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FIELD NOTES Fall 2016 coverFIELD NOTES Fall 2016
The Utah State University Department of Geology's Fall 2016 newsletter is available now. Read about all the latest developments in the department here.

Tedx Poster

From IGNITE to TEDxUSU: Amy Moser Continues to Spread Her Passion for Geology
TEDxUSU will be held Oct. 28 in the Manon Caine Russell Kathryn Caine Wanlass Performance Hall on USU's Logan campus. This year's TEDxUSU lineup includes six USU faculty members, two USU students, and two external speakers, including Amy Moser, Masters student of Jim Evans. Read the full UTAH STATE TODAY article by Katie Feinauer here.

Asian seashore

Now Sea Here!
Ravi Kanda, USU Geologist, is one of four researchers who published a paper on a vast sea between the Indian and Pacific Oceans - dubbed the East Asian Sea - that is being featured on EOS: Earth and Space Science News's homepage. Read the full EOS report here and view the paper in the JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL SCIENCE here.


USU Geologists among an International Collaboration of Scientists
Utah State University geologist Jim Evans, who, along USU alum Elizabeth Petrie, currently of Western State Colorado University, participated in an international research project aimed at assessing geological formations able to effectively contain carbon dioxide emissions. Read the full Science Daily article here.


USU Department of Geology Changes Department Heads
On 1 July 2016, Dr. David Liddell stepped down as Department Head, and Dr. Joel Pederson assumed the position of Interim Department Head. We are grateful to Dave for his years of service as department head and look forward to working with Joel in his new capacity.

Drs. Bradbury and Kanda

Two USU geologists get appointments
The Utah State University Department of Geology is happy to announce the appointments of two members of the department. As a result of funding that each secured in their research, Dr. Kelly Bradbury and Dr. Ravi Kanda have received additional appointments to their positions that will help them better fulfill their duties. Dr. Kanda was appointed to the level of Research Fellow in addition to his Adjunct Assistant Professor designation on 7 June 2016. Dr. Bradbury will assume the level of Research Assistant Professor beginning on 1 July 2016. Congratulations to both of them as they begin this new phase of their careers here at USU Department of Geology.

STEM SessionUTAH STATE TODAY: All Invited to USU's Native American STEM Mentorship Poster Session June 6
23 undergraduate students from USU Eastern's Blanding campus, who are participants in this summer's Native American STEM Mentorship Program on USU's Logan campus, will present their research Monday, June 6, from 10:00am-12:00noon in Rooms 201 and 203 of the Eccles Conference Center. Read the full article by Mary-Ann Muffoletto in UTAH STATE TODAY here.

Amy MoserUSU Ignite: Amy Moser is "Geeking Out on Rocks"
Amy Moser will be presenting at the 2016 Ignite USU event in the South Atrium of the Merrill-Cazier Library at 12:00noon on 15 April 2016. Read her full write up on the Ignite USU site.

Students eceive scholarshipsUTAH STATE TODAY: USU Geology Students Receive Scholarships at Statewide Gathering
Three Utah State University scholars were honored with scholarships at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Salt Lake Chapter of the Association of Women Geoscientists held March 26 in Salt Lake City. Read the full article by Mary-Ann Muffoletto in UTAH STATE TODAY here.

Standard ExaminerSTANDARD-EXAMINER: Perry students learn about earthquake fault in their backyard
Perry is pinched right along the Wasatch Fault Zone, which makes it perfectly positioned for students to learn about the ever-changing cycles of rocks. Read the full article by Leia Larsen in the STANDARD-EXAMINER here.


Three Geology Students among Twelve Aggies Recognized in NSF Grad Research Fellow Search
Three of USU's twelve National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship search are from USU Geology. The honorees were selected from nearly 17,000 applicants. Congratulations to NSF Graduate Research Fellow James Mauch and Honorable Mention recipients Jordan Jensen and Michael Berry. Read the full article by Mary-Ann Muffoletto in UTAH STATE TODAY here.

Microscopy Core Facility

UTAH STATE TODAY: Geology Rocks! Aspiring Scientists Visit USU's Microscopy Core Facility
If you want to learn about geology, the first thing to do is go outside and find some interesting rocks. That's the advice Utah State University professor Jim Evans gave to 5th and 6th grade students from Perry, Utah's, Promontory School for Expeditionary Learning, who visited USU's campus March 30. Read the full article by Mary-Ann Muffoletto in UTAH STATE TODAY here.


A New Name for and Old Dinosaur
Paleontologists from Utah and Connecticut, including Dr. Kenneth Carpenter at Utah State University Eastern, have given a new name for a dinosaur that was discovered near Alcova, Wyoming, in 1914. Read the full article by John DeVilbiss in UTAH STATE TODAY here.

Rob McDermott

In the Rocks: PDRF Uncovers Secrets of the Wasatch Fault
Robert McDermott, a Presicential Doctoral Research Fellow at Utah State University, works with Dr. Alexis Ault in Geology and is studying the Willard area of the Wasatch Fault, using uranium-thorium/helium (U-Th/He) dating to capture the big picture of the fault's history, including its earthquakes. Read the full article from the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.

Tony Lowry

Rolling in the Deep: USU Scientist Reports News about Utah Seismicity
USU geophysicist Tony Lowry describes the characteristics of the Intermountain Seismic Belt. He and colleagues discuss an emerging earthquake model in the August 27, issue of NATURE. Read the full article by Mary-Ann Muffoletto in UTAH STATE TODAY.

Rock Art

Utah's Great Gallery rock art younger than expected, say scientists
USU scientists Joel Pederson, Steven Simms and Tammy Rittenour; USU alum Melissa Jackson Chapot of Wales' Aberystwyth University, Reza Sohbati and Andrew Murray of Aarhus University and the Technical University of Denmark, and Gary Cox of Canyonlands National Park report findings from studies using cutting-edge luminescence dating techniques that narrow the time frame for the famed paintings of enigmatic human-like figures. Read the entire article by Mary-Ann Muffoletto in