Geology Department News
Updated whenever news breaks!
- April 17, 2000
Here are just a few examples of issues that can be addressed with the GIS resources available on campus: determining where new parks are needed in Northfield; measuring a jogging route through the Arb; monitoring watersheds of the Cannon River; identifying areas in Northfield that could be targeted for large new retail stores; planning a project at a biological research station in Costa Rica; finding out where porn shops are allowed in Northfield.
But what is GIS, anyway? A Geographic Information System (GIS) is essentially a collection of digital maps that can be stacked, viewed, and – most importantly – used for spatial analysis.
- April 6, 2000
When she discovered the summer job choices in her hometown of Eugene, Ore., didn't fit her interests of environmental advocacy, community building, and education, Ani Kameenui sacrificed fast cash for a worthier cause. Together with a high school friend, the Carleton College junior founded, organized and now oversees Whole Earth Kids (WEK), a grassroots, non-profit organization that runs free summer camps about environmental issues for children primarily from low-income families.
- December 15, 1999
Shelby Boardman, Charles L. Denison Professor of Geology, discusses the philosophy and approach of the Carleton College geology department. He focuses on the importance of establishing a collaborative culture in which students are directly involved in their own education and where students do open-ended investigative work. He also dicusses the importance and role of Comps and of alumni majors, and how Carleton's approach has affected the outcomes of its graduates.