D. Graham Pearson, University of Alberta
The main goal is to provide a detailed three-dimensional map of the deep roots beneath the Arctic portions of Canada. So the impact has got to be, both of an academic nature and an institutional nature, in terms of providing baseline information for the Geological Survey of Canada, and ultimately the goal is to give great benefits to industries to meet their goals as well.
The career achievement that I'm most proud of, I think I'd have to say would be the development of the first method for dating individual diamonds. Prior to that time, it was possible to date diamonds, but that involved a lot of destructive sampling of hundreds of diamonds that were all pooled together, and you've got sort of an average age. I've developed a technique that allowed for the first time, a precise age to be placed on a single diamond of a single measurement.
The university has a world-class group of researchers already in my general field, and that's always a good thing to have if you want to move somewhere, so that you are surrounded by colleagues that are also excellent in their field. And so the aim is to team up and make a unit that would be the world's leader in this sort of research. So that's a big attraction to the University of Alberta. It's an extremely well supported university.