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January 25, 2019 - 2nd Annual DERTS Newsletter

Our second DERTS newsletter is now available! The 2019 Diamond Exploration and Research Training School (DERTS) Newsletter provides information and updates about the DERTS program. This issue includes a summary of our 2018 activities, introduces our new recruits and include updates about upcoming events.

2018 saw the graduation of the first cohort of DERTS students (4) and Associates (3).
The students’ projects covered a variety of topics including diamond spectroscopy, inclusions in diamonds, indicator minerals and mantle xenoliths and resulted in the publication of 5 manuscripts. All DERTS graduates have secured jobs with industry and academia, or are enrolled in furthering their studies.

An astounding 56 manuscripts on diamond, kimberlite and mantle research were published by the DERTS Team in 2018! Download the publications list!

We expanded our internship collaborations in the past year to provide an even broader range of experience than before. Students completed internships with: DeBeers Group, Rio Tinto, Alberta Geological Survey, Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC), Anglo American, APEX Geoscience Ltd., Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and Advanced Photon Source. We are grateful for the support we have received from all our partners to make these internships a success.

Additionally, the DERTS students participated in a Kimberlite Core Logging Workshop, a Diamond Polishing workshop, a fieldtrip to the Wells Gray Volcanic Province and attended numerous conferences to present their research.

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December 11, 2018 - Congratulations Theetso Motsamai!

Theetso Motsamai successfully defended his PhD.! As a Motswana Theetso's thesis topic was close to his heart. He studied diamonds and their inclusions from the Karowe Diamond Mine in Botswana. He was fortunate to present at the 11IKC in Gaborone, Botswana in Sept 2017 and had his first paper: "Mineral inclusions in diamonds from Karowe Mine, Botswana: super-deep sources fro super-sized diamonds?" published in the 11th International Kimberlite Conference Proceedings. Great job Theetso!


December 10, 2018 - WISEST summer intern Hamdi Ali makes interesting discovery

Grade 11 student Hamdi Ali spent her summer conducting research under the mentorship of DERTS student Margo Regier. Hamdi was part of a number of interns at the University of Alberta sponsored through Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, and Technology (WISEST) Summer Research Program. Hamdi's research returned unexpected results: samples processed through the Selfrag, a new instrument hosted in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, can better liberate diamonds than traditional mechanical separation methods. Hamdi presented her findings at the Yellowknife Geoscience Forum in November 2018. Her discovery garnered significant media attention for the budding scientist. You can read more about Hamdi's work on her poster or visit the full feature length story here.

November 5, 2018 - DERTS Day 2018

Our DERTS annual meeting was held at the University of Alberta. The day included a half day workshop with lectures that covered topics ranging from regulation in the geosciences (APEGA), working with the statistical software "R" (Matt Hardman) and systematic processing of FTIR data (Dan Howell). Our industry guest, Mike Seller from DeBeers Canada gave lecture on using cluster analysis as a tool in kimberlite exploration! The afternoon was filled with student presentations on their internship experiences and research projects. Great work everyone.

September 14, 2018 - Congratulations Janina Czas!

Janina successfully defended her PhD.. Janina's thesis entitled: The Quandry of the Sask Craton: Origin and evolution of the lithospheric mantle beneath the Sask Craton provides the first information about diamondiferous and barren mantle xenoliths from the FALC kimberlite field. 

September 7, 2018 - Congratulations Mei Yan Lai and Xia Xinchen!


June 29, 2018 - Congratulations Stephane Poitras!

Stephane Poitras successfully defended his M.Sc.! Stephane's thesis entitled Kimberlite Indicator Minerals from the Central Mackenzie Valley, Northwest Territories, Canada: a Reconnaissance Geochemistry Survey examined the provenance of kimberlite indicator minerals found on the Horn Plateau.

Congratulations Stephane!


May 30, 2018 - Congratulations Garrett Harris!

Garrett Harris successfully defended his M.Sc. Garrett is the first student to graduate from the Diamond Exploration and Research Training School (DERTS) program. Garrett's thesis was on the Mantle composition, age and geotherm beneath the Darby kimberlite field, west central Rae Craton.

Congratulations Garrett!

Garrett Harris M.Sc. defense

May 15, 2018 - Kimberlite Core Logging Workshop 2018

The DERTS Trainees and Associates completed a 1 week long Kimberlite Core Logging Workshop led by Bruce Kjarsgaard Research Scientist at the Geological Sruvey of Canada. A large part of the workshop was spent int he core facility at the University of ALberta wher ethe students got to look at kimberlite core from across Canada along with some international examples.They learned the basics of core logging including how to do detail line scans, coarse line scans and mineral line scans as well as preliminary and detailed core logging.To see mor eimages from the workshop check out our flickr gallery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/derts_diamond_school

DERTS Kimberlite Core Logging Workshop 2018

January 24, 2018 - Inaugural Newsletter

We are very excited to launch the Diamond Exploration and Research Training School (DERTS) Newsletter which will provide information and updates about the program on a regular basis. In our inaugural issue, we provide information about our program, a summary of our 2016/2017 activities, introduce our students and include updates about upcoming events.

The DERTS program is off to a great start. We have 12 students registered in the program that are fully funded through the program and an additional 7 students participating in the program that are funded through other grants. Throughout the past 18 months the students have presented at numerous conferences including the International Diamond School 2016 and 11th International Kimberlite Conference, attended fieldtrips to visit diamond mines in Canada and abroad, and completed internship placements. We are grateful for the support we have received from industry and government partners that have made these activities possible.

For more information please download our DERTS Newsletter!

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