Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: A Silurian encrinite from southwestern Ohio

The above rock was collected on our Sedimentology & Stratigraphy class field trip last month. It is an average piece of weathered Brassfield Formation (Early Silurian, Llandovery) from Oakes Quarry Park near Fairborn, Ohio (N 39.81472°, W 83.99471°). It is … Continue reading
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Wooster Geologists (and a Wooster Chemist) visit Brown’s Lake Bog

I was privileged today to visit Brown’s Lake Bog, a Nature Conservancy preserve, with Greg Wiles, Nick Wiesenberg, and Kim Carter (Chemistry ’16). Greg and Nick have been here many times with students and colleagues, including some epic sessions of … Continue reading
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Home is a Moving Target

Well, folks, this is it: my final blog post. I didn’t exactly keep up with this blog as much as I intended to this year…or at all…which is pretty par for the course, honestly. But I still thought I would … Continue reading
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Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: A ptilodictyine bryozoan from the Silurian of Ohio

The fossil above was found by Luke Kosowatz (’17) on our Sedimentology & Stratigraphy class field trip last month. We were measuring and sampling the Brassfield Formation (Early Silurian, Llandovery) near Fairborn, Ohio, and Luke pulled this beauty out of … Continue reading
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Alumni Board Meeting – April 23-25, 2015

On Thursday evening, April 23, the Alumni Board convened its spring meeting with an informal reception, welcome, and brief review of the schedule. Following dinner, Mary Neagoy ’83, chair of the Presidential Search Committee and Tom Courtice, search consultant from … Continue reading
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The Flight of the Dragon

Last week, SpaceX conducted a successful pad abort test of its innovative Crew Dragon spacecraft. The hypergolic (= ignite on contact) MMH + NTO Super Draco engines accelerated Dragon from 0 to 100 mph in 1.2 seconds — that’s faster than … Continue reading
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Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: A Jurassic coral with beekite preservation from southern Israel

This week’s fossil is again in honor of Annette Hilton (’17), now retired as my Sophomore Research Assistant this year. She has been assessing with great skill a large and diverse collection of scleractinian corals from the Matmor Formation in … Continue reading
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The unveiling of Pluto

As a kid, I poured over diagrams in Popular Science magazine describing possible Grand Tours of the outer solar system (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) made possible by a rare alignment of the planets. Unfortunately, budget cuts reduced the Grand … Continue reading
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Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: How to make brilliant acetate peels, with a Jurassic coral example

My retiring Sophomore Research student, Annette Hilton (’17), is excellent at making acetate peels. These peels, like the one above she made from a mysterious Callovian (Middle Jurassic) coral, show fine internal details of calcareous fossils and rocks. This is … Continue reading
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Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: A twisted scleractinian coral from the Middle Jurassic of southern Israel

Another exquisite little coral this week from the collection of Matmor Formation (Middle Jurassic, southern Israel) corals Annette Hilton (’17) and I are working through. We believe this is Epistreptophyllum Milaschewitsch, 1876. It is a solitary (although more on that … Continue reading
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