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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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Extracting a single element from a rock

Chapel Hill, NC – As you know, Ben Kumpf (’18) and I are working in the Isotope Geochemistry lab at UNC Chapel Hill. We are measuring isotopes of strontium (Sr), lead (Pb) and neodymium (Nd) in basaltic pillow lavas from northern … Continue reading
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What is a clean lab?

Chapel Hill, NC – Ben Kumpf (’18) and I are at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to use their lab facilities for isotope analysis. We’re working with small amounts of sample and the instrument has a high degree of … Continue reading
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Let the summer research commence!

Chapel Hill, NC – As the College of Wooster Commencement ceremony was just finishing, our rising seniors were starting their summer research. Ben Kumpf (’18) and I are visiting the labs in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of North … Continue reading
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The 30th Annual Keck Symposium and the Importance of Presentation in the Undergraduate Research Experience

Middletown, CT – Wesleyan University recently hosted the 30th annual Keck Symposium. The Keck Symposium is one of the key features that separates Keck projects from other types of undergraduate research experiences. Most other REU programs are confined to the summer, but … Continue reading
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Expanding Horizons by Mapping the Seafloor

Wooster, OH – Last weekend, The College of Wooster hosted the Expanding Your Horizons conference. About 240 fifth- and sixth-grade girls participated in hands-on science workshops on computer science, math, geology, chemistry, biology, physics, and neuroscience. This year, I went back to my roots … Continue reading
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How thick was the ice?

AMHERST, MA – Our Keck project studying the construction of a glaciovolcanic ridge in southwest Iceland is in full swing and our students are hard at work on their research. You may remember that we traveled to Iceland this summer to … Continue reading
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Last Wooster Geologist Presentation at #GSA2016

Denver, CO – The honor of the last presentation at #GSA2016 goes to Amineh AlBashaireh (’18), who has a poster on her summer work at Black Mountain in San Diego, CA. Congratulations, Wooster Geologists, on another successful GSA meeting!   Continue reading

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Association for Women Geoscientists Breakfast at #GSA2016

Denver, CO – The Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) held their annual breakfast at #GSA2016, where they recognized those people who make exceptional contributions to their mission. AWG seeks to encourage the participation of women in the geosciences, exchange information (technical, … Continue reading
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Keck GSA Abstracts

Wooster, OH – The summer portion of the Keck Iceland project is officially over, but our research isn’t finished. We’ll be working together throughout the academic year and will synthesize our final results at the Keck Symposium at Wesleyan University in April … Continue reading
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