August 19, 2008

Fukashi Maeno wins the George Walker Award

Fukashi Maeno, an assistant professor at the Volcano Research Center, won the George Walker Award at the Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI) Conference, which was held in Reykjavik, Iceland, on August 19. This award is given to researchers who made great achievements in volcanology within five years after the completion of a doctoral course. The award ceremony took place at the same time the IAVCEI conference was held, which is held every four years. Two, including Dr. Maeno, won the award, and they received the Certificate of Award from Professor Setsuya Nakada, president of IAVCEI, as well as a professor at ERI.

Dr. Maeno did an excellent volcanic geology research on the Kikai caldera which is located in South Kyusyu. He quantitatively analyzed the dynamics of caldera eruptions, including the time scale and the collapse process of caldera, by doing both geological field research and numerical analysis. It is believed that the Kikai caldera-forming eruption some 7,300 years ago caused a deposit of volcanic ashes in large areas. The thickness of the deposits reached a height of 10 cm even in the Kanto region, which is far away from Kyusyu. This eruption also caused the destruction of the Jomon culture in South Kyusyu. Dr. Maeno also received the Encouraging Award from the Volcanological Society of Japan in May, 2008.

Picture: Dr. Maeno gives his acceptance speech (picture taken by Takeshi Matsushima)

Picture: The George Walker Award certificate