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  • Cam Davidson Promoted To Full Professor

    May 27, 2009

    We are delighted to announce that Cameron Davidson is being promoted to full professor - congratulations Cam!

    Cam has taught geology at Carleton since 2002.  His courses have incuded Mineralogy, Petrology, Structural Geology, Environmental and Science Policy, Introductory Geology, and the off-campus program in Italy.

    Cam earned his B.S. in Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and his Masters and Ph.D. at Princeton. Cam actually came to us from Beloit College in Wisconsin where he taught for seven years and was tenured. His fields of specialization are metamorphic petrology, structural geology and tectonics, and his current research interests include the metamorphic and structural evolution of the middle and deep crust during mountain building and the tectonic evolution of southern and southeastern Alaska and northern British Columbia.


  • Joe Harten '85 Donates Rock Collection

    May 12, 2009

    We would like to express a special thanks to Joe Harten '85, who was a history and political economy major, for the donation of a very nice set of rocks and minerals that had been collected by a great-uncle who happened to be an avide amateur geologist.  The collection included a number of very nice specimens which will be added to the Dana Mineral Set or used as classroom specimens.

    The collection contained minerals such as apatite, barite, fluorite and staurolite as well as some geodes and fossils.

     Thanks Joe, we appreciate your gift very much!

  • Cam Davidson To Lead Research Project In Alaska And Summer Science Institute

    April 27, 2009

    Cam Davidson, Associate Professor of Geology, has been awarded one of eight undergraduate research program grants for the summer of 2009 from the Keck Geology Consortium for his proposal, "Exhumation of the Coast Mountains Batholith during the Greenhouse to Icehouse Transition in Southeast Alaska: A Multidisciplinary Study of the Paleogene Kootznahoo Formation."

    Cam will lead a party of nine students mapping an area of southeast Alaska during June and July, 2009.

    The study will use a multi-disciplinary approach to unravel the depositional history of the Kootznahoo Formation in Southeast Alaska with a specific focus on the exhumation history of the Coast Mountains batholith (CMB), and how high latitudes (~57°N) recorded overall global cooling from the Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum (PETM) through the Eocene-Oligocene transition to the present icehouse state.

    Later in the summer, Cam is directing the Carleton Summer Science Institute, a three-week program for high school juniors and seniors eager to try out the world of college-level science.

    The students will spend their mornings attending week-long courses in scientific disciplines including animal behavior, geology and biology.  Afternoons will be devoted to research projects in which each participant will self-select into a research group of 10 to 12 students. Together with their research group, the students will take three courses by the end of the program, and will have the opportunity to participate in forums and informal discussions about emerging questions in science, ethics, public policy, science writing, and other topics of interest. 

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