Good News in the Geology Department
ANGLE Receives WSSPC National Award in Excellence for Outreach
The Alaska Native Geoscience Learning Experience (ANGLE) program will receive the 2020 Western States Seismic Policy Council's National Award in Excellence in the Outreach category. ...more...
Dr. Paul Winberry, Dr. Audrey Huerta recognized in Nature's Research Highlights
Research on the use of seismic data from "icequakes" has been recognized as a way to calculate melt rates of glaciers in west Antarctica. CWU's Dr. Paul Winberry and Dr. Audrey Huerta's research published in Geophysical Research Letters in January, 2020 has gained attention in Nature's Research Highlights. ...more...
Congratulations to Yakima Rock and Mineral Club Grant Recipients Megan Kjelland, David Bruce, and Elizabeth Curtis!
Several graduate students have been selected by the Yakima Rock and Mineral Club to receive funding towards their master's work. Congradulations to Elizabeth Curtis, Megan Kjelland, and David Bruce! ...more...
Congratulations to Research Grant Recipients Anne Egger, Walter Szeliga, Tim Melbourne, and Paul Winberry!
Several geology faculty members received large grants this last month to extend their local and global research projects. Dr. Anne Egger was awarded a grant from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers for the Executive Director Appointment. Dr. Paul Winberry received additional funding from the University of Tasmania for his Antarctic Seismic Research Services.
Dr. Walter Szeliga and Dr. Tim Melbourne received over 100,000 dollars from the National Science Foundation and UNAVCO for continuing work on Enabling Discoveries in Multiscale Earth System Dynamics: Geodetic Facility for the Advancement of Geoscience (GAGE2). ...more...
Paleontological Field Work in the Wildcat Creek Beds
Dr. Meaghan Wetherell and her many assistants have more than doubled the known number of fossils from the 25-million-yr-old Wildcat Creek Beds near Rimrock Lake. The area has only had limited paleontological collected in the past, with the steep topography and vegetation often hindering previous fossil work in the past. ...more...
Washington Geologic Survey Mapping in Kittitas Valley
Geologists Andrew Sadowski and CWU Alumni Bodie McCosby with the Washington Geologic Survey are working on a multi-year project completing detailed 1:24,000 geologic maps of Kittitas Valley and surrounding areas. Andrew and Bodie are based out of CWU's Discovery Hall and are wrapping up the fall field around the Reecer Creek and north Ellensburg areas, with plans to expand across much of the county in the future. ...more...
Trenching the Thousand Springs Fault in Central Oregon
In July 2019, Graduate Student Elizabeth Curtiss trenched the Thousand Springs Fault, a west-dipping normal fault, in Summer Lake, Oregon, located in the northwestern Basin and Range. Other faults in the basin show evidence of large (>M7) earthquakes, but the Thousand Springs fault was only recently mapped and has no documented earthquake history. ...more...
Anne Egger Honored as a GSA Fellow
Dr. Anne Egger has been elected as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America Fellows are recognized for their distinguished contributions to the geosciences, and election as a Fellow is one of the highest honors bestowed by the GSA. ...more...
Dan Mongovin Accepted Into the NAGT-USGS Internship Program
Congratulations to Dan Mongovin, who has been accepted into the NAGT-USGS internship program. This 54-year old program is the longest running internship program in the earth sciences. The top student from our summer field geology course (G489) is eligible to apply for this internship, and Dan was the top student in the 2018 summer field course. ...more...
Tsunami Field Work Along the North Central Chile Coast
Field Work Along the North Central Chile Coast: Professor Lisa Ely, CWU undergraduate student Trent Adams, and former CWU student Dr. Tina Dura (now a professor at Virginia Tech University) were part of research team that visited Chile in July, 2018, to study tsunami and paleotsunami deposits.
Graduate Field Work in the Huntoon Mtns, Nevada
Field Work in the Huntoon Mts, Nevada: Graduate student Bodie McCosby, his field assistant Grant Nussbaum, and Professor Jeff Lee completed geologic mapping in the Huntoon Mountains, Nevada, in June and July, 2018. The Huntoon Mountains are located ~50 km east of Mono Lake, and the region is cut by sinistral and normal faults.
Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12: Investigation and Design at the Center
Associate Professor Anne Egger is on the Board on Science Education of The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, and this committee has just released a new concensus report that describes evidence-based ways that teaching and learning can shift toward science investigations and engineering design to help realize a new vision in the classroom ...more...
A Decade of CWU Research in Antarctica
10 Years of CWU Research in Antarctica: 2017-18 is the tenth year Dr. Audrey Huerta and Dr. Paul Winberry have been teaching and conducting polar research in the CWU Geological Sciences department.
CWU Helping Lead Outreach and Education Related to Earthquakes, Tsunami and Volcanic Hazards
CWU Geology's Beth Pratt-Sitaula is co-PI on the EarthScope ANGLE project that is helping lead outreach and education related to earthquakes, tsunami and volcanic hazards ...more...
Bodie McCosby Awarded GSA and White Mt Research Center Grants
Congratulations to J. Bodie McCosby, who was awarded a Geological Society of America (GSA) Graduate Student Research Grants and a UC White Mountain Research Center (WMRC) Student Minigrant for 2018. ...more...
Moriah Kauer Honored as University Distinguished Employee
Moriah Kauer, our department fiscal specialist, was honored last year as the University Distinguished Employee. Moriah is the glue that keeps the department together. From fixing the xerox machine to managing the complexity of purchasing a mass spectrometer for our beautiful new building, Moriah does her job with efficiency, humor, and patience. ...more...
Premiere Evening for Season 2 of Nick On The Rocks
A new batch of Nick On The Rocks episodes premiered in CWU’s SURC Theater in January. ...more...
Marie Takach Awarded 2018 Yakima Rock Club Scholarship
Marie Takach, a second year students in the Geology Master's program was awarded the Yakima Rock Club Scholarship for 2018. ...more...
Alumni Gathering at GSA 2017
CWU Geology organized a gathering for alumni and current students and faculty during the 2017 GSA meeting in Seattle. More than 50 folks showed up! ...more...
Andrew Hoxey and Melanie Swick awarded GSA Graduate Student Research Grants
GSA will, in part, support of the MS thesis research of Andrew Hoxey and Melanie Swick. ...more...
Rachelle Sanchez accepted into the 2017 GeoTenerife Internship Program
During the month of July, Rae will be working with geoscientists and other geoscience students from both sides of the Atlantic to geochemically monitor the Canary Islands volcanoes. ...more...
Sarah Olden receives 2017 NAGT Scholarship for Field Study
Sarah Olden was awarded a 2017 NAGT Scholarship for Field Study. Sarah was one of 18 students from across the country who received this scholarship for 2017. The scholarship provides $750 towards the cost of a field course and is awarded to those whose field experience is important to their educational and career goals ...more...
Daniel Mongovin awarded 2017 Robert D. Bentley Scholarship
CWU Geology major Daniel Mongovin has been selected as the 2017 winner of the Robert D. Bentley Scholarship. Congratulations Dan! A 2014 graduate of Olympia High School, Dan plans on pursuing a graduate degree in structural and field geology after graduation. ...more...
The Cascadia EarthScope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program (CEETEP) was awarded the 2016 National Awards in Excellence for their educational outreach to schools. CEETEP offers four-day workshops to foster community engagement of earthquake science and preparedness, and to encourage collaboration and exchange between formal and informal coastal educators.
Beth Pratt-Sitaula is CWU's collaborator on the CEETEP project (and one of the project PIs). She noted that the success of the project has been due to the full group effort of all the PIs and collaborators. ...more...
Cameron Burns awarded 2016 Robert D. Bentley Scholarship
CWU Geology major Cameron Burns has been selected as the 2016 winner of the Robert D. Bentley Scholarship. Congratulations Cameron! A 2008 graduate of Eisenhower High School, Cameron plans on pursuing a graduate degree in geology after graduation, focusing on his interests in the fields of structural geology and seismology. ...more...
Wendy Bohrson elected MSA Fellow
Wendy Bohrson was elected as a Mineralogical Society of America Fellow in recognition of her significant contribution to geochemistry and petrology. The number of fellows elected each year cannot exceed 0.5% of MSA membership, and Wendy was one of 13 elected this year ...more...
Wendy Bohrson recognized by CWU as a Distinguished Professor
Dr. Wendy Bohrson has been selected as a CWU Distinguished Professor. The designation is the highest award attainable at Central Washington University and represents the highest level of performance ...more...
Lisa Ely a GSA Thompson Distinguished International Lecturer
Dr. Lisa L. Ely of the Central Washington University Department of Geological Sciences has been selected as the 2015 Geological Society of America Thompson Distinguished International Lecturer. Lisa is planning a lecture tour that includes South American universities in Chile, Ecuador, and Peru in November 2015; and a second tour to Mexico, central America and the Caribbean in March, 2016 ...more...
The Great Washington ShakeOut
On October 15, 2015, at 10:15 am, the state of Washington will hold its annual "shakeout" event, a statewide earthquake drill. The primary goal is to raise awareness across the state of the potential risks associated with a large earthquake and to help citizens be more prepared to be safe during an earthquake.
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