Geology Department News

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  • Although many research universities care about teaching, faculty members there always know that research is the key to getting tenure. But faculty members at liberal arts colleges face a constant challenge to find the elusive sweet spot that combines innovative and successful teaching with modest but productive research.

    “Teaching really is the number-one goal,” says Sarah Titus, a second-year faculty member in the geology department at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Many schools, including Carleton, emphasize the educational benefit of research to their students. "They’re really happy if you can involve students in your research,” she says.

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    Alert readers who were at Carleton in the late 1970s and early 1980s will also recognize the name of Tom Moore '76, now a physics professor at Pomona, who is quoted as well. After Tom earned his PhD he returned to teach at Carleton for a couple of years.

  • Mary Savina

    Congratulations to Professor Mary Savina '72 who has been awarded the Charles L. Denison Professor of Geology endowed chair! This is a great honor. Previous holders of the chair were Duncan Stewart from 1961 through 1970, Eiler Henrickson '43 from 1970 through 1988, and Shelby Boardman from 1988 through 2007.

    Established in 1962, the Charles L. Denison Professor of Geology chair was named in honor of a geologist who developed several successful coal, silver, and gold mines in the eastern United States and Canada during the late 1880s and early 1890s. At the time of Mr. Denison's death in 1930, Loren Wood '99, a prominent New York lawyer, was co-trustee of the Denison estate. Knowing his client would approve of the estate being used to train future generations of geologists, Mr. Wood established the endowed chair in his name. The professorship has helped Carleton develop one of the preeminent undergraduate geology departments in the nation.

    Mary previously held the Lloyd McBride Chair in Environmental Studies from 2002 through 2008.

  • Dear Faculty and Staff,

    It is my sad duty to inform you of the death this past weekend of Jean Boardman. Jean was married to the former Dean of the College and Charles Denison Professor of Geology Shelby Boardman. What Jean has meant to our community cannot be overstated. The College can boast of no friend who has been more loyal, committed, and generous. Jean was gracious and wise, and she had an energy that seemed boundless. Whether you came across her walking in the Arb, on a downtown sidewalk, or at a Carleton basketball game, she always had a word of kindness and you would invariably be treated with her beautiful smile. As a community, we are very fortunate to have been so deeply influenced by Jean and Shelby Boardman.

    A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, at the First UCC Church in Northfield (300 Union Street). Memorial gifts are being designated for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the First UCC Church.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Jean’s family and friends. She will be greatly missed.

    Scott Bierman, Dean of the College