Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research
Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences,
The University of British Columbia
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Goldschmidt Workshops 2014: Teaching Outside the Box

MAGNET was the proud sponsor and organizer of two professional development workshops held in association with the Goldschmidt conference in Sacramento (June 8-13, 2014). Over 100 delegates attended and actively participated in the two workshops entitled “Teaching and Learning Activities in Geochemistry: Examples and Applications” and “How Learning Works: Useful Techniques for Future Teachers.” The workshops were centered on evidence-based instructional methods developed through the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative, a multi-year project at the University of British Columbia aimed at dramatically improving science education.

Full report photos: http://www.magnet.eos.ubc.ca/goldschmidt-workshops-2014/

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PCIGR welcomes new EOAS Assistant Professor and CRC in Applied Geochemistry

In September 2014, Dr Matthijs Smit joins the Faculty in the Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences at UBC as Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair Tier II in Applied Geochemistry. Dr Smit obtained his PhD in 2010 from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany and spent a few years as Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA before becoming Assistant Professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark in 2013.

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Arrival of the Nu TIMS!

PCIGR is pleased to have received the first commercially-available TIMS (thermal ionization mass spectrometer) produced by Nu Instruments. The TIMS has been developed using Nu’s field-proven variable dispersion multi-collector technology to improve the versatility and overall performance of this long established analytical technique. read more

MAGNET hits the road: 2nd annual workshop in California

MAGNET hits the road: 2nd annual workshop in California

MAGNET recently held a volcanology field workshop in California (June 14-21, 2014), with 25 participants from the undergraduate to postdoctoral level, plus staff and faculty from UBC, McGill, University of Toronto, and Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. The group explored two spectacular field sites – the Long Valley caldera and the highlands of the Medicine Lake shield volcano – which provided an opportunity to compare two large volcanic systems with different tectonic settings, plumbing dynamics, eruptive histories and products. The field workshop was a huge success, both scientifically and personally for everyone involved, and was another important milestone for the MAGNET program.

Full report & photos –
http://www.magnet.eos.ubc.ca/2nd-annual-workshop

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