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

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

Travel Grant Awardees

Congratulations to PCIGR student Sri Budhi Utami and PCIGR postdoctoral fellow Emily Mullen, who were recently awarded travel grants!

Sri received a 2013 AGU Fall Meeting Student Travel Grant, valued at $1000, to present her research on “What do Kauai’s dikes tell us about the Loa and Kea trends?”

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SEG Student Research Grant Awardees

Congratulations to PCIGR students Sarah Jackson-Brown and Matthew Manor, who were awarded SEG Student Research Grants!

These grants assist students with field and laboratory expenses for thesis research on mineral deposits as required for graduate degrees at accredited universities.  Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and are available to students worldwide.  This year’s 66 successful candidates come from 30 different universities in 12 countries.

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The Nu 1700 is Here!!! – July 5, 2013

The Nu Plasma 1700 high-resolution multi-collector mass spectrometer was delivered to PCIGR on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.  The instrument and its support equipment, plus numerous tools and parts, arrived in 11 large crates via 3 truckloads.  A team from Bird Construction, along with PCIGR staff and 2 Nu Instruments engineers, unloaded and unpacked the crates.  The most challenging item was the magnet, weighing almost 4.5 tons, for which special equipment was required.  Everything was then brought into the labs, while taking care to minimize potential contamination of the clean space.  The delivery went remarkably smoothly and efficiently, and was essentially completed in under 6 hours. Over the next 3 weeks, the Nu engineers and PCIGR staff will be working hard to install and test the instrument.

PCIGR prepares for delivery of Nu 1700 – May 17, 2013

Staff at the PCIGR are busily preparing for the arrival of the Nu Plasma 1700, a large geometry high-resolution multi-collector mass spectrometer.  This instrument will be the first of it’s kind in Canada, and only fifth worldwide.

Special consideration was given to which shipping method would provide the minimum handling of this precious cargo.  The instrument is currently en-route from the UK, via the Panama Canal, to the port of Vancouver, a journey that will take about 45 days.

The delivery is expected the first week of July, and will be followed by careful installation and rigorous testing by Nu Instruments engineers.