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  • Deb Goodwin '00 Collects Data To Document The Plastisphere

    January 5, 2014

    SAN DIEGO - Elizabeth Lopez maneuvered a massive steel claw over the side of a 134-foot sailboat and guided its descent through swaying kelp and schools of fish 10 miles off the coast of San Diego. She was hoping to catch pieces of a mysterious marine ecosystem that scientists are calling the plastisphere.

    It starts with particles of degraded plastic no bigger than grains of salt. Bacteria take up residence on those tiny pieces of trash. Then single-celled animals feed on the bacteria, and larger predators feed on them.  [...]

    The plastisphere was six decades in the making. It's a product of the discarded plastic - flip-flops, margarine tubs, toys, toothbrushes - that gets swept from urban sewer systems and river channels into the sea.   [...]

    In October, Goldstein and oceanographer Deb Goodwin of the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole reported that one-third of the gooseneck barnacles they collected from the garbage patch had plastic particles in their guts. The typical fragment measured 1.4 millimeters across, not much bigger than a piece of glitter, according to their report in the journal PeerJ.

    Some of the barnacles had bits of plastic in their fecal pellets too. That finding led Goldstein to speculate that some of the 256 barnacles that were plastic-free when they were captured by researchers had probably eaten plastic at some point in their lives but cleared it from their systems.

    Since crabs prey on barnacles, the plastic the barnacles eat may be spreading through the food web, Goldstein and Goodwin reported.

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  • Dan Callahan '08 Helps Mozilla Make Passwords More Secure

    December 5, 2013

    Dan Callahan is part of the Identity Team at Mozilla who are trying to solve some of the problems of privacy and security on the Internet that have been hitting the headlines recently. Dan works on the Mozilla Persona project, a system to both replace passwords with verified identities and put that verification under user control, rather than the control of large corporate entities.

    Today's "social sign-ons" as offered by Facebook, Google, Twitter and others, offer users a fast, password-free login experience across sites, but have a significant problem. As Dan puts it, "The cost there is that I have to send all of my data, all of my logins through some central third party, usually an American advertising company. We think we should be able to find a way to give you the same login experience as Facebook or Google, but with the ability to still choose who you are."

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  • Carleton Geology Alums Honored at GSA Denver

    November 7, 2013

    Carleton Geology would like to celebrate and acknowledge the following alums who were recently recognized at the annual GSA meeting in Denver.

    Philip E. Brown '74 and Kurtis C. Burmeister were awarded the GSA/ExxonMobil Field Camp Excellence Award for their work with the Wasatch-Unita Field Camp.

    The Association for Women Geologists recognized Diane Smith '77, with the Outstanding Educator Award. Diane is the 25th recipient of the award, which was established to "honor teachers who have played a significant role in the education and support of women geoscientists both within and outside the classroom".

    Our very own professor Mary Savina '72, was recognized for her many years of mentoring students and awarded the GeoCUR Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. Read the award letter here.

    The National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) recognized Scott Linneman '83 for his service for furthering geoscience education with the Bob Christman Award.

    Congratulations friends & keep up the good work!

  • Christine Brick '79 Honored For River Restoration And Water Quality Work

    October 25, 2013

    The Missoula, Montana Conservation Roundtable recognized four local residents for their environmental efforts in the past year.


    Clark Fork Coalition science director Chris Brick was honored with the Arnold Bolle Conservation Professional award. Brick was instrumental in the restoration plans for the confluence of the Blackfoot and Clark Fork rivers when Milltown Dam was removed, as well as work on water quality and ecological health throughout the Clark Fork drainage.

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  • Karin Brown '08 Joins MIT As Associate Head Coach For Swimming And Diving

    October 4, 2013

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Karin Brown has been named the associate head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs at MIT announced Julie Soriero, MIT’s Director of Athletics and Department Head. Brown brings almost a decade of coaching experience to the Engineers’ programs. In addition to her coaching duties Brown will also be working as a part of the Engineers’ Communications, Promotions and Marketing staff.

    “We are thrilled to have Karin join our coaching staff and the MIT swimming and diving family,” remarked Dawn Dill, the Mary Francis Wagley, ’47 Head Coach of swimming and diving at MIT.

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  • Diane Smith '77 Named Outstanding Educator By The Association Of Women Geoscientists

    October 1, 2013

    SAN ANTONIO -  Diane Smith, professor of geosciences at Trinity University, will receive the Outstanding Educator Award on Oct. 28 from the Association of Women Geoscientists

    Hailed by colleagues as "a great mentor" who ably "balances innovation and rigor," Smith has been at Trinity for nearly 30 years. She chaired the geosciences department from 1998 to 2004 and again from 2012 to the present and served as associate vice president for Academic Affairs overseeing budgets and research from 2004 to 2011.

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  • Hannah Hilbert-Wolf '12 Discovers Mentoring Strategies

    September 23, 2013

    I was fortunate to spend a full school day with the prep through year 7 students at Rollingstone State School, situated along the meandering Rollingstone Creek, just next to Balgal Beach. [...]

    Once at school, the science teacher, Bruce, and his classes shared with me their gardening projects as well as their plant and insect research from the local creek. In return, I shared photos and stories from my geology fieldwork in Tanzania, and together we took a look at interesting rock samples, including fossils and bubbling calcite. [...]

    Second, I have found that a mentor or role model in the flesh is more than just inspiration for students. Talking with young students, holding their hands, and carrying their rocks back from the creek gives them a sense of possibility—they can grow up to be like the scientists (or doctors, athletes, etc.) who they admire. Real interaction for them is equivalent to realising that their goals are achievable. Maintaining a presence, through consistent contact, hits this message home.

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  • Karen Gran '96 Finds Teaching And Learning Opportunities In The Landscapes

    September 19, 2013

    Karen Gran sees what most of us never recognize – how the land changes shape when touched by volcanoes, waves, wind, and rain. She is a geomorphologist, a scientist who seeks to understand landform dynamics through field observations and physical experiments.

    Gran, an associate professor of geological sciences in UMD’s Swenson College of Science and Engineering, often shares her enthusiasm for research with her students, and that process offers UMD students remarkable opportunities.

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  • Ana Vang '11 Documents Dislocations Caused By Construction Of Interstates

    September 18, 2013

    After midnight on Sept. 12, 1964, Romaine Tenney, a hardscrabble farmer in Ascutney, Vt, let his cows out of the barn to wander freely. Then he set his barn on fire. Then he went into his house and set it on fire. While the flames roared up around him, the autopsy suggests, he shot himself. The interstate highway was coming.

    Tenney, 64, a bachelor and lifelong resident of Ascutney, didn’t own a car. Interstate 91 was planned to come straight through his property, and so his house and barn had been condemned under eminent domain. He had fought this taking and lost. Rather than accept a settlement check and move, he died where he had long lived.  [...]

    “Some of the most haunting images are those of doomed homes,” Bierman and his graduate student, Analeisha Vang, write. “Often families were occupying the homes while the photographs were taken, and the things of daily life — family photos on the wall, toys on the floor, and fastidiously made beds — makes the viewer feel like a voyeur.”

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  • Colin Sinclair '12 Parties On Glacier Watch For 48 Hours

    July 1, 2013

    I had heard stories about the 48 hour party since I started at Ohio State last summer. I’ll admit that the idea of a 48 hour party was intriguing, and perhaps a bit painful. The talk of 2-5 AM shifts had the sound of cruel and unusual punishment. The overnight shifts never materialized, however. The final plan involved manning the infrared camera from 1 PM to 10 PM, with an overnight break before resuming at 6 AM and continuing to 1 PM. Photos of one of the glaciers behind Cuchillacocha were to be taken every 15 minutes. Once every 30 minutes qualified as acceptable but not ideal. Once every hour would be considered “scandalous”. The photos would become part of a large collection of atmospheric and hydrologic data taken in the Cuchillacocha basin over a 24 hour period.

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