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Jesse Davenport (’11) Returns to GeoClub

Wooster, OH – GeoClub met for the first time in the 2017-2018 academic year, allowing us to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. It was our good fortune to host a special guest, Jesse Davenport, a 2011 … Continue reading
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High-Temperature Geochemistry in Action

WOOSTER, OH – Over the last couple of weeks, our Keck Geology Team Utah has been hard at work in the College of Wooster Geology labs. We collected a dozen samples from Ice Springs Volcanic Field in the Black Rock … Continue reading
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Exploring the Geosciences at Zion National Park

Zion National Park – Dr. Wiles and I are directing a 5-week undergraduate research project through the Keck Geology Consortium‘s Gateway Program. The Gateway Program has two goals: engage the students in an authentic research experience while exploring the intersections between … Continue reading
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The conclusion of an excellent field season

Guest Bloggers: Addison Thompson (’20, Pitzer College), Pa Nhia Moua (’20, Carleton College), and Sam Patzkowsky (’20, Franklin and Marshall) write about our last day of field work 6.26.17  Despite the often inhospitable conditions of the Black Rock Desert, the … Continue reading
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Team Utah Takes to the Field

Guest Blogger: Addison Thompson (’20, Pitzer College) writes about our first 3 days of field work. 6.23.17 For the Utah group, the first day in the field was daunting yet rewarding as our intrepid group of young geologists made themselves … Continue reading
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A Strong Start to the 2017 Keck Gateway Project

Guest Blogger: Addison Thompson (’20 Pitzer College and Team Keck Member) Amid our first official day at the College of Wooster, spirits were high as we embarked on the five week Keck Gateway Project.  The Gateway Project encompasses two different … Continue reading
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Lab Character(s)

Chapel Hill, NC – Every scientist who works in a lab knows that labs have unique characters. The Isotope Geochemistry lab at UNC Chapel Hill was bustling with Ph.D. researchers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and researchers from other institutions, including … Continue reading
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Barbecue, Baseball, and Bluegrass

Chapel Hill, NC – Whenever we visit a field site or external lab for research, we see it as an opportunity to explore the local culture, in true liberal arts fashion. Our recent visit to UNC Chapel Hill’s Isotope Lab … Continue reading
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Isotope analysis by TIMS is FUN

Chapel Hill, NC – Wooster Geologists have been hard at work preparing samples for isotope analysis. Now that sample preparation is complete, the next step is to analyze them on the thermal ionization mass spectrometer (TIMS). In the TIMS, a sample … Continue reading
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An evening with Hutton, Lyell, and Darwin at the Davison Rare Book Room

Middletown, CT – The Wooster Geologists at the Keck Consortium were treated to a visit to the Davison Rare Book Room. The Special Collections Librarian set out an impressive array of historical texts with geological significance. We were even permitted to touch the books … Continue reading
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