Philipp Wanner, a member of the Parker’s G³⁶⁰ Institute, has been awarded the prestigious Adrien Guébhard-Séverine prize – December 2017

Our very own Philipp Wanner has been awarded the Adrien Guébhard-Séverine prize for his PhD Thesis!

Dr. Beth Parker and Steve Chapman were both instrumental in the work that Philipp did for his PhD Thesis in “Isotope fractionation due to diffusion and sorption of chlorinated hydrocarbons and its implications for identifying reactive processes in aquifer – aquitard systems”.

The Adrien Guébhard-Séverine prize is awarded annually or every two years by the Faculty of Sciences to a PhD student from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland who has completed a PhD thesis in the field of hydrogeology or geothermal energy.

The prize honours the memory of Dr. Adrien Guébhard-Séverine (1849-1924), a native of Neuchâtel (Switzerland), an associate professor of physics at the Faculty of Medicine of Paris, France, as well as a geologist and prehistorian.

Congratulations Philipp, well done!

Michael Ben-Israel receives 2nd place in student platform presentation competition at the 14th International Phytotechnologies Conference Slides – September 2017

Phytotechnologies Michael Ben-Israel

Michael Ben-Israel received 2nd place in the student platform presentation competition (out of about 50 student presenters from around the world) at the 14th International Phytotechnologies Conference in Montreal last month. Michael is a PhD Student of Dr. Kari Dunfield at University of Guelph School of Environmental Sciences

R. Aravena and B. L. Parker were Co-Principal Investigators and project team students included R. Andrea (under Dr. K. E. Dunfield), J. Fernendes and Philipp Wanner (under B. L. Parker).

Thanks also to Kamini Khosla (lab manager at Dunfield) and the G360 staff (Juliana Camillo, Steve Chapman and intern James Hommerson).

Citation: M. Ben-Israel, J. Fernandes, P. Wanner, E.A. Haack, J.G. Burken, D.T. Tsao, R. Aravena, B.L. Parker, and K.E. Dunfield. Development of a toluene phytoremediation conceptual model in shallow fractured bedrock. Platform presentation at the 14th International Phytotechnologies Conference, Montreal, Canada (September 2017).

See the presentation here:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3jkeggBVUyedl9JeGxJVDlJOFU

 

University of Guelph field team receives June BP Safety Star award for work on the Alice Street Site

Photo of field team receiving safety star

We are pleased to announce that three G360 team members were awarded the BP Safety Star in June of this year for their safe practices while performing field work at the Alice Street Site, a site that has been an active G360 research site as part of an NSERC CRD project under Dr. Beth Parker since 2014.

Here is an extract of the award nomination:

​During a Senior Management Observation, it was observed that the three University of Guelph students working on the project did an excellent job in identifying trip and slip hazards at the job site. A packer test was being performed on a well in order to measure vertical temperature changes in the well in order to evaluate groundwater flow in the bedrock. As part of the test, there were coils of wiring and tubing laying on the ground between the well and support trailer. The students placed caution tape around the area and placed several traffic cones on the edges. This was implemented on their own without any coaching or comments from AECOM supervisors. I personally thanked them and recognized them for doing a great job in identifying hazards and making the work area safe.”

Congratulations to Jonathan Munn, Carlos Maldaner, and Jeremy Fernandes.

Photo of the award recipients
From left to right: Jonathan Munn, Carlos Maldaner, and  Jeremy Fernandes receiving the BP Safety Star Award in June 2017

Dr. Beth Parker Awarded Nova Domus Grant

Nova Domus Erasmus Mundus

Nova Domus is an Erasmus Mundus Key Action 2 project which aims to facilitate research and education links across a consortium of universities in Europe and North America in the fields of:

  • medical sciences
  • public health
  • natural sciences
  • physics and engineering

Nova Domus grants enable doctoral, post-doctoral, and staff candidates to undertake a period of research/ work/ training in a partner universities in Europe to the benefit of both the individual, and their wider research area.

lund_logoDr. Beth Parker recently completed a Nova Domus sponsored research exchange at Lund University from March 18-April 22, 2017.  During this research exchange, Beth was an invited speaker on topics that included:

  • Geologic time scales vs. contaminant transport time scales
  • High resolution characterization needed for groundwater flow system and transport predictions: How much data is enough?
  • The importance of hydrologic unit delineation sedimentary rock aquifers

Beth stated “This Nova Domus program offered an amazing opportunity to connect with new colleagues and a new place that may have never otherwise occurred. I am grateful for this memorable experience and looking forward to continuing the scientific collaborations with Dr. Sparrenbom and her colleagues for many years“.