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News Archive - Febuary 2013

Update on NEOSSat

View the launch of 'NEOSSat" on YouTube here

Student credits language program for academic success

Kohei Tanaka is a Ph.D. student supervised by Dr. Darla Zelenitsky in Geoscience, and he links his academic successes with the English for Academic Purposes Program at the University of Calgary. Mr. Tanaka has received a major Japanese scholarship for his Ph.D. program at the UC and holds an Honorary Killam Scholarship.  Read full article on Utoday...

Launch of ‘NEOSSat’ into space marks exciting new era for University of Calgary research project

February 22, 2013

By Nathan Long

Climbing to higher ground makes it easier to see great distances. University of Calgary researchers are taking that principle to an extreme, in order to make ground-breaking discoveries of asteroids orbiting between Earth and the sun.

The launch of NEOSSat, or the Near Earth Object Surveillance Satellite, 800 kilometres above the Earth next Monday will allow a Department of Geoscience team to undertake a comprehensive study of asteroids – and possibly comets – orbiting between Earth and the sun. These asteroids rarely or never make it into the night sky, so are a difficult target for conventional ground-based survey telescopes.


Studying the ‘amazing journey’ of metamorphic rocks

February 19, 2013

Dave Pattison — a metamorphic petrologist who studies the mineral changes that occur when rocks get buried and heated inside the Earth — was awarded the 2013 Peacock Medal, the highest award of the Mineralogical Association of Canada.

The association awarded Pattison, a professor in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary, for his outstanding contributions to the mineral sciences in Canada.  Read more...

FYI: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Professor Darla Zelenitsky talked to Popular Science for the FYI column about: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?  Read more on ...

2013 MAC - Peacock Medal

Dr. Dave Pattison of the Department of Geoscience is the recipient of the 2013 Peacock Medal, the highest award of the Mineralogical Association of Canada. The Peacock Medal is awarded for outstanding contributions to the mineral sciences in Canada, and the breadth and universality of these contributions to mineralogy, applied mineralogy, petrology, crystallography, geochemistry or the study of mineral deposits.

SEG Distinguished Lecturer

The UofC EAGE student chapter is inviting you to a special talk by the SEG DL Gerard Schuster, Professor of Geophysics at KAUST and adjunct Professor of Geophysics at University of Utah, on Seismic Interferometry and Beyond

Title: "Harvesting Signal from Coherent Noise" Read abstract here.

Dr. Schuster was the founder and director of the Utah Tomography and Modeling / Migration consortium from 1987 to 2009. He is now the co-director and founder of the Center for Fluid Modeling and Seismic Imaging (CSIM) at KAUST, Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Schuster will be speaking at the CSEG luncheon at noon on 19 February.  Please view the luncheon flyer here.

For those who can't make it to the luncheon, don't worry, we will have the same talk right here at the UofC campus.

Date: Tuesday, 19 February, 2013 Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm Venue: ES-443

We hope to see everyone at this event. Because this talk is on reading week, we thought of treating you with Coffee and cookies. It will be a nice break after your morning reading -:)