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

PCIGR presents teacher workshop: Geochemistry Made Fun!

During the recent BC provincial professional development day (October 19), the Pacific Museum of the Earth hosted an Earth Sciences teacher training weekend.  Over 40 teachers from Montessori, public and private elementary schools in the Lower Mainland attended.  Friday and Sunday featured ~1.5hr geochemistry workshops given by a PCIGR staff member and one of the Department’s Teaching and Learning Fellows.

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PCIGR research featured in International Innovation

The August 2012 issue “Frontier of the Future” provides an insight into the most promising research being conducted in North America today, and includes a 4-page feature on the groundbreaking geochemical studies being carried out at the PCIGR.

In the Q&A section, PCIGR Director Dominique Weis explains the foundations of her research into the geochemistry of the Earth’s mantle, via mantle plumes, which probe the deep, hidden interior of the planet.
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Announcing the Multidisciplinary Applied Geochemistry Network

We are pleased to announce the funding of a prestigious and highly competitive NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program to train students and young scientists in applied geochemistry. The Multidisciplinary Applied Geochemistry Network (MAGNET) integrates state-of-the-art analytical laboratories and leading geochemistry researchers across Canada, including four UBC faculty members in collaboration with specialists at McGill and the Universities of Quebec (Montreal and Chicoutimi), Toronto and Ottawa. The PCIGR will be the main training hub in western Canada.

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PCIGR Partners with Nu Instruments

PCIGR is pleased to announce a joint venture with Nu instruments Ltd. (UK), a market-leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance mass spectrometers. PCIGR’s newly completed ~$7.5 million UBC facility has been named “NUBC” to commemorate the partnership. The custom-built 2200 ft2 laboratories will house 4 Nu Instruments mass spectrometers and become an important demonstration facility and research & development centre. As part of this new collaboration, PCIGR and Nu Instruments recently partnered on a >$2.4 million grant proposal to develop a student training program in geochemistry.