MWGB 2017 was a lot of fun. We had an excellent collection of talks and posters from several schools throughout the Midwest. Generous support from the Agouron Institute, School of Science, and the Department of Earth Sciences made this event possible. Special thanks goes to Lisa Pratt from IU Bloomington for her keynote address about the future of space exploration.
Over the past eight weeks MURI interns Amanda Evans, Amandeep Kaur, Omer Sajid, and Shruthi Garugu did research on a freeze core collected from a euxinic lake in Washington. They did an amazing amount of work, combining genetic with geochemical analyses to better characterize ecological changes that have occurred within the lake over the last 1400 years.
Today they presented their findings at the 2017 CRL Student Summer Poster Symposium. They did a fantastic job and my colleague Christine Picard and I are proud of all they accomplished. Thanks also goes to Alice Bosco and Charity Owings for mentoring and helping the students with their work in the lab.
High School student Ashley Ring did an amazing amount of work during her American Chemical Society Project Seed internship. Today, she presented her poster showcasing her analyses of Archean rocks with her mentor Alice Bosco Santos. Ashely will be a freshman at Purdue University in a few weeks. Good luck Ashley and please come visit the lab whenever you can!
The first conference of the Geobiology Society was excellent. We got to hike up to see part of the Burgess Shale at the Mount Stephen Trilobite Beds. The Druschel and Gilhooly research groups gave great presentations. And of course, Banff is amazing. 🙂
I had a great time in Ghent at the Joint European Stable Isotopes User group Meeting. We presented our recent advancements in EA-IRMS. We also tried a lot of amazing Belgian beers. I recommend drinking L’Arogante at the Trollekelder.
Greg Druschel and I convened the Second Annual Midwest Geobiology Symposium at IUPUI. The meeting was a big success. We drew 90 participants from 20 schools in the Midwest. We thank the Agouron Institute, IUPUI and OVCR for their support, and all who attended. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone again next year in Chicago!