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  • Stacy Tellinghuisen '00 Helps Explain Colorado Coal-Power Controversy

    August 20, 2015

    Long before the Obama administration cracked down on coal-fired power plant pollution, Colorado acted by itself. The state's pollution regulations made it a leader years ago. The state's Democratic governor still favors those rules, but the Republican state attorney general is on the other side and may join a lawsuit against the latest federal steps. [...]

    HOOD: The Obama administration says the plan will save the average family money. It may turn out that the politics over clean power are more complicated than actually producing cleaner energy. Stacy Tellinghuisen is an analyst with the conservation group Western Resource Advocates. She estimates the state is already committed to meeting three-fourths of the final goal.

    STACY TELLINGHUISEN: With no additional actions that aren't already in utilities' plans.

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  • Keith Knudsen '83 Puts Hayward Fault Earthquake Into Perspective

    August 17, 2015

    OAKLAND -- A magnitude-4.0 temblor that rattled nerves in the East Bay on Monday morning was a very shallow but routine geologic shrug in an area notorious for seismic risk -- and yet another reminder of the threat lurking from a fault that's the Bay Area's most overdue for a major quake.

    A locked-up patch of rocks a mere 3 miles under Piedmont suddenly broke loose along the Hayward Fault, triggering a wake-up call felt from Santa Rosa to Santa Cruz.

    "Because it was shallower than normal, people in the vicinity felt more intensified shaking than usual for an earthquake of this magnitude," said Keith Knudsen, deputy director of the Earthquake Science Center at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park.

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  • Eric Baer '91 Wins $1.34 Million Geoscience Grant For Highline College

    August 15, 2015

    Highline College will increase its support for geoscience education in community colleges nationwide, thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

    The NSF has awarded a four-year grant of $1.34 million to Highline College for support of the collaborative research project titled, “Faculty as Change Agents: Transforming Geoscience Education in Two-year Colleges.” The project will focus on improving geoscience education in community colleges across the country and is under the direction of Dr. Eric Baer of the Highline College Physical Sciences and Geoscience Program. Geoscience, or earth science, includes any of the sciences that deal with the earth, such as geology, geography, oceanography and hydrology. The grant award begins September 1, 2015, and ends August 31, 2019.

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  • Kim Hannula '89 Comments On Difficulty Of Cleaning Up Old Mines

    August 12, 2015

    While crews begin the arduous task of cleaning up Colorado’s Animas River — where contamination by heavy metals and toxins leaked from an abandoned hard rock mine turning the water orange — thousands of other natural sites across the American West remain at risk from similarly hazardous defunct quarries. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) estimates that there are currently 2,700 abandoned hard rock mines in need of environmental clean up. Nevada, nicknamed the “Silver State,” has the most, with an estimated 1,100 sites raising environmental concerns.  [...]

    Given how old a lot of the abandoned mines are, Kim Hannula, a geologist professor at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, said it’s impossible to blame any one party for the environmental dangers they pose.

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  • Karin Brown '08 Named Swarthmore Head Swimming Coach

    June 15, 2015

    SWARTHMORE, Pa. – Marian Ware Director of Physical Education and Athletics Adam Hertz has announced Karin Brown as the new head swimming coach at Swarthmore College. Brown, who will assume coaching duties for both the men's and women's swimming programs, was most recently the acting head coach at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "Karin stood out among a talented pool of candidates," said Hertz. "She has a firm grasp of what it takes to lead this program, and an intellectual curiosity that will complement the culture at Swarthmore. We are very excited that she has chosen to join our family."

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  • Chris Poulsen '94 Finds Oxygen Levels Has Affected Climate History

    June 11, 2015

    Variations in the amount of oxygen in Earth's atmosphere significantly altered global climate throughout the planet's history. Efforts to reconstruct past climates must include this previously overlooked factor, a new University of Michigan-led study concludes.

    Oxygen currently comprises about 21 percent of Earth's atmosphere by volume but has varied between 10 percent and 35 percent over the past 541 million years.

    In periods when oxygen levels declined, the resulting drop in atmospheric density led to increased surface evaporation, which in turn led to precipitation increases and warmer temperatures, according to University of Michigan paleoclimatologist Christopher Poulsen.

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  • Scott Linneman '83 Named Director Of University Honors Program

    May 7, 2015

    Western Washington University’s Scott Linneman, professor of Geology and Science Education and the 2013 Washington Professor of the Year, has been named the new director for the Honors Program at Western. Linneman succeeds GeorgeMariz, who is retiring at the end of the year.

    "The WWU Honors Program is a gem," Linneman said. "It attracts outstanding students from all over the country to join the Western community of scholars, and it involves many of our best faculty doing some of their most creative teaching."

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  • Kari Cooper '91, Cari Johnson '96 and Peter Reiners '91 Named GSA Fellows

    April 30, 2015

    We are particularly pleased to congratulate Kari Cooper '91, Cari Johnson '96 and Peter Reiners '91 who have been named Fellows of the Geological Society Of America.  They will be formally recognized at the Society's annual fall meeting in Baltimore on Nov. 1.

    Society Fellowship is an honor bestowed on the best of the profession by election at the spring GSA Council meeting. GSA members are nominated by existing GSA Fellows in recognition of their distinguished contributions to the geosciences through such avenues as publications, applied research, teaching, administration of geological programs, contributing to the public awareness of geology, leadership of professional organizations, and taking on editorial, bibliographic, and library responsibilities.

    Here are some comments from their nominators:

    Kari M. Cooper (University of California – Davis):
    Kari Cooper has made fundamental contributions to both the development of analytical techniques - most notably involving U-series nuclides - and the understanding of temporal and physical aspects of magma system histories. Her innovative work illuminates, among other key issues, how pre-eruption magma storage works: how long, and in what state?
    — Calvin F. Miller

    Cari L. Johnson (University of Utah):
    Dr. Cari L. Johnson, Associate Professor, University of Utah, is a prolific geologic researcher whose science covers a broad cross section of geology, including tectonics and sedimentation, sequence stratigraphy, and applications to petroleum source rock and reservoir systems. She is an excellent mentor of students, having received numerous teaching awards.
    — Stephan A. Graham

    Peter W. Reiners (University of Arizona):
    Dr. Peter W. Reiners is elected to GSA Fellowship on the basis of his fundamental contributions in developing (U-Th)/He thermochronometry, and applying low-temperature thermochronology to both reconstruct the tectonic evolution of many different regions of the world and examine a broad array of petrologic, structural, geochemical, erosional, and geodynamic processes.
    — George E. Gehrels

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  • Ben Edwards '89 Explains The Hazards Of A Snow-Covered Volcano In Chile

    April 23, 2015

    Ben Edwards, associate professor of earth science at Dickinson College, details the latest on Chile’s Calbuco volcano eruption, from the short-term effects on communities in Chile and neighboring Argentina to long-term issues related to wildlife. 

    Edwards conducts research on volcanoes, geology and climate change all over the world, including in Iceland, Canada, Alaska and Russia. Having previously studied the Villarica volcano, Edwards will return to Chile in June 2015.

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  • Sara Decherd Rutzky '01 Creates An Outdoor Geology Lab On Community College Campus

    April 14, 2015

    Raleigh, NC - Geology students at Wake Tech Community College have the chance to study large rocks from all over North Carolina without ever leaving campus.  The college introduced the Mountains to the Sea Outdoor Geology Lab at its northern campus on Tuesday. It features 12 boulders that came from as far west as Bessemer City in Gaston County all the way to Onslow County at the coast.

    “It’s a wonderful outreach into the community for geology,” said Sara Rutzky, a Wake Tech instructor who helped design and plan the project.

    Geology is the most popular lab science at Wake Tech, which is the largest community college in the state, said school President Stephen Scott... “Most of us geologists get into this wanting to be outside,” said Rachel Willis, a geology major from Knightdale. “There’s a big difference between reading about it and doing it.”

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