MSA MINERALOGY/PETROLOGY GRANT TO JESSICA HAMILTON!

Congratulations to Jessica Hamilton, who has been awarded a 2017 Mineralogy/Petrology Grant from the Mineralogical Society of America! This is an internationally competitive grant that will support Jess’ Ph.D. research on accelerating CO2 capture from the atmosphere into the mineral waste produced by mines.

You can read more about the MSA grants here:

http://www.minsocam.org/msa/Awards/Min_Pet_Award.html

AXAA STUDENT SEMINAR DAY SUCCESS!

Congratuations to Jessica Hamilton, Connor Turvey and Jessica Pocklington for doing the EGEL proud at the Australian X-ray Analytical Association’s Victorian Student Seminar Day!

Jessica Hamilton and Connor Turvey came home with 2nd and 3rd prize for their talks! This is the second time Connor and Jess have been recognized for their public speaking skill by AXAA. Well done everyone!

ABC CATALYST EPISODE ABOUT EGEL ASTROBIOLOGY RESEARCH!

Alastair Tait’s Ph.D. research has been featured on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s show, Catalyst! Al is researching how terrestrial microorganisms colonise and live in meteorites in one of the driest places on Earth. His work on how bacteria use the properties of meteorites to live under harsh conditions, and leave behind geochemical traces of their precence, has potential to be used for astrobiological exploration on Mars and beyond.

Check out the Catalyst episode here:

http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4529199.htm

EGEL RESEARCH FEATURES IN NATURE PAPER!

EGEL alumna, Lara Bowlt, her honours supervisors Andy Tomkins and Sasha Wilson, and collaborators Matt Genge, Helen Brand, and Jeremy Wykes have had a paper published in Nature. Part of this work emerged from Lara’s honours thesis, in which she discovered the oldest micrometeorites ever. You can learn more here:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v533/n7602/full/nature17678.html

and here:

https://theconversation.com/what-a-tiny-micrometeorite-from-the-pilbara-can-tell-us-about-the-ancient-sky-58992

Poster Prize for Emily Hebbard

Congratulations to Emily Hebbard on winning a top poster prize at the 2016 Mine Rehabilitation Conference in Singleton, NSW! Emily presented the results of her 2015 Honours thesis on the topic of remediating arsenic-contaminated building infrastructure at the Ottery Mine in NSW.

AusIMM Bicentennial Gold 88 Success!

Congratulations to Connor Turvey and Jessica Hamilton for being awarded research grants from the AusIMM Bicentennial Gold 88 Endowment!

These prizes are very competitive and are awarded to senior university students to support research of benefit to the Australian minerals industry. Jessica and Connor have been awarded funding to support their work on making the mining cycle more sustainable by accelerating CO2 sequestration in mine tailings.