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Grad Student Wins ARMA Thesis Award

Congratulations to Matthew Clark, MASc'20, on winning the American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA) 2020 Master’s Thesis Award for an outstanding thesis in rock mechanics or rock engineering!

The winning thesis is titled "Geomechanics and mineralogical characterization of intact heterogeneous rocks from the legacy skarn deposit" and the research was supervised by Dr. Jennifer Day.

Matthew, who is now working for Golder Associates, will be presented the award...

Edward Farrar, Professor Emeritus, In Memoriam

Dr. Edward Farrar, Emeritus Professor Queen's Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

Dr. Edward Farrar, Emeritus Professor at Queen’s University’s Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, died on November 8, 2020, in the Providence Manor Long-Term Care Home in Kingston. Dr. Farrar received his B.A. in Physics from the University of Toronto in 1959 and his M.A. in Physics (Meteorology) from the same institution in 1960. After working for three years as meteorologist at the Goose Bay Air Force Base in Labrador, he returned to the University of Toronto where he earned a Ph.D. in Geophysics in 1966, working on methods of Potassium-Argon (K-Ar) dating of rocks in the Geochronology Laboratory of Professor Derek York. He joined the Department of Geological Sciences at Queen’s University in 1966, where he established his own Geochronology Lab and served as Head of Department from 1981 to 1986.

Dr. Farrar’s teaching and research at Queen’s centered on problems in...

CSCE Tech Talks 2020/21

Under the WW1 battlefield – Geotechnical stability assessment at the
Vimy Ridge Memorial Site, France

November 11, 2020 - 12:58 to 2:00 EST
Vimy Ridge is the site of the Canadian National memorial monument in France. Ground subsidence into WW1 underground workings threatened public safety, and site stability during restoration work on the memorial. The talk summarizes geotechnical site investigation and risk assessment completed, considering the engineering geology of the chalk and the impact of the WW1 battles.

Presented by:
Dr. D. Jean Hutchinson, P.Eng., FCAE, FEIC and Dr. Mark Diederichs, P.Eng, FEIC

Visiting PhD Student Wins GSA Poster Competition

PhD student, Fangge Chen

Congratulations to visiting PhD student, Fangge Chen, on receiving an Outstanding Student Poster Award from the Sedimentary Geology Division/SEPM of the Geological Society of America (GSA).

Fangge is a visiting PhD student from the China University of Geoscience, Beijing.  He is the recipient of a prestigious China Scholarship Council Fellowship, which has funded his time in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering at Queen's...