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2014 Releases

James Myers, holding up the book he co-authored. UW Professor Co-Writes Energy and Environment Quantitative Reasoning Textbook

December 22, 2014 — Secondary school teachers in Wyoming and nationwide now have a new resource that applies quantitative reasoning and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to teaching energy and environment.

James Myers UW Professor Assumes Presidency of National Geoscience Teachers Association

October 20, 2014 — James Myers, University of Wyoming Department of Geology and Geophysics professor, is serving a one-year term as president of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NGTA).

book cover with rocky alpine meadow and lake New Field Guide Offers Look at Some of World's Best Ancient Stromatolites

October 14, 2014 — The Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) at the University of Wyoming has published a new field guide, titled “Self-guided Walking Tour of the Paleoproterozoic Stromatolites in the Medicine Bow Mountains, Wyoming,” which provides a guided tour to many of the best outcrops found in the Medicine Bow Mountains, located west of Laramie.

skull and jaw bone UW Researcher Contributes to Large Mammal Bone Discovery of Extinct Animal in Asia

October 8, 2014 — Mark Clementz, a UW assistant professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, was among scientists who discovered a large land mammal that lived about 48 million years ago in parts of Asia. The discovery led scientists to identify a new branch of mammals closely related to modern horses, rhinos and tapirs.

Carol Frost UW’s Frost Accepts Two-Year NSF Appointment

October 6, 2014 — Longtime University of Wyoming geology professor and administrator Carol Frost has accepted a two-year appointment with the National Science Foundation to serve as director of its Earth Sciences Division.

Woman behind desk interviewing a man. Rocky Mountain Rendezvous Attracts More than 460 Students Nationwide

October 3, 2014 — Like many students from the University of Wyoming and other universities, Jacob Buettner was looking for a full-time job or internship in the oil and gas business.

John Kaszuba Carbon Sequestration UW Wins DOE Grant for Further Study of Rock Springs Uplift

September 26, 2014 — Years of work by University of Wyoming researchers have characterized a geological formation in southwest Wyoming as a potentially secure site for storing carbon dioxide underground.

Graduate student Jeremiah Marsicek Graduate Student Jeremmiah Marsicek Receives Environmental Protection Agency Fellowship

September 15, 2014 — Graduate student Jeremiah Marsicek (PhD candidate) recently received an Environmental Protection Agency STAR (Science to Achieve Results) fellowship.

Two men work on a fossilized jaw. UW Researcher Contributes to Discovery of Mick Jagger-Like Swamp Creature

September 10, 2014 — An extinct swamp-dwelling, plant-munching creature that lived 19 million years ago in Africa has been named after the famous band’s lead singer. Mark Clementz, a University of Wyoming associate professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, was part of the discovery.

Robert Mahon Graduate Student Robert Mahon Receives Cheney Fellowship for Excellence in Study Abroad

September 9, 2014 — Graduate student Robert Mahon (PhD candidate) recently received the Dick and Lynne Cheney Fellowship for Excellence in Study Abroad to participate in a multi-institutional experiment in sedimentary process at Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

Kevin Chamberlain standing by lab instruments. Continents Tell Their Tale: Geology Professor Helps Broaden Picture of Earth’s Distant Past

August 28, 2014 — When he first started college in the 1970's, Chamberlain thought he wanted to be a doctor, but then, he found out about new doorways of discovery being opened in geology and related sciences. It was about that time the understanding of plate tectonics was beginning to bloom. Researchers were starting to understand the significance of Earth’s crust consisting of large plates drifting on the molten layers below.

man in lab holding  lower jaw of a manatee. UW Scientist Studies How Ancestors of Today’s Mammals Responded to Climate Change

August 22, 2014 — About 10 million years into the current Cenozoic Era, or roughly 56 million years ago, during a climate that was hot and wet, two groups of mammals moved from land to water. These were the cetaceans, which include whales, dolphins and porpoises, and the sirenians, with its sea cows, manatees and dugongs.

Dario Grana UW's Grana Honored for Petroleum Research with Students

July 29, 2014 — A University of Wyoming faculty member honored internationally for his petroleum engineering research now is being recognized for his research work with students.

Professor Art Snoke Honored At GSA Section Meeting

June 30, 2014 — Professor Art Snoke was recently honored at the GSA joint Cordilleran-Rocky Mountain sectional meeting held May 19–21 in Bozeman, Montana, for his career contributions to the geosciences.

cover of Rocky Mountain Geology Volume 49, Number 1. Special Quaternary-Themed Issue of Rocky Mountain Geology Published

June 18, 2014 — Rocky Mountain Geology Volume 49, Number 1, published by the University of Wyoming, is now available online and in print. This special-themed Quaternary issue includes the following articles:

Dario Grana, a UW School of Energy Resources assistant professo Assistant Professor Dario Grana Receives International Eni Award

June 12, 2014 — A University of Wyoming faculty member has received a prestigious international award for developing an innovative method to obtain information about oil and gas reservoirs using seismic techniques.

Man in lab. UW Research: Bacteria Show Promise in Restoring Aquifers Used in Uranium Mining

June 12, 2014 — Wyoming’s resurgent uranium industry could get a further boost from University of Wyoming scientists, whose research on post-mining environmental restoration is yielding extremely promising results.

Robert Mahon Graduate Student Robert Mahon Awarded Wyoming Geological Association Scholarship

June 5, 2014 — Graduate student Robert Mahon (Ph.D.), was recently awarded a $1,000 Gene George Petroleum Geology Scholarship from the Wyoming Geological Association. The award was one of the first two ever given for this new scholarship. Congratulations Robert!

Mat Dunlop Graduate Student Mat Dunlop Receives Research Grant from Society of Economic Geologists

May 28, 2014 — Graduate Student Mat Dunlop (PhD) was recently awarded a graduate student research grant from the Hugh McKinstry Fund by the Society of Economic Geologists for his research proposal, titled, “Magma recharge and igneous layering processes in the Dufek layered mafic igneous intrusion, Pensacola Mountains, Antarctica.”

Kenneth Sims Professor Sims Receives UW Faculty Senate Speaker Series Award

May 19, 2014 — On May 15th, Professor Kenneth Sims was chosen as one of the two University of Wyoming (UW) Faculty Senate Speakers for 2014–2015.

Erin Campbell-Stone Senior Lecturer Erin Campbell-Stone Receives Going the Extra Mile Award for Disability Support

May 19, 2014 — On April 21, 2014, the University Disability Support Services (UDSS) presented its Going the Extra Mile Award to University of Wyoming faculty, staff and departments.

Three Faculty Receive Promotions

May 15, 2014 — At a recent meeting on May 12, the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees formally announced the promotion of Associate Professor Kenneth Sims to full Professor and conferred tenure and promotion to Associate Professor to Assistant Professors Po Chen and Clifford Riebe. Congratulations to all!

Department Holds Annual Spring Picnic and Awards Ceremony

May 7, 2014 — The Department held its annual Spring Pot Luck Picnic on Friday, May 2nd. The turnout was splendid, with many students, faculty and staff attending, and there was copious food and drink for all. Special thanks to the staff, undergraduate senior Levi Gose, and the Geology Club for hosting the event.

Four Graduate Students Receive Geological Society Research Grants

May 2, 2014 — Four graduate students from the Department of Geology and Geophysics recently received research grants from the Geological Society of America.

Marlie Malone prepares to present her poster Eleven Geology Students Present Posters and Talks at UW 2014 Undergraduate Research Day

May 1, 2014 — There was a super turnout of undergraduate students from the Department of Geology and Geophysics for the 14th Annual University of Wyoming Undergraduate research day on Saturday, April 26.

Dario Grana, a UW assistant professor. UW Professor Contributes to Rock Physics Handbook

March 26, 2014 — A University of Wyoming faculty member is among three authors of a rock physics handbook that will be released next month.

Salmon spawning in riverbed UW Researcher Discovers Smaller Salmon Spawn Better in Riverbeds Than Larger Counterparts

February 26, 2014 — For salmon, being bigger isn’t always better. Being a little smaller -- at least intermediate size -- is more advantageous for maximum spawning in riverbeds, a University of Wyoming researcher recently discovered.

Erin Phillips Writer (PhD) Graduate Student Erin Phillips Writer Wins Best Student Presentation at Australian Research Symposium

February 20, 2014 — Graduate student Erin Phillips Writer (PhD) recently won the best student presentation award at The Frontiers of U-series Research Symposium in Sydney, Australia.

man taking drill core samples of bedrock UW Study: Bedrock Influences Forests More Than Previously Believed

February 10, 2014 — Bedrock influences forests and landscape evolution much more than was previously thought, according to a study by University of Wyoming scientists published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

view of earth in space Professor Carol Frost Completes Term as Science Editor of Geosphere

January 23, 2014 — Professor Carol Frost recently completed a term as Science Editor for Geosphere, an all electronic journal published by the Geological Society of America.

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