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cover of Rocky Mountain Geology Volume 48, Number 2. Fall 2013 Issue of Rocky Mountain Geology Published

December 16, 2013 — Rocky Mountain Geology Volume 48, Number 2, published by the University of Wyoming, is now available online and in print.

Erin Phillips Writer Graduate Student Erin Phillips Writer Receives Cheney Fellowship for Excellence in Study Abroad

December 9, 2013 — Graduate student Erin Phillips Writer (PhD) recently received the Dick and Lynne Cheney Fellowship for Excellence in Study Abroad.

Two researchers examine rocks from the lower ocean crust of the Pacific Ocean. UW Researchers Contribute to Nature Paper that Examines Deep Ocean Rock Recovery

December 2, 2013 — A University of Wyoming husband-and-wife research team was part of a larger group that has made the first significant recovery of layered igneous rocks from the Earth’s lowest ocean crust.

 UW doctoral student standing on a ships deck holds an instrument called a uCTD. UW Graduate Student Participates in Chief Scientist Training Program

November 12, 2013 — Will Fortin finds time on the ocean peaceful, a place where he can block out daily diversions and focus squarely on the seismic marine research project of the moment.

Cover of “Essentials for Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology,” Two UW Professors Publish Textbook on Basic Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks

November 5, 2013 — Two University of Wyoming faculty members wrote a college-level geology textbook that was published by Cambridge University Press.

Robert Mahon Graduate Student Robert Mahon Wins First Place in Inaugural USGS/GSA Student Map Competition

October 31, 2013 — Graduate student Robert Mahon (Ph.D.) recently received first place in the inaugural USGS/GSA Annual Best Student Geologic Map Competition at the 125th Anniversary GSA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colo. for his map, titled, “EdMap Geologic Map of the Saddle Peak Hills 7.5’ Quadrangle, Death Valley National Park, San Bernardino County, California.”

UW graduate student in geology, talks with Margie Kloska, a geological adviser with Hess Corporation UW Geoscience Students in Demand at Rocky Mountain Rendezvous Job Fair

October 4, 2013 — Growing up in Houston, Texas, Karen Aydinian remembers her father, a petroleum geologist, working with few female geoscientists in what was then a predominantly male business. Today, about one-half of such geologists in the industry are women, she says.

field notebook on sediment with mountains in background. Assistant Professor Cliff Riebe Receives Three NSF Grants Totalling $527k

September 24, 2013 — Assistant Professor Cliff Riebe has recently received three National Science Foundation grants in the amount of $527,410 to fund two research projects and one international workshop.

View from a remotely-operated submarine while it explored the Caribbean seafloor. Team of Department Researchers Conducts Research of Caribbean Seafloor Via Remote-Operated Submarine

September 24, 2013 — At the start of the Fall 2013 semester, Associate Professor Mike Cheadle and Professor Barbara John led a team of eight undergraduate and graduate students from UW that helped direct a remotely-operated submarine while it explored the Caribbean seafloor via satellite link (see http://www.nautiluslive.org ).

Kenneth Sims Associate Professor Kenneth Sims Receives $209k NSF Grant

September 16, 2013 — Associate Professor Kenneth W. W. Sims recently received a National Science Foundation grant in the amount of $209,078 to fund a research project titled, "Collaborative Research: U and Th decay series dating of seafloor hydrothermal deposits."

A helicopter towing a wooden frame, 80 feet in diameter UW Geophysics Project to Map Aquifers in Laramie and Snowy Ranges

September 13, 2013 — A helicopter towing a wooden frame, 80 feet in diameter, should start flying regular sorties for the next week above the Laramie and Snowy ranges.

Craig Douglas Four UW Research Projects Chosen for Third Cycle of Supercomputer Use

August 23, 2013 — Four computational research projects led by University of Wyoming faculty members aimed at providing insights on key issues in Wyoming and the West have been selected to use the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) in Cheyenne over the next year.

Alumna Lesley Urasky Receives Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award

August 21, 2013 — On May 1st, 2013, alumna Lesley (Cunningham) Urasky (BS, 1990 and MS, 1993) received the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award.

Kevin Chamberlain, a research professor at UW,  examines a rock sample UW Researcher’s Techniques Help Solve Martian Meteorites Mystery

July 24, 2013 — A University of Wyoming research professor has helped solve the question of how old Mars meteorites are and when volcanism actually occurred on the red planet.

Cover of Rocky Mountain Geology Volume 48, Number 1. Spring 2013 Issue of Rocky Mountain Geology Published

June 28, 2013 — Rocky Mountain Geology Volume 48, Number 1, published by the University of Wyoming, is now printed and ready to order.

Steve Holbrook, UW Professor 2013 recipient the Walter Munk Award . UW’s Holbrook Receives Oceanography Honor

June 20, 2013 — University of Wyoming Professor Steve Holbrook has received one of the Oceanography Society’s most prestigious honors.

Update on Alumna Kellen "Kelly" Hughes

June 19, 2013 — Alumna Kellen “Kelly” Hughes (BS, 1995) was recently hired as a Senior Research Technician for Corning, Inc. in Corning, New York, a position where she has worked on temporary basis for nearly five years.

Update on Alumnus John Branney

June 10, 2013 — Alumnus John B. Branney (BS, 1977) recently retired from the oil and gas industry after a 34 year career.

Randi Martinsen holding a core sample UW’s Randi Martinsen President-Elect of World’s Largest International Geological Association

May 28, 2013 — Members of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) have chosen University of Wyoming Senior Lecturer Randi Martinsen as the organization’s incoming president-elect. She will assume the president-elect position July 1 and the president’s position July 1, 2014.

Students learning the use of electrical resistivity imaging equipment in Wyoming’s Laramie Range. Jackson State University Contingent to Study Hydrology at UW This Summer

May 16, 2013 — Students from the University of Wyoming and Jackson State University will pair up this summer to focus on research projects centered on hydrology, ecology and geophysics in the Laramie and Snowy ranges.

Justin LaForge Graduate Student Justin LaForge Receives AAPG Weimer Family Grant

April 26, 2013 — Graduate student Justin LaForge (MS candidate) recently received the AAPG Foundation Weimer Family Grant for his research project titled, “Macro- and Microstructural Investigation of a Low-Angle Normal Fault System in Crystalline Rocks.”

Lynsey Spaeth Graduate Student Lynsey Spaeth Wins EGU Outstanding Student Poster Award

April 26, 2013 — Graduate student Lynsey Spaeth (MS candidate) recently won an Outstanding Student Poster award from the Energy, Resources, and Environment Division (ERE) for her poster presentation titled, “Seal assessment and estimated storage capacities of a targeted CO2 reservoir based on new displacement pressures in SW Wyoming, U.S.A.”

Alumnus Mike Hudec Wins Gulf Coast Association Award

April 12, 2013 — Alumnus Mike Hudec (PhD, 1990) won the Gulf Coast Association of Geologists Levorson Award at a section meeting held in Austin, Texas last October.

Graduate Students Claire Lukens and Tyler Brown Receive $20k Research Fellowships

April 1, 2013 — Graduate students Claire Lukens (PhD) and Tyler Brown (PhD) were recently awarded $20k graduate research fellowships from the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium.

Cover of Report of Investigation No. 64. Alumnus and Professor Publish Report on Spatial Variability of Coalbed Natural Gas Produced Water Quality

February 15, 2013 — Alumnus Scott Quillinan and Professor Carol Frost recently published, “Spatial Variability of Coalbed Natural Gas Produced Water Quality, Powder River Basin, Wyoming: implications for future development,” with the Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS), Report of Investigation No. 64.

Ye Zhang, a UW professor of hydrogeology, stands near a rock outcropping along Rogers Canyon Road in UW Professor’s Computer Models Designed to Enhance, Optimize Carbon Sequestration

February 12, 2013 — To Ye Zhang, sequestering and storing carbon dioxide in deep subsurface reservoirs offers potential environmental benefits. But she also knows the process is primarily a “cost center,” meaning there is no money to be made from such ventures.

Will Fortin Graduate Student Will Fortin Wins AGU Outstanding Student Paper Award

February 8, 2013 — Graduate student Will Fortin (PhD) recently won an Outstanding Student Paper Award for the paper he presented at the 2012 Fall AGU meeting in San Francisco, Calif. titled, “Seismic Imaging of the Cascadia Subduction Zone with Four Source Array Configurations.”

 Assistant Professor Ye Zhang next to rock with laptop. Assistant Professor Ye Zhang's Research Project Among Six Chosen for Second Cycle of Supercomputer Use

February 4, 2013 — Assistant Professor Ye Zhang was one of six UW faculty chosen to conduct research on the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) in Cheyenne this winter.

Tyler Brown Graduate Student Tyler Brown Wins AGU Outstanding Student Paper Award

February 1, 2013 — Graduate student Tyler Brown (PhD) recently won an Outstanding Student Paper Award for the poster he presented at the 2012 Fall AGU meeting in San Francisco, Calif. titled, “Gabbro microstructure and crystallography from Pito Deep: Evidence for Gabbro Glacier Flow.”

Associate Professor Kenneth Sims Featured in Discovery Channel Episode

January 22, 2013 — Associate Professor Kenneth W. W. Sims was recently featured in a new Discovery Channel episode titled, "Curiosity: Volcano Time Bomb."

Update on Alumnus Phillip Nickerson

January 22, 2013 — Alumnus Phillip Nickerson (BS, 2007) is currently working for Bronco Creek Exploration, a mining exploration company based out of Tucson, Arizona.

Update on Alumnus Tom Michalek

January 10, 2013 — Alumnus Tom Michalek (BS, 1991) is currently working as a Senior Research Hydrogeologist for the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology in Butte, Mont. where he has been for five years.

Brandon McElroy, assistant professor in the UW Department of Geology and Geophysics. UW Geologist: Mountains Are Minor Contributors to Global Sediment, Carbon Budgets

January 8, 2013 — For centuries, people thought the world was flat until Aristotle conclusively proved that it was round. In geology circles, researchers have long contended that small mountain rivers create a major share of the sediment that is eventually deposited into the world’s oceans.

Two people stand in front of a new exhibit about the Cretaceous period in the geology museum. UW Geological Museum Reopens Jan. 12

January 7, 2013 — After its first makeover in nearly 60 years, the University of Wyoming’s Geological Museum is ready to reopen to the public.

UW associate professor of anthropology, examines sediment. UW Professors Explore Climate Impacts on Bighorn Basin Populations Over the Last 13,000 Years

January 3, 2013 — During the past 13,000 years, Wyoming’s Bighorn Basin has experienced significant increases in population growth -- due primarily to periods of high effective moisture and moderate temperatures -- according to three University of Wyoming professors.


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