Flipping the Classroom with Meteorite Impacts

Our introductory courses don’t have labs, but that doesn’t stop our students from having hands-on experiences. Today, students in the Geology of Natural Hazards investigated the relationship between impact craters and projectile properties (size, mass, velocity) by experimenting with a tray of … Continue reading
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A beautiful day for Wooster Geologists in the Silurian of Ohio

FAIRBORN, OHIO–It’s field trip season at last for the Wooster Geologists. Several geology classes have now been out in Ohio, taking advantage of windows of spectacular weather. Today was one of those days for 25 students in the Sedimentology & … Continue reading
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Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: A Middle Jurassic trace fossil from southwestern Utah

Time for a trace fossil! This is one of my favorite ichnogenera (the trace fossil equivalent of a biological genus). It is Gyrochorte Heer, 1865, from the Middle Jurassic (Bathonian) Carmel Formation of southwestern Utah (near Gunlock; locality C/W-142). It … Continue reading
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Strange Non-Chaotic Stars

On the second day of my  University of Hawai’i sabbatical, I began to work with space telescope data that would justify my NASA T-shirts and invigorate the study of variable stars. While the brightness of stars like the sun is nearly constant, the … Continue reading
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Cavs game!

Sorry for such the late post, but Sidney and I finally got around to writing up our blog post about going to the Cavs game with IPP. It was a blast, and we want to thank IPP for organizing the … Continue reading
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Geomorphology at Fern Valley and along the Little Killbuck

The group at Fern Valley. Gaging Wilkin Run and measuring water levels in wells. We are fortunate to be able to monitor the streamflow, climate and geomorphic changes along Wilkin Run. Thanks again to Betty and David Wilkin for donating … Continue reading
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Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: A tectonically-deformed Early Cambrian trilobite from southeastern California

This wonderful trilobite was found last month by Olivia Brown (’15), a student on the Wooster Geology Department’s glorious field trip to the Mojave Desert. Olivia collected it at Emigrant Pass in the Nopah Range of Inyo County, southeastern California. … Continue reading
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Wooster Physics in Hawai’i!

Aloha! Thanks to Wooster’s generous sabbatical program, I’m spending the 2014-2015 academic year at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa on the island of O’ahu in Honolulu, and I’m learning my Hawaiian accents. I live in a very small studio apartment with … Continue reading
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Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: A disturbingly familiar coral from the Middle Jurassic of southern Israel

Our fossil this week is one I don’t share with my Invertebrate Paleontology classes until they’re ready for it. Those of us who grew up with Paleozoic fossils think we recognize it right away. Surely this is a solitary rugose … Continue reading
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Wooster Physics in San Antonio!

Welcome! Our goal is to use this site to share more information about what is going on in the department! Our annual attendance at the APS March Meeting seemed like a great place to start. Four students and I all … Continue reading
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