Official newsletter of the LSU Department of Geology & Geophysics
April 2017
Geology & Geophysics Quarterly Spotlight
Jeffrey Hanor Inducted into Hall of Distinction

The LSU College of Science inducted four new member into its Hall of Distinction during a banquet and ceremony on Friday, March 31st.
This year's class included LSU G&G Professor Emeritus Jeffrey Hanor!

Jeffrey Hanor, LSU Alumni Professor Emeritus in LSU's Department of Geology & Geophysics, is an internationally recognized authority on the origin and geochemistry of waters in sedimentary basins. These waters range from potable groundwaters to hypersaline brines co-produced with crude oil and natural gas. Hanor has also served as an expert in groundwater contamination cases, including cases for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the Louisiana Attorney General. He is the author or coauthor of over 130 published articles and book chapters and was selected by the Hydrogeology Division of the Geological Society of America to be their 1998 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer. In this role he gave presentations on his research at 32 colleges, universities, and government agencies, most during the spring 1998 semester.

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LSU celebrated Women's History Month by honoring our women scientists on Champion Trading Cards. Dr. Sophie Warny was featured on the final card.

Dr. Warny studies organic-walled microfossils, or palynomorphs, such as pollen, spores and algae. These microfossils are preserved in sediment and rocks and can be used to answer questions about evolution, extinction, diversity or how living organism formed. They also offer information about ancient climates and environments. They can also be used for oil exploration and as a forensic tool in criminal investigations or archaeological studies.

Her advice to aspiring scientists: "Starting on day one, go to all your classes, be organized, make time to study and join a team to have a support system. Get involved in a research lab by going to talk to faculty members who are doing research in a field that interests you. Not only will you learn a lot, but these faculty will become your mentors and can help you make the most out of your university experience." 

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Peter Clift Named Editor-in-Chief of Geological Magazine

Congratulations to Professor Peter Clift: Dr. Clift has accepted the role of Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal Geological Magazine!

Geological Magazine, established in 1864, is one of the oldest and best-known periodicals in the Earth Sciences. Its worldwide circulation, broad scope and high production values keep the journal at the forefront of the field. It publishes original papers, review articles, rapid communications and discussions about all aspects of the geosciences.

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Sam Bentley Named Associate Dean of Research & Administration
Effective April 1, 2017 Dr. Sam Bentley, Profesor of Geology & Geophysics and Harrison Chair in Sedimentary Geology has accepted the position of Associate Dean of Research & Administration in the LSU College of Science.

Over his career, Dr. Bentley has been highly successful in securing extramural funding to build his research program, most recently as one of the leaders of a very active interdisciplinary research group. His experience with this team and as the Director of the Coastal Studies Institute have given him a unique vision for how to foster and develop interdisciplinary research within the College and across LSU.
Dr. Bentley has demonstrated his commitment to graduate education and has expressed interest in developing unique training programs that would provide students with the tools they need to be successful in the marketplace, academic or otherwise, post-graduation.
In a paper published February 24, 2017 in Nature-affiliated journal Scientific Reports, researchers at LSU document geochemical changes over time in the lava flows of Elysium, a major martian volcanic province. LSU Geology and Geophysics graduate researcher David Susko led the study with colleagues at LSU and beyond, including his advisor Dr. Suniti Karunatillake. They found that the unusual chemistry of lava flows around Elysium is consistent with primary magmatic processes, or processes involving magma under Mars' crust. These processes could be related to a laterally heterogeneous mantle beneath Mars' surface or the weight of the overlying volcanic mountain causing different layers of the mantle to melt at different temperatures as they rise to the surface over time.

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Geology Club Participates in Rockin' at the Swamp Event

The LSU Geology Club along with professor Sophie Warny participated in BREC's annual Rockin' at the Swamp event held at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center. Rockin' at the Swamp lets kids explore the exciting world of rocks, minerals, gemstones, and fossils by participating in various events. This year's event featured a chance for kids to collect rocks and minerals, sift through gravel in a 'quarry' seeded with real fossils, collect iron pyrite in a 'gold mine', climb a rock wall, and take part in other rock-related activities.

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Congratulation to G&G graduate students Rickey Bartlett, Jeff Bomer, Adam Gostic, and Elizabeth Levy on being selected as grant recipients for the 2017 AAPG Foundation Grants-in-Aid Program.

These funds are granted annually thanks to AAPG Foundation Named Grants, most of which bear the names of many generous supporters of the AAPG Foundation. These grants are given to provide financial assistance to graduate students (currently enrolled in Masters or Ph.D. programs) whose thesis research has application to the search for and development of petroleum and energy-mineral resources, and/or to related environmental geology issues.

GSA South Central - Best Graduate Student Poster
We would like to congratulate G&G graduate student Yuting Li for being awarded "Best Graduate Student Poster" at the  Geological Society of America South Central Section meeting in San Antonio, TX.

Congratulations Yuting on such a big honor!

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