Alex Melchert heads home to Wisconsin tomorrow

Here’s the latest update sent to campus this evening from Dean of Students Scott Brown:  Dear Wooster Family: I write with the great news that Alex is well enough to travel back to Wisconsin tomorrow, where he will continue his … Continue reading
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Wooster’s Pseudofossils of the Week: Artifacts in thin-sections of Ordovician limestones from southeastern Minnesota

It is always exciting to a geologist when thin-sections of curious rocks are completed and ready for view. A thin-section is a wafer of rock (30 microns thick) glues to a glass slide and examined by transmitted light through a … Continue reading
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Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: Spiriferinid brachiopod from the Lower Carboniferous of Ohio

Sometimes I choose a Fossil of the Week from our Invertebrate Paleontology teaching collection because students have responded to it in some way. This week’s fossil brachiopod has confused my students a bit because it is an internal mold (unusual … Continue reading
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Raptor Interplanetary Transport Engine

Why has SpaceX chosen methane to fuel its Raptor rocket engine? Robert Goddard’s first rockets used liquid oxygen O2 or LOX and gasoline. The Saturn V moon rocket first stage used LOX and refined kerosene. The Saturn V second stage used … Continue reading
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Alex Melchert Making Steady Progress in His Recovery

The latest update from Dean of Students Scott Brown on Alex Melchert’s recovery … Dear Wooster Community: I write to share a brief update on Alex’s progress. His sister said yesterday was “a very good day,” with Alex able to … Continue reading
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Good weather makes for steady progress

We’ve been enjoying a run of warm, sunny weather, so work on the foundation has been moving along at a steady pace. Soon the first loads of structural steel will be arriving on site.
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Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: Upper Ordovician strophomenid brachiopods from Iowa

Since we are covering brachiopods in my paleontology course this week, I’ve chosen a very recognizable genus from the Upper Ordovician of Iowa for our Fossil of the Week. This wrinkly strophomenid brachiopod is of the genus Leptaena Dalman, 1828. … Continue reading
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More encouraging news for Alex Melchert

An update on Alex Melchert from Dean of Students Scott Brown … Dear Wooster Community: I am happy to report that Alex’s recovery has continued to progress very well. The doctors removed his breathing tube and he is able to … Continue reading
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Alex Melchert’s Dad Says “Odds are Excellent for Full Recovery”

An update on Alex Melchert from Dean of Students Scott Brown … Dear Wooster Community: I spoke with Alex’s father twice today and he shared that Alex has just completed his third and final surgery, which he said went very … Continue reading
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First-year student remains in critical condition

Alex Melchert, a first-year Wooster student who was shot yesterday at a rest stop on northbound I-71 near Columbus, about 60 miles from here, remains in critical condition. His parents and siblings have all arrived in Columbus and are with him … Continue reading
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