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A sign from a the Star Lake Field School showing the name of the department from 1967-2005

Re-introducing the Department of Earth Sciences

June 29, 2021 — 

What’s old is new again with the recent approval by the University of Manitoba Board of Governors to return the name of the Department of Geological Sciences to the Department of Earth Sciences. The department in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources had this name from 1967 to 2005.

“As the study of the Earth has evolved, the Department is constantly exploring the dynamics and processes of these changes,” says Dr. Stephan Pflugmacher-Lima, Dean of the Riddell Faculty. “The updated name recognizes this evolution in the field beyond classical geology and geophysics. The scientists in this Department combine geology, chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics to advance our knowledge of the processes that have shaped our dynamic planet. They seek a better understanding of how the Earth was shaped to better understand future changes and how humans impact the environment.”

The new name also better reflects the department’s current curriculum and future direction and fits perfectly with the vision of the Riddell Faculty.

The name change becomes effective July 1, 2021. Students who were studying in the department will not see a change in courses or degrees at this time.

“I congratulate the Department of Earth Sciences on this recent name change and wish them great success,” Adds Dr. Pflugmacher-Lima.

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