Carleton Geology Alums In The News
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- February 3, 2011
UC Davis geologists have been using laser scanning and underwater video to capture images of life in an ice-covered Antarctic lake.
Dawn Sumner, professor of geology, and graduate student Tyler Mackey have been studying bacterial communities called microbialites in the lake. These microbialites, which can grow into rocklike structures, are similar to the earliest known fossils of life on Earth from billions of years ago.
- December 22, 2010
The board of Anchorage-based Chugach Electric Association has named Doug Robbins '78 to its board.
Chugach said Robbins is a 54-year-old retired petroleum geologist and manager who worked at Marathon Oil Co. for 26 years.
- December 10, 2010
Karin Brown, Amherst College assistant swimming coach, and Susannah Rudel, a junior and member of the swim team, discuss the swim team's prospects and the annual "Ted Mullin Hour of Power," a nationwide swim-a-thon to raise cancer awareness and funds in memory of Karin's former teammate and friend at Carleton College, Ted Mullin.
- November 30, 2010
A wonderful geology alumni drama unfolded in the past few weeks as Stu Grubb was given a new kidney by his freshman year roommate Glen Carleton, both hydrologists from the class of 1985.
Stu has suffered from kidney disease for most of the past decade, but their other freshman roommate, Dave Lefkowitz ‘85, wrote in late October, “Recently the situation has become much more serious. Last month he had to go on dialysis and begin the excruciating process of finding a kidney donor. Stu is lucky to have a few very good friends who volunteered to donate a kidney, and amazingly, the closest match is our other freshman roommate, Glen Carleton. Glen will be making the trek from his home on the banks of the Delaware River to the Twin Cities for the surgery in mid-November.”
The surgical transfer of the kidney took place Nov. 16 and was completely successful for both Stu and Glen. Both of them were out of the hospital in a few days and home for Thanksgiving, their digestive systems on the way to returning to normalcy.
Here is Stu’s blog posting from Nov. 27:
“Obviously, I have lots to be thankful for this year. I can hardly talk about all the support people have given us without getting all emotional.
“I am also thankful for the ability to eat and drink almost everything again. The last few months, I have been on a low-phosphorous, low-potassium diet (limited cheese, fruit, vegetables, potatoes, beans), and I had to limit my water intake. Before that I was on a low-protien (vegetarian) diet for 8 years. Now the doctors are encouraging me to eat and drink extra cheese, potatoes, beans, meat, and Diet Coke to help my body cope with all the drugs.
“It has been wonderful. If I could, I would make an extra huge bowl of mashed potatoes and gravy and just roll around in it. Friends brought blueberry muffins and lentil soup, which were great, and my Mom prepared some delicious meals too. A few times I ate so much that the outward pressure on my stitches was a little painful. I think a little moderation is in order on the Thanksgiving leftovers.
“No, on second thought, I am just going to eat ‘til it hurts. Doctor’s orders.
Congratulations and best wishes to both of you amazing people!
(For more information see Stu And Glen's Blog)
- November 23, 2010
Both of the Law School's National Moot Court teams advanced to the Region 14 Moot Court Competition semifinals held this past weekend at Drake University Law School. The Petitioner team was composed of third-year students Nora Crumpton, James Fuller, and Cicely Miltich, while the Respondent team was made up of third-year students Cortney Jones, Emily Van Brunt, and Katrina Wessbecker. The teams were coached by Clinical Professor Brad Clary and Adjunct Professor Kristin Sankovitz.
Hannah Hilbert-Wolf '12 Awarded Grant To Help Unravel The Tectonic History Of Grand Staircase-Escalante National MonumentNovember 10, 2010
Hannah Hilbert-Wolf may only be in her third year of studying geology at Carleton College, but she’s got some impressive field experience and publication credits: This past year was her sixth field season on the Monument. (Yes, she’s been coming out here since she was in high school.) And in addition to co-authoring papers like this, Hannah was recently an author on a published paper.
Hannah was the most recent recipient of a Partners grant that aims to promote scientific research on the Monument. She found time between classes and conferences this fall to talk to me on Skype about her project. Click here to listen to our discussion.
Miranda Lescaze '94 Named Coordinator Of Vermont EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and DiversitySeptember 27, 2010
The Vermont Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VT EPSCoR) has appointed Miranda Lescaze as the coordinator of the VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD). The center recognizes the increasing importance of cultivating and preparing a diverse science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and social science workforce in Vermont and providing research internship opportunities for meritorious high school, undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing these areas of study.
The Streams Project, launched in 2007 by VT EPSCoR, is a main initiative of the CWDD. The CWDD will help connect interested students in social science and STEM areas with faculty and private sector mentors throughout Vermont from the high school to graduate level at multiple institutions and companies through a competitive application process. The CWDD aims to help ensure, in partnership with participating institutions, equal educational research opportunities for all students, inclusive of a responsive environment for students with disabilities.
- September 22, 2010
On July 18th, 2005, around four in the morning, a research ship called the Arctic Sunrise was slowly making its way south along the eastern coast of Greenland. There was a helicopter on the deck, painted bright orange so it could be spotted easily if rescue were needed, and Hamilton saw its pilot, the only other person awake so early, coming down a nearby staircase. They had plans to fly to a massive glacier called Kangerdlugssuaq later that afternoon, to measure its speed and to see whether the warming climate had forced this part of the world into dramatic changes. The pilot asked if Hamilton wanted to take a quick flight over to the glacier now, to scout out a good landing spot. "Sure," Hamilton said. He went below deck to collect his maps.
Returning to the Arctic Sunrise, Hamilton found the graduate student who was working with him, Leigh Stearns, and asked her to return to the glacier with him. On the way, he was purposely vague about what he'd seen; he still thought he might have missed something.
Later, back on the ship, Hamilton collapsed onto his bunk, exhausted. Stearns opened her laptop and started downloading data from the monitors. When she was done, the speed was so implausible that she checked her calculations five times to make sure she had the math right before she showed her boss.
- September 20, 2010
Alaska students will have the opportunity to make their math and science classes relevant, and launch into hands-on aviation and aerospace education.
Lt. Governor Craig Campbell announced the launch of the Real World Design Challenge program at a press conference in Anchorage on Friday. The program is being offered at no cost to high school students statewide.
The program focuses on using higher math and science skills students have already learned. Students will use professional engineering programs to work on an aviation challenge. Last year, the focus was on the tail of a business jet. This year the challenge will involve the wing of a Boeing 747. The project involves examining how to look for fuel efficiencies, examine the internal structure and other considerations. Campbell said further details will be released Oct. 4.
Last year, Hoonah was the only school in the state to participate in the nation-wide program.
Hoonah physics teacher Ben McLuckie and two of his students spoke about the program via a phone conference call. McLuckie said he heard about the program, but before participating felt Hoonah didn't have the resources for his students to complete a credible project. McLuckie said he found that not to be the case.
- September 14, 2010
Dinosaurs overshadowed mammals for most of the Mesozoic, but evidence of actual dinosaur-mammal interactions are very rare. On the mammalian score, a specimen of the relatively large Cretaceous mammal Repenomamus robustus described in 2005 was found with the bones of baby dinosaurs in its stomach—it had apparently fed on young Psittacosaurus shortly before it died. A new set of fossils from southern Utah, though, evens the score for the dinosaurs.
In Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, within the 80-million-year-old rock of the Wahweap Formation, paleontologists have discovered evidence that small predatory dinosaurs dug down into the soil to reach the burrows of small mammals. As reported in the journal Geology, the vestiges of these events are left behind as traces within the rocks—scratches made by dinosaurs and dens used by mammals—and by looking at them together scientists can replay what might have happened during those Late Cretaceous days at the end of the Mesozoic era.
Together the scratches and burrows tell of ancient interactions we could only previously infer on the basis of bones. It most have been terrifying for those small mammals, hearing the predatory dinosaur scratching deep into the ground in the hopes of catching them.
Edward L. Simpson, Hannah L. Hilbert-Wolf, Michael C. Wizevich, Sarah E. Tindall, Ben R. Fasinski, Lauren P. Storm and Mattathias D. Needle (2010). Predatory digging behavior by dinosaurs Geology, 38, 699-702