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Alumni News - Department of Earth Sciences, University of Toronto

Alumni News - Department of Earth Sciences, University of Toronto

Alumni News - Department of Earth Sciences, University of

Issue 18 February 2009 Alumni NEWS for Alumni and Friends 2008 Rockfest Fest winning photo The Wave (Coyote Buttes, Vermillion Cliffs, Utah Arizona Border) by Ulrich G. Wortmann Acting Chair, Dick Bailey A Message from the Chair The 2009 edition of the Alumni Newsletter arrives in your hands in the middle of a rather atypical year for both the Department of Geology and the world at large. Different for the Department because the Chair, Sandy Cruden, is taking a well deserved research leave for the 2008-2009 academic year, to investigate the tectonics of crustal deformation in a number of interesting locations around the world. I am writing this as Acting Chair, and hope to hand the helm back to Sandy in July, with the Department in at least as good condition as he left it. A different sort of year for the world out there, the world our students come from and our graduates go to, because of the striking economic events that have overtaken everyone. These events may look unnerving in the short term, but cannot be in the long term: people will always be curious about the planet they live on, and, more practically, they will always need the resources that it provides. So, looking to the interests of this longer future, I am pleased to report that the total number of students registered in the various geology programs at the University of Toronto continues to rise, and is up about 30% over last year to about 130 (even without taking into account increases in cognate disciplines in other parts of the University, such as the Lascontinued on page 2

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