Student Awards at GSA in Nevada Today—Carlson, Di Fiori, and Edwards

Mackay/NBMG graduate students Chad Carlson, Russell Di Fiori, and Joel Edwards are featured in this article in Nevada Today for their outstanding clean sweep of student awards at GSA.

University Geology program excels at Geological Society of America meeting in Vancouver: Students took gold, silver and bronze medals in the Student Map Competition
By: Shelby Wilburn and Annie Conway (in Nevada Today, 2/2/2015)

University of Nevada, Reno Geology students exhibited their passion and skill on the international stage. The three participants secured a clean sweep in the Student Geologic Map Competition at the 126th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Vancouver, BC with first, second and third place finishes.

“The annual GSA student geologic map competition is an open call for geoscientist students across the country to submit their independent geologic mapping efforts of bedrock and surficial features into the competition to be judged and compared with peer efforts,” Joel Edwards, the third place finalist in the October 2014 competition, said. “Mapping efforts must be the significant component of the thesis and students must be the principal author to qualify.”

The talented group consisted of current and recent graduate students. Gold medalist, Chad Carlson is currently a doctoral student under advisor James Faulds, the state geologist, director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and professor at the University. Carlson received top honors for his Geologic Map of the Terrill Mountains in western Nevada. Silver medalist, Russell Di Fiori graduated in May 2014 with a master’s degree in Geology. Di Fiori earned second place with his Geologic Map of the Eureka Mining District in eastern Nevada. Sean Long, assistant professor with the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, served as Di Fiori’s advisor. Edwards sealed the sweep with third place, for his Geologic Map of Neal Hot Springs in eastern Oregon. He graduated with a master’s degree from the program in 2013. Faulds also served as Edwards’ advisor.

“It was an honor to be recognized along with my fellow Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and University of Nevada, Reno geology graduate students,” Di Fiori said. “Both Chad and Joel are fantastic field geologists, and I am glad to be counted among them. It was definitely a pleasant surprise for the ‘clean sweep’. It also feels good to have our hard work be appreciated by our peers as well as seasoned professionals.”

The extensive process required months of dedication and consistency. All three students spent significant amounts of time generating detailed maps of complex geological regions. The group was supported throughout development by the Cartographic/GIS staff at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology. Individuals assisted with the layouts and provided technical assistance on the maps. Nicholas Hinz, geologic mapping specialist at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, also contributed toward many facets of the maps.

“I learned a ton from the whole mapping process,” Edwards said. “It’s not easy. It’s physically and mentally demanding, even exhausting at times. But it’s a really neat experience to be able to walk over a terrain enough times to finally figure out the story beneath your feet, the Earth’s story.”

The Geological Society of America Annual Meeting is designed to share scientific results with the broader geoscience community. GSA strives to foster innovative research that transforms the understanding of geologic processes that have formed the world. They aim to advance understanding of global resources, geohazards, and the environment. GSA’s geoscience research profoundly impacts education, publications and public policy.

See article with photos here:
http://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2015/student-map-competition

NBMG graduate students take clean sweep in GSA student map competition!!!

Congratulations are in order for three of our current and recent graduate students who won “gold, silver, and bronze” (clean sweep) in the 2014 Student Geologic Map Competition at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Vancouver, BC, today (October 21, 2014).

Chad Carlson: 1st place for his Geologic Map of the Terrill Mountains, western Nevada.  Ph.D. student (Advisor-Jim Faulds)

Russell DiFiori: 2nd place for his Geologic Map of the Eureka Mining District, eastern Nevada.  M.S. completed-May 2014 (Advisor-Sean Long)

Joel Edwards: 3rd place for his Geologic Map of Neal Hot Springs, eastern Oregon.  M.S. completed-May 2013 (Advisor-Jim Faulds)

All three worked incredibly hard and dedicated many months to generating some very detailed and beautiful maps of some very complex geology.  These maps will stand as enormous contributions for many years to come.  Please join me in congratulating three very talented individuals.

Our Cartographic/GIS staff also deserve kudos for helping with the layout and providing technical assistance on the maps.

Sincerely,
Jim

James E. Faulds, Ph.D. (Jim)
Director/State Geologist/Professor
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology

Here is a YouTube video of the students talking about their winning posters:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_MA-757UK4

Blewitt awarded Vening Meinesz Medal for 2015

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Geoff Blewitt has been awarded the Vening Meinesz Medal for 2015.

The medal was established by the European Geosciences Union Division of Geodesy and is the highest award offered in Europe that recognizes distinguished research in Geodesy.

The official announcement of the medal recipients was posted on October 13, 2014 at http://www.egu.eu/news/126/egu-announces-2015-awards-and-medals/ .

A description of the medal and a list of past recipients is given at http://www.egu.eu/awards-medals/vening-meinesz/ .

Congratulations to Geoff!

Endowment honors Dr. Hsu – Research Mineralogist Emeritus (NBMG)

The following story is from the Development and Alumni Relations Briefs (February 12, 2013) and was forwarded from Char Hagemann. Family of Liang-Chi Hsu create endowment to honor their father’s achievements –The four children of faculty emeritus …

The following story is from the Development and Alumni Relations Briefs (February 12, 2013) and was forwarded from Char Hagemann.

Family of Liang-Chi Hsu create endowment to honor their father’s achievements The four children of faculty emeritus Liang-Chi (“Li”) Hsu and their families have established the Dr. Liang-Chi Hsu Graduate Research Endowment to honor their father’s personal and professional accomplishments and his impact on student learning and research in mineralogy and geochemistry at the University. Hsu served as a faculty member at the Mackay School of Mines and the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology from 1969 through 1996. In the late 1980s and early 90s, Hsu served as chair of the Honors study board and director of the University Honors Study Program, promoting the scholastic status of high-achieving undergraduate students. The endowment will support the scholarly activities of graduate students enrolled in the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering. To learn more about supporting the Mackay School and the College of Science, please contact Char Hagemann, director of development, (775) 682-8791.

To learn more about Development and Alumni Relations, visit http://giving.unr.edu.

Jon Price receives WSSPC award

Congratulations to Jon Price, NBMG Director and State Geologist, on receiving the Western States Seismic Policy Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award! “Dr. Jonathan G. Price, Nevada State Geologist and Director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geo…

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Congratulations to Jon Price, NBMG Director and State Geologist, on receiving the Western States Seismic Policy Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award!

“Dr. Jonathan G. Price, Nevada State Geologist and Director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology has been selected to receive the 2012 WSSPC Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his public policy advocacy and his indefatigable support of seismic safety in Nevada and across the nation.” (from WSSPC newsletter, January 31, 2012)

See the announcement in the WSSPC newsletter:

http://www.wsspc.org/news/news_files/eNews_Winter11-12.pdf

Former NBMG geologist featured in Earth Magazine

Kyle House (former research geologist at NBMG, now with USGS) and “Preliminary Surficial Geologic Map of Clark County, Nevada” (NBMG Open-File Report 10-7) are featured in the February 2012 issue of Earth Magazine. View the article on Kyle’s blog:…

Kyle House (former research geologist at NBMG, now with USGS) and “Preliminary Surficial Geologic Map of Clark County, Nevada” (NBMG Open-File Report 10-7) are featured in the February 2012 issue of Earth Magazine.

View the article on Kyle’s blog:
http://geologicfroth.com/the-my-nevada-digital-dirt-mapin-earth-magazi (click the “download” link at the bottom of the article to read the entire article)

The map, published in 2010, is available on the NBMG website at http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/sales/pbsdtls.php?sku=OF10-%207