Archive for 2016

When Art and Science Meet: A Geology Museum Update

Last summer, local artist Kay Helms spent a day with Laura and her summer research students in the field.  Some of the photographs she took became part of a traveling Smithsonian exhibit at the Nicollet County Historical Society focused on water.  Now, the photos hang in the Chester A. Johnson Geology Museum on the first […]

Welcome Dr. Andrew Haveles!

This year, Julie is serving as an Associate Provost and Dean of Sciences and Education.  Thankfully, Dr. Andrew Haveles has joined our team for the year!  He’ll be teaching Sedimentary Systems (commonly known as Sed/Strat) and Evolution of the Earth, in addition to some Our Planet labs. Andrew has done fascinating research on small mammal […]

My Life as a Martian Rover: Part II

Ruby Schauffler (Geology ’17) recently spent a few days with scientists from NASA, the Planetary Science Institute and several universities testing equipment that will be installed on the next Martian rover.  Here is the second installment of her field report. Field Day 2 (4/20/16) Today I started at waypoint 4 and was to look at […]

My Life as a Martian Rover: Part I

This April, Ruby Schauffler (Geology, ’17) spent a week in the field with a team of scientists from NASA, the Planetary Science Institute, and several universities.  They were in the Utah desert testing options for how the next Mars rover, scheduled to launch in 2020, will collect geological samples to look for signs of life.  […]

Laura around the world: A report from sabbatical

Greetings Geology people and friends! I am on sabbatical this year and I thought you might be interested to know what, exactly, I’ve been doing.  I’ve had some adventures, some deadlines, and overall a very productive and reflective year so far.  Things I have learned (or re-learned): 1.  A LOT of scientists are interested in […]