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Summer 2016 Newsletter

This newsletter caps a successful and rewarding year for the department. In addition to the Imperial Barrel Award win and the numerous awards and scholarships achieved by our students and faculty, the Department of Geological Sciences has graduated 23 B.S., 11 Masters and 3 Ph.D. students. Dr. Philip Goodell was awarded the Undergraduate Student Choice Award for Outstanding Teaching, Ana Quevedo and Joseph Sabandal were selected as the Outstanding Undergraduates, and our Outstanding Graduates were Loren Ochoa, Syprose Nyachoti and Nicholas Talavera.

UTEP Geological Sciences will have a presence at the Fall 2016 GSA, SEG and AGU meetings, so if you are attending, stop by our booth to say “Hi.” At SEG, we are planning a reception at Aloft in Dallas on Tuesday October 18th. If you are attending, this will be a chance to meet with friends over hors d’oeurves and beverages.

We have remodeled the main office and added new office staff, Amber Bruner – Administrative Assistant, and Annette Veilleux – Graduate Coordinator, to complement our overworked team of Kristen Gonzalez and Joel Gilbert. I especially appreciate the efforts of Kristen and Joel to get us through my first year here and getting us to the point we are now. We will also welcome two new faculty this Fall – Geochemist Jie Xu and Physical Geologist Hugo Gutierrez-Jurado. Both bring expertise we do not currently have and will increase our educational offerings and research portfolio. Our future goals include several remodeling projects, such as graduate student office space and classroom upgrades, evaluating undergraduate and graduate curricula, and expanding collaborations both within and outside UTEP. I am excited for our future, and I hope you will continue to feel welcome when visiting. Hint: Homecoming is October 23-29, 2016. We would love to see you this fall!  --James Kubicki, Chair, Department of Geological Sciences