Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research
Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences,
The University of British Columbia

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nUBC Opening Event

NUBC_blueOPENING Event on Monday,
December 16, 2013

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This event celebrated the official opening of PCIGR’s most recent expansion: nUBC. The morning consisted of industry talks by Nu Instruments representatives on advances in mass spectrometry followed by lab tours. The afternoon featured a series of engaging speakers who addressed how chemical and isotopic measurements are being used to drive cosmochemical discoveries, unravel Earth formation, reconstruct past rainfall, and as biomarkers of disease. Each of the talks was very well attended, with likely up to 100 people participating throughout the day. The event concluded with a reception in the Pacific Museum of the Earth, with remarks by Greg Dipple, Department Head, and Dominique Weis, Director of PCIGR.

Morning Program – Advances in Mass Spectrometry
10:00-10:30am (ESB 5104)

History and evolution of Nu Instruments
Alan McCall, Managing Director, Nu Instruments, UK
10:30-11:00am (ESB 5104)

New analytical developments
Roy Cohen, Head of Operations, Nu Instruments, USA
Andy Burrows, Technical Director, Nu Instruments, UK
11:00am (nUBC facility, EOS Main)

Lab tours
Groups of maximum 8 participants, alternating over the break
Afternoon Program – Applications of Geochemistry
2:00-3:00pm (ESB 5104-5016)

How Modern Mass Spectrometry is Driving Cosmochemical Discoveries
Audrey Bouvier, University of Western Ontario, CANADA
3:00-4:00pm (ESB 5104-5016)

Unraveling Earth Formation
Richard Carlson, Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA
4:00-5:00pm (ESB 5104-5016)

Reconstructing Past Rainfall Using U Isotopes in Soils, Lakes and Cave Formations
Kate Maher, Stanford University, USA
5:00-6:00pm (ESB 5104-5016)

Isotopes of Disease
Francis Albarède, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, FRANCE
Link to speaker bios and abstracts
Evening Reception
6:00-8:00pm (Museum Lobby, EOS Main)

Opening Ceremony
Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served

Have questions about PCIGR – nUBC Grand Opening?
Contact Diane Hanano – Project Manager