Masters student Summer Caton (supervisor: M. Smit) and PhD candidate Nichole Moerhuis (supervisors: J. Scoates, D. Weis) are two of 16 recipients of the Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award winners for 2020 / 2021.
The awards, given annually since 1996 / 1997, send the important message to students (both undergraduate and graduate) that UBC values teaching and seeks to recognize teaching excellence at our university.
Dr. Corey Wall is the new U-Pb Facilities Manager at PCIGR. He will start on February 16th, 2021.
Dr. Wall completed his Doctorate at UBC, where he studied the tempo and duration of magmatism in open-system, mafic-ultramafic layered intrusions (e.g., Stillwater Complex, Montana). He has spent the last four years as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and an Assistant Research Geochemist at the Isotope Geology Laboratory at Boise State University, one of the world’s leading laboratories performing high-precision CA-TIMS U-Pb geochronology.
Dr. Dominique Weis has been appointed as a 2021 University Killam Professor. This designation is the highest academic honour awarded to faculty members at the University of British Columbia, in recognition of exceptional and sustained excellence in research, teaching and mentoring.
Kate and Dominique used sensitive mass-spectrometer techniques to determine that the average concentration of lead in honey collected downwind of the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, three months after the devastating April 2019 fire, was around four times higher than lead levels in honey collected from the countryside and about three-and-a-half times higher than the urban honey collected before the fire. The research was published last week in Environmental Science & Technology Letters.
Despite these lead levels, all the honey collected for this study in and around Paris following the fire are still within the European Union’s safe levels for consumption.