Waterloo, Ont. -- Peter Russell, curator at the University of Waterloo's Department of Earth Sciences, has been chosen as the 2004 recipient of the prestigious E.R.W.Neale Medal.
The esteemed medal is awarded by the Geological Association of Canada (GAC) to an individual for sustained outstanding efforts in sharing earth science with Canadians. The medal has been awarded annually since 1995.
The great waves of the Pacific crash only a few meters below me as I write. I am sitting on the Bolsa Chica State beach in southern California, somehow escaping the great white Canadian winter. I watch the black dots marking sandpipers and surfers with a sense of disbelief: how in the world did I end up here? I hope this essay will help answer that question, both for the reader and for myself.
Earth and Space is part of the new Ontario Curriculum through grade 12. Melissa got the Earth Sciences bug while she was at high school in Cambridge. Her Earth sciences teacher, Stan Jones created the spark of interest and she has found her career interest. Melissa wishes to work on Mars exploration projects. When she graduated from the University of Waterloo in Spring 2004 she will continue an interest which has given her opportunities even as an undergraduate.
BELOW: Melissa collecting a sample of the Dakota Sandstone.