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Department Students and Faculty Showcase Research at Two Conferences

 

[Upper left: Department faculty posing at NEGSA. Upper right: Department students posing with Dr. Oyewumi after his talk. Lower right: Student Melissa Luna explains her research. Lower left: Student Andy Arroyo explains his research.]

While many CCSU students were enjoying a leisurely spring break, members of the Geological Sciences Department were busy presenting their research at two professional meetings. Eleven students and five faculty members attended the Northeast Regional Geological Society of America conference in Albany, NY. Their presentations (with links to abstracts) are listed below [See abstracts for complete list of co-authors]:

Andres Arroyo: COMPARISON OF GRAIN-SIZE ANALYSIS METHODS FOR UNCONSOLIDATED SEDIMENTS
Carley Cavanaugh: EVALUATING MOBILIZATION AND TRANSPORT OF TRACE ELEMENTS RELEASED FROM VARIOUS HUMAN ACTIVITIES WITHIN AVON AND SIMSBURY SECTIONS OF FARMINGTON RIVER, CONNECTICUT, USA
Matthew Costa: ASSESSMENT OF TRACE ELEMENT CONCENTRATIONS IN THE FARMINGTON RIVER, HARTFORD COUNTY, CT
Emily Gajda: PALEO-FLUID HISTORY AND STRUCTURAL GEOMETRY OF THE CENTRAL JACKS MOUNTAIN ANTICLINE, VALLEY AND RIDGE PROVINCE OF PENNSYLVANIA
Kristina Landry: A COMPARISON OF THE FRACTURE AND FLUID HISTORY OF TWO ANTICLINES, THE THOMAS FORK ANTICLINE IN THE WYOMING SALIENT AND THE BERWICK ANTICLINE IN PENNSYLVANIA APPALCHIAN
Melissa Luna & Jackie Giblin: USING URANIUM-LEAD AGE DATING OF DETRITAL ZIRCONS TO IDENTIFY
Trevor Ziomek: LITHOLOGICAL STUDY OF THE CONGLOMERATE STRATA OF THE PORTLAND FORMATION: IMPLICATIONS FOR PROVENANCE AND DEPOSITIONAL MODEL
Dr. Allison Charney: IRON-SULFIDE KARST FEATURES AND METAVOLACONIC LAYERS IN THE BRIMFIELD FORMATION, EAST HADDAM, CT;    INTERPRETED SEDIMENTARY STRUCTURES IN THE LITTLETON FORMATION, BOLTON CONNECTICUT
Dr. Kristine Larsen: PLANETARIA AS PARTNERS: THE SKY’S NOT THE LIMIT FOR EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE EDUCATION;    A WOMAN’S PEN AND THE POETICS OF GEOLOGY: JANE MARCET, ARABELLA BUCKLEY, AND DELIA GODDING
Dr. Oluyinka Oyewumi: LABORATORY STUDY OF TRACE ELEMENTS RELEASED FROM POULTRY LITTER: IMPLICATION FOR TRACE ELEMENT RELEASE WITHIN AGRICULTURAL WATERSHEDS OF LEBANON, CONNECTICUT
Dr. Michael Wizevich: COMPARING THE PROVENANCE OF SANDSTONES IN THE MESOZOIC HARTFORD AND POMPERAUG RIFT BASINS USING DETRITAL ZIRCON GEOCHRONOLOGY

[Presentations at LPSC.  Left: Dr. Jennifer Piatek; Right: Student Jessica Johnson]

Meanwhile, half a country away, Dr. Jennifer Piatek and student Jessica Johnson presented their research at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, TX. Their presentations are listed and abstracts are linked below [see abstracts for complete list of co-authors]:

Jessica Johnson: Intriguing Dehydrated Phyllosilicates Found in an Unusual Clast in the LL3.15 Chondrite Northwest Africa 6925

Dr. Jennifer Piatek: SCATTERING PROPERTIES OF LUNAR REGOLITH SAMPLES DETERMINED BY MIMSA FITS;    PLANETARY REGOLITH ANALOGS APPROPRIATE FOR LABORATORY MEASUREMENTS;    VISIBLE AND THERMOPHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE BEST PRESERVED MARTIAN CRATERS, PART 1: DETAILED MORPHOLOGICAL MAPPING OF RESEN AND NOORD;    VISIBLE AND THERMOPHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE BEST-PRESERVED MARTIAN CRATERS, PART 2: THERMOPHYSICAL MAPPING OF RESEN AND NOORD

Meet the Rock Stars, Part 9: Dr. Oluyinka Oyewumi

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[Dr. Oyewumi poses with our university logo. Yinka is the newest full-time faculty member in our Department, and certainly the most enthusiastic!]

Name:  Dr. Yinka Oyewumi

Title:   Assistant Professor

Year Started at CCSU:  2013

Courses Taught:  Environmental Geology, Environmental Geology lab, Earth and Human Environment, Hydrogeology, Environmental Geochemistry, Field Method (co-taught with Drs. Wizevich and Evans), Soil Science (Fall 2016),  and Physical Geology (Fall 2016)

Current research projects: 1) Urban geochemistry of Lebanon, CT: Major and trace elements distribution in topsoil, 2) Heavy metals enrichment of stream sediments along Farmington River, Hartford County, CT

Favorite Book:  Bible

Favorite Movie: Mrs Doubtfire

Favorite Scientific Term: Residence time: average length of time an atom of a chemical species will reside in a reservoir.  It has a lot of significance in environmental geology, geochemistry and hydrogeology

Something my students don’t know about me:  I am an alumni of four different Universities

 

Students Sparkle at Local Mineral Show

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[Melissa Luna (left photo) and Jessica Johnson (right photo) share the polarizing microscope with the general public]

[Editor’s note: On Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6, several students and faculty from the CCSU GSCI department shared their time and expertise with the general public at the Meriden Jewelry, Gem, and Mineral Show at Maloney High School. Melissa and Jessica share their thoughts about this experience below.]

Dr. Evans, myself, and several other students reached out to the community and shared our knowledge of what is inside of a rock through hands-on demonstrations that allowed one to make observations of both hand samples and thin sections under a microscope. Since this was my first time attending a mineral show, I had no expectations the type of experience I was going to have. Throughout the day, I met several individuals who had backgrounds ranging from NASA engineers to young, aspiring prospectors. At the end of the day, I found this to be one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had to date. As a child, I was not fortunate enough to understand and appreciate geology in the same way that some of the kids who I met had. However, by sharing our passion with these young minds, I felt that we as a department made a difference by allowing others to open their minds to what geology has to offer.
Melissa Luna

Working with the public is an incredibly rewarding experience, as was the case this weekend. On Sunday I got to volunteer at the booth for CCSU allowing people to experience the incredible phenomena of looking at a thin section of rock under a microscope. It is something that unless you are in the Geology major you typically wouldn’t experience. We showcased a personal favorite of mine, a Garnet Mica Schist, which under thin section exhibits eye catching neon birefringence. The best part about it was having people of all ages become completely mesmerized by it. I had one boy in particular who said he wanted to look at it all day long; he dragged his mom back to the booth at least five times to look at the thin section again. I met so many diverse people from all different backgrounds with the common interest of a love for minerals and geology in general. It was such rewarding experience that I cannot wait to do it again!
– Jessica Johnson

Public Conversation: Our Climate – the Myths, the Truths, the History and the Future

The Department of Geological Sciences Presents Critical Issues in the Geosciences

Our Climate: the Myths, the Truths, the History and the Future

A presentation and open discussion with Dr. Alexandrina Tzanova, Post-doctoral Research Associate – Brown University and CCSU Part-Time Faculty

Do you have questions about Climate Change? Not sure about what is fact and what is fiction? Is it real? Is it a fabrication? Is it caused by humans? Is it natural? Come join the conversation

When:   Monday March 14th, 2016

Time:   4:30 PM

Where:   The Copernican Planetarium, 211 Copernicus Hall

Light refreshments will be served

Meet the Rock Stars, Part 8: Dr. Marsha Bednarski

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[Dr. Bednarski and friends in her office in Copernicus Hall]

Name: Marsha Bednarski

Title: Professor of Science Education

Year started at CCSU: 1998

Courses taught: Undergraduate and graduate courses in science education, including SCI 412: Elementary Science Methods, SCI 416: Technology in Science Education, SCI 417: Teaching Science in the Secondary School, SCI 420: History of Science, SCI 500: Science, Technology, and Society,  SCI 555: Teaching Science in the Elementary School,  SCI 595: Action Research,  SCI 598: Research in Science Education,  SCI 580: Topics in Science Education: Critters in the Classroom;  STEM 506: Problem Based Learning in STEM, STEM 520: STEM in the Physical Sciences, STEM 530: STEM in the Earth/Space Sciences, STEM 540: STEM in the Life Sciences

Current research projects: working with the new Next Generation Science Standards for implementation in the classroom.

Favorite book: The Thorn Birds

Favorite movie: City of Angels

Favorite Scientific Term : actually it is a phrase – “Science Never Sucks”

Something my students don’t know about me:  My students don’t know that I love scary movies.

CCSU GSCI Is Rockin’ at the Meriden Jewelry, Gem and Mineral Show this weekend!

Join CCSU GSCI faculty and students at the annual Jewelry, Gem and Mineral show this weekend at Maloney High School in Meriden. Information on the show  and admission can be found here. We will be showing you what’s inside a rock, using petrographic and binocular microscopes to peer inside rocks and thin sections. Meet our rockin’ students and talk about opportunities to study geology and astronomy at CCSU.