The 5th LP-SAM* was held on November 22nd and coordinated by Assistant Professor Kofi Adomako-Ansah. In this fall semester, five newly-enrolled students gave self-introductory presentations, describing among other personal details, their previous works and future research plans in the LP.
Presenter 1:Carmela Tupaz (D1)
Her hobbies are watching movies or TV series and reading novels. She loves to travel and explore other places, and experience new customs and cultures. In 2010, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of the Philippines (UP) and gained her license as a chemist in the same year. In the following two years, she worked as a junior chemist at Intertek, Philippines; a commercial laboratory that caters analytical services to mining companies. She analyzed and checked data quality, and operated equipment such as the AAS and ICP-OES. Following the advice of her supervisor at Intertek, she enrolled as a graduate student in geology at the University of the Philippines in 2012. After initially taking undergraduate courses in geology for a year, she completed her graduate course, which culminated with a master’s degree in geology in June 2017. During her master’s research, she also worked as a university research associate, and gained experience in analyzing elemental and mineralogical compositions of rock, soil and clay samples from mostly geothermal and mining companies. For her master’s thesis, she studied the Ni laterite deposits in the Philippines and investigated the spatial-chemical variations of rare earth elements (REE) in relation to the mineralogical changes across the soil/rock profiles. She provided baseline values of REE for three different localities in the Philippines, discussing their mobility, enrichment, geochemical fractionation processes and economic implications. At Akita University, her doctoral research will expand on the knowledge and processes of REE enrichment in Ni laterite deposits. She believes that the LP program will guide her to hone her skills and sharpen her knowledge to be a global leader in resource development.
Presenter 2:James Refran (D1)
His hobbies include playing volleyball, going to the gym, and doing cosplay. He enjoys watching science fiction films and television series. He is a licensed geologist from the Philippines. He took his bachelor’s degree (BS Geology) at the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD). This September, he acquired his master’s degree (MS Geology) from UPD before arriving at Akita University to start his PhD study. Back in the Philippines, he taught undergraduate geology students the basic concepts of mineralogy and petrology. Here in Akita, his study will involve the use of more advanced analytical techniques in understanding volcanic processes and relate them to the overall regional tectonic regime. He hopes to be one of the leaders in the study of earth sciences and be able to give back and mentor future leaders as well. His master’s thesis includes the petrogenetic model for the nature of occurrence of the Manguao Basalt lava flow in north Palawan (Philippines) using petrographic and geochemical data. His thesis invokes an enriched source and confirms the non-subduction related origin of the lava flow- an uncommon feature in the Philippine Islands- and the effects of crustal contamination. His future studies of the Manguao Basalt lava flow will include characterizing mantle source, age dating of the lava flow event, and identifying for the pressure and temperature of conditions of formation. Understanding the genesis of the Manguao Basalt lava field will open possibilities for understanding the complex geology of Palawan, contribute to the expanding body of knowledge, and enrich understanding of earth science in the South China Sea region.
*LP-SAM: Leading Program Student Activity 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.