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Professor Thorson’s Hartford Courant Columns

Don’t miss Thor’s latest columns:

 

Lump of coal for Christmas? I’ll take two – Hartford Courant
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A lump of coal in your stocking at Christmas was something for bad children, but Robert Thorson, budding geologist, would have been thrilled to get a big piece of …

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No One Noticed Cheaper Flint Water Was Contaminated?

www.courant.com
Hartford and Flint, Mich. ; a tale of two cities.

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Scholarships, Internships & Opportunities

Scholarships, Internships & Opportunities

Do you want to share your experiences as a Geoscience major with prospective majors?

Sign up to be a mentor for “The Major Experience” program.

More details can be found here: http://majorexperience.uconn.edu/about/

IRIS Summer Undergrad Internship: http://www.iris.edu/internship

Summer Internship at Marine Physical Laboratory, University of California San Diego (see attached flyer): https://scripps.ucsd.edu/mpl/mpl-summer-internship-program

100 Years of Women 2016 Scholarship – see attachment

Bahamas Education Abroad – Student Blog

Bahamas Education Abroad – Program News

13 undergraduate students, 2 graduate students participated in an Education Abroad trip to the Bahamas during Winter Intersession. The trip was led by Director Lisa Park Boush. The students’ blog is available here: www.uconngeoscience.blogspot.com

The trip was subsequently covered by CLAS in a story (link below).  Check out the slideshow of images and wonderful article about this important field study course.

“Geoscience Field Course Investigates the Sustainability of the Bahamas”
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Spring 2016 Seminar Series Speakers

                                                       Spring 2016 Seminar Series

March 29th: Gregory Hoke, Syracuse
“Constraining long-term surface uplift rates using terrestrial cosmogenic nuclides”
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April 5th: Katy Barnhart, University of Pennsylvania
Erosion of icy coastlines and changing sea ice”
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April 12th: Isla Castañeda, UMass Amherst
“Vegetation and climate change in southern East Africa during the past 800,000 years: insights from organic geochemical proxies”
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April 19th: Alex Rohrmann, Oregon State
Erosion of icy coastlines and changing sea ice”
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April 26th: Leigh Fall, SUNY Oneonta
“You are what you eat: stable isotope evidence indicates the predatory snail ‘Neverita duplicata’ is likely an omnivore”

Greg Goes To Zambia

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Greg goes to Zambia

Ten Days

Peace Corps! Zambia! Fish!

I’ve never written a blog post before, figured I’d start it off with a TL;DR for those of you who don’t want to put up with my insane ramblings. I’m Greg! I graduated from college recently with a BS in Geoscience, and before that attended a high school that focused in aquaculture (we built boats in Tech and went sailing for PE. I’m from Connecticut if you couldn’t tell.) Now I’ve been given the amazing opportunity to be a Rural Aquaculture Promotion volunteer in the Peace Corps!

Follow Greg’s exciting journey on his blog here: greggoestozambia.wordpress.com

https://greggoestozambia.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/ten-days/

GSA, SEPM, and AAPG Student Funding Opportunities

1. GSA Student Research
http://www.geosociety.org/grants/gradgrants.htm

GSA Research Grants – Geological Society of America
www.geosociety.org
Graduate Student Research Grants. 2016 Research Grants Application Form.

2. SEPM Student Research
https://www.sepm.org/Apply-for-a-Student-Assistance-Grant

Students – SEPM
www.sepm.org
To apply for a Student Grant only a single application is required to be considered for any or all applicable SEPM research funds.

3. AAPG Grant – in – Aid
http://aapg.gia.confex.com/aapg_gia/2015/cfp.cgi

AAPG Foundation Grants-In-Aid Program – aapg.gia.confex.com

David Jones, Amherst College – February 9, 2016 at 11 am – Beach Hall 233

 

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“Death on the playa: geochemistry and geobiology of dolomite formation at Deep Springs Lake, CA”

David Jones is an Assistant Professor of Geology at Amherst College with broad interests in Earth History.  He uses stratigraphy and geochemistry to address questions about the co-evolution of life and Earth’s surface environments in deep time.  His most recent research focuses on sedimentary rocks in the Great Basin (Nevada and Utah) and modern playa lake deposits in California (Deep Springs Lake).

Read more about Dr Jones’ research here: https://www.amherst.edu/people/facstaff/djones

 

 

Dr. Michael Hren receives award from American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund

Profile_hren.jpgMichael Hren was awarded $110,000 from the American Chemical Society – Petroleum Research Fund for a proposal entitled “Evaluating the Preservation Potential of Buried Organic Carbon: A Laboratory and Field Study of the Impact of Burial Diagenesis on Stable Isotopic and Organic Molecular Records”. The proposed research will focus on understanding how the distribution and stable isotopic composition of organic molecular biomarkers change during the process of burial diagenesis and has direct implications for petroleum research and paleoclimate reconstructions.

 

 

Wintersession 2015-16

Winter Intersession 2015-16

wintersessionBahamas Field Course
GSCI 4999 (3 credits)

Learn about geology, geography, biology and sustainability in a natural laboratory!

This course will examine all aspects of this carbonate island systems, including its bedrock geology, hydrology, karst and cave systems, coral reefs, inland lakes, beach and coastal geomorphology, biology, archaeology, climate history and its future environmental sustainability. Students will learn about the impacts of sea level and climate change as well as human settlement on this small island.

  1. EARTH’S DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT (LECTURE)

Three credits. Three class periods. Not open for credit to students who have passed GSCI 1010, 1050, 1055, or 1070. Students who complete both GSCI 1051 and 1052 may request that GSCI 1051 be converted to a CA 3 Laboratory course. Origin and history of planet Earth, emphasizing how rock, air, water, and life interact at different scales to produce the earth’s crust, landforms, life systems, natural resources, catastrophes, and climatic regimes. Provides a scientific context for human-induced global change. CA 3.  M-F 9:00 – 12:15

  1. EARTH’S DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT (LABORATORY)

One credit. Prerequisite or co-requisite: GSCI 1010 or GSCI 1051 or GSCI 1055 or GSCI 1070. Not open to students who have passed GSCI 1050. Students who complete both GSCI 1052 and one of GSCI 1010, 1051, 1055 or 1070 may request that the prerequisite be converted to a CA 3 Laboratory course. Laboratory complement to GSCI 1010, 1051, 1055, and 1070, . Provides an opportunity to work with specimens (minerals, fossils, rocks), terrain images, maps, physical models, and simulation experiments. Includes local field trips. A fee of $10 is charged for this course.  M-F 1:00 – 4:15pm

American Geosciences Institute Internship Opportunities

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Geoscience Policy Internship
Level: BS/BA or MS/MA

Be a Geoscience Policy Intern with the American Geosciences Institute! The Geoscience Policy Program represents the geoscience community in Washington DC, and actively works with Congress and federal agencies to foster sound public policy in areas that affect geoscientists, including water, energy, and mineral resources; geologic hazards, environmental protection, and federal funding for geoscience research and education.

AGI seeks outstanding geoscience or geo-related engineering students (undergraduate or Masters) with a strong interest in federal science policy. Interns will hone their writing and web publishing skills while gaining first-hand understanding of the legislative process and executive branch agencies.

You must be a U.S. citizen and enrolled in, or recently completed, a geoscience or geo-related eningeering bachelor’s or master’s degree program to apply.

Apply Online:
Fall Internship (14 weeks) – Application Deadline April 15  – Apply Here
AGI accepts one intern during the fall semester (September through December) at a fixed stipend of $5500. The stipend for the intern is provided through a generous grant from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Foundation. the internship lasts 14 weeks, and the starting date will be based on the schedule of the successful applicant. Geoscience students with an interest in energy and resource issues are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain credit for the internship from their university.

Spring Internship (14 weeks) – Application Deadline October 15 – Apply Here
AGI accepts one intern during the spring semester (January through April) at a fixed stipend of $5500. The stipend for the intern is provided through a generous grant from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Foundation. the internship lasts 14 weeks, and the starting date will be based on the schedule of the successful applicant. Geoscience students with an interest in energy and resource issues are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain credit for the internship from their university.

Summer Internship (12 weeks) – Application Deadline March 15  – Apply Here
AGI is planning to accept three interns for the summer at a fixed stipend of $5000 per person. Stipends for the interns are funded jointly by AGI and a generous grant from the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) Foundation. The internship will last 12 weeks, and the starting date will be based on the schedule of the successful applicant.

Inquiries only to govt@agiweb.org.

View past interns here.