Good News in the Geology Department

April 2017

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...

April 2017

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...

April 2017

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...

March 2017

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...

March 2016

CEETEP receives educational outreach award from WSSPC

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...

February 2016

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...

November 2015

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...

October 2015

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.

The Cascadia Hazards Institute and the department of Geological Sciences are organizing a set of ShakeOut events ...more...

July 2015

Nick Zentner To Receive NAGT
James Shea Award at 2015 GSA Meeting

Nick Zentner will be awarded the 2015 James Shea Award this November in Baltimore at the national meeting of the Geological Society of America. ...more...

June 2015

Outstanding Senior Awards for 2014-2015

The annual CWU Geology Spring Potluck was held at Lind Hall on June 3rd. This year we had nice weather, so it was an indoor/outdoor affair. There was a great turnout of faculty, staff and students. Along with chowing down on good food, they had an opportunity to congratulate this year's Outstanding Senior Award winners ...more...

November 2015

Chris Mattinson Awarded NSF Grant for Qaidam UHP Terrane Study

Chris Mattinson has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the processes responsible for the deep (>100 km) burial and exhumation of continental crust, as recorded in rocks of the North Qaidam ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) terrane, western China, where UHP rocks and a long-lived (>30 Myr) collisional history are well documented. ...more...

June 2014

Andy Menking Receives Distinguished Thesis Award

The CWU School of Graduate Studies has announced the Dale and Mary Jo Comstock Distinguished Thesis Award recipient for this year, and the winner is Geological Sciences MS graduate Andy Menking ...more...

Anne Egger elected 2nd Vice President of NAGT

Anne Egger has been elected Second Vice President of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. This is a three-year track that leads to the office of NAGT President in the third year ...more...

April 2014

Science Phase II construction groundbreaking ceremony May 1, 2014

Please join us for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Science Phase II building on the CWU campus. This new building will house the Geological Sciences, Physics, and Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education programs, and will serve as a center for interdisciplinary learning on campus. ...more...

March 2014

Kevin Knapp awarded 2014 Robert D. Bentley Scholarship

CWU Geology major Kevin Knapp has been selected as the 2014 winner of the Robert D. Bentley Scholarship. Congratulations Kevin! A 2010 graduate of Bothell High School, Kevin plans on pursuing an advanced degree in geology after he graduates from CWU in 2015. ...more...

Bre MacInnes and Colleagues Awarded
NSF Grant for Aleutian Islands Study

Breanyn MacInnes has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to study historical and paleo-tsunamis in the Islands of the Four Mountains region of the central Aleutian Islands ...more...

SOURCE 2014 Abstract Submission and Event Info

SOURCE is approaching. Abstract submissions from March 3rd to April 11th and the Symposium on May 15th at the CWU SURCE in Ellensburg ...more...

November 2013

Paul Winberry and Audrey Huerta Awarded
$2.5M NSF Grant

Paul and Audrey have been awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation to develop seismic instrumentation suitable for deployment in remote ice covered environments like Antarctica ...more...

October 2013

Laura Abe receives NAGT Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Laura Abe has received an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) ...more...

Wendy Bohrson elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America

Wendy has been elected as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. Fellows are recognized for their distinguished contributions to the geosciences. Election as a Fellow is one of the highest honors bestowed by the GSA. ...more...

September 2013

CWU and The Great Washington Shake-Out

The Great Washington Shake-Out, a statewide earthquake drill, will be happening at 10:17am on October 17, 2013.

Central Washington University's Geological Sciences department and the Cascadia Hazards Institute is coordinating several events in conjunction with the statewide event ...more...

April 2013

Grad Students Win Research Funding from GSA and others

CWU Geology graduate students have been awarded funds to support their reseach by the Geological Society of America, the Sigma Xi Research Society and other organizations. Here's a quick run-down of the research and funding ...more...

Rose Borden awarded 2013 Robert D. Bentley Scholarship

CWU Geology major Rose Borden has been selected as the 2013 winner of the Bentley Scholarship. Congratulations Rose! A native of Maple Valley, Washington and a Dean's List student, Rose plans on pursuing an advanced degree in geology after she graduates from CWU in 2014. ...more...

March 2013

CWU partners in Cascadia EarthScope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program

Central Washington University will participate in a $625,000, three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) EarthScope program (www.earthscope.org) to train educators in the seaside communities of Washington and Oregon about the region’s earthquake and tsunami hazards: the Cascadia EarthScope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program. These educators will also teach others, including tourists and visitors to parks and museums, about these very real dangers. Oregon State University, the lead institution, will receive $315,000 of the grant funds while CWU will receive $194,000 and the University of Portland will receive $116,000 ...more...

September 2012

CWU and The Great Washington Shake-Out

The Great Washington Shake-Out, a statewide earthquake drill, will be happening October 18, 2012.

Central Washington University's Geological Sciences department is coordinating several events in conjunction with the statewide event ...more...

June 2012

Anne Egger wins Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction from Science journal

The AAAS journal Science announced that Anne Egger has won its Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction for her teaching module "Seismicity and Relative Risk". Congratulations Anne! ...more...

May 2012

Brad Pitcher receives NAGT-USGS Internship for Summer 2012

Brad Pitcher received a summer 2012 NAGT-USGS Internship. He will work with Dr. Jake Lowenstern at the USGS in Menlo Park, CA and in the field at Yellowstone. The project is entitled "Quantifying Past and Present Output of Magmatic Volatiles at the Yellowstone Volcanic System." ...more...

April 2012

Rock the Space III

April 6th was a memorable night in downtown Ellensburg. Thanks so much to all who came down to Rock The Space III at Raw Space. Thanks to Geology Club President Brittany Fagin and club members for making the event happen. ...more...

Jesse Walters awarded Robert D. Bentley Scholarship

CWU Geology major Jesse Walters has been selected as the 2012 winner of the Bentley Scholarship. Congratulations Jesse! In addition to winning the Bentley Award, Jesse has been accepted into both the Science Honors Research Program and the Douglas Honors College for his senior project on metamorphic phase diagrams under the direction of CWU professor Chris Mattinson. A native of Klickitat, Washington, Jesse plans on pursuing advanced degrees after he graduates from CWU in 2013. ...more...

February 2012

Susan Kasapri secures funding from the Washington State Water Resources Center, the USGS and the NSF

Response of River Runoff to Black Carbon in Snow and Ice in Washington State is a project funded by the Washington State Water Resources Center and the United States Geological Survey.

Susan also received funding from the National Science Foundation for acquisition of a portable ice core drill. This drill will enable Susan to focus on recent changes to glaciers and the chemistry of the atmosphere, and do reconnaissance studies that will identify potential deep ice core drilling sites. ...more...

Anne Egger is co-PI in NSF-funded InTeGrate program

Anne Egger is a co-PI on a grant, called InTeGrate, recently funded through the National Science Foundation. InTeGrate stands for "Interdisciplinary Teaching of Geoscience for a sustainable future", and it is a five-year community effort to improve geoscience literacy and build a workforce prepared to tackle environmental and resource issues ...more...

May 2011

Outstanding Senior Awards for 2010-2011

The annual CWU Geology Spring Potluck was held in the hallways of Lind Hall on May 26th. A second year of indoor picnicking due to the cool and rainy weather we've been having so much of this spring.

There was a great turnout of faculty, staff, students and even emeriti for the event. They had an opportunity to congratulate this year's Outstanding Senior Award winners ...more...

April 2011

Geology graduate students awarded research funding from GSA and Sigma Xi

Grad students Meilani Bowman-Kamaha'o, Michelle Harris, Eliya Hogan and Tabitha Trosper have been awarded funding from GSA and Sigma Xi in support of their thesis research. ...more...

Brittany Fagin awarded Robert D. Bentley Scholarship

CWU Geology major Brittany Fagin has been selected as the 2011 winner of the Bentley Scholarship. Congratulations Brittany! In addition to the Bentley award, Brittany has been active in CWU's Science Talent Expansion Program (STEP), the Association of Environmental Engineering Geologists (AEG), and our CWU Geology Club. A native of Morton, Washington, Brittany will be a senior here at CWU next year with a strong interest in volcanology. ...more...

February 2011

AEG Student Chapter at CWU, the First in Washington

Congratulations to the department’s new Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG) Student Chapter, the first in the Washington Section of AEG.

Four students, Eliya Hogan (past Geology Club President), Greg Handmacher (current AEG Student Chapter President), Brienn Cain-Purdue (current Geology Club President), and Becky Mulkey (Geology Club Vice President), led the effort to establish this chapter.

CWU geology students attend Washington State AEG section meetings in the Seattle area where they learn about practical applications of geology and establish contacts among professional AEG members. For more information about the chapter and future AEG meetings, please contact Eliya Hogan (everymile@hotmail.com) or Greg Handmacher (handmacg@cwu.edu).

November 2010

Zoe Futornick and Matt Jenkins Awarded Puget Sound Energy Fellowships

Congratulations to Zoe Futornick and Matt Jenkins, who are the 2010-2011 recipients of the Puget Sound Energy Fellowship. Zoe and Matt were chosen for this distinction because of their outstanding progress on research topics that address natural hazards in the Pacific Northwest ...more...

Meilani Bowman-Kamaha'o Awarded AGI Scholarship

CWU Geology graduate student Meilani Bowman-Kamaha'o has been awarded a $500 scholarship by the American Geological Institute, Minority Participation Program ...more...

August 2010

Aaron Mayfield Receives American Federation of Mineralogical Societies scholarship

CWU Geological Sciences graduate student Aaron Mayfield was awarded a $4000 scholarship from the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS) to spend as needed on his graduate research. ...more...

July 2010

Outstanding Senior Award Winners for 2009-2010

A rare spring downpour moved our annual CWU Geology Spring Potluck to the hallways of Lind Hall this past May. ...more...

Susan Kaspari receives NSF grant for Single Particle Soot Photometer

Central Washington University Geological Sciences Assistant Professor Susan Kaspari was recently awarded a grant for $187,000 through the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program for acquisition of a Single Particle Soot Photometer (SP2). ...more...

Sarah Nagorsen receives Honorable Mention for Best Paper at GSA Meeting

Congratulations to Sarah Nagorsen for receiving an Honorable Mention for the Best Paper award for her talk at the 2010 GSA Meeting. Sarah presented her findings on Fault kinematics in the Western Mina Deflection: field studies in the Adobe Hills, California. ...more...

April 2010

Graduate students heading on to Ph.D. studies

Graduate students Caitlin Orem, Holly Rotman and Tina Dura will be continuing their studies next fall in Ph.D. programs in Arizona, New Mexico and Pennsylvania. ...more...

Brad Pitcher awarded Robert D. Bentley Scholarship

CWU Geology major Brad Pitcher has been selected as the 2010 winner of the Bentley Scholarship. Congratulations Brad! In addition to the Bentley award, Brad has recently been admitted to CWU's Science Honors program to work on magma chamber processes associated with recent eruptions from Mt. Etna (Italy). Brad is also a member of the Douglas Honors College. ...more...

Graduate students receive GSA Graduate Student Research Grants

Congratulations to Rachel Hunt, Matt Jenkins, Aaron Mayfield, and Sarah Nagorsen, whose GSA Graduate Student research proposals were funded. GSA funds will support Rachel's and Aaron's research on the geochemical evolution of the Aeolian Islands volcanic chain, Italy , Matt's research on concentrations of black carbon in an ice core recovered from the Tibetan Plateau, and Sarah's research on the timing of young faulting and fault slip rates in the western Mina deflection. ...more...

March 2010

Brett Shurtleff receives NAGT-USGS Internship

Congratulations to Brett Shurtleff, who has been accepted into the NAGT-USGS internship program. This program is 45 years old and 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. Brett was the top student in the 2009 summer field course.

Brett will work with USGS scientists Dr. William Schulz and Dr. Rex Baum mapping active ...more...

January 2010

Sarah Nagorsen receives 2009 AWG Brunton Award

Congratulations to Sarah Nagorsen, who has been awarded the 2009 Association for Women's Geoscientists Brunton Award. This award "promotes the future of field mapping and data acquisition."

During the summer of 2009, Sarah embodied the criteria for this award by spending nearly three months in the field, a testament to Sarah's goal of developing excellent field geology skills ...more...

September 2009

Dr. Lisa Ely honored as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America

Professor Lisa Ely has been elected as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America in recognition of her research on flood hydroclimatology and global change, her professional service, particularly to the Geological Society of America, and her involvement with students. Fellowship is one of the highest honors bestowed by the Society on members of the geologic community. Congratulations Lisa! ...Lisa's Faculty Page...

Undergraduate Gale Vasquez awarded GSA-Subaru Student Scholarship

Earth Sciences major Gale Vasquez has been awarded the GSA-Subaru Minority Student Scholarship in recognition of his enthusiasm for becoming a teacher, his work ethic, his integrity, and as a retired member of the Navy, his service to the country. Gale will receive his award at the Geological Society of America meeting in Portland, Oregon in October. Congratulations Gale! Well done! ...more...

May 2009

Jackie Langille awarded 2009 University Distinguished MS Thesis

Congratulations to Jackie Langille, who has been awarded the University's 2008-2009 Distinguished MS Thesis Award! The title of Jackie's thesis is Middle Crustal Ductile Deformation Patterns in Southern Tibet: Insights from Vorticity Studies in Mabja Dome. She completed her work under the supervision of Dr. Jeffrey Lee. ...more...

March 2009

Jeff Dermond awarded Robert D. Bentley Scholarship

CWU Geology major Jeff Dermond has been selected as the 2009 winner of the Bentley Scholarship. Congratulations Jeff! In addition to the Bentley award, Jeff has recently been admitted to CWU's Science Honors program - plus he will serve as a teaching assistant for the 2009 edition of GEOL 210 in Bishop, California. ...more...

June 2008

Dr. Jeff Lee and Dr. Charlie Rubin elected Fellows of the Geological Society of America

Congratulations to Charles Rubin and Jeffery Lee! Both were were elected as Fellows of the Geological Society of America. Fellows are recognized for their distinguished contributions to the geosciences. Election as a Fellow is one of the highest honors bestowed by the GSA.

This is a fantastic accomplishment for both Charlie and Jeff. They both have made substantial contributions to their respective disciplines through their publications, training and support of students, and service to the profession. Congratulations Jeff! ...Jeff's Faculty Page... Congratulations Charlie! ...Charlie's Faculty Page...