Government congratulates MUNs earth science team on international award

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An earth science team from Memorial University, Rock Enerji, has been awarded the American Association of Petroleum Geologists' Stonley Award for placing third at the world Imperial Barrel Competition in Denver, Colorado, earlier this week.

According to a news release, this is the best showing ever from a Canadian university in the competition.

The award follows on the team's first place win at the Canadian Regional Imperial Barrel competition. The team also received $5,000 to help support the university's Petroleum Geoscience Department.

Natural Resources Minister Kathy Dunderdale said the award helps to solidify Memorial University's reputation as a world-class educational institution in the area of geoscience.

"The impressive showing by Rock Enerji demonstrates the strength and quality of our earth science program and positions the province well as we continue to expand our geoscience knowledge related to our basins," she said.

The Imperial Barrel Award is a competition for geosciences students from around the world and is sponsored by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

The members of Rock Enerji are Burcu Gacal-Isler, Jennifer Cranshaw, Tiffany Piercey and Adam Gogacz. They are all graduate students from the Department of Earth Sciences. The team coach, Elliot Burden, is a professor with the Earth Sciences faculty.

Organizations: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Petroleum Geoscience Department, Department of Earth Sciences Earth Sciences

Geographic location: Denver, Colorado

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  • Richard
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    What's the news story here? The fact that the team won a prestigious award, or the fact that the government congratulated them?

    Judging by the headline, it would appear to be the latter. The fact that the team members make a late entry in the final graph of the story while a Cabinet Minister who had nothing to do with it gets top billing is a sad reflection of how news is manufactured and reported in this province.

    Congratulations to the team. It's an accomplishment well worthy of praise and press coverage. Too bad that only happens via government filters and mouthpieces. Surely Memorial could have issued a press release about this international accomplishment of its students and faculty. Or does that. too, now require government sanction?

  • Richard
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    What's the news story here? The fact that the team won a prestigious award, or the fact that the government congratulated them?

    Judging by the headline, it would appear to be the latter. The fact that the team members make a late entry in the final graph of the story while a Cabinet Minister who had nothing to do with it gets top billing is a sad reflection of how news is manufactured and reported in this province.

    Congratulations to the team. It's an accomplishment well worthy of praise and press coverage. Too bad that only happens via government filters and mouthpieces. Surely Memorial could have issued a press release about this international accomplishment of its students and faculty. Or does that. too, now require government sanction?