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

PCIGR featured in the Globe and Mail

December 4, 2017

An article about Dominique Weis and the PCIGR was published in today’s issue of the Globe and Mail newspaper. The article is called “Curiosity Counts in the World of Science.”

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PCIGR’s Matthijs Smit Discovers Possible Link Between Earth’s Crust and Oxygen Cycle

September 2017

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Matthijs Smit examines ancient rocks from the deep crust in Norway during the summer of 2017.

Researchers Matthijs A. Smit (PCIGR, UBC EOAS) and Klaus Mezger (Universität Bern, Switzerland) have discovered a possible link between the long-term evolution of Earth’s crust and the emergence of Earth’s oxygen cycle 3.0 billion years ago. Their findings have been published in Nature Geoscience.

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Canada’s Minister of Defence Visits PCIGR

September 8, 2017

PCIGR was pleased to host the Canadian Minister of National Defence, Harjit Sajjan, for a tour of our nUBC facility.

The Minister with the PCIGR team. Front row (left to right): M. Amini, E. Megyeri-Lawless, A. Fourny, H. Sajjan, D. Weis, G. Murphy, M. Li. Back row: K. Smith, B. Kieffer, R. McMillan, J. Cutts, K. Gordon, V. Lai (photo credit: Paul Joseph)

The Minister was on campus on behalf of the Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, to announce more than $42 million in funding to support fundamental research at UBC through the NSERC 2017 competition for the Discovery Grants program, scholarships, and fellowships. CFI and BC-KDF grants supported the construction of the PCIGR laboratory facilities and a recent NSERC RTI grant contributes to its ongoing operations.

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Interview with

July 15, 2017

Dominique was invited for an interview with Radio-Canada (French CBC). The interview aired today and is titled “Quelle qualité pour le miel urbain?

The full-length audio of the interview is available here.