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Rocky Mountain Geology Volume 47, Number 2 Fall 2012 Issue of Rocky Mountain Geology Published

December 19, 2012 — Rocky Mountain Geology Volume 47, Number 2, published by the University of Wyoming, is now available online and in print. Volume 47 marks the 50th year of publication for the journal, which was originally published as Contributions to Geology from 1962 to 1998.

Alumni Receive International Mineral Discovery Award

December 17, 2012 — Alumnus Mark A. Bronston (BS , 1979), alumnus Paul J. Graff (PhD, 1978), and former Wyoming State Geologist Dan Hausel, recount how they were all members of the mineral (gold) exploration team that was awarded the Thayer Lindsley Award for an International Mineral Discovery by the Prospector’s and Developer’s Association of Canada in 2009.

Professor Carrick Eggleston Professor Eggleston Gives Green Energy Presentation in India

December 14, 2012 — While on sabbatical, Professor Carrick Eggleston has been working with the School of Green Energy Technology at Pondicherry University in India.

New Consortium to Examine Aspects of Tight Oil Occurrence in Cretaceous Sandstones

December 13, 2012 — Under the direction of Erin Campbell-Stone and Brandon McElroy, a new consortium has been formed to examine aspects of tight oil occurrence in Cretaceous sandstones.

Department Presents Record Number of Papers at Annual AGU Meeting

December 10, 2012 — Faculty and students from the University of Wyoming Department of Geology & Geophysics presented a record number of papers at the recent American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in San Francisco, Cali. from December 3–7 ( A total of 56 presentations were given at this year’s annual meeting.

Michael Cheadle with core sample in lab. UW Researchers to Explore Pacific Ocean Floor to Understand History of Earth’s Crust

November 28, 2012 — Michael Cheadle and Barbara John, professors in the University of Wyoming Department of Geology and Geophysics, will soon set sail, but it won’t be a leisurely vacation as husband and wife. The two are part of a 26-member international research team that will cruise to a deep scar in the floor of the Pacific Ocean. Their mission: to study rocks sampled from below the seafloor in an effort to better understand how the Earth’s crust is formed.

Man stands next to a temperature sensor instrument in Greenland. UW Professor’s Delayed Greenland Ice Melt Research Published in Nature

November 8, 2012 — Neil Humphrey agrees there’s no denying that the Greenland Ice Sheet is melting. But he and other scientists who have recently documented surface melt of the country contend Greenland is melting at a slower rate than the current world consensus of scientific thought.

Alumna Catherine Campbell Receives RMAG Distinguished Service Award

October 24, 2012 — Alumna Catherine Campbell (MS, 2007) recently received the Distinguished Service award from the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists (RMAG).

Alumnus Orion Skinner Receives RMAG Outstanding Explorer Award

October 24, 2012 — lumnus Orion Skinner (BS, 1980, MS 1982) recently received the RMAG Outstanding Explorer award in recognition of his discoveries of the “Pronghorn” and “Lewis and Clark” oil fields within the Bakken Petroleum System.

Brady Foreman, a UW doctoral student, obtains samples for carbon isotope analyses, with dog. Nature Publishes Former UW Doctoral Student’s Paper on Global Warming Event 55 Million Years Ago

October 24, 2012 — A significant global warming event that occurred 55 million years ago witnessed increased carbon dioxide levels, and altered precipitation, vegetation and sediment accumulation patterns -- all of which contributed to rivers becoming deeper, wider and more mobile in western Colorado, according to a University of Wyoming doctoral student.

UW Professor Ken Sims Follow UW Professor Ken Sims on His Antarctica Adventure

October 16, 2012 — You can follow Ken Sims as he explores Mount Erebus in Antarctica. And, no, you won’t have to rappel after him down the inside of a volcano. You can just click a mouse to get in on the action.

Assistant Professor Clifford Riebe Assistant Professor Clifford Riebe Receives 86k Research Grant

October 15, 2012 — Assistant Professor Clifford Riebe recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $86,714 to help support ongoing research at the Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory.

Assistant Professor Ye Zhang by rock with laptop. Assistant Professor Ye Zhang Receives 490k Department of Energy Grant

October 2, 2012 — Assistant Professor Ye Zhang recently received a grant in the amount of $490,761 from the U.S. Department of Energy to help fund her research project titled, “Model Complexity in Geological Carbon Sequestration: A Response Surface Based Uncertainty Analysis.”

Rocky Mountain Geology logo with leaf Rocky Mountain Geology Preserves with the CLOCKSS Archive

October 2, 2012 — The CLOCKSS Archive is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Rocky Mountain Geology (RMG) to preserve their ejournals in CLOCKSS's geographically and geopolitically distributed network of redundant archive nodes, located at 12 major research libraries around the world.

Participants attended that annual Rocky Mountain Rendezvous seeking employment. UW Petroleum Industry Job Fair Attracts 350

October 1, 2012 — While it continues to grow and expand, one thing remains constant about the University of Wyoming’s annual Rocky Mountain Rendezvous (RMR): Everyone who attends has nothing but praise for the four-day fair that has evolved into one of the petroleum industry's major recruiting events.

Po Chen, a professor of geology and geophysics in UW’s School of Energy Resources Po Chen to Be First UW Professor to Use Supercomputer

September 18, 2012 — One day, Po Chen may be referenced in the Wyoming Almanac. For now, he’s likely the envy of many of his fellow University of Wyoming researchers.

Alumnus Tyler Powers Writes Featured Article in Earth Magazine

September 6, 2012 — Alumnus Tyler Powers (BS, 2010) is the featured writer of an article in the October issue of Earth Magazine published by the American Geoscience Institute (AGI).

Three men at table examine maps in preparation for an upcoming edition of the scientific journal. UW Geology Publication Marks 50 Years

August 30, 2012 — In the world of geology, Wyoming is a mecca of sorts. It offers a geological history that goes back more than 4 billion years, from the enormous uplifts of ancient rocks in the Wind River Mountains to the much more recent thrusts in western Wyoming. There’s the active hydrothermal system in Yellowstone National Park. World-renowned formations and exposures are accessible across the state’s wide-open spaces. And geology plays a big role in the state’s minerals-based economy.

Workers remodeling of the University of Wyoming Geological Museum. UW Geological Museum Project Expands, Delays Reopening

August 29, 2012 — Supporters of the University of Wyoming Geological Museum were hoping to see it reopen in early September following its first significant renovation in decades.

Professor Steve Holbrook Professor Holbrook Sailes as Chief Scientist Aboard Science Vessel

August 28, 2012 — In July, Professor Steve Holbrook sailed as Chief Scientist aboard the R/V Marcus Langseth to conduct a seismic survey of the Cascadia subduction zone off the coast of Washington state. The data will inform seismic hazard analysis in the Pacific Northwest.

Graduate student (PhD) Claire Lukens Graduate Student Claire Lukens Receives AGU Research Grant

August 6, 2012 — Graduate student (PhD) Claire Lukens recently received an American Geophysical Union (AGU) hydrology section Horton research grant in the amount of $10,000.

UW Professor Ken Sims with research equipment UW Scientist to Explore Volcano in Antarctica This Fall

August 3, 2012 — Pictures of Antarctica usually revolve around snow, ice and penguins. Kenneth Sims' thoughts are on an active volcano in this remote region of the world.

Professor Steve Holbrook at table with laptop and papers. UW Receives Biggest-Ever Research Grant to Study Water

July 13, 2012 — A plan to research what may be the single most important set of issues for Wyoming and the Intermountain West has brought the University of Wyoming the single largest grant in its history.

Professor Barbara John Professor Barbara John Receives 400k Grant from National Science Foundation

July 10, 2012 — Professor Barbara John received a grant from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $400,024.

Update on Alumnus Gene L. Del Mauro

June 28, 2012 — Alumnus Gene L. Del Mauro (MS 1953) has been enjoying retirement since 2000 and spending time with his family, including two twin-boy grandsons born in November, 2010. He is currently writing a book covering his World War II experiences with General D. MacArthur’s aviation engineer regiment, titled, Destiny SW Pacific/Far East–A WW II Soldier’s Personal Odyssey. Del Mauro is also looking forward to the renovation of the Geological Museum.

Associate Professor Kenneth Sims Associate Professor Kenneth Sims Receives 571k Grant from National Science Foundation

June 27, 2012 — Associate Professor Kenneth Sims recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $571,068.

Assistant Professor Clifford Riebe Assistant Professor Clifford Riebe Receives 55k Grant from National Science Foundation

June 20, 2012 — Assistant Professor Clifford Riebe was recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant in the amount of $55,560.

Cover of Rocky Mountain Geology Volume 47, Number 1 Spring 2012 Issue of Rocky Mountain Geology Published

June 18, 2012 — Rocky Mountain Geology Volume 47, Number 1, published by the University of Wyoming, is now printed and ready to order.

Alumnus Michael Hager Receives Outstanding Alumnus Award

April 27, 2012 — Alumnus Michael Hager (PhD 1973) was recently honored at the UW College of Arts and Sciences Awards Banquet where he received an Outstanding Alumnus Award.

Mark Shuster, standing by motorcycle. Alumni Profile: Mark Shuster, PhD, 1986

March 25, 2012 — The first time I came to visit the University of Wyoming (UW) was in May, 1981. I had already signed up to attend graduate school there so I was keen on seeing what it was like.

Alumna Beverly Blakeney DeJarnett Elected Research Councilor of Society of Sedimentary Geology

March 20, 2012 — Alumna Beverly A. Blakeney DeJarnett (BS with Honor 1983) was recently elected Research Councilor of the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM).

Update on Alumnus James A. Barlow

February 24, 2012 — Alumnus James (Jim) A. Barlow, Jr. (M.A. 1950; Ph.D. 1953, Honorary Doctorate 1988) continues to work as a geologist as he gradually retires. His son and daughter and four grandkids currently live in Jackson, Wyo.

Update on Alumna Lesley (Cunningham) Urasky

January 2, 2012 — Alumna Lesley (Cunningham) Urasky (B.S. 1990; M.S. 1993) is currently working as a high school science teacher in Rawlins, Wyo.

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