Jeff Marsh Accepted in the University of Maine's Ph.D. program. He will be working with Dr. Scott Johnson and the geotectonics group. 12.25.2005
Welcome Back SAGE SAGE, the Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience, will be having their annual REU (research experiences for undergraduates) workshop here on campus January 2nd through the 6th.
SAGE is a unique educational program designed to introduce students in geophysics and related fields to "hands on" geophysical exploration and research. The program emphasizes both teaching of field methods and research related to a variety of basic and applied problems. SAGE web site 12.23.2005
Dr. Harold Magistrale and Dr. Kim Olsen Receives grant for "Construction and Verification of a Wasatch Front Community Velocity Model: Collaborative Research with San Diego State University and the University of Utahs", from DOI United States Geological Survey. 12.15.2005
Tuesday December 13th, CSL 425
Petrology and Provenance of Eocene Gravels and Sandstones, Picacho State Recreation Area: Implications for the Timing of Formation of the Chocolate Mountain Anticlinorium. Advisor Dr. Gary Girty
Petrology and Geochemistry of Mafic Enclaves, Oriflamme Canyon Granodiorite: Magma Mixing or Assimilation?. Advisor Dr. Gary Girty
Field and Petrochemical Investigation of a Tertiary Vent, Abert Rim, Oregon. Advisor Dr. Vic Camp
The cumulate mystery within a mafic intrusion: Petrology and geochemistry of basic and ultrabasic rocks of Los Pinos Mountain, Penisular Ranges batholith, southern California. Advisor Dr. Aaron Pietruszka
Dr. Aaron Pietruszka Receives GIA grant for student and equipment support. 12.12.2005
Dr. Gary Girty Receives GIA grant for student support. 12.12.2005
Joan Kimbrough Awarded for her 20 years of service to SDSU 11.25.2005
Dr. Kim Bak Olsen Interviewed for an upcoming National Geographic documentary about Southern California earthquakes 11.22.2005
Dr. Kim Bak Olsen Receives grant for "Southern California Earthquake Center Community Modeling Environment: An Information Infrastructure for System-level Earthquake Research", from the University of Southern California 11.21.2005
Dr. Steve Day Receives grant for "Anelastic Wave Propagation Model Development and Validation for the Southern California Earthquake Center ITR Project", from the University of Southern California 11.21.2005
TeraShake and National Geographic
Next week a National Geographic film crew will be visiting the department to interview Dr. Kim Bak Olsen. National Geographic is producing a documentary about earthquakes in the Los Angeles area which will be featuring imagery produced by Terashake computer modeling. 11.17.2005
Dr. Monte Marshall and Dr. Mike Walawender Selected as scientific co-leaders for the 2006 GSA Geohostel. 11.16.2005
Inner and Outer Space 2005
The 11th College of Sciences open house was a huge success! 100's of visitors enjoyed the departments hands-on exhibits at the RP oceanography lab and kids and adults both hunted for minerals in the glitter gulch at the "Show Me Geology" exhibit. 11.12.2005
Krishna is visiting from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His research interest is the physical, chemical and isotopic evolution of the crust and the isotopic and petrologic studies of igneous rocks. He is Director of the PITLAB (Petrogenesis Isotope and Tectonics Laboratory) and is a Principal Investigator in GEON (a Geosciences Network to develop cyberinfrastructure for integrative research to enable transformative advances in Geoscience research and education). His talk will be on "Geoinformatics: Extracting Knowledge from the Rock Record Through Construction of Disciplinary Databases".
This years GSA GeoHostel will focus on the “big picture” of southern California geologic history over the past two billion years. SDSU Scientific Co-Leaders Monte Marshall Michael J. Walawender Date 11–16 March 2006
The Tectonic Development of Southern California, from the Beaches of San Diego to the San Andreas Fault
For complete details on GeoVentures or for full itineraries, contact Edna Collis, Program Officer, 1-800-472-1988, ext. 1034, fax 303-357-1072, email@example.com. 11.02.2005
SDSU Book Signing!
FOLLOW THE SUN
By GORDON and JANET GASTIL
Gordon And Janet Gastil will be at the Aztec Book store on November 10th at 2pm. Get a signed copy of this historical novel and travelogue about the first geologist. 11.02.2005
Joan Kimbrough - 20 Years of Excellence
Bachelor of Science
Friday October 28th - GMCS 422 - 1:00pm
Stacy Pickard - "Subsidence in Borrego Valley as observed by InSAR"
Dr. Eric Frost Receives grant for "OptiPuter", from the University of California at San Diego 10.24.2005
Source: San Diego Union Tribune
Students and Researchers Dredge Rare Find!
SDSU students take part in an historic event. On the recent Scienctific Cruise to Map the Seafloor and Dredge Rocks in the Baja California Borderland, they have snatched rare volcanic rocks off the sea floor, bringing to the surface chemicals direct from Earth's mantle. The rocks, dredged from a ridge 200 miles southwest of San Diego, popped like firecrackers as some of the high-pressure gas bubbles trapped inside them exploded as they were hauled onto the Revelle research vessel. Scientists have located similar volcanic rocks in only one other place – at a spot in the mid-Atlantic Ocean. For more info see the San Diego Union Tribune Article 10.10.2005
Chris Martinez, Jennifer Perez and Audrey Reznik Selected to participate in a 6-day cruise onboard the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's R/V Roger Revelle 10.05.2005
Paul's research interests revolve around the study of sedimentary response to tectonic events and sea-level changes over various time scales. His approach to basin analysis involves field observations, process modeling, geomechanics and thinking.
Paul's talk will be on "Late Cenozoic tilt and incison of the U.S. Rocky Mountains: tectonics vs. climate" 10.04.2005
Scienctific Cruise to Map the Seafloor and Dredge Rocks in the Baja California Borderland
Students Chris Martinez, Jennifer Perez and Audrey Reznik will participate in a 6-day cruise onboard the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's R/V Roger Revelle. They will be departing from San Diego, CA on Wednesday, October 5th, and returning at on Monday, October 10th. Scripps has invited ~25 students (grads and undergrad's in geology, from Scripps, San Diego State, Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada, and Indiana State) to participate. 10.03.2005
New Faculty Book!
FOLLOW THE SUN
By GORDON GASTIL This epic tale of exploration and discovery tells the story of Follow the Sun, a young man talented in language, science, and diplomacy, whose patron is the Pharaoh, Rameses II, and of his journey around the earth - by boat, horse, and on foot - in 1278 BCE. Sunbelt Publications 10.03.2005
Dr. Gordon Gastil Publishes a new book. Follow the Sun, An epic tale of exploration and discovery. Sunbelt Publications10.03.2005
SAGE Goes to Capitol Hill
The workshop last week (September 20 - 22) was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and brought together 60 invited faculty who are engaged in NSF's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program, e.g., SAGE. There were five participants from California. The workshop addressed the impact of the REU Programs at the national and student level, how to optimize and assess the programs, and strategies and models for success. The kick off to the workshop was a poster session in the Science Sub-Committee Room of the House Rayburn Office Building on Capitol Hill. This was attended by several congressman and their staffers. 09.27.2005
The vertical motion database for Southern California is a compilation of geologic data, reference frame information, and processing tools to determine vertical crustal motions at 104 – 106 year time-scales. Data compilation efforts are complete for marine terraces from central California to the border with Mexico. Thermochronology data available for the Transverse Ranges have been compiled to provide exhumation rates at million-year time scales. River terrace and aquifer elevation data have also been added. Results may presently be viewed online in table format, downloaded as a GIS-compatible file, or browsed via the Google Maps web service.
Dr. Eric Frost Receives grant for "GEON - Geosciences Information Network", from the University of California at San Diego 09.23.2005
Dr. Eric Frost Assists Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts
Eric and computer visualization researchers use image processing in the SDSU Visualization Center to assit in Hurricane Katrina efforts. The Viz Center has partnered with dozens of government agencies and NGOs in reconstruction and relief work. More... 09.15.2005
Jorge is visiting from California State University, Northridge. His research interest is volcanology. His current projects include; timescales of magma chamber evolution from in situ dating of accessory minerals, experimental determination of allanite and chevkinite stability in silicic magmas, timing of trachyte magmagenesis at Hualalai volcano, Hawaii, and dynamics of base-surge currents from maar volcanoes. His talk will be on "Dating the evolution of caldera magma chambers using zircon and allanite". 09.15.2005
Dr. Eric Frost Highlighted for his efforts to assists hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts SDSU Universe09.15.2005
Dr. Steve Day and Dr. Kim Bak Olsen Receives grant for "Implementation of SCEC Research for Seismic Risk Reduction", from University of Southern California 09.01.2005
Dr. Tomomi Kani - Kumamoto University, Japan Working on Nd, Sr, Pb and Hf isotope analyses in the Baylor Brooks Isotope lab with Dr. Barry Hanan. Tomomi and her student will be visiting with us until October.
Dr. Amos Salamon - Geological Survey of Israel Working on seismotectonics in the Neotectonics Lab with Dr. Tom Rockwell. Amos will be staying with us throughout the Fall and Spring semesters.
Diego Almanza - Undergraduate Student From San Diego, CA
Tina Baynes - Undergraduate Student From Honolulu, HI
Jerri Carter - Undergraduate Student From San Diego, CA
Angela Cavallini - Undergraduate Student From San Diego, CA
Reid Cummins - Undergraduate Student From Holtwood, PA
Michelle Dooley - Graduate Student Undergraduate - Humboldt State University - Advisor Vic Camp
Jeff Eddo - Graduate Student Undergraduate - San Diego State University - Advisor Kim Bak Olsen
Wade Fordham - Undergraduate Student From Lakewood, CA
David Johnson - Undergraduate Student From San Diego, CA
Elizabeth Landau - Graduate Student Undergraduate - University of Southern California - Advisor Stephen Schellenberg
Christie Lindemann - Graduate Student Undergraduate - University of California, San Diego
Caitlin Lippincott - Graduate Student Undergraduate - Franklin & Marshall College - Advisor Tom Rockwell
Shana McCarthy - Graduate Student Undergraduate - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Stephanie Melad - Undergraduate Student From Spring Valley, CA
Lauren Palazzolo - Undergraduate Student From Orangevale, CA
Matthew Stillings - Graduate Student Undergraduate - Texas Christian University
Carrie Tyler - Graduate Student Undergraduate - University of Colorado, Boulder - Advisor Lindsey Leighton
Loren Wimmer - Graduate Student Undergraduate - San Diego State University
Peter Winther - Graduate Student Undergraduate - Arizona State University - Advisor George Jiracek
Joshua Woodworth - Undergraduate Student From San Diego, CA
Luke Zimmerman - Undergraduate Student From Lake Forest, CA
Julia Clark Spent 3 weeks at Los Alamos National Laboratories in northern New Mexico working on earthquake rupture inversion. 08.15.2005
Dr. Rob Mellors and Dr. Eric Frost Receives grant for "Education and Outreach Web Site Development for the CSSC", from the California Seismic Safety Commission 08.10.2005
Melanie Lindsey Publishes poetry on Poetry.com. Sponsored by the International Library of Poetry. The One & True and Decent 08.08.2005
Dr. Luis Dalguer Gudiel Receives grant for "Development of Dynamic Rupture Models and Their Use in Ground Motion Simulations", from URS Corporation 08.08.2005
Dr. Steve Day Receives grant for "ITR Collaborative Research: Multiresolution High Fidelity Earthquake Modeling: Dynamic Rupture, Basin Response, Blind Deconvolution Seismic Inversion and Ultrascale Computing", from NSF 08.05.2005
Dr. Eric Riggs and Dr. Eleanora Robbins Receives grant for "Sharing the Land: Building Tribal Earth Science Expertise TRACK 2", from NSF 07.27.2005
Dr. George Jiracek Receives grant for "Research Experiences for Undergraduates to support the SAGE program", from NSF 07.11.2005
Retirement Celebration - Pat Abbott, Dave Huntley, George Jiracek The Department of Geological Sciences at San Diego State University is planning a celebration for the retirement of Drs. Patrick Abbott, David Huntley, and George Jiracek. This event is scheduled for Sunday evening, August 21, 2005, more information.....07.08.2005
Dr. Lindsey Leighton Receives grant for the examination of Devonian crushing predation as a test of the role of predation as an agent of natural selection from the ACS Petroleum Research Fund. 06.30.2005
SDSU's colorful expert in geology still a class headliner Lisa Petrillo, Union-Tribune staff writer, highlights Pat Abbott's scientific flair in life and in the classroom. Union-Tribune Article06.16.2005
USGS releases 24 Hour Forcast Maps of Earthquake Shaking in California
Scientists with the Swiss Seismological Service and the Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS) have collaborated to develop techniques that quantify the increased likelihood of future earthquake shaking from earthquake clusters in California. In this system, the probability of strong earthquake shaking (with a Modified Mercalli Intensity of VI or greater) in the next 24 hours is calculated and updated every hour. USGS maps.05.19.2005
Dr. Eric Riggs Reappointed with tenure and promoted to Associate Professor. 05.19.2005
Billy Thomas - Geomorphology of the Agua Blanca Fault, Santa Thomas Valley, Baja. 5:00pm
Congratulations - Promoted!! Dr. Eric Riggs has been reappointed with tenure and promoted to Associate Professor.
This promotion is in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the University and his discipline through his teaching, scholarship, and service. 05.19.2005
New Member of the Family Stephen & Reneé Schellenberg proudly announce the birth of Kaila Dylan Schellenberg. Born Tuesday, May 17th at 1:46 pm, Weighing 8 lbs. 2 oz. and 21 in. long. 05.19.2005
Preliminary Geologic Map of the El Cajon 30' x 60' Quadrangle, Southern California - Now Available!
Compiled by Victoria R. Todd
The El Cajon quadrangle is one of about 20 1:100,000-scale topographic quadrangles in southwestern California being mapped and compiled by geologists of the U.S. Geological Survey and California Geological Survey as part of the Southern California Areal Mapping Project (SCAMP) and STATEMAP. Sources used for compilation of the El Cajon quadrangle include unpublished mapping at 1:24,000 scale, and unpublished reconnaissance mapping. Data and Printing Files05.13.2005
Mathew Sisk Traveling to Turkey to further fault gouge studies of the Northern Anatolian Fault, under the direction of Dr. Tom Rockwell. June 1st – June 22nd. 05.10.2005
Danielle Verdugo and Tim Middleton Traveling to the San Juan Argentina area to do a paleoseismic study of the La Laha Fault ,under the direction of Dr. Tom Rockwell. May 16th - June 9th. 05.10.2005
Dr. Tom Rockwell Receives grant for "Stratigraphic, Geomorphic and Paleoseismological Record of Coseismic Fold Growth in Western Argentina", from NSF 05.05.200
Andrey is visiting from the Carnegie Institution of Washington's NASA Astrobiology Institute. His research interests is primarily Archean and Paleoproterozoic geology, and the relationships between tectonics, change in atmospheric composition, climatic changes, and the rates of these changes. Some of his most recent work includes iron isotope constraints of pyrite. His talk will be on the "Changes in the Redox State of the Paleoproterozoic Atmosphere and Ocean". 05.01.2005
Audrey Reznik Awarded a 2005 GSA Graduate Student Research Grant and a Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research. 04.28.2005
Dr. Eric Frost reaches out to local students Center for Community-Based Service Learning brought about 50 sixth-graders from the ethnically diverse local Mann Middle School for a day of exploration at SDSU. Eric gave a presentation in the SDSU visualization laboratory titled "Exploring the World," in which students were shown pictures of the area surrounding SDSU and Mann Middle School. The Daily Aztec Story. 04.27.2005
DigitalGlobe and San Diego State University work together to use high-resolution QuickBird satellite imagery DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird satellite is the world’s highest resolution commercial imaging satellite. SDSU’s Immersive Visualization Center used the imagery initially to help establish refugee camps and provide medical reachback. According to Eric Frost, the relief team focused its efforts on Indonesia primarily because it was the hardest hit area, has the least infrastructure and needed the most reparation. SDSU is now processing the images into GeoFusion’s Geomatrix format by Silicon Graphics Prism™, a new high-performance, IT visualization system from SGI. This provides an ultra powerful way to distribute terabytes of satellite imagery. DigitalGlobe | SDSU’s Immersive Visualization Center. 04.27.2005
Dr. Clive Dorman's work on the Northern Adriatic Sea makes the front page of EOS Northern Adriatic Response to a Wintertime Bora Wind Event, Volume 86, Number 16, 19 April 2005. EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union. 04.27.2005
Donnie Dressler Awarded a 2005 GSA Graduate Student Research Grant. 04.25.2005
Heather Ford Awarded a 2005 GSA Graduate Student Research Grant. 04.25.2005
The Department of Geological Sciences Alumni Banquet Pictures Are Now Online! Visit the Alumni Website. 04.23.2005
Jared Marske Accepted into the University of Hawaii's Doctoral program, he will be studying Volcanolgy with Dr. Michael O. Garcia. 04.22.2005
Nicole Garcia, Lee White, and Loren Wimmer Accepted into the 2005 SAGE (Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience) program. 04.22.2005
Loren Wimmer Awarded SCEC/SURE internship to work with Dr. Ned Field involving OpenSHA. OpenSHA develops object-oriented, web- & GUI-enabled, open-source, and freely available code for conducting Seismic Hazard Analyses. 04.11.2005
Afton VanZandt Awarded SCEC/SURE internship to compare surface deformation measuring using interferometric synthetic aperture radar with known measurements based on existing field measurements and geodetic data, working with Dr. Rob Mellors. 04.11.2005
Loren Wimmer and Afton van Zandt have each been awarded Southern California Earthquake Center internshipsEach summer, the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) coordinates undergraduate research experiences, bringing students with a broad array of backgrounds and interests to work one-on-one as student interns with the world’s preeminent earthquake scientists and specialists. More...04.11.2005
Gary Axen is visiting from University of California, Los Angeles, the Department of Earth and Space Sciences. His research interests are primarily in continental tectonics and fault mechanics. He is interested in extensional, convergent, and wrench settings. Gary has experience in a variety of areas, from structural geology to isotopes, and has some novel ideas about the formation of the Salton Trough. He is visiting as part of the Salton Trough graduate seminar course but everyone is welcome to attend. 04.07.2005
Alumni Field Trip Pictures Online! The 19th Annual Alumni Field Trip was a success! You can view the pictures on the Alumni web site. Alumni Fieldtrip Page...04.04.2005
Reserve Your Spot Now! The Annual Department of Geological Sciences Banquet sponsored by your SDSU Geology Alumni Association will be held on Friday, April 22 at Tom Ham's Lighthouse on Harbor Island. JOE CORONES is this year's Baylor Brooks Honored Alumnus. If you wish to attend, click on the link below to complete your reservation form and return by APRIL 15th. Hope to see you there! 03.28.2005
Anne Sturz is visiting from University of San Diego, the Department of Marine Science and Environmental Studies. Her research interests include:
Deception Island, Antarctica: dissolved iron in sea water.
Salton Sea, California: the mudpots project.
Anne will be discussing "Distribution of Dissolved Nutrients in Seawater at Deception Island, Antarctica." 03.21.2005
KUSI Visit Wednesday!
Rod Luck from the KUSI Morning News Show will be visiting with Dr. Lindsey Leighton to discuss predation in the fossil record and with Dr. Kim Olsen to discuss TeraShake, simulations and models of a large earthquake occurring on the southern San Andreas Fault. Watch the Live show March 23rd from 6:00am to 7:00am on KUSI 9/51. 03.21.2005
Dr. Robert Mellors and Dr. Eric Riggs Receives grant for "Show me the future: Enriching and Measuring Spatial Reasoning in Teacher Education", from NASA 03.17.2005
Dr. Robert Mellors Receives grant for Near-fault Deformation Measured by Geologic Methods and InSAR, from the Southern California Earthquake Center 03.17.2005
Master's Thesis Defense Geoffrey Faneros - Structure and Neotectonics of the Superstition Mountain Fault Imperial County, California. Advisor - Dr. Tom Rockwell, Abstract - Friday, March 18, 11am, CSL-425.03.16.2005
Maureen Moses, Afton VanZandt, & Aaron Hebeler Selected to give a poster presentation at the SDSU Undergraduate Research Symposium March 18th. Maureen N. Moses - Fractionation of Platinum Group Elements from Molten Iron (easel 26) Afton Van Zandt - Surface deformation in the Western Salton Trough as observed by InSAR (easel 27) Aaron Hebeler - Mathematical Algorithm for Image Sensor Registration (easel 29)03.10.2005
Teresa Ramirez, Ph.D. Teresa is a geomorphologist, specializing in active tectonics. She is experienced in Tectonic geomorphology, neotectonics, coastal geomorphology and neotectonics, and landscape response to earthquake and tectonic deformation. She has worked in the U.S., Russia, Argentina, Cuba, and with special focus in Mexico. Teresa will be Discussing "Measurements of Tectonic Deformation on the Pacific Coast, Mexico Subduction Zone."
Chris Dyt, Ph.D. Chris is an applied mathematician working with the Stratigraphic Forward Modeling (SFM) program known as Sedsim. His principle interests are in hydrodynamics and numerical programming. Chris has been working with the Sedsim program on and off since 1996 and has been instrumental in its conversion from a research code to a commercial software application, first working at the National Centre For Petroleum Geology and Geophysics at Adelaide University before joining CSIRO in 2000. Chris will be Discussing "Stratigraphic Forward Modeling - modelling physical processes and sedimentary distributions."
Update! East Java Indonesia Mapping Project Students Jamie Marso, Eric Peterson, and Jennifer Perez first few days in Indonesia. Jamie's web site - The original story03.04.2005
Joe Corones - 2005 Baylor Brooks Honored Alumnus
Corones graduated from the department in 1981. He took on a position here as a supply room technician for a few years then went to work in the industry. Currently, Joe is a geologist for the San Diego City Environmental Serivces Department. 03.02.2005
New Member of the Family Luis and Haru Dalguer proudly announce the birth of Maya Rosa Dalguer. Born Saturday, February 26th at 5:40 PM, Weighing 3.03 kg and 47.5 cm long. 03.01.2005
The New AGS T-shirt Design The votes are in! Here is an example of what the new AGS (Associated Geology Students) t-shirt will look like. The shirts have not been printed yet, but order forms will be distributed soon! 02.28.2005
Dr. Sophie Peyrat - Postdoctoral Sophie received here Ph.D from the Université Paris 11. She is working with Dr. Kim Bak Olsen investigating dynamic rupture processes using forward and inverse models. She will be working in the department until April, before returning to France.
Zack Rayburn- Graduate Student Zack received his B.A. degree in Economics from Indiana University. Through economics he has gained and interest in exploration geology and wants to study sediments as hydrocarbon reservoirs.
Robert Moniz - Graduate Student Robert received his B.S. degree from our department. He studied the major and trace elements of pegmatites in the Sacaton Spring granites with Dr. Dave Kimbrough. He also has been hired as a Teaching Assistant for the Dynamics of the Earth Laboratory.
Call For Papers - A Special Volume Dedicated to Patrick L. Abbott The Pacific Section of the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) is publishing a special volume "Using stratigraphy and sedimentology to understand the tectonics of the SW Cordillera: A volume in honor of Patrick L. Abbott". Publication date of February 2006. More information. 02.18.2005
Laura Rademacher is visiting from Cal State Los Angeles. Her research interests include:
Catchment hydrological and geochemical response to fire
Urban catchment hydrochemistry
Urbanization, groundwater recharge, and runoff
Catchment hydrological and geochemical response to climate and land use changes
U isotope systematics in reduction fronts
Terrestrial records of climate change
Laura will be discussing "Flowpaths: the key to unlocking hydrochemical responses in watersheds." 02.18.2005
Vote for your AGS T-Shirt AGS has selected six t-shirt designs and two logos for you to choose from. You can see examples of the designs and cast your vote on the GMCS 2nd floor outside the department office. Voting will end 2/23/05. 02.14.2005
Dr. Clive Dorman KUSI's Rod Luck interviewed Clive in the RP Oceans Lab. Video Clip!02.11.2005
Dr. Eric Frost KUSI's Rod Luck continued his visit in the Visualization Lab with Eric.Video Clip!02.11.2005
Dr. Tom Rockwell Will teach a short course for geotechnical professionals on evaluation and mitigation of seismic hazards. The course is sponsored by the ASCE Geotechnical Group and SDAG. details...02.11.2005
KUSI News visits the RP Ocean lab and the Visualization Center Rod Luck from KUSI news visited the Department. Click on the image to view the segments. RP Oceans - Visualization Lab02.11.2005
Dr. Eric Frost The Visualization Center's Tsunami relief efforts noted in the "CSU Leader" - News and Information for California State University Leaders. CSU Leader02.10.2005
Department and the KUSI News Morning Show - Friday Rod Luck from the KUSI Morning News Show will sweep by the Oceans Lab to visit "Live" with Dr. Clive Dorman and Students. Watch for the Live show February 11th from 6:00am to 6:30am. Live Web Camera - RP Oceans Lab Website 02.09.2005
Geology Students Serve as Regional Event Captains for the Science Olympiad competition Last Saturday, geology graduate students Adam Canfield and Chuck Lipka served as Regional Event Captains for the Science Olympiad competition held at Rancho Bernardo High School. Adam prepared the written exam and judged "aquifers" constructed by students in the "Awesome Aquifers" event. Chuck prepared lab exercises and an exam for the event "Water Quality". Both of these students donated their time and efforts to support 6th through 12th grade Science education. NCTimes 02.09.2005
Doug Smith is visiting from CSU Monterey Bay, California. His interests are Watershed processes & restoration - geology - sedimentation. He will be Discussing serial, high-resolution, multibeam bathymetry of Monterey Canyon and the continental margin: Turbidity currents, sand waves and a geologic paradox. Doug is involved in the Central Coast Watershed Studies (CCoWS) team,the Watershed Institute, and the CSU-MB Seafloor Mapping Lab. 02.07.2005
Three SDSU Geology grad students are jumping off to a major adventure in real-time field mapping in East Java Indonesia The project is under the leadership of Geology Adjunct Faculty member, Professor Tom Heidrick. Tom is now leading major field geology effort in East Java with students Jennifer Perez, Eric Peterson, and Jaime Marso, along with Eric Frost. Tom and Jennifer and Eric are currently in Indonesia using tablet computers to do real-time computer field mapping in conjunction with colleagues at the Universitas Gadja Mada, in East Java, one of leading universities of Indonesia. more... 02.03.2005
Lord of the Rings Geology - Dr. George Jiracek goes to the Middle Earth "Lord of the Rings Middle Earth" sites in New Zealand were the locations of earthquake hazard geophysical measurements in January by SDSU's George Jiracek and his colleagues from New Zealand's Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences. The magnetotelluric soundings were deployed using helicopters at many locations used in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Jiracek said the experience "Was the adventure of a lifetime everyday." 01.30.2005
SDSU Department of Geological Sciences 2005 Annual Banquet The SDSU Geology Alumni Association ("Friends of the Department") will once again sponsor the SDSU Department of Geological Sciences Annual Banquet. The banquet is tentatively scheduled for Friday evening, April 22, 2005, in San Diego. Come join department faculty, staff, students and your fellow alumni at this popular event! Save the date and BE THERE! More information will be provided in mid-February. (Hey, out-of-towners, make a trip of it - San Diego is still a very desirable vacation destination and you can come see the new and remodeled geo-dept facilities and expanding SDSU campus!) 01.28.2005
Dr. Eric Riggs Appointed Interim Undergraduate Advisor for Spring 2005. 01.24.2005
Dr. Richard Berry Installed as the 2005 Moderator of the Presbytery of San Diego. 01.18.2005
Dr. Barry Hanan and Dr. Aaron Pietruszka Receive grant to study chemical, isotopic and volatile constraints on the evolution of the Lau Basin from the National Science Foundation. 01.18.2005
Dr. Kim Bak Olsen Receives grant from USGS for 3D Modeling of Strong Ground Motion in the Pacific Northwest from Large (M8-9) Earthquakes in the Cascadia Subduction01.14.2005
Alumni Dr. Tom Deméré - "More or Less Sudden Mountains " - San Diego Reader Tom takes a geological tour of the ancient natural history of San Diego County with Reader reporter Geoff Bouvier. Dr. Deméré has occupied the Joshua L. Bailey Jr. Chair of Paleontology at the San Diego Natural History Museum since 1994, and graduated from the Department in 1972. Reader Story.01.13.2005
Dr. Eric Frost Union-Tribune article "SDSU center will help guide tsunami relief workers" Union-Tribune 01.11.2005
Dr. Eric Frost SDSUniverse article "SDSU Plays a Role in Tsunami Relief Efforts" SDSUniverse 01.11.2004
Dr. Dave Huntley Appointed Associate Editor for Journal of Ground Water and Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation 01.10.2005
Charles Lipka 2004 SDAG student scholarship recipient. 01.09.2005
Weatherfest 2005 Dr. Clive Dorman and the Ocean Education Group of San Diego State University, invite you to come join him this Sunday, January 9, 2005 from 12-4 p.m. at the San Diego Convention Center. WeatherFest is an interactive science and weather fair designed to promote the fascinating field of meteorology, oceanography and related sciences to San Diego area families, students and teachers. Admission is free! 01.07.2005
Department of Geological Sciences Helps Support Tsunami-Stricken Nations The Visualization Lab is providing pre-post high resolution imagery and "Reach Back" (high bandwidth processing of data) for the United States hospital ship USS Mercy. The data will aide in efforts by providing logistical support. Data sets will be processed and put into GIS coordinate system so that two medical doctors from the Viz Center, Dr. Eric Rasmussen and Dr. Dave Warner, can direct relief and recovery efforts for the USS Mercy.
Drs. Rasmussen and Warner are both Adjunct Faculty with SDSU College of Sciences and have done major humanitarian/refugee camp work with projects like Strong Angel I and II in which the Viz Center has been deeply involved. Imagery from Digital Globe, USGS, and NASA is being used, including Landsat 7, ASTER, MODIS, and SeaWiFS. Contact Eric Frost for more information. 01.04.2005
Announces Their 19th Annual Field Trip A weekend on the San Andreas Fault in the Mecca Hills, CA---Southern California tectonics since 2 Ga.
This year’s field trip/camp out will be in Painted Canyon in the Mecca Hills, about 20 miles southeast of Palm Springs, on the east side of the Coachella Valley, close to the northeast shore of the Salton Sea and 6 miles east of the small farming town of Mecca. MARCH 4, 5, & 6, 2005. Detailed Information. 01.01.2005
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