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FROM THE DEPARTMENT HEAD  

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Dear Alumni, current students, faculty, and staff:

I hope you are enjoying the summer of 2017. This issue of the newsletter we will introduce you to Hiroko Kitajima, the department’s new tectonicist, and to Allayne Babin, one of our business associates. Although many of the Geology and Geophysics faculty are traveling the world this summer to study rocks the building has been a locus of activity as the Dudley Hughes Lecture Hall (Halbouty 101) is being restored to its original 1930’s look, we are receiving five new mass spectrometers, we are welcoming new graduate students, a new paleontologist (Christine Belanger), a new Berg-Hughes Center Director (Mukhul Bhatia), a new Chevron Center of Research Excellence Director (Mauro Becker), and a new Halbouty Visiting Lecturer (Saugata Datta).

During the Dudley Hughes Lecture Hall renovation, please don’t worry about the Halbouty 101 mineral stained glass windows as they are staying, but they are being cleaned, repaired, and covered with a plastic coating to keep them in their new shape for a long time to come. I encourage all of you to attend the Dudley Hughes Classroom Re-Dedication on Friday afternoon September 29th, 2017, the day before the Aggie football team BTHO the University of South Carolina. We will be providing departmental tours, and there will be some short talks given by our faculty, followed by the Re-Dedication Ceremony from 4-5 pm. Following the ceremony we will continue giving tours, conversate, and reminisce about the department before having an informal sit down dinner.

The evening social event at the AAPG’s 100th year Annual Meeting was quite a success with current students being able to meet with many alumni at the Hotel of the Americas in Houston. During the summer we instructed almost 120 students in five separate field camps in Utah, Colorado, and Montana! I hope to see you at the Dudley Hughes Classroom Re-Dedication or the next time you make it to College Station.

All the best, 

Mike Pope



Faculty

Dr. Hiroko Kitajima

Dr. Hiroko Kitajima

Dr. Hiroko Kitajima joined Texas A&M’s faculty in 2014 as an assistant professor working with the Center for Tectonophysics.

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Carlos Dengo Announces Retirement

Carlos Dengo Announces Retirement

Dr. Carlos A. Dengo, Executive Professor and Director for the Berg-Hughes Center for Petroleum and Sedimentary Systems, has announced his retirement.

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Dr. Mukul Bhatia Named Director of The Berg-Hughes Center

Dr. Mukul Bhatia Named Director of The Berg-Hughes Center

Dr. Mukul Bhatia Named Director of The Berg-Hughes Center

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New Directors for the Chevron Basin Modeling Center of Excellence

New Directors for the Chevron Basin Modeling Center of Excellence

New Directors for the Chevron Basin Modeling Center of Excellence

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Rick Carlson Honored at Geology & Geophysics Department Picnic

Rick Carlson Honored at Geology & Geophysics Department Picnic

The Department of Geology & Geophysics honored Dr. Rick Carlson this past weekend at the 2017 Department Picnic.

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Rick Giardino Receives 2017 Texas A&M Bush Excellence Award for Faculty in International Teaching

Rick Giardino Receives 2017 Texas A&M Bush Excellence Award for Faculty in International Teaching

Congratulations to Dr. Rick Giardino for winning the 2017 Texas A&M Bush Excellence Award for Faculty in International Teaching!

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Department News

Renovations of Dudley Hughes '51 Lecture Hall

Renovations of Dudley Hughes '51 Lecture Hall

This summer the Department of Geology & Geophysics has been overseeing the renovation of the Dudley Hughes ’51 Lecture Hall within the Halbouty Geosciences Building, also known as Room 101.

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Texas A&M University 2017 Imperial Barrel Award team wins third place at the Gulf Coast Regional IBA Competition

Texas A&M University 2017 Imperial Barrel Award team wins third place at the Gulf Coast Regional IBA Competition

Congratulations to the Texas A&M University Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) team for winning third place in the Gulf Coast Section of the IBA Competition!

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Suzanne Rosser Receives President’s Meritorious Service Award

Suzanne Rosser Receives President’s Meritorious Service Award

Congratulations to Suzanne Rosser, the academic advisor for the Department of Geology and Geophysics, for winning the President's Meritorious Service Award!

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Department of Geology & Geophysics Spring 2017 Outstanding Seniors

Department of Geology & Geophysics Spring 2017 Outstanding Seniors

Congratulations to the Department of Geology & Geophysics three students honored at the College of Geosciences' Commencement as Outstanding Seniors

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Meet Allayne Babin

Meet Allayne Babin

Meet Allayne Babin who holds the Business Associate II position for the Department of Geology & Geophysics.

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Accolades

Berg-Hughes Center Funding Awards

Berg-Hughes Center Funding Awards

Congratulations to the following students who will be receiving funding for the 2017-2018 academic year from the Berg-Hughes Center.

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Geology & Geophysics Graduate Students Awarded 2017 AAPG Grants-In-Aid

Geology & Geophysics Graduate Students Awarded 2017 AAPG Grants-In-Aid

Department of Geology & Geophysics Graduate Students Awarded 2017 AAPG Grants-In-Aid

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Geophysics Students Recognized at AGU

Geophysics Students Recognized at AGU

Two undergraduate Geophysics majors placed in the AGU Virtual Poster Showcase.

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Congratulations to the Geology & Geophysics student winners at the GGGSC Research Symposium

Congratulations to the Geology & Geophysics student winners at the GGGSC Research Symposium

Congratulations to all the Geology & Geophysics students who won an award at the 10th Annual GGGSC Research Symposium!

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Trips

2017 Geologic Field Camp

2017 Geologic Field Camp

The largest geologic field camp in department history occurred this past summer.

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Giving

Department’s Field Camp Endowment Goal

Department’s Field Camp Endowment Goal

Whether you make an impact by supporting the annual fund, a major gift for academic or high impact learning programs, or by establishing an endowment through a planned giving strategy, your support is critical.

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