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Honorary Degrees Conferred upon Geology Alumni

Robert Schock ’61 and Woody Fischer ’00 were presented with honorary degrees from Colorado College in the past year.  Both are graduates of the Geology Department from Colorado College.

Robert Schock was given his honorary degree during Commencement in May 2014.   Dr. Schock was most recently the director of studies for the World Energy Council in London and a consultant to industry, laboratories, and governments worldwide. 

Woody Fischer received his honorary degree during Opening Convocation on September 1, 2014.  Woody is a professor of Geobiology at the California Institute of Technology, researching in locations such as Oman, West Australia, Gotland (Sweden), Anticosti Island (Canada), South Africa, Namibia, and remote research on Mars.

Congratulations to both! 

Geology Faculty Presenting Conferences During Fall 2014

Professor Christine Siddoway traveled to Auckland, New Zealand, in late August to present at the SCAR (Scientific Committee of Antarctic Research) Biennial Meeting and Open Science Conference 2014.  Christine’s presentation was titled “Geological inheritance of West Antarctica – Echoes of past subduction and ongoing consequences”.

Geologic Society of America is holding their annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, this year from October 19-22.  Professors Eric Leonard, Henry Fricke, Visiting Professor Carrie Tyler, and Paraprofessional Vikki Crystal will be traveling to Vancouver to present at the meeting.

Professor Eric Leonard will be presenting Multiple geochronometer study of a high-elevation Pleistocene marine terrace in northern Chile – Implications for coastal uplift rates, Leonard, Eric M. Department of Geology, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO 80903,; Paces, James B., U.S. Geological Survey, MS 963,Box 25046, Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225; Wehmiller, John F. Department of Geological Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716; Muhs, Daniel R.  U.S. Geological Survey, Box 25046, MS 963, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225; and Simmons, Kathleen R. U.S. Geological Survey, Box 25046, MS 963, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225

Visiting Professor Carrie Tyler will be presenting Beyond Mollusks: A Multi-taxic Evaluaiton of the Fidelity of Beta Diversity, Tyler, Carrie L., Geology, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO 80903; Kowalewski, Michal, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611


The American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting will be in San Francisco, California, December 15-19.  

Professor Eric Leonard will be presenting an invited presentation for the “Paleoglaciology” session: Numerical Modeling of Rocky Mountain Paleoglaciers – Insights into the Climate of the Last Glacial Maximum and the Subsequent Deglaciation, Leonard, Eric M., Department of Geology, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO 80903; Laabs, Benjamin J., Department of Geological Sciences, SUNY-Geneseo, 1 College Circle, Geneseo, NY 14454; Plummer, Mitchell A., Idaho National Laboratory, 2525 Fremont St., Idaho Falls, ID 83415; Tooth chemistry reveals sauropod sojourns -- Professor Henry Fricke, Justin Henceroth ('09), and Marie Hoerner ('09) completed research that was published in Nature Magazine October 26, 2011.

Precambrian Basement 2014-15

Talks for 2015-16

Block 1 -- August 26 -- 3:30 p.m. in Tutt Science Lecture Hall
Professor Rick Aster, Colorado State University, “Under the Ice; the Geophysical Unveiling of the Antarctic Continent”.

Block 1 -- September 8 -- 3:30 p.m. in Tutt Science Lecture Hall                                                                                                          Darren Gravley, Director, Frontiers Abroad,  “Frontiers Abroad: An Adventure in Field and Research Education in New Zealand”

Block 2 -- October 9 -- 12:15 p.m. in Palmer Hall 16                                                                                                               Fransiska Dannemann '12, “Improving Infrasound Event Locations in the Western US using Atmospheric Modeling”

Block 3 -- November 4 -- 3:00 p.m. in Palmer Hall 16                                                                                                                   Roger Clarke, SW Geospatial Information Officer at Peterson Airforce Base, "Digital mapping and 3D geospatial construction of the urban landscape:examples from the Colorado Front range and applications to disaster management"

Block 3 -- November 5 -- 12:00 p.m. in Tutt Science Lecture Hall                                                                                                     Tom Ashley '12, Grad student at University of WY, “Improving estimates of sediment flux on the Colorado River: a morphodynamic approach”

Block 4 -- December 7 -- 12:00 p.m. in Palmer Hall 16                                                                                                              Colin Chupik ‘16 will present “Surficial geomorphology mapping and slip rate analysis of the Wairau Fault, South Island, New Zealand”.  Grace Guryan ‘17 will present “Approaches to Hydrology at the United States Air Force Academy and Crested Butte, Colorado”.

Block 5 -- February 4 -- 12:00 p.m. in Tutt Science Lecture Hall                                                                                                Beth Pratt-Situala, who is in geoscience/geohazard teacher education and academic director of the Nepal: Geoscience in the Himalaya program.  "Geohazards: teaching geoscience for societal preparedness"