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  • Larry Meinert '75 Named Congressional Science Fellow By GSA

    April 22, 2010

    An announcement from the Geological Society of America tells us that Larry Meinert '75 has been selected as the GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow for 2010–2011. Larry is a professor in residence in the geology department at Smith College and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economic Geology. He earned a B.A. in geology from Carleton College and a Ph.D. in geology from Stanford University, and is recipient of the 2010 Silver Medal from the Society of Economic Geologists.

    Larry recently gave us his own version of the story: "After seven years at Smith College in Massachusetts following 22 years at Washington State University, I am moving on to 'the other Washington.'  I will be the Geological Society of America Congressional Fellow for 2010-2011. Since 2008 I have been the editor of Economic Geology, which is another full time job on top of my other three (I also run a small winery specializing in a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, and Malbec). In October, 2009 I ran my first marathon, in St. George, Utah. I finished without killing myself and was very pleased to have run sub-four hours (3:56:04)."

     Congratulations Larry!

    Read Larry's GSA Congressional Fellow Hall of Fame Profile

  • Two Carleton Geology People Awarded NSF Fellowships

    April 20, 2010

    We are proud to report that two Carleton geology majors have been awarded National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships!  The fellowships provide graduate students with three years of support worth a total of over $100,000.  The fellowships carry annual stipends of $30,000 plus a one-time allowance of $11,500 for education-related expenses.
    Among the ten winners of fellowships this year from Carleton were two Carleton geology majors:  Kristin Bergmann ’04, who is attending the California Institute of Technology and Sam Kanner ’10, who will be attending the University of California-Berkeley.

    Also, the eight honorable mentions in the competition from Carleton included geology alums Tyler Mackey and Lydia Staisch, both '08.

  • Ken Tape '99 Publishes Book Of Photos Documenting Arctic Landscape Change

    April 12, 2010

    Though it’s generally understood that any landscape changes over time—particularly as the number of people it supports increases—these changes occur over such a span of time that they go more or less unnoticed. With The Changing Arctic Landscape, photographer Ken Tape sets changes in the landscape in stark relief, pairing decades-old photos of the arctic landscape of Alaska with photos of the same scenes taken in the present.

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  • Callen Hyland '05 Reviews Book On The History Of A Cancer Clinic

    March 22, 2010

    In 1981, history professor James Olson was diagnosed with epitheliod sarcoma and in 2000, with brain cancer. As a cancer patient, he endured radiation therapy, chemotherapy, brain surgery, and amputation of his left forearm. He uses his own ordeal as an illustrative example in Making Cancer History, a meticulous history of the institution where he was treated: the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

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  • Laura Veirs '97 Ranked #1 On Billboard Charts

    March 10, 2010

    Laura Veirs has had a great 2010 so far.

    The folk singer/songwriter's seventh studio album, "July Flame," recently debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers and Folk charts.  It has also been garnering unprecedented media attention, earning overwhelmingly positive reviews from NPR and the New York Times, among others.

    But Veirs isn't fazed by the attention. Instead, the Portland, Ore., native watches how the media hype translates into fan appreciation -- and enjoys it.

    "I haven't done much reading of the press on this record or previous ones," Veir tells "But I can say that the reaction to this new album has been great in terms of turnouts at shows and general interest from the media. That's a great feeling."

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  • Adam Maloof '98 Discusses Effects Of Polar Ice Meltwater On Earth's Orientation

    March 3, 2010

    The magnitude 8.8 quake in Chile this weekend apparently changed the length of the day — and shifted the way the Earth wobbles, according to scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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    But if these planetary effects are trivial on a day-to-day basis, they can really add up over geological time. Adam Maloof at Princeton University notes that ice has been melting over the past 12,000 years, as we come out of the last ice age. That's changing the Earth's orientation by about an inch, each and every year.

    "You can imagine that as the ice melts you are redistributing the mass on the surface of the Earth," Maloof says. "So all this water that's caught up in the ice in poles is melting and moving into the oceans at lower latitudes."

    And if you go way back in time — like to a period 800 million years ago — this kind of movement was dramatic. Over the course of a few million years, the land mass at the North Pole shifted monumentally: It slid south by 50 degrees.

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  • Galen Ward '01 Heads Growing Online Real Estate Search Service

    March 2, 2010

    Seattle online real estate startups Redfin and may grab a lot of headlines. But Estately -- which also offer an online real estate search service -- continues to gather steam. The profitable company today announced that it has expanded into Washington D.C and Baltimore, allowing home buyers and sellers to browse listings in parts of D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

    Estately has added an additional 60,000 for-sale listings as a result of the expansion. And Chief Executive Galen Ward said the company will continue to grow in 2010.

    Ward said that traffic at Estately is up about 50 percent in the past three months, and by this summer he hopes to grow the team by 50 percent as they attempt to "really blow out the real estate search market."

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  • Heather Macdonald '76 And Cathy Manduca Honored By AAAS For Professional Development Website

    February 26, 2010

    A consortium led by William & Mary geologist Heather Macdonald has been honored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for its web-based compendium of professional-development resources for geosciences faculty.

    AAAS awarded the group its Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE) for the group’s website “On the Cutting Edge.” In addition to Macdonald, Chancellor Professor of Geology at William & Mary, the group includes David Mogk of Montana State University, Barbara Tewksbury of Hamilton College and Cathryn Manduca of Carleton College.

    Macdonald notes that the SPORE-winning web site is based at Carleton’s Science Education Resource Center, where Manduca is director. Several staff members of the center were honored as well. The web site is an integral part of the professional development program, also called On the Cutting Edge, which has received considerable support, including a total of $6.2 million in grants from the National Science Foundation.

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  • Jim Pizzuto '75: What Are The Old Milldams Hiding?

    February 4, 2010

    It's a picturesque early American image -- a gristmill complete with a water wheel perched on the banks of a swiftly flowing river or stream. Many of these mills are long gone today, but scientists are discovering that the dams associated with them can have lasting environmental effects.

    The University of Delaware's Jim Pizzuto and Michael O'Neal have documented those effects in Virginia, where they've been working to decrease the amount of mercury entering the South River. The College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) scientists are part of an interdisciplinary team that's trying to understand how mercury is still getting into the river even though a nearby former DuPont plant known to have caused the contamination stopped using the substance in 1950. The pair's research, published in Geology earlier this year, concluded that one of the mercury sources is related to milldams.

    “The dams may have played a role in trapping the mercury and their demise is key to getting it back into the river,” said Pizzuto, professor of geology.

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  • Carleton People Present Papers At GSA and AGU Annual Meetings

    January 28, 2010

    The following Carleton Geology Department people presented papers in technical sessions at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Portland, OR in October and the American Geophysical Union annual meeting in San Francisco, CA in December. Carleton people are indicated in bold face type, and students and alums are indicated with their class years. The papers listed are only those which involved a current Carleton student or employee; many other Carleton alums, too many to list here, also presented papers at the meetings.

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