Alison Marklein, Nate Bogie, and Daniel Rath attended this year's Russell Ranch Field Day lead by Kate Scow at UC Davis. Alison represented our UC DroCaM group with an oral presentation and Nate presented his preliminary data as part of the poster session. Great work team!!
Macon and Claudia will both be surrounded with X-rays this summer, but in different countries. Macon was accepted to the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource hard x-ray summer school where he will learn more about 11-2, 4-1 beamlines and both bulk x-ray and mapping capabilities. Enjoy the beam Macon!
Congratulations to Claudia for being this year's recipient of the Environmental Science Outstanding Teaching Award! The award was based on her "consistently superior teaching performance as recommended by the chair and nominating committee of the Department of Environmental Sciences." Claudia received her award at the Excellence in Teaching Awards Ceremony on Tuesday May 30th. Go Claudia!!
Mike, Claudia, and Macon went up for a surprise STXM run at ALS BL 5.3.2 (Thank you Peter Nico for the time!!) this last weekend. They imaged surface soil samples taken from Russell Ranch processing tomato field with and without cover crops. Thanks to Dr. Nate Bogie of UC Merced (postdoc at Ghezzehei/Berhe Groups) for the rushed aggregate size separation!
Not only was there data acquired, but it was Macon's birthday during the heart of the 26 hour run! He didn't tell anyone, but thanks to Claudia's internet searching skills, she found out and gave him some candy. Look at how stoked he is to be surrounded by physics stuff during his big day (and night). That's the synchrotron spirit we like to see Macon! Go Team!
Claudia just received news that she has been accepted to attend the Canadian Light Source Summer School this August with the very appropriate theme "Environmental Research." Claudia will come home and tell us all about the goodies she learned about NEXAFS and STXM. Congratulations Claudia!
Congratulations to MJ for being this year's recipient for the Rosemary Schraer Award who will be recognized for her achievements during this year's graduation ceremony. Great job MJ!
Dr. Roya Bahreini released a giant balloon into the sky for her Atmospheric Chemistry course today and we all joined on the quad to watch. The balloon is attached to a box containing a GPS and sensors recording temperature and humidity at high temporal resolution. Here's our group enjoying the launch when we all noticed the bird, no-- it's a plane, no-- it was Superwoman flying next to the balloon.
From left to right: Mike, MJ, Sara Vliet (Volz Lab), Claudia, Macon, Lucas, and Alex
Dr. Roya Bahreini (right) and Alex (left, looking very serious and professional with the gloves) getting the balloon ready for take-off.
Macon Abernathy joins us this quarter from the environmental toxicology graduate program. He has been rotating in other labs this past year and we are lucky enough to have him for this spring for his last rotation (and maybe stay longer??). He will be joining Team Awesome on the UC Catalyst Drought and Carbon Management project.
Congratulations MJ for being nominated for the Rosemary Schraer Award (after receiving the Academic excellence award last year). We'll keep our fingers crossed for you and hope to hear the good news soon,,,
Lucas joins our group this month for the rest of his stay here in the U.S. Lucas is currently working with Professor Bob Graham investigating soil pedogenesis and chemistry of coastal wetland soils in Brazil. We're excited to have Lucas as part of our family this year!