Carleton Geology Alums In The News

  • Illinois State Associate Professor of Geology Catherine O’Reilly is serving as principal investigator for a $1.7 million National Science Foundation grant to fund Project EDDIE, a series of classroom modules for undergraduate biology, geology, and environmental science students. This grant began October 1 and is estimated to end on September 30, 2023.

    O’Reilly will be part of a team that includes Illinois State faculty Rebekka Darner, Steve Juliano, Bill Perry, and Willy Hunter as well faculty at Carleton College, University of Arizona, and Queens College-City University of New York to develop the modules.

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  • If you asked a dozen people on the street what it means to be mature, you’d get a dozen different answers. Some people would tell you that someone who is mature is someone who has physically reached adulthood or old age. Some people may define maturity as an ability to listen. Others would define it as the antithesis of childishness. Still others may say that maturity is patience, graciousness, responsibility, or supportiveness. Maturity encompasses all of these things, and still more.

    I didn’t ask a dozen people on the street what maturity means to them, but I did look up half a dozen quotes about maturity, and my point still holds. Everyone thinks about maturity in a slightly different way.

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  • MANKATO — Kaab Shamoon is in his third year at Minnesota State University, Mankato, so he understands American college life pretty well, he's getting a handle on Minnesota, but that November holiday in the United States was an absolute mystery until he spent it with an American family.

    "Thanksgiving, I have no idea what it is to this day," said Shamoon, a construction management major from Pakistan. "We eat until we feel bad about it. And then we eat some more." [...]

    The experience has been so good, that Shamoon has served as an ambassador for the formal Friendship Family Program at Minnesota State Mankato. The program is a blessing — personally and educationally — for international students who aren't so outgoing as he is, Shamoon said. [...]

    "We still have students who are waiting for a family," said Alissa Morson, who coordinates the program at the Kearney Center for International Student Services at Minnesota State Mankato.

    Morson, like Shamoon, said the program tends to be mutually beneficial. International students half-a-world from home benefit from having a substitute family from southern Minnesota, a source of practical advice on the local area and a taste of life outside a university campus. The families get to learn about another country and another culture through the words of a young expert who comes from a far-flung place, and they can do it without making the big commitment that comes with a foreign exchange student.

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  • As a geologist and professor I speak and write rather cavalierly about eras and eons. One of the courses I routinely teach is “History of Earth and Life,” a survey of the 4.5-billion-year saga of the entire planet—in a 10-week trimester. But as a human, and more specifically as a daughter, mother, and widow, I struggle like everyone else to look Time honestly in the face. That is, I admit to some time hypocrisy.  [...]  Antipathy toward time clouds personal and collective thinking. [...] Our natural aversion to death is amplified in a culture that casts Time as an enemy and does everything it can to deny its passage. As Woody Allen said: “Americans believe death is optional.”This type of time denial, rooted in a very human combination of vanity and existential dread, is perhaps the most common and forgivable form of what might be called chronophobia.

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  • Last spring Jennifer Macalady, a geomicrobiologist, astrobiologist, and professor of geoscience at Penn State University, led a group of radio astronomy students on a caving expedition to learn about how we plan to detect life on other planets. They went into the earth to inform how to look out into the universe.

    As an astrobiologist, going down to look up is a paradox Macalady spends a lot of time reflecting on, and it shapes the question she and her colleagues continually ask of their work: If you had to describe life on Earth to someone who’s never been here, what would you say?

    Watching her shuffle down the muddy walls of Italy’s Frasassi Caves in Motherboard’s documentary The Most Unknown, it’s easy to see the connection between geomicrobiology and astrobiology. The cave’s surfaces are pockmarked and asteroid-like, hanging in fields of blackness. Shadows cast by her headlamp swing and twist in weird, eerie ways across the rocky surfaces. Specks of dust appear suspended like stars in the lamp’s beams. It looks like another planet—or more accurately, a planet within a planet, where Macalady’s found herself a terranaut exploring where humans don’t typically tread.

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  • Hi, I’m Spencer O’Bryan and I am the Conservatory Management Intern here at Longwood. I’ve been working here for a total of twelve-months now and will be leaving at the end of this week. I was born and raised in upstate New York, and studied Geology at Carleton College.  [...]

    The College and University Internship Program at Longwood was a wonderful opportunity to explore a life-long passion of mine. I have always loved plants and the chance to work with them for an entire year was something I could not pass up. I had visited Longwood years before applying and loved the Gardens— particularly the Conservatory. I was drawn to the Conservatory Management internship for numerous reasons.

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  • Several of the cabins that made up Kelly’s Camp in Glacier National Park burned in the Howe Ridge Fire Sunday night. At a homeowners meeting yesterday, Park leaders spoke to families from the evacuation zone. Nobody expected the Howe Ridge Fire to get big.

    "What took place literally in less than 48 hours is remarkable," Park Superintendent Jeff Mow said.

    He and other Park officials answered questions Monday night for about 70 people who had been evacuated from the northeast tip of Lake McDonald.

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  • Adam Denny '12

    May 24, 2018
  • Bellingham’s Sophie Williams is the founder of Raven Breads.  Her business, which she runs completely solo, is now in it’s fourth season. Sophie is conscientious, highly principled and fueled with passionate ideals. She also makes some really great bread.

    Sophie’s organic, whole grain sourdough bread is made from ingredients sourced as locally as she can possibly find them. Sophie works very hard, sometimes putting in sixteen-hour days. But her efforts have paid off; after baking 7,200 loaves of bread last year, Raven Breads saw a 50 percent increase in business.

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  • Cody-Phelps Lake, also known as Twin Lakes, off Union Lake Trail southwest of Lonsdale, is a shallow lake lacking in live fish, partially or completely. Although the lake wasn't aerated over the winter, weather conditions and other factors ultimately contributed to the fish kill.

    “Certain lakes over the winter, shallow lakes or lakes with a lot of nutrients, can run out of oxygen,” said Amanda Yourd, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources hydrologist who coordinates the Statewide Aeration Program.

    Yourd said long winters, especially, contribute to a lack of oxygen, so the result is fish dying, or winter kill. To prevent this, an aeration system brings warm water to the surface.

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