Carleton Geology Alums In The News
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- May 7, 2010
It took her 16 years of discipline and hard practice, but only a handful of people in the world can say they’ve done what Northfield native Maria Peterson accomplished last month.
Peterson, who practices the Japanese martial art of Kyudo Archery, was one of three Americans selected to represent her country at the first Kyudo Archery World Cup. The first of its kind, the tournament pitted 20 teams from nations around the world against each other in a sport that is equal parts discipline, meditation and athleticism.
“Kyudo,” which means “the way of the bow” in Japanese, is not necessarily about hitting a target. Instead, practitioners try to attain a zen-like level of calm and control as they fire an arrow from a seven-foot-long bow at a bull’s-eye more than 90 feet away.
It was that mix of the philosophy and sport that drew Peterson to the activity, which originated in Japan.
- April 22, 2010
Glaciovolcanoes, they're called, these rumbling mountains where the orange-red fire of magma meets the frozen blue of glaciers.
Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which erupted recently, is but one of these volcanoes. Others, such as Katla, Hekla and Askja in Iceland; Edziza in British Columbia, Canada; and Mount Rainier and Mount Redoubt in the U.S., are also glaciovolcanoes: volcanoes covered by ice.
"When an ice-covered volcano erupts, the interplay among molten magma, ice and meltwater can have catastrophic results," says Sonia Esperanca, program director in the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Division of Earth Sciences, which funds research on glaciovolcanoes.
In Iceland last week, scientists were well prepared for the floods, called "jökulhlaups," that can happen after a glaciovolcano blows and melts its glacial covering. The floods were followed by tons of ash ejected into the atmosphere.
Most of the rest of the world, however, was unaware that an eruption from a small, northern island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean could freeze air transportation and stop global commerce in its tracks.
That, say NSF-funded scientists Ben Edwards at Dickinson College and Ian Skilling at the University of Pittsburgh, is the nature of glaciovolcanoes.
Understanding volcano-ice interactions occupies much of Edwards' and Skilling's daily lives.
- 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)."
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Billboard.com. "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."
- 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.
- March 2, 2010
Seattle online real estate startups Redfin and Zillow.com 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."
- 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.