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(News - Oct 8/15)
1984/85/86 Geological Engineering Alumni Reunion

On October 2 and 3, 2015, 50 geological engineering alumni from the graduating classes of 1984, 1985 and 1986 returned to UBC from near and far (including BC, Alberta, the US and South America) for a long overdue reunion. The alumni enjoyed catching up with former classmates at an ice-breaker event in the Pacific Museum of Earth and at dinner in Sage Bistro. The fondly-remembered "waldo" was visited by many, as were the hallways of graduation photos, and the new Earth Sciences Building. Others took advantage of a walking tour of campus and a bus tour to the ARD water treatment facility at Britannia Mine.

(News - Sep 29/15)
SCIENCE Magazine recognizes EOAS innovations in education

The Career Magazine at AAAS SCIENCE references EOAS innovations in education. This Special Feature explores how and why faculty should incorporate active learning into their courses. It also offers advice for current faculty and emerging science professionals who anticipate having a teaching role in their careers. See " Effective teaching: to be an effective educator, get active", Chris Tachibana, Sept 18, 2015.

(Awards - Sep 28/15)
Paul Smith awarded the Billings Medal

At a Vancouver ceremony on Friday evening (September 25th) attended by former graduate students as well as representatives from EOAS and the Geological Survey of Canada, Paul Smith was officially presented with the Geological Association of Canada's Billings Medal for contributions to Canadian paleontology. The photo shows Paul Smith (holding the medal) with Roger Beckie, Head of EOAS.

(Talk - Nov 7/15)
Paul Hoffman: Earth's Astonishing Climate History

Since the time of the French Revolution, physicists and geologists have challenged each other to understand the inner workings of Earth's climate system. More recently, connections between global glaciation (i.e., "Snowball Earth") and the abrupt and improbable rise of the complex life that defines the biological diversity of our modern world have drawn evolutionary biologists, statisticians and even philosophers of science into the fray. Paul Hoffman (OC, FRSC, NAS, AAAS), visiting from Harvard and the University of Victoria, is a chief architect of this remarkable piece of Earth history. An extraordinary scientist, Paul Hoffman is above all a master storyteller and he will visit UBC on Saturday, November 7 to weave the epic tale of "Earth's Astonishing Climate History". This lecture is the inaugural Brock Talks Public Lecture: Please bring your families and share with the UBC community in this remarkable evening.
For more information see the pdf poster.

(Awards - Sep 22/15)
EOAS Annual Awards

Congratulations to EOAS Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students whose contributions have been recognized by the following awards: The photograph taken at the annual EOAS barbeque shows prize-winners, from left to right: Paul Smith, Anna Mittelholz, Miranda Joyce, Rhy McMillan, Roger Beckie (Head of EOAS), Kathy Scott, Michael Lipsen and Erik Eberhardt.

  • Paul Smith: EOAS Leadership and Service (ELAS) Award
  • Miranda Joyce and Kathy Scott: Excellence in Administration and Technical Support (EATS)
  • Erik Eberhardt and Michael Lipsen: EOAS Undergraduate Instructors of the Year Award
  • Rhy McMillan and Anna Mittelholz: EOAS Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

(News - Sep 18/15)
Polar Bears and Research Equipment in the Arctic Ocean

The picture was taken Sep 16 by Dr. Kristin Orians of the University of British Columbia on the icebreaker CCGS Amundsen which is currently working in the Beaufort Sea. The photo was taken near 75 N 150 W in the middle of the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic Ocean.
"... In the end it looks like the cable survived intact. We retrieved the equipment as quickly and safely as possible so the ship could move off and give the bears their space."   For more details see here.

(Award - Sep 8/15)
Roger François elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Congratulations to Roger for this exceptional honour and achievement. To quote from the web site of the Royal Society of Canada: ' The fellowship of the RSC comprises distinguished men and women from all branches of learning who have made remarkable contributions in the arts, the humanities and the sciences, as well as in Canadian public life. Since 1882, new Fellows have been nominated and elected by their peers who are themselves Fellows of the Society. Over 3,700 scholars and artists have been inducted into to the fellowship over the past hundred and thirty years '.

Roger is being recognized for his pioneering research on particle and sediment fluxes in the ocean using stable and radioactive nuclides which has provided fresh insights into algal production and nutrient recycling as well as the rates of the ocean's overturning circulation in the past. His work has opened new windows on the evolution of Earth's global carbon system.

Also see past front page entries from   2015,   2014,   2013,   2012

Faculty Positions in EOAS

Assistant Professor in Geological Engineering

Colloquia & Seminars

Oct22 4:00 PM

GeoEng_Job_Talks TBA

Oct27 11:30 AM *

Gordon McBean TBA

Thesis Defenses

Oct15 10:30 AM

Huiping Peng Air Quality Prediction by Machine Learning Methods [SV:EOAS ]

Weather Briefings

Oct09 11:15 AM

Bana Afshar Weather Discussion - All are Welcome

Oct16 11:15 AM

Nadya Moisseeva Weather Discussion - All are Welcome

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