty News: Adam Simon and Dexter Perkins

September 2019: A 3.8-million-year-old Fossil from Ethiopia’s Afar Region Reveals the Face of Lucy’s Ancestor, Welcome to New Graduate Students for 2019, Alumni News: Chris Stefano, EARTH Camp Crowdfunding Update

August 2019: Coastal Ocean Environment Summer School-Ghana, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Award Winner: Elizabeth Ratajczyk, Alumni Board Member Hosts Earth Camp Students on Their UP Trip, 

July 2019: Applications now open for Fall Preview, Crowdfunding EARTH Camp

June 2019: Four New Faces for MichiganEarth, Great Lakes Rocks Available from University of Michigan Press, Alumni News: John Valley, six alumni win 2018 Shoemaker Award for Communications Product Excellence, In Memoriam: Keith R. Long (MS 1984)

May 2019: Commencement Reception 2019, Congratulations to the 2019 Michigan Geophysical Union Award Winners!, EARTH 467: Grand Ledge Michigan and Ohio Field Trips, Structure Fieldtrip, Camp Davis 90th Anniversary Registration is Now Closed

March 2019: Student Awards Presented at the John A. Dorr Memorial Dinner, 14 March 2019, Three Rackham Predoctoral Fellowships Awarded, Maria Alejandra Rodriguez Mustafa Awarded Fellowship, Bian Wang Awarded 2019-2020 Barbour Scholarship, Yi Wang Received AGU Outstanding Student Presentation Award, General Motors Donates Research Instrument

February 2019(a): Registration now Open for Camp Davis 90th Anniversary Reunion, Adam Simon honored as Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

February 2019:  Registration now Open for Camp Davis 90th Anniversary Reunion, Thesis Defenses: Will Bender, Brian Konecke, Tristan Childress



November 2018: Giving BlueDay 2018, Crowdsourced Water Sampling-an Invitation to Pitch In, Seismometer Measures the Ground Shaking When the Big House Celebrates, John Geissman: The Gumshoe and the Great Dying, Fall Preview: 2018, First Michigan Earth Graduate Student Retreat, Alumni News: David Trossman on Ocean Acidification, Alumni News: GSA Alumni Reception

October 2018: Annual Meeting of the EARTH Alumni Advisory Board, Alumni Career Panel, Shell Workshop, Distinguished Alumna 2018: A Conversation with Helen Foster, Alumni News: Chris Palenik

September 2018: Welcome New Graduate Students, A Farewell to Sheet Metal, Save the Dates-Camp Davis Alumni Reunion 2019, The End of "Michigan Time", Alumni News-Janet Kappmeyer, Upcoming Alumni Receptions

June 2018: Faculty and Former Undergraduates Receive Innovation Award, EARTH Camp News, Michigan Is Home to the Oldest Rock in the United States, Alumni News-Alex Janewski (PhD 2011), In Memoriam-Kathy Treese (BS ’78, MS ’80)

May 2018: Commencement Reception 2018, Spring Banquet 2018, Media consults UM EARTH faculty after earthquake shakes SE Michigan, Alumni News-Dan Wiitala (BS) and Dan Core (PhD), In Memoriam-Curt Lundy

April 2018: Michigan Geophysical Union 2018, EARTH 467 Field Trip, Maryland Structural Geology Field Trip, Sustainability at UM

March 2018: 2018 Departmental Awards, Students Present at Society of Economic Geologists Student Symposium, Alumni News-John Greene (BS '63, MS '70), February Field Work-mily Beverly and Naomi Levin

February 2018: In Memoriam-John Amoruso (MS,’57), Alumnus Building LEED-Platinum Home-Dexter Perkins, Alumni News-Arlo Weil (PhD 2001), Student Awards

January 2018: University Career Alumni Network, Dissertation Defenses-Chenghuan Guo, Joseph El Adli, Yi Niu, Kyle Meyer, Katharine Loughney, Benjamin Gebarsk, Alumni News-Devapriya Chattopadhyay (PhD, 2009)


November 2017: 2017 Distinguished Alumni Lecturer: Joaquin Ruiz, Alumni Advisory Board Meets, Shell Short Course, 2017 Fall Preview, Earth Camp, Great Lakes Student Paleoconference

August 2017: New EARTH Faculty-Julia Cole, Honors and Awards-Youxue Zhang and Jeff Alt, News from Guyana, In Memoriam-Erle Galen Kaufman (BS 1955, MS 1956, PhD 1961) and Paul Fenske (MS, 1951), Department History Project

May 2017: New EARTH Faculty-Jena Johnson, Commencement 2017, Ohio Stratigraphy and Basin Analysis Field Trip, Maryland Structural Geology Field Trip, Honors and Awards-Adam Simon and Peter Knoop

March 2017: Career Panels, Honors and Awards-Dave Mogk (BS, 1975), Katharine Loughney, Peng Ni, In Memoriam-Erle Galen Kauffman (PhD, 1961), Darinka Z. Briggs


November 2016: Joel Blum Appointed Editor, Mastodon Excavation, Northwest Passage

October 2016: Internships Wanted, Awards-Alex Halliday (Faculty, 1986-1998), Susan Y. Schwartz (PhD 1988), Marin Clark,  Julien Amalberti, In Memoriam-Jon Davidson (Visiting Assistant Professor, 1987-1988)

September 2016: In Memoriam-Ruth Muriel Pritchett Dorr, EARTH Camp Sends Michigan Bear on High-Altitude, Journey, EARTH Camp: A Hands-On Week in the Upper Peninsula, Brian Arbic and Adam Simon at Coastal Ocean Environment Summer School in Ghana, Scott Tinker (M.S., 1985) new President of the American Geosciences Institute, Students Attend Electron Probe Microanalysis Topical Conference

June 2016: A Major Renovation of Camp Davis is Planned, Camp Davis Open House in July and Public Activities, Fossil and renewable energy class has begun, Camp Davis Enrollment Continues to Grow, Fellowship Funds Help Students Attend Camp Davis, Alumni Support Kicks Off Camp Davis Fundraising

May 2016: Michigan Geophysical Union, April 7, 2016, Adrianna Trusiak: Science Communication Fellows Program, Iron Ore at 5,000 Meters, Thermochronology and the Tibetan Plateau, Structure in the Appalachians, GeoClub

March 2016: Alumni Notes-Jim Rodgers (BS ’52, MS ’53) and Dick Kettler (PhD ’89), Ted Huston Retires from the Department, Arc Volcanoes in Chile, Naomi Levin to Join Department, Ben Passey to Join Department

February 2016: Alumnus Elected to AAAS-Paul Koch, Camp Davis Note, From The Alumni Advisory Board