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Department of Earth Sciences News

Melanie Barnes

A Memorial alumna is savouring the glory of being named Miss Newfoundland and Labrador, a role she hopes will bolster the profile of several volunteer groups and inspire young women to focus on educational goals.

Dr. Hank Williams

This January, the late Dr. Harold (Hank) Williams, of the Department of Earth Sciences, will be inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame “recognizes and honours the legendary mine finders and builders of a great Canadian industry.” Candidates are individuals who have demonstrated outstanding lifetime achievements to the benefit of the Canadian or world mineral industry in the areas of exploration, corporation building, technical or supporting contributions, or mining in society.

Born and raised on ‘The Rock’, the island of Newfoundland inspired Dr. Williams during his fruitful years with the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) and prolific career at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador in St. John’s.


Kazuhito Mizutani and Praveen Jha

Kazuhito Mizutani, an international student form Yokkaichi, Japan, has received the Canadian Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) Newfoundland Branch Silver Jubilee Scholarship.

The award was presented recently in St. John’s at the Mineral Resources Review.

Kazuhito Mizutani presented Environmental Geoscience Award

Six students from the Earth Sciences Department attended the Atlantic Universities Geoscience Conference (AUGC) 2015, which took place at St. Mary's University, Halifax from October 22th to 25th.  Emily Gorner, Mark Grant, and Kazuhito Mizutani presented their honours dissertations at the conference.