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

New Instrumentation for PCIGR

December 2010

The PCIGR proposal led by D. Weis was approved for full-funding from both the Leading Edge Fund (LEF) of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) in 2009 and the BC-KDF this year.

With the in-kind contributions, PCIGR will receive a total investment of ~$7.5 million to expand and update its geochemical analytical equipment.  The centrepiece of the new proposal is a Nu 1700, a large geometry high-resolution multi-collector plasma mass spectrometer, in addition to other cutting-edge instruments.

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D. Weis – Daly Lecturer for 2010, Fall AGU

December 2010 — San Francisco, California

For this year’s lecture, Dr. Weis presented “Geochemical Insights into Mantle Geodynamics and Plume Structure.”

The Reginald Daly Lecture honors the life and work of Canadian geologist Reginald Aldworth Daly. The lecture is presented annually to a recipient who exemplifies Daly’s work with outstanding contributions to volcanology, geochemistry, or petrology. The lecture is presented during the AGU Fall Meeting.

AGU-Dec 2010
PCIGR delegation at the 2010 AGU Fall Meeting.

Elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union

September 2010

Dominique Weis has been named a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union “for the elegance, precision and impact of her geochemical studies of the Earth from large igneous provinces to the environment”.

This rare honour is bestowed on 0.1% of the membership annually.

Runner-up, best student talk at the 11th Int’l Platinum Symposium

June 2010 — Sudbury, ON

Corey Wall (M.Sc. candidate with Dr. James Scoates) was awarded the runner-up prize for best student talk at the 11th International Platinum Symposium held in Sudbury, Ontario from June 21-24, 2010.

Corey’s talk was entitled “Refining the precise age and duration of magmatism related to the Stillwater Complex” and is co-authored by James S. Scoates, Richard M. Friedman, and William P. Meurer.

Prize Won at the Mineral Exploration Roundup!

January 2010 — Vancouver

Katrin Breitsprecher (PhD candidate) was awarded the first-place prize for best student poster at the Mineral Exploration Roundup meeting held in Vancouver from Jan. 18-21, 2010.

Katrin’s poster was entitled “U-Pb (zircon) geochronology of Mesozoic intrusions from the southern Quesnel and Stikine terranes: temporal trends in magmatism of the Nicola Arc.” Co-authors included J.S. Scoates, W.J. Davis, R.M. Friedman, R.G. Anderson and D. Weis.