EES Awards 2022

Mingda Lv was awarded the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Excellence in Ph.D. Research award for his dissertation, “Carbon and Nitrogen in Planetary Interiors.” Well deserved!

Congratulations also to Allison Pease who received a Lucile and Gordon Pringle Fellowship for her excellent academic work!

Extra congratulations to Allison, who passed her comprehensive exams after the awards ceremony and advanced to Ph.D. candidacy!

Welcome Byeongkwan Ko!

Dr. Byeongkwan Ko is a new postdoc in the Mineral Kitchen! BK has a Ph.D. from the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU. His specialty is experimental mineral chemistry at conditions of Earth’s deep mantle, including problems ranging from uranium storage in silicates to deep water and carbon cycles. Welcome to BK!

HyFlex beamtime?

For our June beamtime at GSECARS and HPCAT, Allison Pease received permission to return to APS as an on-site user for the first time since the pandemic! Dr. Mingda Lv joined us in person as well in his new position as a postdoctoral researcher at HPCAT! Except for the beamline staff, the rest of our experiment team is logged in remotely, including Mario Calderón and Megan Rylko from the Zevalkink lab. Is hyflex beamtime here to stay?

Welcome Grace, Bella, and Mikayla!

This summer 3 undergraduate researchers have joined us in the Mineral Kitchen!

Grace Brekke started in May and is working remotely on geoscience education. Starting in Fall 2018, we have been collecting data in Mineralogy and Geochemistry (GLG 321) and The Dynamic Earth (GLG 201) to better understand how students learn spatial reasoning in geosciences, and how pedagogical choices can affect students’ sense of belonging, confidence, and interest in geosciences. This project is supported by NSF CAREER (EAR-1751664). Grace is analyzing these data to improve our teaching and recruitment of undergraduate students.

Bella Arroyo and Mikayla Kauinana are starting this week in our group as part of a new summer research program run collaboratively by MSU, Northeastern Illinois University, and GeoLatinas. Bella and Mikayla are working remotely and will be helping with data analysis and presentation.