The end of the year is arriving and it is the time to do a balance of it. This year, 2017 has been probably a very difficult year for the Pheasant Memorial Laboratory, on 21 of October 2016, a 6.6 magnitude Earthquake with an epicenter only about 4 km from the laboratory, hit the are causing an incalculable amout damages to our laboratory. The losses comprised physical damages to the bulding and specially to the biggest facilities within the laboratory provoking for hence a big economical losses and seriously affecting our scientific activity. Still today, it has been not possible to fix all the facilites that were broken after the shock, but fortunately new Titon and Neptune Plus arrived to replace the old facilities. With these news instruments, much powerful and with a higher accuracy, precission and efficiency, we are hopping to expand, improve and bring our science to a new level.
On the other hand, this year was succesfull in terms of academics, Dr. Iyasu Getachew Belay and Dr. Ivan Pineda-Velasco accomplished their studies. We are so proud of the research they developed and the outstanding results obtained from their PhD's that are expected to be published in first-class international journals. Moreover, also we expect that these new results will contribute to science and provide new insights to the magma genesis in subduction and passive margin systems. Additionally, Dr. Ivan Pineda-Velasco has joined us as a staff member to PML, bringing new perspectives and younger vibes to the group. Furthermore, Profesor Gray E. Bebout from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania (USA) as joined to the group as Specially Appointed Professor. These two incorporations has started to internationalize the group, expanding our science and collaborative character to the world. Finally, we are glad that two new graduate students joined us: Ms. Maya-Liliana Avramescu and Ms. Tulibako Mwaisuba Tulibonwya.
A new year is coming and our resolutions for 2018 are: first of all to finalize the recovery of our laboratory; Second, continue incorporating high class faculty, staff and students to the group expanding the human resources of it; Third, procced with the preparation of the labotory to receive the asteroid fragments by the sample return mission Hayabusa-2; Fourth, boost the international image and representation of the laboratory in order to fomment more collaborative works between PML and world-class leading universirties of the world; Fifth, bring closer our science to the people. With all these resolutions, PML is conviced to put a clear footprint on society and the science of the future.