Awards, Honors, and Kudos


Congratulations to Deniz Kustu who has been offered and has accepted a post-doctoral position in the Department of Geological Sciences, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Deniz will be working with Tamlin Pavelsky.


Dave Bord's poster "Punctuated gradualism in the earliest Eocene species Helio-discoaster mahmoudi" was awarded 2nd place amongst all student posters presented at the CBEP8 (Climate and Biota of the Early Paleogene) meeting just held in Salzburg, Austria, June 5-8, 2011. The meeting was under the auspices of the The Austrian Federal Minister for Science and Research and the Austrian Geological Survey.

Congratulations to Selen Esmeray who presented and successfully defended her PhD dissertation proposal today (June 8th) entitled "The Cretaceous/Paleogene Boundary in the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain: An Evaluation of Planktonic Foraminiferal Mass Extinction, Sea-Level History and Geochemical Changes". Selen has completed her coursework, passed her Qualifying Exams on April 20th, and will now be petitioning GSNB to advance to candidacy.

Congratulations to Huapei Wang who has received an IRM Visiting Fellowship from the University of Minnesota, Institute for Rock Magnetism, for late summer study on "Thermal Fluctuation Tomography on Galapagos Basalts" ...to better understand the grain size distribution of lava flows and potentially more reliable paleointensity determinations. This work is part of Huapei's Ph.D. research.

Congratulations to Cat Beck who presented and successfully fended her MS thesis last week on "Multi-component Approach to Understanding Modern Sedimentation in the North Basin of Lake Turkana, Kenya". Cat will be working on crossing a few t's and dotting a few i's on her thesis, ...and heading off to Kenya to do more field work in preparation for her PhD work.

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