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Fall 2006



EES Christmas Party 2006

December 10, 2006 -- We had another great party at Pat Mills' house. 

Condie Recognized as Exceptional Reviewer

December 5, 2006 -- The December 2006 issue of GSA Today cites Kent Condie as one of a handful of "Exceptional Reviewers" selected by the editors of the journal Geology. The citation criteria include accepting as many review requests as possible and returning them in a timely manner; being perspicacious, incisive, and fair, and remarking equally on the strengths and weaknesses of a manuscript. In short, the exceptional reviewer reviews as he or she would like himself or herself to be reviewed. Please join me in congratulating Kent on this honor for exceptional service to our profession. -- Rob Bowman

Grad Student Receives Space Scholarship

November 27, 2006 -- Geology master's student Erin Kay has been awarded a NM Space Consortium Student Scholarship for her project "Impact generated solutional subsurface cavity formation on Mars." Penny Boston is Kay's advisor.

Grad Students Receive WRRI Awards

November 27, 2006 -- Three EES graduate students have been selected for competitive grant awards from the NM Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI) 2006 student water research program.

Marty Frisbee, hydrology PhD student. Project: Runoff Processes and the Evolution of Water Chemistry in the Saguache Creek Watershed of the Upper Rio Grande.AdvisorFred Phillips

Katrina Koski, geology PhD student. Project: Multi- 
disciplinary analysis of a New Mexico cold water tufa spring mound. AdvisorPenny Boston

Taufique Mahmood, hydrology PhD student. Project: Use of Remotely Sensed Observations for Improved Distributed Hydrological Modeling in the Jemez River Basin. AdvisorEnrique Vivoni

Kyle and McIntosh in Smithsonian Magazine

November 22, 2006 -- Philip Kyle and Bill McIntosh, are featured in the December 2006 issue of Smithsonian Magazine for their work on Mt. Erebus, a volcano in Antarctica.

EES Undergrad Receives SACNAS Award

November 17, 2006 -- Fred Tapaha, an undergraduate in the E&ES Department, received the "Outstanding Contribution and Research Presentation for Undergraduates" in Earth Sciences at the 2006 SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) Conference held in Tampa, Florida in October. Fred conducted research with Peter Mozley and Bruce Harrison and presented a poster entitled "Depositional Paleogroundwater and Flow Orientation of An Exposed Eolian Sandstone in Canoncito de la Cabras in Central New Mexico." -- Lisa Majkowski-Taylor

Wilson Receives AGU Award

November 14, 2006 -- Professor of Hydrology John Wilson has been selected as the recipient of the American Geophysical Union's Hydrologic Sciences Award for 2006. The Hydrologic Sciences Award is given for outstanding contributions to hydrology over a career. It is the most prestigious honor of AGU's Hydrology Section. The award will be presented to John at a ceremony at the AGU national meeting this December in San Francisco. A list of former recipients is here. -- Rob Bowman

Faculty Retreat 2006


Front: Ariel Dickens, Shari Houston, Pat Mills, Penny Boston, Sue Bilek, Fred Phillips. Middle: Bruce Harrison, Peter Mozley, Rob Bowman, Rick Aster. Back: Andy Campbell, Dave Johnson, Jan Hendrickx, John Wilson, Mark Murray, Gary Axen

November 10, 2006 -- The E&ES faculty held their annual retreat on 10 November at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge north of Socorro. Each year the faculty takes this opportunity to discuss long-term educational goals, new and upcoming research opportunities, and ways to improve the university experience for our students. -- Rob Bowman

New NCKRI Director Named

November 7, 2006 -- George Veni was recently named Director of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute in Carlsbad, New Mexico. NCKRI is jointly managed by the City of Carlsbad, the National Park Service, and New Mexico Tech, with Penny Boston serving as the Associate Director. Article.

Mendez-Barroso and Gomez Velez Receive Ivanhoe Foundation Fellowships

November 2006 -- Luis Mendez-Barroso and Jesus Gomez Velez have been selected as recipients for Ivanhoe Foundation Fellowships. The Ivanhoe Foundation grants fellowships to deserving students from developing countries. These students must be studying at a U.S. university for a Master of Science degree in engineering or science, with an emphasis on water resources. The fellowship carries with it a $5,000 award for the student to use at his or her own discretion.

Luis, from Mexico, is researching monsoon hydrology via spatiotemporal analysis of soil moisture and evapotranspiration in semiarid regions. His advisor is Enrique Vivoni.

Jesus, from Colombia, is studying the effects soil hydrology on landmines sensors to improve the dectection of landmines in rural areas. His advisor is Jan Hendrickx.

Hawley Receives GSA Distinguished Service Award

October 31, 2006 -- John W. Hawley, Adjunct Faculty Member of the Earth & Environmental Science Department and Emeritus Staff Member of the NM Bureau of Geology, received the 2006 Distinguished Service Award from the Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division of the Geological Society of America (GSA). The award was presented in Philadelphia on October 24th at the Annual Meeting of the GSA. The citationists were Marith Reheis of the U.S. Geological Survey and Fred Phillips of New Mexico Tech.


Above: John W. Hawley and his “jawbone” Distinguished Service Award at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Pictured are Marith Reheis, citationist, Hawley and his wife Diane, and Fred Phillips, citationist.

Hawley completed a PhD at the University of Illinois in 1962 and took a job with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service in southern New Mexico. During this period Hawley, along with Lee Gile and Robert Grossman, conducted the groundbreaking “Desert Soils Project” that laid the foundation for most future geological research involving desert soils. The three received the Kirk Bryan Award for Distinguished Research from the GSA in 1983 for this work. Hawley subsequently switched jobs to the New Mexico Bureau of Mines & Mineral Resources in Socorro where he worked until retirement. Among his most notable achievements was a study convincing the City of Albuquerque that their groundwater resources were much less extensive than had been estimated, and that the City should therefore shift primarily to surface-water supply. Over the past 25 years Hawley has contributed as both formal and informal advisor to the education of many New Mexico Tech graduate students.

At 74 years old, Hawley is more active as a geologist than many professionals half his age. He continues to work as an independent consulting geologist. He is a legendary resource for knowledge of the geology of the Southwest and spends much of his time helping others with their research. At the ceremony, Hawley received a custom-made award consisting of a fossil horse jaw attached to a walnut plaque. In honor of his legendary verbal accomplishments, the fossil was accompanied by an inscription reading: “To the champion jawboner of the Quaternary”. -- Fred Phillips

Vivoni Cosigns MOU with Universidad de Sonora

October 25, 2006 --
Enrique Vivoni reports that in a recent visit to Hermosillo, the capital of Sonora, Mexico, NMT President Dr. Daniel López signed an agreement with Universidad de Sonora and their Rector Dr. Pedro Ortega Ramos for research and educational exchanges related to the study of the North American Monsoon system. The agreement opens the door for enhanced collaborations between NMT faculty and students and counterparts in the Universidad de Sonora, particularly the Physics, Civil Engineering, and Geology Departments.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two institutions was officially established by signatures from Dr. Daniel Lopéz,  Dr. Pedro Ortega Ramos, Dr. Christopher Watts, and Assistant Professor of Hydrology Enrique Vivoni.

The initial three-year collaboration will focus on research and education in the field of hydrological sciences due to the strong and complementary programs at New Mexico Tech and Universidad de Sonora. Focusing on the theme of “Hydrological Predictions in Regions Affected by the NorthAmerican Monsoon System (NAMS),” the collaboration will sponsor student exchanges between the institutions, one-week short courses on advanced topics, and the promotion of collaborative research among participants. Specific topics of interest include remote sensing, modeling, and observations in hydrological systems of Sonora, Mexico. Universidad de Sonora Article.  El Imparcial Article.

More on Boston's Martian Microbots

October 23, 2006 -- Penny Boston's work on tennis-ball-sized microbots to be deployed on Mars is featured on CNN. Article.

Frisbee and Hargrave Win Poster Competition


October 13, 2006 -- Hydrology graduate students Marty Frisbee and Ginny Hargrave won first place in the student poster competition at SAHRA's 6th Annual Meeting held in Scottsdale, Arizona, on October 11-13, 2006. The title of the poster was "On the Selection of the Saguache Creek Watershed for Catchment Scale Hydrological Investigations Part 1: Hydrological Processes." The poster is on the wall in the hallway near MSEC 105.

The poster is a progress report on the students' SAHRA-funded quest to analyze the stream chemistry of a catchment that was representative of the headwaters of the Rio Grande. They found the usual study area of the Valles Caldera unsatisfactory due to geothermal inputs. So they developed their own set of criteria for their desired catchment and spent a year's worth of legwork sampling other upper Rio Grande Valley catchments until they selected the Saguache Creek Watershed.

Marty's and Ginny's poster competed with about 50 other posters. The SAHRA participant's were mostly from the Arizona and New Mexico areas. Fred Phillips is Marty's and Ginny's advisor.

Geothermal Exploration Drilling of M-Mountain

October 6, 2006 -- Dave Norman is leading the search for a source of geothermal energy under M Mountain which will be used to heat buildings around campus. Keep track of the progress here.

Aster Paper Featured on CNN

October 3, 2006
-- Rick Aster is a coauthor on a recent Geophysical Research Letters paper on transoceanic wave propagation featured on CNN. The paper describes how a strong storm in the Gulf of Alaska in October 2005 created a sea swell that broke apart a giant iceberg in Antarctica six days later. An abstract of the paper is here.

Overton Receives GSA Award

September 21, 2006 -- Jane Overton, BS student in geology,was awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Geological Society of America. This "Drought Scholarship" included travel expenses and lodging plus registration for the GSA conference "Managing Drought and Water Scarcity in Vulnerable Environments," which convened in Longmont, CO, 18-20 September 2006. Overton received a bachelor's degree in Forestry and Natural Resource Management from the University of Georgia in 1998, and she plans to seek a master's degree in geology with an option in hydrology.

Vivoni Featured in TRC

Enrique Vivoni was profiled (pdf) in the Summer 2006 issue ofTRC The Magazine. TRC is the NM Technical Research Collaborative.

The article describes some of the research being done by his research group, his collaborative research, his aspirations for the program, and his feelings about research in New Mexico: ". . . [New Mexico has] a varied topography that directly controls environmental conditions. Our research spans the alpine conditions in the Valles Caldera to the interaction of water and semi-arid plants in the Sevilleta."

Norman and Owens on Geothermal Resources

Dave Norman and graduate student Lara Owens both contributed to a report (pdf) on geothermal resource development needs in New Mexico. Press Release (pdf).

Hendrickx and Kleissl Awarded USGS Grant


Jan Hendrickx and Jan Kleissl received a USGS grant to fund a study using remote sensing of evapotranspiration in mountainous regions in New Mexico. Undergraduate students Kim Bandy and Whitney Defoor and graduate student Jesus Gomez are also participating in the study. Article.

Bilek Receives SURP Grant

Sue Bilek was recently awarded a SURP grant for FY2007. Kimberly Schramm will begin work as a postdoc on this project in Jan 2007. She is teaching ERTH 101 this semester.

Heath Interviewed About Carbon Sequestration

September 19, 2006 -- PhD Hydrology candidate Jason Heath was interviewed by The Salt Lake Tribune about carbon sequestration and global warming. Heath's supervisor is Brian McPherson, who heads the Southwest Regional Partnership on Carbon Sequestration.




Spring 2006


Commencement 2006 Awards

Hydrology alumnus Huade Guan received NMT's Langmuir Award for excellence in research at Commencement 2006Tara Mayeau won the Brown Award for top undergraduate student at NMT. She received a BS in geophysics with highest honors. Jayme Margolin, MS student in geochemistry, and Lisa Majkowski-Taylor, MS student in geology, won student appreciation awards. Hydrology professor and EES Chair Rob Bowman received the Distinguished Research Award. Phil Turner, who received his BS in Earth & Environmental Science-Geology, received the Jeremiah Wright Memorial Trophy for Player of the Year 2005-2006 in the Rugby Club. Congratulations to everyone!

Kyle Featured in Local Magazine

Philip Kyle and his Antarctic exploits were featured in the April 30th issue of Santa Fe New Mexican (1.87 MB PDF).

Rinehart Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

March 31, 2006 -- Congratulations to MS Hydrology student Alex Rinehart for being awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship award for 2006. This prestigious fellowship includes a stipend and research funds for the next three years.

Christina Lochman Balk Dies

March 8, 2006 -- We're sad to report the passing of Dr. Christina Lochman Balk, Professor Emerita of Geology, on March 8, 2006. ObituaryNMT article.

EES Grad Students win NMT-GSA Awards

February 17, 2006 -- Congratulations to grad students Shasta McGhee and Jayme Margolin for winning awards for Best Presentation-Earth Science and Best Poster-Earth Science, respectively, at the NMT Graduate Student Association's Spring Conference.

Wilson Elected President

February 15, 2006 -- Congratulations to John Wilson on being elected president of the Hydrology Section of the American Geophysical Union in 2006 (President-Elect 2006-2008 and President 2008-2010). The Hydrology Section is the largest division of AGU, with over 6,000 members. It is this membership that chose John for their next president. NMT news release.

Vivoni Teaches Short Course

January 14, 2006 -- Enrique Vivoni was featured in El Defensor Chieftain regarding the short course he recently taught with Italian professor Salvatore Grimaldi from January 9-13, 2006. The course was titled "H2CU-NMT Winter School on Time Series Analysis for Hydrological Applications." Fourteen people participated including nine NMT graduate students.

Boston Roughs It in Mars Simulator

January 1, 2006
-- Penny Boston spent January 1-14, 2006, at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah. At left is the official uniform patch for Crew 41, or the Double-X crew--a group of five (six counting Pooky Bear Boston) scientists and engineers who explore all facets of human exploration in a simulated Mars environment. Boston, the geologist and science lead for the group, investigated the short photoperiod growth of greenhouse plants and co-investigated the following Science Mission Objectives: mineral-rich and evaporite geomicrobiological desert habitats, desert varnish studies, saline environments and possible halophile habitats, and observed seep communities of cyanobacteria, lichens, and possibly other bacteria. She also co-investigated Individual Mobile Agents Systems (iMAS).




Summer 2006


Boston Developing Sensors for Mars Research

July 28, 2006 -- Penny Boston is planning to put 1,000 tennis-sized balls containing sensors on Mars by 2016 (Albuquerque Tribune).

Condie Chairs Conference on Tectonics

July 19, 2006 -- Kent Condie was one of the organizers of the recently held Penrose Conference, an annual event of the Geological Society of America. This year’s conference was held in Lander, Wyoming, from June 13–18, 2006. NMT article by George Zamora.

Phillips Coauthors Paper in Science

July 14, 2006 -- Fred Phillips was a coauthor of a recent article in Science. The title was "Near-Synchronous Interhemispheric Termination of the Last Glacial Maximum in Mid-Latitudes.” NMT article by George Zamora.

Wilson Elected AGU Section President

July 14, 2006 -- John Wilson was elected president of the Hydrology section of the American Geophysical Union. NMT article by George Zamora.

Partey Awarded NSF Travel Grant

June 28, 2006 -- Frederick Partey, PhD Candidate in Geochemistry, was granted an NSF travel award to attend the Goldschmidt 2006 Geochemistry meeting in Melbourne, Australia, from 26 August to 1 September. There were over 300 applicants and 30 awards given. The title of his talk is:
"Mechanism of arsenic sorption onto laterite iron concretions from Prestea, Ghana." Partey's advisor is Dave Norman.

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