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GGE Photo Album - 2011

This year's Christmas party was held on December 22nd, at the Kingswood Lodge. A great time was had by all!

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The Department said farewell to Mohamed Shafee on December 16th. Mohamad has completed the requirements for his M.Eng. degree under the supervision of Dr. Sue Nichols. (Photo: Yun-ta Teng, 2011-December-16)

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Brad Eisan [right] receiving the $300 Measurement Sciences Inc. [Purdy Smith, SE 1992; Chad Taylor, SE 1994; Ryan McMahon, GGE 2002] prize for the best integrated survey plan [in the background] in GGE5521 Survey Law during the 2011 Fall term. (Photo: Terry Arsenault, 2011-December-14)

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The department said farewell to M.Sc.E student Amer A. Ahmad on December 9, 2011. Amer was supervised by Dr. Yun Zhang and the title of his thesis is “An Improved Approach for Soil Moisture Estimation by Employing Illumination-Corrected Data in a Modified Ts-Vi Method”.

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The department said farewell to Doug Cartwright, a research assistant with the Ocean Mapping Group, on November 23, 2011. Doug first came to GGE in 2000 from the Pacific arm of the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) to begin his master's with the Ocean Mapping Group. He successfully completed his Fraser River delta based project and master's in 2003.

After a few more years on the west coast, with the CHS and in a private commercial partnership, he was tempted back to the Ocean Mapping Group by John Hughes Clarke where he was put directly into service operating the CSL Heron in the Bay of Fundy. Also, in 2006 he accompanied the Heron to the Arctic aboard the CCGS Amundsen. He was a regular aboard the Amundsen, participating each year since, including 2011. Most notably he aided the Amundsen's crew in the rescue of the passengers of the Clipper Adventurer in 2010 (http://www.unb.ca/difference/arcticrescue.html).

He has been a social anchor to his fellow employees and friends at UNB. He imparted his knowledge and experience in formal hydrography to co-workers, students, and shipmates throughout his time here. He is moving to St. John's NF to take up an ocean mapping related teaching position at the Marine Institute where he will be sure to receive visits from his old friends. (Photo: Terry Arsenault, 2011-November-23)

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The department said farewell to M.Sc.E student Vivek Dey on November 17, 2011. Vivek was supervised by Dr. Yun Zhang and the title of his thesis is “A Supervised Approach for Estimation of Parameters of Multiresolution Segmentation and its Application in Building Feature Extraction from VHR Imagery”. (Photo: Terry Arsenault, 2011-November-17)

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Ian Mallett (right), a GPS navigation expert with the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority, bends the ear of Prof. Richard Langley at GPS World's Leadership Dinner held during the Institute of Navigation's GNSS 2011 meeting in Portland, Oregon, in September. (Photo: GPS World, 2011-September-22)

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Past and present GGE colleagues get together at the IUGG General Assembly in Melbourne.

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The Department hosted students and teachers from George Street Middle School on June 21, 2011 for a "Wellness Day" geocaching event. Students were divided into 8 teams and each team was given the name of a present or former Kentucky Derby Race Horse (e.g. Scat Daddy, Cowtown Cat, etc.). For this event, students used a GPS receiver to navigate to seven waypoints around campus. At each waypoint, there was a wooden stake hidden near the location of the waypoint and each stake had a letter on it. When the team arrived at a waypoint, they searched for the stake and recorded the letter on their handout.

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The Department hosted students and teachers from George Street Middle School - House of St. Croix on June 15, 2011 for another geocaching event. Students were divided into 8 teams and each team was given the name of a present or former Kentucky Derby Race Horse (e.g. Scat Daddy, Cowtown Cat, etc.). Each team was then divided into two groups (e.g. Scat Daddy A, Scat Daddy B, Cowtown Cat A, etc).

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On June 9, 2011, David Fraser and Jay Woodyer visited McAdam High School in McAdam, New Brunswick, to give a GPS presentation and host a geocache activity. They were greeted in the morning by John McGillicuddy, coordinator of the community school project, and shown the area that could be used for the activity. Mr. McGillicuddy's friendliness was indicative of the village of McAdam; many people waved or said “hello” as they walked around the neighbourhood.

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GGE participated at the Canadian Geophysical Union 2011 Annual Meeting which took place in Banff, Alberta, from May 15 to 18, with oral and poster presentations, and with convening of the Session "Advances in Space-based Positioning" (by Marcelo Santos).

Contributions to the meeting were:

Kingdon, R., P. Vaníček and M. C. Santos
"Downward continuation solution by the relaxed Jacobi technique."

Urquhart, L., F. Nievinski and M. C. Santos
"Ray-traced slant factors for mitigating the tropospheric delay at the observation level."

Avalos, D., M. C. Santos and P. Vaníček
"Detecting crustal deformation signals."

Mtamakaya, J., M. C. Santos and M. Craymer
"Periodic Effects on IGS REPRO 1 Solutions."

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On their way to Banff, to attend the Canadian Geophysical Union 2011 Annual Meeting, Marcelo and Robbie joined an alumni lunch in downtown Calgary.

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On January 12, Dr. Zhang's research group said farewell to visiting scholar Dr. GuangJun Wang. (Photo: Terry Arsenault, 2011-January-12)

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