2022 News Archive

30 Nov 2022: Online seminar at 4 pm: Geology Seminar Series - Dr. Luke Parry - Annelid evolution: from ancient origins to the colonisation of the continents

21 Nov 2022: Join us on Wednesday, 23 Nov at 4 pm for a seminar by URegina MSc student James McWilliams, who will speak about his research on Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction based on Carbon and Hydrogen Isotopes from Amber Associated with Dinosaur Remains in Western Canada. This event will be offered both in person at the University Regina (CW 237.3) and via Zoom (see link above for more information).

1 Nov 2022: Join us on Wednesday, 2 Nov at 4 pm to see Canadian Society of Economic Geophysicists Distinguished Speaker Dr Rachel Newrick speak. Dr Newrick's seminar is entitled Geophysics … the future is so bright, we have to wear shades. Note this seminar will be in person at the University Regina (CW 237.3).

25 Sept 2022: Join us this week for 3 seminars: on Tuesday, Pam Schwann from the Saskatchewan Mining Association will speak on Advancing Critical Mineral Opportunities in Saskatchewan, on Wednesday, visiting speaker Dr Joshua Davies from UQAM will speak on Climatic and lunar signals recorded in Paleoproterozoic Banded Iron Formations, and URegina MSc student Dan Ferguson will speak on Thursday about The Midwest Uranium Deposit.

12 Sept 2022: This week Dr Linda Campbell, a collaborator of Dr McBeth in our department, will be presenting three lectures during her visit to Saskatchewan. The first two seminars will be at the University of Saskatchewan and will be livecast for remote attendees, for registration info for these USask events, please visit event pages below. Dr Campbell's seminar at URegina, entitled Invasive Chain pickerel and species at risk: What is going on in the Maritimes, will be Friday, 16 Sept 2022 in room CL130 at 2:30 pm (sorry, there is no remote attendance option for the URegina lecture).

7 Sept 2022: Please join us for our first seminar of the Fall semester, with our own Professor Maria Velez! This will be a hybrid in-person/online, more information here: Geology Seminar Series - Dr. Maria I Velez, University of Regina - Sediment's Secrets

7 Sept 2022: Currently majoring in Geology or Environmental Geoscience or thinking about it? Please join us on Monday, Sept 12 from 12-1pm in CW237.1 for an information seminar about how our programs meet APEGS requirements. APEGS is the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan, and all our grads should qualify for professional registration. Our programs are designed to achieve this if you take all the courses we require as per the degree plan, but it's still important to familiarize yourself with their requirements to ensure you are on track. Dr K. MacLachlan will give us the scoop! More information here: Information Seminar - Dr K. MacLachlan, APEGS - APEGS Information Session for Geology and Environmental Geoscience Students

31 August 2022: Welcome back students!!

24 August 2022: One week until classes begin - we hope you are as excited to return to classes as we are! All classes and labs will be face-to-face this semester. Given the anticipated prevalence of COVID-19 and other viral infections this fall, students are strongly encouraged to wear masks to lectures and labs to minimize collective risk of health-related absences. Please do not attend lecture or lab if you are ill. Contact your instructor as soon as possible in the event of illness that prevents you attending an exam or lab. 

15 August 2022: The Department of Geology is sad to report that Bob MacDonald, who served as a Sessional Instructor and Adjunct Professor for many years, has passed away. Dr. Robert Macdonald passed away on August 9th, 2022 at the age of 91. Bob had a vibrant geological career and was inducted into the SGS Honour Roll in 2013. His obituary can be viewed at: https://speersfuneralchapel.com/tribute/details/11716/Robert-MacDonald/obituary.html

1 July 2022: The Department of Geology would like to welcome Renata Raina-Fulton (Professor, Dept of Chemistry and Biochemistry) as our chair in a 5 year appointment. Renata is an environmental chemist; welcome Renata!

11 June 2022: The Department of Geology is saddened to share the news that Dr Donald Kent, Professor Emeritus, passed away on June 8th. Don was a great friend, colleague, teacher and mentor who served as a professor of Geology at the University of Regina from 1968 until his retirement in June 1996; during that time he served for some time as the Head of the Geology Department. Don's research on understanding the petroleum geology of Canada has provided much of the foundation upon which petroleum exploration in Saskatchewan was based. He received many awards for his professional work, with the most recent being the 2021 Canadian Professional Geoscientist Award.  Although he demanded a lot from his students, he was well liked and admired by themUpon his retirement, Dr. Kent set up two scholarships (Sedimentary Geology Scholarship and Donald Kent Geology Award) to support our students. These contributions coupled with his recognized dedication to teaching and mentoring of students through his career led to creation of the ‘D.M. Kent Club of Geology’ (the University of Regina undergraduate geology club) in the early 2000s. He will be remembered fondly and missed immensely. Dr Kent's obituary and memorial service details are posted here:  https://leaderpost.remembering.ca/obituary/donald-kent-1085427632

June 2022: Congratulations to our 2022 Graduates and to the Earth Ring Recipients! On Thursday, June 9th the 2022 graduates officially received their Geology or Environmental Geoscience diplomas. In addition, we also congratulate the 22 Earth Ring Recipients from the April 28th, 2022 ceremony (photo below). We wish them the best wherever their career may take them and hope to hear from them with updates on their Earth science adventures soon!


16-19 May 2022: Visit to Balgonie, Saskatchewan - we enjoyed introducing our Geology and Environmental Geoscience programs to 3300+ Grade 9 students visiting Balgonie from around southern Saskatchewan during our visit there from May 16-19th, 2022. Many thanks to Nic Montenegro and Kaitlyn Crawford for their help and the Faculty of Science for inviting us to this very successful event.



22 April 2022: An update on the Earth Ring Ceremony for our new graduates - the Earth Ring ceremony is happening on Thurday April 28, 1:30pm in the Multipurpose room, Riddel Center, University of Regina. Please review the instructions document well in advance of attending the ceremony - note that masks will be required and if you are ill you should not attend the event. If you plan on attending can you please let Joanne know by the end of the day Monday April 25 because we need a numbers count for catering. Joanne Downing: CW234.1; 306-585-4737; Joanne.Downing at uregina dot ca

22 April 2022: Happy Earth Day!! We are pleased to offer a section of Environmental Geology (GEOL 102) in the Spring/Summer semester. This will be offered face-to-face (in person) with a face-to-face lab! The Spring/Summer semester runs from 2 May to June 15, and the classes will be every M/W/T/R from 8-9:15 am. There are two lab sections to choose from; Tuesday or Thursday from 2-4:45 pm.


23 March 2022: Attention URegina Geology and Environmental Geoscience students! Dr Bethune is preparing for the GEOL 496 field school that will take place at the end of the summer (tentative dates: August 25 - September 3, 2022). Please contact her (cc Van) by April 11 to express your interest in attending (further information). Note that you must have completed GEOL 313, 315, 353, and 396 prior to attending the field school. There will be a $800 trip fee on top of tuition. There are limited spaces, and priority will to go students graduating in Fall 2022 or Winter 2023.

13 March, 2022: The Earth Ring Ceremony will be held on 28 April 2022, at 1:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room in the Riddle Centre. This event is for 2022 graduates and URegina Geology graduates who have not previously participated in this ceremony to welcome new graduates into the profession. You are welcome to bring guests to the ceremony (note that masks will be required, since this event falls in the time period when masks are required for events held at the university). Each sterling silver ring costs $131.25 including GST (engraving is extra, and other option are available). The deadline to order rings is 15 March 2022, for further information contact Joanne Downing: CW234.1; 306-585-4737; Joanne.Downing at uregina dot ca