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  • Karen Noyce '75 Guides Minnesota's Bear Population Back To Health

    October 25, 2014

    Minnesota’s black bear population — which now numbers 10,000 to 15,000 after peaking around 25,000 — appears to have stabilized after state officials deliberately reduced the population by boosting hunter numbers.

    Bruin numbers topped out in the late 1990s and early 2000s, then fell dramatically as the Department of Natural Resources issued more permits to hunters.

    “Our bear population was increasing quite fast during the 1980s and ’90s, and the only way to control it was to increase the number of hunters,’’ said Karen Noyce, DNR bear research biologist in Grand Rapids.

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  • Jennifer Wenner '92 Enhances Geology With Creativity

    August 1, 2014

    For Jennifer Wenner, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is where geology and creativity meet.

    Wenner is a creative and curious person at her core, she played outside a lot as a child and had parents who encouraged her to pursue education.

    “It wasn’t even a question I was going to go to college,” said Wenner, who was raised by parents with advanced college degrees.

    But Wenner, who now has a doctorate from Boston University, didn’t always know she’d pick a career choice that revolved around science.

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  • Alton Dooley '91 Becomes Executive Director Of The Western Science Center In California

    August 1, 2014

    The Board of Directors of the Western Science Center has named Dr. Alton Dooley as the museum’s new executive director. Dr. Dooley comes to Hemet from the Virginia Museum of Natural History, where he was the Curator of Paleontology. Dr. Dooley will be taking over from Dr. Bill Marshall, who is retiring.

    Dr. Dooley is a graduate of Carleton College and Louisiana State University. In addition to his 15 years of experience at the Virginia Museum, he has also worked as a high school science teacher and as a college geology instructor.

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  • John Goodge '80 Granted $9 Million To Probe Antarctic Ice

    July 28, 2014

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- "It's a BIG DEAL to do this. It's not easy," says Penny Morton, Associate Dean at UMD's College of Science and Engineering

    That could be said about most any trip to Antarctica, but is especially true for a UMD professor who will be joining other researchers attempting to drill deep into Antarctic ice.

    "We're able to get to parts of the ice sheet that no one has ever seen before. We can not only get deeper and older paleo climate records by drilling into the deep ice, but we're hopeful we can see what the conditions are at the base of the ice sheet," says Professor John Goodge, UMD Earth and Environmental Sciences.

    Professor John Goodge is spearheading the project and he says those conditions have been widely speculated because they're up to two miles under ice.

    Thanks to a nearly nine million dollar grant to UMD, a new drilling platform called the Rapid Access Ice Drill, or RAID will be constructed to be transported to Antarctica. The project speaks highly of UMD researchers.

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  • Art Rodriguez '96 Named Dean Of Admission And Financial Aid At Vassar

    July 16, 2014

    After a national search Vassar has named Art Rodriguez to be the college’s new Dean of Admission and Financial Aid. Rodriguez is currently the Senior Associate Dean and Director of Admissions at Pomona College (Claremont, CA), and he will begin his new position on September 1.

    As the senior member of the Pomona admissions staff Rodriguez’s roles range from day-to-day management of the Office of Admissions to development and implementation of admissions policy. He also has been responsible for incorporating new technologies to support the college’s admissions efforts. Rodriguez began his career at Pomona in 2000 and has also served there as assistant, associate, and acting dean of admissions.

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  • Jennifer Macalady '91 Probes Early Life Through Bacteria

    July 1, 2014

    Bacteria are everywhere, in numbers we can scarcely imagine.

    We may think of them as agents of disease and filth, the cause of cholera, syphilis, anthrax, leprosy, bubonic plague, and tuberculosis. But we can’t live without them.

    Our debt to bacteria goes back to a time when Earth’s early atmosphere had no oxygen, but consisted of nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and methane. Without oxygen, multicellular life wasn’t possible. The exact form of the very earliest life remains a puzzle, but the earliest fossils of life, dating back 3.5 billion years, are colonies of bacteria. “Microbes ruled the world,” says Jennifer Macalady ’91, an associate professor of geosciences at Penn State University. These bacteria took energy from waterborne chemicals, such as sulfide and iron. Sometime later, bacteria learned how to manufacture their own food through photosynthesis, probably increasing the mass of Earth’s biosphere by orders of magnitude. Cyanobacteria—photosynthetic bacteria that expel oxygen as waste—appeared more than 2.7 billion years ago, and slowly oxygen began accumulating in the atmosphere.

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  • David Lewis '89 Leads Marin County Extension Service Into Its Second Century

    April 23, 2014

    Novato, CA – Long before people began virtual farming in Farmville, real farmers raised crops and livestock in California with the help of University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) advisors. Today, California produces about 400 agricultural commodities with an annual value of about $44 billion.

    This year, UC is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Cooperative Extension. On April 29, UCCE Marin will commemorate the centennial at a regular meeting of the Marin County Board of Supervisors at the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael.

    “This will be an opportunity to enjoy state and local history for UC Cooperative Extension,” said David Lewis, UCCE Marin Director, “and also recognize partners as part of expressing our appreciation for the privilege to serve all of Marin.”

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  • Marcia Bjornerud '83 Emphasizes The Risks Of Wisconsin Mine Development

    March 30, 2014

    WISCONSIN has been an environmental leader since 1910, when the state’s voters approved a constitutional amendment promoting forest and water conservation. Decades later, pioneering local environmentalists like Aldo Leopold and Senator Gaylord Nelson, who founded Earth Day in 1970, helped forge the nation’s ecological conscience.

    But now, after the recent passage of a bill that would allow for the construction of what could be the world’s largest open-pit iron ore mine, Wisconsin’s admirable history of environmental stewardship is under attack.  [...]

    Before the passage of the bill, Marcia Bjornerud, a geology professor at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., testified before the legislature that samples she had taken from the mine site revealed the presence of sulfides both in the target iron formation and in the overlying rock that would have to be removed to get to the iron-bearing rocks. (When exposed to air and water, sulfides oxidize and turn water acidic, which can be devastating to rivers and streams, along with their fish populations.) Sulfide minerals, Professor Bjornerud said, would be an unavoidable byproduct of the iron mining. But the bill does not mandate a process for preventing the harm from the sulfide minerals that mining would unleash.

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  • Scott Linneman '83 Is Named Carnegie Foundation Professor Of The Year

    February 20, 2014

    BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University’s Scott Linneman, professor of Geology and Science Education, has been selected as the 2013 Washington Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

    Linneman, who has taught at Western since 2000, traveled to Washington D.C. with his daughter on Nov. 14 to accept the award – the first one ever received by a Western faculty member.

    The U.S. Professors of the Year program salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country – those who excel as teachers and influence the lives and careers of their students. It is recognized as one of the most prestigious awards honoring undergraduate teaching.

    Whenever he can, Linneman teaches Geology out in the field, as opposed to the classroom; his students have observed geologic processes first hand on the area’s rivers, beaches, glaciers and landslides and gone on overnight trips to national parks.

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  • Isaac Larsen '01 Enlarges The Envelope For Soil Production

    January 16, 2014

    Geologic time is shorthand for slow-paced. But new measurements from steep mountaintops in New Zealand shows that rock can transform into soil more than twice as fast as previously believed possible.

    The findings were published Jan. 16 in the early online edition of Science.

    “Some previous work had argued that there were limits to soil production,” said first author Isaac Larsen, who did the work as part of his doctoral research in Earth sciences at the University of Washington. “But no one had made the measurements.”

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