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Meet the oceans’ most fierce B-movie invertebrate predators

Lindsey Leighton, an associate professor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, describes some of his favourite B-movie marine predators, so prepare yourself for the most ghastly ocean rituals of creatures that are anything but spineless.

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110. Location efficiency: Discovering the hidden transportation costs of where you live

Location Efficiency expert Kurt Borth says too many people "drive until you qualify" for a big house, without considering the very real and significant transportation costs you will experience just getting to work and play.

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Geothermal research project sets sights on Grande Prairie

City Council is excited about an opportunity to explore the potential for harnessing geothermal energy in our region. Council received a presentation at last night's meeting from Jonathan Banks, a research associate from the University of Alberta.

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Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award

The Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award Selection Committee is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 award is Jesse Reimink of the University of Alberta for his Ph.D. thesis “Evolution of the Early Continental Crust: Investigations within the Acasta Gneiss Complex.”

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W.W. Hutchison Medal

The 2015-2016 W. W. Hutchison Lecturer is Dr. Murray Gingras, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.

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Dave Elliott Best Paper Prize

The Dave Elliott prize for best paper published in 2014, selected by the Canadian Tectonics Group of the Geological Association of Canada is being awarded to John Waldron, David Schofield, Brendan Murphy, & Chris Thomas titled “How was the Iapetus Ocean infected with subduction?” published in Geology, volume 42(12), 1095-1098 (2014).

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Why bring ice to Alberta?

The University of Alberta is working to adopt a national collection of glacier ice, some of it dating back more than 12,000 years.

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The rifting apart of a continent: Part III

After six amazing weeks in Antarctica, I am back in Canada and adjusting from the Southern summer to the Northern winter. The first four weeks at Scott Base saw a slow but solid start to our geophysical fieldwork, and a remarkable spell of good weather.

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'We were sure somebody fired a rocket at us': Bruderheim to celebrate meteorite 55 years later

Professor Chris Herd, University of Alberta Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, holds the first rock found from many pieces of the Bruderheim meteorite crash 55 years ago this week.

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Unlocking the clues to climate change

From studying ancient ice to reveal clues about Earth's changing climate, to looking at the impact of resource development on the North, to helping protect and preserve Aboriginal cultures and traditional knowledge, U of A researchers have spent decades getting to the bottom of what's happening at the top of the world.

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Martin Sharp: 2014 Royal Society of Canada Fellow

Martin Sharp, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada for his international leadership in documenting and providing a voice for the scientific evidence that describes the environmental changes emerging in our changing world.

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The rifting apart of a continent: Part II

Martyn Unsworth is on an expedition to learn more about the unusual Mount Erebus volcano in Antarctica. This continuously active volcano is not on a plate boundary, but is actively rifting apart the continent. He will be sharing a series of his journals from his first expedition to Antarctica.

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Alberta researchers use high tech tools for climate health checks

The science of environmental monitoring is changing rapidly, driven by powerful technology like cloud computers, big data analysis and wireless sensor networks.

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Discover: Top 100 Stories of 2014

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Diamonds Reveal Hidden 'Oceans' in Earth's Mantle
A tiny speck of of the mineral ringwoodite makes waves.

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Predicting Environmental Change

Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa with the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta has teamed up with Bernie Kollman, IBM’s vice-president of the Public Sector, Alberta. The result is some monitoring that is world wide and may help predict future environmental events.

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The birth and death of oceans: what ancient Pangea has to say about future supercontinents

Pangea, the supercontinent that contained most of the Earth's landmass until about 180 million years ago, endured a rather apocalyptic undoing during the Jurassic period - when the Atlantic Ocean opened up.

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ConocoPhillips Canada rocks UAlberta science and engineering students

As an ongoing supporter of geoscience field schools, ConocoPhillips Canada has provided more than $3.1 million to practical programs at the university. The company also sponsors the Engineering Safety and Risk Management Program at the U of A, the only one of its kind in Canada.

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U of A's "game-changing" sensors revolutionize methods of monitoring climate science data

About 300 cellphone-sized sensors installed in the forest north of Peace River are the front lines of a revolution in climate science set in motion by University of Alberta scientists.

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Surprising spread of volcanic ash key to solving Earth's mysteries

Britta Jensen is a researcher who has discovered volcanic ash from an eruption in the west about 1,200 years ago traveled much farther than expected, drifting across Greenland and into Europe.

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New exhibit reveals dinosaur discoveries

Discovering Dinosaurs tells the tale of Alberta's prehistoric past through the latest research by world-leading paleontologists. People can see more than 250 jaw-dropping specimens in one location—most of which have never before been publicly exhibited.

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UAlberta ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Vice-Provosts and student Vice-Presidents from the University of Alberta took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on September 12.

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Six UAlberta faculty members named to Royal Society

In recognition of their outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievements, six University of Alberta faculty members have been elected as fellows of the Royal Society of Canada.

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Distinguished University Professor

In recognition of his outstanding record of scholarly research, teaching and service, the University of Alberta has appointed Dr. Brian Jones as a Distinguished University Professor.

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Science prof looks to past climate change to understand future impact

A former University of Alberta PhD student has come back to campus as an assistant professor, to explore and teach about the mysteries of natural climate warming and ice age history, on the heels of a newly published paper in Nature.

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Ancient rocks yield clues about Earth's earliest crust

The University of Alberta geochemistry student spent the better part of three years collecting and studying ancient rock samples from the Acasta Gneiss Complex in the Northwest Territories, part of his PhD research to understand the environment in which they formed.

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John Allan: The Founding of Alberta's Energy Industries

Willem Langenberg, Adjunct Professor, EAS and Dave Cruden, Professor Emeritus, EAS invite you to a book launch of their most recent publication.

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Dr. Jiri Krupicka (1913 - 2014)

Dr. Jirí (George) Krupicka of Edmonton passed away on Thursday, April 24, 2014, just 11 days before his 101st birthday. He was Professor Emeritus of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and his career at the University of Alberta ran from 1968 to his retirement in 1988. His geological research specialized in metamorphic petrology with emphasis on the Canadian Shield and the Western Cordillera of North America.

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Museums Celebration Highlights Deep Talent Pool

Andrew Locock has been a longtime advocate for the University of Alberta Museums. He served as the Collections Manager for the Mineralogy/Petrology, Meteorite, Drill Core, Invertebrate Paleontology, and Trace Fossil collections for more than seven years.
UofA Hall of Fame (2014 Inductees)

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Municipal amalgamations often cost: expert

Dr. Sandeep Agrawal, head of the University of Alberta planning department said that municipal almagamation often ends up raising costs.

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Geosciences Alumni Reception

Departments of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences and Physics would like to invite all UAlberta Alumni, graduating Geology and Geophysics students, graduate students, industry affiliates and guests to our Annual Geosciences Alumni Reception.

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Scientist explores worlds past and present

J.P. Zonneveld doesn't shy away from the muck at Willapa Bay, Wash. during a group expedition to sample modern mudflats to understand how animals rework sediment in intertidal successions. Zonneveld says field work is one of the most enjoyable aspects of his work as a professor of earth sciences.

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Special theme in honour of the career of Professor John England in "Quaternary Science Reviews"

During the summer of 2012 John England conducted his last official arctic field season on southwest Banks Island, bringing to a close 47 years of field research in the Canadian Arctic.

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Canadian researcher studies catastrophic “supervolcanos”

While mankind has experienced some massive deadly volcanic eruptions in our recorded history, Vesuvius, Krakatoa, Mt St Helen’s, and Pinatubo just to name a few, we’ve never experienced the devastation of a supervolcano.

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Secret sea

A rare mineral encased in diamond confirms a mass of water the size of all the oceans combined could be hidden deep in the Earth's mantle.
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Hydrous mantle transition zone indicated by ringwoodite included within diamond

25 years ago scientists began to predict that such high-pressure olivines might contain vast amounts of water, locked deep in the Earth, but such a notion has remained highly controversial, with many scientists maintaining that the deep Earth is a desert in terms of water.

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Yellowstone supervolcano a local threat

Scientists have discovered Yellowstone National Park supervolcano is two-and-a-half times larger than previously thought, and it could erupt with 2,000 times the force of Mount St. Helens — a blast that would devastate North America and dump upwards of 10 cm of ash on Edmonton.

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Ancient Arctic mystery solved

What did a woolly rhino do for food? New study has ‘profound’ answers. Forbs, flowering plants, were the food of choice for woolly mammoths, woolly rhinos, horses and bison until the last glacial maximum, new research shows.

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Mastering science of the slide crucial to success of every winter Olympian

Dr. Lozowksi speaks for a long succession of researchers who have pondered and probed the science of slide and its role in winter athletics.

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World-leading lab opens new frontiers in diamond research

A University of Alberta researcher will continue to open up new frontiers in diamond research in Canada's Arctic with one of the largest and best-equipped labs in the world.

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New Canada Research Chairs for UAlberta

Dr. Long Li, will use his CRC to continue to develop tools to measure extremely low levels of carbon and nitrogen in minerals to address scientific questions in very broad areas, such as looking at the evolution of Earth systems and exploring energy and resources.

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Middle Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit

Dr. Jozsef Tóth, Professor Emeritus, was recently granted the Middle Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit by the Head of State (President of the Hungarian Republic) in Budapest, Hungary.

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University of Alberta Student Wins Prestigious Award

Kayla Stan has received Pi Beta Phi® Fraternity for Women’s prestigious Amy Burnham Onken (ABO) Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Campus and Community Leadership. Kayla brought out the academic best in others by spending countless hours encouraging and guiding those around her.

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The new evolution of dinosaurs

UAlberta research is challenging basic assumptions about dinosaurs—and greatly expanding the number of known species.

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Meteorite exhibit lands in Edmonton

When the Sky Falls, an exhibit hosted at the Enterprise Square Galleries, features over a dozen meteorite specimens, including five from the meteor that streaked over Chelyabinsk, Russia earlier this year.

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When the Sky Falls - Meteorite Exhibition

The University of Alberta Museums explores this topic in When the Sky Falls, a limited-engagement exhibition of meteorites and associated artifacts, July 30 – August 3 at the Enterprise Square Galleries (10230 Jasper Ave, Edmonton). Hours: Tuesday-Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 12-4pm.

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Yukon gold mine yields ancient horse fossil

When University of Alberta researcher Duane Froese found an unusually large horse fossil in the Yukon permafrost, he knew it was important. Now, in a new study published in the journal Nature, this fossil is rewriting the story of equine evolution as the ancient horse has its genome sequenced.

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And Speaking of the Future: Geo Fingerprinting

"Society doesn't always value scientific research, but you need that knowledge to tap into-using theoretical insights, you can solve huge engineering problems."

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Always at the Forefront of Research and Innovation

"EAS is focused on monitoring and reducing the environmental impact of resource development through processes like carbon capture and storage, and most recently through attention to the planning issues associated with resource development."

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The Science of Leadership: Ken Lueers, CEO of ConocoPhilips Canada

It’s a story with a happy ending. With the support of his wife and parents, Lueers followed his heart and graduated from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Science with a geology degree, landed his first job with Texaco, and the rest is history.

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Honours grad fords stream between water science and policy

"I was looking for a summer job on campus and got one in the hydrology lab in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences."