October 18, 2013

Hello Geosciences students and majors.  Tomorrow is Fall Break, so we are sending our weekly newsletter to you today -  before you hunker down for a 3-day nap!

Welcome to our Newest Major: Kenneth Zicker  -  Geol.  We are excited to have you join our program! Please do not hesitate to let us know how we can best support you with your goals. (Geol = Geology major, AEG = Applied Environmental Geosciences major, EST = Earth Science Teaching major)

Join the Geology Club at the Natural History Museum of Utah: The Geology Club will meet at NHMU onSaturday, October 26th. Admission for Club members will be covered by the Club; family members and guests are welcomed but they will need to pay for their admission ($11/$9 -- adults/group rate). Meet at 9 am for a special behind-the-scenes tour (adults only) of the research and collections areas, otherwise meet at 10 am when the Museum opens to take advantage of the group rate. Currently the Museum has a great geoscience-related traveling exhibit, Nature Unleashed, on natural disasters. Although the Club is not arranging for transportation, carpooling is strongly encouraged. Please contact Kari (GeoClub Prez) at Karimc7@gmail.com for more information.

Volunteers Needed to Help with Completion of Discovery Trail:  Weber State's new Discovery Trail is being completed and we need your help to smooth it out and put on the finishing touches.  It will be a fun day filled with shovels, friends, and helping with the newest addition to the Weber State campus! Come for an hour or the whole day, whatever you can spare - anything would be greatly appreciated.  We will be meeting at the Parcourse Trail Head on Skyline Drive above Weber State at 9:00 am on Saturday, October 19th.  Shovels and other tools will be provided by the city, so just show up when you can and we'll put you to work. Donuts and refreshments will be provided (but make sure to bring some extra water!)    If you are not free on October 19th, but would be willing to help on another day, please call 303-319-0695.

Geoscience Faculty to Attend GSA Meeting: The Geological Society of America's annual meeting is a major event for the geoscience community and more than 5000 geoscientists are expected to gather in Denver later this month (Oct. 27-30) to share research results and work to advance the discipline. The Department of Geosciences will be well represented, as Drs. Adolph Yonkee, Marek Matyjasik, and Rick Ford will be in attendance. Dr. Yonkee's structural geology research program will be on prominent display, as he is lead author on one presentation and a co-author on 4 others. Dr. Yonkee will also be a co-leader of a multi-day pre-conference field trip. Dr. Matyjasik will give a presentation about his research on lead-contaminated soils and Dr. Ford is a co-author on a presentation about Holocene landscape change in the Uinta Mountains. Links to the various abstracts are provided below. Safe travels to the WSU delegation.

https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013AM/webprogram/Paper231256.html (Yonkee)

https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013AM/webprogram/Paper231807.html (Yonkee)

https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013AM/webprogram/Paper230795.html (Yonkee)

https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013AM/webprogram/Paper227999.html (Yonkee)

https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013AM/webprogram/Paper233343.html (Yonkee)

https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013AM/webprogram/Paper231449.html (Matyjasik)

https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013AM/webprogram/Paper233141.html (Ford)

Departmental Advising: As the schedule of classes for Spring 2014 will soon be available, you might consider touching base with your departmental advisor to discuss your course selections and overall degree progress. The advisors are listed below:

   Geology: Dr. Jim Wilson or Dr. Adolph Yonkee

   Applied Environmental Geosciences: Dr. Marek Matyjasik

   Earth Science Teaching: Dr. Rick Ford

   Geospatial Minor/Geomatics Certificate: Dr. Michael Hernandez

We want to help you during the registration process -- so come see us!

Graduating Seniors: If you are planning to graduate at the end of Spring Semester, or after field camp (May 2014), please make an appointment with Dr. Rick Ford (Dept. Chair) to "sign off" on your CatTracks and complete the Department's exit interview. Please try to see Dr. Ford before classes begin on January 6, 2014.

Undergraduate Research: The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is offering a mandatory workshop on preparing a successful research proposal. All students planning to submit a grant proposal to OUR must attend an upcoming workshop (Oct 30 or Nov 7) before the proposal can be submitted. More information on the workshop times and locations can be found here.

Photo of  The Week:

Sunrise near Kemmerer, WY, during Dr. Yonkee's Field Methods and Structural Geology field trip in September. Photo credit: Kevin Rafferty

Have a great 3-day weekend!

Marianne Bischoff

Admin Spclst,   x 7139

Dr. Jeff Eaton

x 6225

Dr. Rick Ford, 
Chair,  x 6942

Dr. Michael Hernandez

x 8186

Dr. Marek Matyjasik

x 7726

Dr. Jim Wilson

x 6208

Dr. Adolph Yonkee

x 7419

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