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- 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!
- 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.
- April 3, 2009
Each year, the geology faculty faces the difficult task of selecting a few students to be Duncan Stewart Fellows. The Duncan Stewart Fellowship was established in 1976 by Daniel Gainey, class of 1949, in honor of Duncan Stewart, professor of geology at Carleton for nearly 25 years.
We select the Stewart Fellows based on a combination of excellence in scholarship, a high level of intellectual curiosity, potential for scientific growth, and involvement in departmental activities. As we make this selection, we realize how fortunate we are to have so many talented, interesting, and impressive students within the department.
We are very pleased to announce that Mark Hagemann, Nate Evenson, Jordan Epstein and Sarah Crump, all class of '10, have been named Duncan Stewart Fellows, extending the number of Stewart Fellows over the years to 97. Congratulations and best wishes to all of you!