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News Archive - May 2013

Sam Williams receives Jim And Josie Gray Graduate Teaching Award

Sam Williams has been awarded the Jim and Josie Gray Graduate Teaching Award at the 23rd Annual Faculty of Science Awards of Excellence ceremony on May 29, 2013. The Awards of Excellence "recognizes the significant contributions of faculty members and graduate students for the past academic year in the areas of teaching, research, community outreach and service". Congratulations Sam! Read more...

Lynsey McKinnon and Dallin Laycock win Student Awards at GeoConvention 2013

Dallin Laycock has earned the award for Best Student Geological Oral Presentation and Lynsey McKinnon has earned the award for Best Student Geological Poster Presentation at GeoConvention 2013. Dallin's presentation was entitled "Mineralogical variations in mudstone dominated clinoforms, central Alberta, Canada" and was coauthored by Dr. Per Pederson and Dr. Ron Spencer.  Lynsey's poster, entitled "Timing and Mode of Origin of Calcareous Concretions in the Lower Cretaceous Ben Nevis Formation, White Rose Field, Jeanne d'Arc Basin, offshore Newfoundland" is based on her BSc Honours Thesis and is co-authored by Dr. Rudi Meyer. Both awards will be presented at the CSPG luncheon on June 4.  Congratulations Lynsey and Dallin! 

SEG Award for Dr. Don Lawton

The Society of Exploration Geophysicists will present Dr. Don Lawton with the award for Best Poster Paper presented at the 2012 SEG Annual Meeting, for his paper entitled "Postearthquake seismic reflection survey, Christchurch, New Zealand", which was coauthored by Malcolm Bertram, Kevin Hall and Kevin Bertram. Dr. Lawton will receive the award at the 2013 SEG Annual Meeting in Houston, TX, September 22-27.

Geological Association of Canada’s 2013 Jack Henderson Award

David Moynihan, recent PhD graduate of the Department, is winner of the Geological Association of Canada’s 2013 Jack Henderson prize for the best PhD thesis in structural geology and tectonics. The title of his thesis is “Metamorphism and Deformation of the Central Kootenay Arc, Southeastern British Columbia.” David was supervised by Dr. Dave Pattison.

Q&A with Darla Zelenitsky, lead researcher behind ‘Best Recent Dinosaur Discovery’

UToday HomeMay 15, 2013 

By Marie-Helene Thibeault

Darla Zelenitsky is an assistant professor for the Department of Geoscience. Her research passion revolves around dinosaur paleontology.

Recently, she published research on the discovery of fossils of first feathered dinosaurs from North America. This significant finding has now been selected as one of the 10 best recent dinosaur discoveries by WIRED Magazine.

We caught up with her to learn more about her passion for dinosaurs and her research.  Read more...

Wired Science - 10 Best Recent Dinosaur Discoveries

Wired Science has chosen the feathered dinosaur paper published by Dr. Darla Zelenitsky et al. (2012) in the journal Science as one of the "10 Best Recent Dinosaur Discoveries". These specimens are the first feathered dinosaurs known from the Western Hemisphere and the first feathered ostrich dinosaurs known in the world.  Read more...

Dr. Bernd Milkereit have been invited as the Gallagher Visiting scientist for this academic year.

Date: May 10 Time: 4pm Place: ES162

Title of Talk: "Seismic Methods in Mineral Exploration and Mining"

It should be a very exciting talk for geoscientists since Dr. Milkereit has an international reputation in application of seismic methods in mineral exploration.

The abstract and speaker's biography follow.


Due to high metal prices and increased difficulties in finding shallow deposits, exploration and exploitation of mineral resources are expected to be moving to greater depths. Consequently, seismic methods will become a more important tool to help to unravel subsurface structures hosting mineral deposits, both for mine planning and monitoring. 2D and 3D surface seismic methods can be used to directly target massive sulfide deposits at depth. At a mine site, borehole-to-borehole seismic methods are employed to delineate massive sulfides to optimize underground development and production and continuous micro seismic recording methods are being used for monitoring of mining-induced seismicity.


Bernd Milkereit is the Teck Chair of Exploration Geophysics at the Department of Physics of the University of Toronto (since 2001). For more than 30 years the, Bernd has worked at the intersection between mineral resources and exploration seismology. He carried out research projects on coal and groundwater before moving into hardrock seismic imaging and exploration for deep mineral deposits in the crystalline crust. He maintains a strong interest in international scientific drilling projects. Previous to his current position Bernd was a research scientist the Geological Survey of Canada (1985-1996) and professor of geophysics at Kiel University, Germany (1996-2001).


Following Dr. Bernd Milkereit's Gallagher Lecture on May 10 at 4pm, Dr. Milkereit will be giving a series of short course lectures on the morning of May 11 in ES 254 starting at 8:30am.  These short course lectures will cover the topics of "Seismic methods in mineral exploration and mining".

There is a signup sheet in the copy room next to the main office, and there are still openings in course.  Please sign up prior to May 11.  This is an opportunity to hear one of world's leading experts in seismic methods applied to mineral exploration.

If any of you wish to have a meeting with Bernd outside of these times, you may contact Dr. Larry Lines who will be coordinating Bernd's visit.

The Gallagher Visiting Lecture Series is sponsored by the Jack Gallagher Fund and is aimed at promoting the visits of prominent geoscience researchers to University of Calgary.