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Department of Geology and Geophysics|College of Arts & Sciences

Department News

Paul Heller Paul Heller
9/16/1952 – 7/6/2016

It is with great sadness that the department announces the sudden passing of our department head, colleague, and friend Paul Heller on July 6.

Professor Heller was a member of the UW community for 33 years. He is known for his dedication to undergraduate education, to research, to graduate mentoring, and to department service – including service as department Head since 2012. His professional contributions and impact extend widely throughout the geoscience and sedimentary geology communities. 

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Paul’s family in this difficult time.  

A Celebration of Life: A memorial to Paul Heller

We invite all to attend a celebration of Paul's life on September 19th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Marian H Rochelle Gateway Centre Salon A at the University. Click here for more details.

An additional memorial will be held on September 26th from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at the Magnolia Hotel, Library Room, 818 17th Street Denver during the forthcoming annual GSA meeting. Please come & share your stories and memories. Click here for more details.

Paul Heller Scholarship Fund

Paul Heller was known to both undergraduate and graduate students as an effective and committed teacher. We created the Paul Heller Scholarship Fund to honor his legacy of quality teaching. Memorial contributions can be made to the Paul Heller Scholarship Fund and mailed to the University of Wyoming Foundation, 222 South 22nd St, Laramie, WY 82070. Distributions shall be used to provide scholarship support to students in Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming.

Donations can also be made online by: 1) selecting amount; 2) at “step 1” select “Other Fund Not Listed (Please specify)” and click Continue; 3) at “If other, select other fund not listed on popup and specify here” text area,  type in "Paul Heller”. This rest follows simply.

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Video Highlight

Predicting the Future of the Ice Sheet Under a Warming Climate
(Neil Humphrey and students)

A summer field season on the Greenland Ice Sheet, viewed as a video montage by alumnus Joel Harrington. The science project aims to improve our understanding of glacial dynamics to allow us to better predict the future of the Ice Sheet under a warming climate. Video originally filmed and edited by Joel Harrington. 

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Student Highlight

Graduate students Jason Alexander and Mat Dunlop were both recently awarded research grants from the Geological Society of America.

Faculty Highlight

Professors Ellen Currano and Cliff Riebe both received Extraordinary Merit Awards from College of Arts & Sciences

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