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Carleton Geology Alums In The News

  • Anders Matney '00 Helps Build Solar House For International Competition

    June 30, 2009

    Minneapolis — This summer, a group of University of Minnesota students are using what they've learned about architecture, design and energy to build a solar-powered house from the ground up.

    The solar-powered house is taking shape inside a University of Minnesota warehouse in Minneapolis. Everyone involved in the construction is a University of Minnesota student; from the workers cutting sheets of lumber, to the architects, engineers and designers poring over house plans.

    They're building the house for a U.S. Department of Energy competition this fall in Washington D.C. They'll compete against students from 19 universities across the world currently building their own solar-powered houses.

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  • Barbara Liukkonen '76 Leaves A Legacy Of Cleaner Water

    June 23, 2009

    Despite her shelves of awards from professional and community organizations, appointments to local and national planning committees, and memberships in professional organizations, Water Resources Center (WRC) education coordinator Barb Wonson-Liukkonen '76 is most energized by the ordinary–ordinary people that is, who care about their environment.

    Retiring this year after 28 years with the University of Minnesota, Liukkonen is considered by her colleagues to be the ultimate motivator and team player. A tireless advocate for research-based educational programs, Liukkonen is known throughout Minnesota for spearheading community engagement projects through her appointments with  the WRC, Minnesota Sea Grant, and University of Minnesota Extension.

  • Mary Savina '72's Soils Class Makes The Ag Blogosphere

    May 26, 2009

    I had the pleasure of working with a couple of groups of students from Carleton College in Northfield this past week.  The students were taking a Soils course as part of their training in Geology.  I have worked with groups like this several times over the past decade, and their professor, Dr. Mary Savina '72, is a valuable member of the Rice County Extension Committee. 

    One of the things that I enjoy most about these student groups from Carleton is the fact that there is rarely anyone in the group with any sort of agricultural background, and beyond that, there are relatively few of the students that are even from the Midwest.  Because of this, the students do not come in with pre-conceived notions about “the way things are” with respect to Minnesota agriculture and they are very inquisitive. 

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  • Scott Hynek '01 Teaches Introductory Geology

    May 25, 2009

    We’d like to extend a warm welcome and a thanks to Scott Hynek ’01 who returned this Spring Term to teach two sections of Introductory Geology.

    Scott has been working on his PhD at the University of Utah the past few years.  His masters thesis, also done at Utah, was entitled “Middle Eocene Depositional Systems of Western Wyoming.” His PhD thesis is entitled “Geochemical Studies of Continental Environments Past and Present.”

    Along the way Scott has accumulated a wide variety of teaching experiences, including a couple of stints working with elementary school children in fourth through sixth grades, in addition to an impressive list of professional publications.

    Thanks again Scott, and best wishes for your future successful endeavors! 

  • Alison Anders '99 Studies Interactions Between Precipitation And Geology

    May 15, 2009

    Alison Anders, a new assistant professor in Geology, and CWACES affiliate, has just arrived in Champaign with her husband, Jonathan Tomkin, who will also be affiliated with CWACES. Dr. Anders is passionate about her subject, stemming from her original curiosities on the glacial history of Minnesota, where she is from originally. Dr. Anders comes to the University of Illinois with an undergraduate degree in both Geology and Mathematics from Carleton College, and her graduate degrees from the University of Washington, where she received her Ph.D. in 2005. Most recently, she was a Richard Foster Flint post-doctoral fellow at Yale University.

    This summer, she is co-leading an NSF project which allows 9 undergraduate geology students to go to the European Alps to collect data that they can use in pursuing their senior theses. This is a region where extreme precipitation events occur in deeply and rapidly exhumed metamorphic core rock, and the project allows for examination of the interaction between the precipitation events and geology.

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  • Deb Cussen '98 Helps Team USA Go To World Frisbee Tournament

    May 14, 2009

    Every four years athletes of all shapes and sizes congregate for the International Word Gaming Association’s World Games. Among the many competitions that take place at The World Games is an international Ultimate competition. One of the most historically successful teams among the international competition is Team USA. This year’s Team USA is making an effort to raise funds and connect with local Ultimate communities by participating in scrimmages around the nation prior to leaving the States for Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei from July 7-16.

    Team USA member and Atlanta resident Deb Cussen is helping organize a scrimmage for Team USA against club Ultimate players from Atlanta elite-level teams, Chain and Ozone this weekend in Atlanta. Cussen sees a benefit to the scrimmage for both Team USA and the Altanta community.

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  • Dr. Elliot Bruhl '84 Returns to Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital In Alaska

    April 29, 2009

    SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) recently announced that Elliot J. Bruhl, MD, has rejoined the medical staff at SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

    Dr. Bruhl worked at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital for eight years, from 1998 through 2006. He was a physician and medical director for Sitka Community Hospital's Mountainside Family Healthcare in 2007-08. During his second stint with SEARHC, Bruhl will work as a family physician and will serve as Chief of Services Critical Care and Emergency Medicine at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. He also will provide medical services to the community of Hoonah.

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  • Watch Redoubt Volcano Explode - Filmed By Bretwood Higman '99

    March 27, 2009

    This timelapse shows Redoubt Volcano erupting around sunset on March 27 2009. The photos are at 15 second intervals, speeded up to 30 frames a second (so 450x speeded up) and the volcano is about 80 miles away from the camera, at my yurt near Seldovia. The large explosion near the middle of the video happened at 7:25pm.

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  • Clint Cowan '83 Leading Alumni Sailing Adventure In Atlantic Canada

    March 9, 2009

    We're excited to announce that Clint Cowan ’83 is leading an Alumni Adventures trip to Atlantic Canada this summer:  Sailing Newfoundland’s Fjords, Bays, and Tickles.    Clint did his Ph.D. research in western Newfoundland.  It is uncertain how much geology the group will actually get to do, but possibilities include walking and kayaking along the coastline, and hiking in the freshwater fjordland.  There is also a chance for a hike up an ophiolite!  The scenery is breathtaking, and the sailing ship is a destination in and of itself.

  • Allison Rautman '80 Digs Ancient Civilizations

    February 13, 2009

    The site was catastrophically abandoned; people left their food and tools and apparently fled with little warning. Every place we tested was completely burned. There were piles of burned corn in food storage rooms, burned baskets filled with seeds, and clay pots and tools on the room floors where they had been smashed when the burning roof collapsed.

    Doesn’t that sound like a pitch for the next Indiana Jones movie? Actually, it’s a description of the findings from one of archeologist Alison Rautman’s excavations at Frank’s Ruin, a Southwest American pueblo site that dates from about 1100 to 1300 A.D. A 1987–88 American Fellow, Alison has uncovered some unlikely findings about the society’s warfare and raiding tactics in her excavations, a subject she is now researching as it relates to different societies.

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