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May 2012

Geoscience Research Day 2012 A Great Success. - 9 May 2012

1st Place: Aaron Watters, Early Permian wind parameters recorded in the Lyons Fm., Manitou Springs, CO.

2nd Place: Heather Wood, A two-case study of convective initiation off the dryline in the Texas panhandle.

Honorable Mention: Trudy Watkins, Quartz preferred orientation and its impact on thermal anisotropy in sandstone and quartite.

September 2011

The Department welcomes Dr. Dustin Sweet, new Assistant Professor of Geosciences. Dustin specializes in clastic sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, and sedimentary processes. Welcome, Dustin!

Jim Barrick was awarded funding for 2011-2014 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his participation in the collaborative research project Integrated Paleoceanographic Analysis of the Late Paleozoic Midcontinent Sea ($108,000). 
This project is an interdisciplinary approach that includes geochemical proxies (neodymium, strontium and oxygen isotopes of biogenic apatite (CONODONTS!); bulk major­ and trace­element abundance data, TOC­TIC­S concentrations, and petrographic data), biofacies analyses, and numerical models (regional ocean circulation model coupled to a global atmosphere­ocean general circulation model) to investigate paleoceanographic conditions during three short time intervals of the Late Pennsylvanian.  Jim will obtain the conodonts for geochemical analyses, establish biostratigraphic correlations, and interpret biofacies.  His collaborators are Achim D. Herrmann and Ariel Anbar of Arizona State University, Bernd J. Haupt of Penn State University, and Thomas Algeo of the University of Cincinnati (Total award - $310,000).

NSF-EAR-Petrology & Geochemistry has awarded $184,159 over three years to fund research on Trace Element Mobility in the Sub-Solidus: Accessory Mineral Stability, Fluids and the Role of the Rock to Assistant Professor Callum Hetherington.

The project will work in thermal aureole of the iconic Ballachulish Igneous Complex in the Western Highlands of Scotland. The locality exposes a broad range of rock types making it the ideal locality to study and compare the role of chemical environment on accessory mineral assemblages and trace element distribution and will test hypotheses developed on the basis of previous research based on experimental studies. The funding will support extensive analytical work, as well as graduate and under-graduate students. The image is a Th-Ce-Si-P element distribution map of a relict monazite crystal in metapelitic slate from the Ballachulish aureole. Horizontal dimension of the image is approximately 300 microns (3/10's of a mm).

February 2011

Associate Professor Seiichi Nagihara obtains NASA funding to study Apollo mission lunar heat flow data. Go here to read about it!

Drs. Cal Barnes and Aaron Yoshinobu to lead the Eurogranites 2011 Field Trip to the Caldeonides of central Norway in June.

Euroganites 2011