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PU student participates at forum on Grand Canyon
PU student participates at forum on Grand Canyon

LAHORE: (Friday, October 18, 2019): Punjab University College of Earth and Environmental Sciences student Muhammad Qasim Mahmood has represented Pakistan at Thompson Field Forum on “Age and Carving of Grand Canyon: Towards a Resolution of 150 Years of Debate” held at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, and at 131st Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America in Arizona. He was the only student from Asia who got this opportunity to participate in the field conference. As many as 28 researchers and young scientists from top universities and organizations including ETH Switzerland, GFZ German Research Institute, University of Chicago USA, University of Grenoble France, USGS USA and NPS USA attended this conference. The evidence for the age and incision history of Grand Canyon in the context of recent advances and ongoing debates was discussed mainly. This year, Thompson Field Forum involves only 4 students out of 28 attendees who received full support to participate in this field conference. The students were from Punjab, Pakistan, GFZ German Research Institute and California Institute of Technology in USA. Mr Mahmood, student of M.Phil. Applied Hydrology at CEES, was the only student from Asia to participate in this field conference. Mr Mahmood gave a talk on international geo-science outreach challenges. He was selected for this huge opportunity because of his efforts for international geological community. He is also the student executive at Punjab Geological Society and Events Facilitator at World Youth Parliament for Water. After the field conference, Mr Mahmood presented a poster entitled ‘Using Live Virtual Field Tours to enhance student participation in field trip’ at Annual Meeting and Exposition of Geological Society of America. The GSA Annual Meeting and Exposition is one of the largest conferences of geological sciences in the world. This year more than 5000 people attended the conference. The GSA Annual Meeting technical program features 28 short courses and workshops, 6 Pardee Symposia, and 201 topical sessions and symposia. CEES Principal Prof Dr Sajid Rashid has congratulated Mr Mahmood on his achievement.