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For Albion Geology Students, a Tectonic Shift in Natural Disasters Course

Dr. Thomas Wilch, professor of geological sciences, Albion College (photo courtesy Battle Creek Enquirer)

Dr. Thomas Wilch, professor of geological sciences, Albion College (photo courtesy Battle Creek Enquirer)
Thomas Wilch, professor of geological sciences, has been teaching his Natural Disasters course for years, but this spring semester the class has taken on a very different, and all-too relatable, feel. And it's led him to incorporate the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic into the syllabus—now and in the future. “It is,” Wilch says simply, “a teachable moment that every person on the planet is implicated in.”

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.

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