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The Third LP-SAM in FY 2017

Discussing students' roles in
upcoming LP events

 

Zedrick Paul Lizardo Tungol (M1)

 

Tahir Muhammad (D2)

 

Audience listening to a presentation

 

The third LP-SAM* was held on June 30th. After some announcements and discussions by Assistant Professor Kofi Adomako-Ansah that clarified students' roles in upcoming LP events, two students gave presentations. The presenters include the remaining newly-enrolled student** from April 2017, who introduced himself, previous works and future research plans in the LP. This was followed by a doctoral student who presented a progress report on his ongoing research under LP. The audience actively participated in the discussions with the presenters.

Presenter 1: Zedrick Paul Lizardo Tungol (M1)
His hobby is mainly surfing the internet and reading news. He is a licensed mining engineer, who holds a BSc in mining engineering from the University of the Philippines Diliman. He co-founded STAND FIRM, a national movement for responsible mining in the Philippines. While working for Apex Mining company Inc., he learned various elements of underground operation at the Au-Ag mine in Compostella Valley, Mindanao. For his master’s research, he will undertake a project to develop air quality monitoring system for an underground mine. The target is to alleviate air congestion that often has been destructive to the health of the underground miners.

Presenter 2: Tahir Muhammad (D2)
Progress report on his doctoral research focused on the geological, mineralogical and bulk rock geochemical characterization of ten talc deposits hosted in metamorphosed Paleoproterozoic carbonate rocks in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. He was able to clarify the relationship among host rocks, granitic rocks and the reactions that are related to the talc formation. These data would be useful for talc exploration in the studied areas. Talc was formed by the alteration of magnesite, dolomite and tremolite in the host rocks. Based on geological relationships, silica-rich fluids responsible for the alteration and associated talc formation are thought to be supplied through early Proterozoic gneissic rocks. He will conduct fluid inclusion and stable isotope geochemical analyses to identify fluid source areas and ambient conditions for the talc formation.

*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.