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Alumni Newsletter 2011-20012

Awards & Recognition

Congratulations to Lynn Carlson, the recipient of an Excellence Award in Citizenship. Lynn was nominated for her dedication and citizenship in teaching the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) course and in her commitment to guiding others throughout the University in this important technology. Lynn received her award during the B.E.A.R. Day festivities on February 7th.
Photo: Lynn (r) pictured with President Ruth Simmons

Joukowsky Family Assistant Professor

Meredith Hastings has been named the Joukowsky Family Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences. We are so pleased that the Dean and the University recognize Meredith's excellence in scholarship and teaching.

Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

 In December 2010, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Council elected 503 members as Fellows of AAAS. Among them were Professors Timothy Herbert and Jack Mustard. Tim and Jack were recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum, which was held on  February 19,  2011 during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The new Fellows received a certificate and a blue and gold rosette as a symbol of their distinguished accomplishments.

 Horace Mann Medal Recipient          
Albrecht Hofmann, Ph.D. 1968 Emeritus Director of the Max Planck Institute in Mainz, Germany, received the Horace Mann Medal from the Graduate School and spoke at the Graduate School's Commencement Forum on May 28, 2011. The title of Professor Hofmann's talk was "Did giant volcanic eruptions kill the dinosaurs?"
Photo: Albrecht Hofmann receives the Horace Mann Medal


GeoPRISMS Student Prize Competition:

Linda Meyers (neé Chernak), Ph.D. 2011 was awarded first prize for her 2010 AGU talk in the GeoPRISMS Student Prize competition. In other news, Linda married Clifford Meyers (Sc.M. 2004, M.D. 2010) on June 19, 2011. Linda and Clifford spent their honeymoon in Costa Rica.

Photo: Linda and Clifford Meyers at the Graduate Student Reception


2011 Save the Bay Environmental Achievement Award:

David Murray is the recipient of a 2011 Save the Bay Environmental Achievement Award. Dave was honored for leading water quality research efforts on the Providence and Seekonk Rivers and for his dedication to educating government officials, teachers and children by leading programs through Project Narragansett.

Photo: Dave Murray on the Bay


   2011 Geo Club Award for Service:

Mark Salvatore was elected by his peers as the 2011 GeoClub Award recipient. Mark is known for welcoming prospective graduate students, and striving to make the department a home for his fellow students. In addition, Mark was the recipient of the 2009 Stephen E. Dwornik Award – Honorable Mention for Best Paper at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) and served as the GeoClub President during the 2009-2010 academic year. 

 Photo: Mark Salvatore and Professor Alberto Saal at the Graduate Student Reception


Outstanding Paper Award at AGU: Angela Stickle was selected to receive an Outstand Paper Award for her presentation at the 2010 fall meeting of the AGU in San Francisco, CA




Photo: Angela in Greenwich, England at the 0 degree longitude line…in two hemispheres at once!


Barrett Hazeline Award:

In May 2011, Professor Jan Tullis was one of the two annual winners of the Barrett Hazeltine Award, which is given by the senior class, for excellence in teaching, advising and mentoring.

Photo: Professor Jan Tullis and undergrad Sarah Rosengard at the department Commencement Ceremony


Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

The National Association of Geoscience Teachers granted Jenny Whitten an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for her work in Jim Head's course GEOL 0050, Mars, Moon and the Earth, in the Fall of 2010.


Photo: Jenny Whitten at the Graduate Reception

2011 Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award

Emily Lakdawalla, Sc.M. 2000 was awarded the 2011 Jonathan Eberhart
Planetary Sciences Journalism Award from the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. This is an award given annually since 2009 "to recognize and stimulate distinguished popular writing on planetary sciences." For this particular award, a journalist is nominated for one specific article; the article Emily was nominated for was one about the discovery of a ring in the orbit of Saturn's moon Phoebe.
( In October, Emily attended the annual meeting in Nantes, France to accept her award.

Minorities in Scientific Ocean Drilling FellowshipGraduate student Rocio Caballero Gill has been selected as the FY12 Minorities in Scientific Ocean Drilling Fellowship recipient,