The first LP-SAM* was held on April 27th.
After introduction of LP-SAM by Assistant Professor Altansukh Batnasan, four students gave presentations. The first two presenters are newly-enrolled students** who introduced themselves, their previous works and future research plans in the LP. The last two presenters gave progress reports on their current researches under LP. After the presentations, the audience asked many questions that encouraged useful discussions in a lively atmosphere.
Presenter 1: Astiti Anggoro Wati (M1)
Studying about volcanoes is one of her passions.
She accomplished her undergraduate study at Gadjah Mada University (GMU), Indonesia in August 2015, with a bachelor's degree in geological engineering. Her major is volcanology. Her thesis covered the distribution, area, volume, mineralogical and geochemical characteristics of Tephra Fall deposits from Mt. Kelud 2014 eruption. She was an assistant of Geothermal Research Center of the Faculty of Engineering at GMU. Since more questions remain unanswered on Mt Kelud, she enrolled as master course student in Akita university to carry out various mineralogical and geochemical studies in order to understand and characterize the magma mingling processes and the phreatomagmatic deposits produced by this 1731m-high (above sea level) crater lake volcano.
Presenter 2: Kentaro Kondo (M1)
His hobby is playing the jazz saxophone. He played Big band in his hometown in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture. Currently, he plays Big band Jazz and Combo Jazz in Akita. He graduated from Akita university with a BEng. in volcanology. In his undergraduate study, he clarified the cooling rate of an alkaline basaltic magma by applying the method of vertical variation of aspect ratio of plagioclase to dolerite sills in the Atsumi district of Yamagata Prefecture. He compared his result to previous work on tholeiitic magmatic compositions by Holness (2014). The results from both studies indicated that the aspect ratio records magma cooling rates irrespective of the magma’s chemical compositions. In his Master’s research, he will clarify the cooling process in detail by focusing on other evidences such as latent heat during cooling and crystallization process. He will apply these methods to the petrology of Oman ophiolite to confirm the cooling rate of sheet dykes.
Presenter 3: Pham Minh Quyen（D3）
She presented a progress report on part of her PhD study about the relevance of dissolved, colloidal and particulate forms for the transportation of arsenic in the river water of Tama-Omono River system in Akita Prefecture. She explained the crucial role of dam lakes to play in keeping the particulate loads and, thereby, reducing the environmental impact downstream.
Presenter 4: Sambuudorj Erdenebat (M2)
In Master course, he will use a Real Option Valuation (ROV) method to analyse the significance, tendency and technology of rare earth elements (REEs) production. He presented a flow chart that detailed his research plan to accomplish his goals. He will examine characteristics of mineral resource development and identify important risks and uncertainties that affect mineral resource projects. Then, he will select the appropriate real option model, which is critically analysed through a case study. The effect of selected real option models on investment decisions are then computer simulated and the results analysed.
*LP-SAM:Leading Program Student Activitiy Meeting
LP-SAM provides a platform for students of different research backgrounds and professors to interact.It is aimed at developing and sharpening students organization and communication skills in a global environment. At such meetings students share the activities that they are/were engaged in during the course of the academic year. These activities include reports on research progress, field survey, conferences and field trips etc.
**Six students were enrolled in this April.