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Poster by Alex Horman, ’20, Rocks National Geology Conference

Alex Horman, '20

Alex Horman, '20

The annual meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA) attracts 5,000 scientists from around the globe, but Albion College's presence is not lost there. At this year's GSA meeting, held in September in Phoenix, Alex Horman, '20, became the fourth Albion student in 10 years to win Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation at the conference.

NSF Grant Is Helping Carrie Menold Tell Some of Earth's Geological Story

Carrie Menold, associate professor and chair of geological sciences, Albion College

Carrie Menold, associate professor and chair of geological sciences, Albion College

There are stories in the rocks, and nothing makes Albion College's Carrie Menold happier than figuring out the tale they’re trying to tell. With a grant from the National Science Foundation, the associate professor and chair of geological sciences and resident petrologist (rock expert) hopes to tell some of that story with a colleague and friend from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Wilch Appointed NSF Antarctica Program Director

Thom Wilch
Geology professor Thom Wilch has been invited to help direct the course of Antarctic research funded by the National Science Foundation. This week Wilch began a one-year appointment in Arlington, Virginia, as NSF program director of Antarctic Earth Science in the Division of Polar Programs.

First-Year Students Connect with Volcanoes, Hawaiian Culture

An Albion College first-year student holds a lava rock while hiking in Hawai'i, January 2015.

An Albion College first-year student holds a lava rock while hiking in Hawai'i, January 2015.
The fall semester technically ended in December, but for approximately 30 students, their first batch of Albion College coursework concluded in early January with a field trip to Hawai'i. The 10-day experience capped a pair of First-Year Seminars: Mountains and Oceans, taught by associate professor of geology Carrie Menold, and Mauka and Makai, taught by associate professor of education Suellyn Henke. From leis to lava flows, volleyball student-athletes Lauren Ferguson and Rachel Spencer shared thoughts about their journey.

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