Sunday at the University of Tartu Natural History Museum — this time as tourists

Tartu, Estonia — Bill Ausich and I returned to the Natural History Museum today to tour the public exhibits. It was hard to not make it into a study trip, though, for our research. I suppose since our “work” is … Continue reading
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Saturday at the Estonian National Museum (plus a street festival)

Tartu, Estonia — This morning Bill Ausich and I walked to the new Estonian National Museum, shown above. It has a most unusual elongated building constructed on an abandoned secret Soviet airbase for bombers (Raadi Airfield). It follows an old … Continue reading
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Back to work in the University of Tartu Geology Department

Tartu, Estonia — Today Bill Ausich and I returned to the geology lab on the university campus to continue our work on the Kalana Lagerstätte crinoids. There is Bill above working on specimens. I spent most of the day working … Continue reading
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Starting work in the University of Tartu Natural History Museum

Tartu, Estonia — Today Bill Ausich and I began our work in the University of Tartu Natural History Museum. Our most knowledgeable and helpful host is chief geology curator Mare Isakar. This museum is just a short walk from our … Continue reading
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Back to the paleontology lab in Tartu, Estonia

Tartu, Estonia — Disconcertingly it says “chemistry”, but there really is a geology department inside this building on the University of Tartu campus. The Geology Department is part of the Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences. We are very impressed … Continue reading
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Fieldwork in Estonia, with a bonus visit to Narva

Tartu, Estonia — Today Bill and I had a spectacular geology and culture field trip in northeastern Estonia. As you can see in the images, the weather was excellent, if a little warm. Our Estonian hosts took us from Tartu … Continue reading
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Concluding 2018 summer research in the Tree Ring Lab

Summer 2018 research in the Tree Ring Lab has come to a close. The group of five students worked on a variety of projects, learning about the climate and history of Ohio and Alaska, and the application of different dendrochronological … Continue reading
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Summer Research at Wooster: Rain-on-Snow in Alaska

The following post is courtesy of Anna Cooke (’20), who worked with Dr. Alex Crawford through Wooster’s Sophomore Research Program this summer In the heat of Ohio’s summer, it’s been a small bit of relief to turn my attention to … Continue reading
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Norton’s Dome

The Shape In dimensionless coordinates, with the [latex]z[/latex]-axis pointing down, Norton’s dome has the shape [latex display=”true”] z = \frac{2}{3}s^{3/2},[/latex] where [latex]s[/latex] is the arc length along the dome. If [latex]ds^2 = dx^2 + dz^2[/latex], then [latex display=”true”] x = \int dx … Continue reading
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Standard Model at 50

From Haidar Essili: All I can think of to describe my experience in the Standard model’s 50th anniversary conference is to repeatedly yell the word wow, until I have lost the will to do so. I am at a loss … Continue reading
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