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Prof. Steve LoDuca travels to Estonia, collaborates with University of Tartu

Dr. Steve LoDuca was invited to the Department of Geology, University of Tartu, Estonia, during the 2019 EMU Winter Break. The purpose of the trip, which was completely funded by the University of Tartu, was to give a seminar, to serve as the “opponent” for the PhD defense of Viirika Mastik (now Dr. Mastik) under the supervision of Dr. Oive Tinn, and to collaborate with Dr. Tinn on study of spectacular examples of fossil algae from a quarry in central Estonia. A photolog of his trip (in PowerPoint format) is available for download here.

G&G Faculty, Students Awarded EMU URSP Fellowships for Winter 2019

A faculty-student team in the Geography and Geology Department was awarded Undergrad Research Stimulus Program fellowships for Summer 2019. The  URSP program is intended to facilitate research partnerships between undergraduate students and Eastern Michigan University faculty. Successful student applicants will receive a $2,000 fellowship in support of their research efforts. Congratulations to Kelly Brown and Dr. Chris Gellasch.

EMU Alumna to give special lecture, Feb. 19, 2019

On Tuesday, February 19, the Department of Geography and Geology and GeoClub at EMU will be hosting a presentation by Brittany Cymes, a doctoral candidate at Miami University and a 2014 graduate of EMU. She will be presenting on work from her doctoral research, entitled Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Rare-Earth Manganese Oxide Minerals for Catalytic Degradation of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

Her talk will be given at 3:30 pm in Room 111 Strong Hall.

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Dr. Tom Kovacs to chair President's Sustainability Commission

EMU President James Smith announced the creation of the Sustainability Commission on September 21, 2018. In his address, President Smith named Geography & Geology faculty member Dr. Tom Kovacs as chair of the commission. The excerpt from President Smith's address is below:

Along the line of communication, I want to announce a special new initiative, which is the President's Sustainability Commission, to be chaired by Thomas Kovacs, a distinguished professor of meteorology and an authority on our Eastern campus environment. The Commission will be charged with working with various units to assess Eastern's sustainability efforts and make recommendations on how to become more sustainable. What do I mean by sustainable? “Sustainability entails both principles and practices that promote and maintain the responsible use of natural resources by current generations to ensure the availability and well-being of those resources for our future generations.” We’re already doing a good deal in this area, including the introduction of our co-generation electricity and heating system, the installation of energy-saving glass in residence halls and other buildings, and energy efficient lighting throughout campus. But how can we do more? The commission will be a great opportunity for the campus to show how cross-sectional groups can work together to produce terrific results. I’m excited about this effort and what it can mean for the future of our campus and community. 

Dr. Eric Portenga awarded Faculty Research Activity for '18-19

Congratulations to Professor  Eric Portenga  for receiving a Faculty  Research /Creative Activity Fellowship for the FY2018/19 academic year, where he will receive $2924 in support funds. The award will support Dr.  Portenga ’s  research  on Isle Royale in Lake Superior.

Dr. Chris Gellasch named 2018 UG Symposium Speaker

Congrats to Dr. Chris Gellasch upon news that he will be the 2018 EMU Undergraduate Symposium keynote speaker.

G&G Faculty, Students Awarded EMU URSP Fellowships for Winter, Summer 2018

Two faculty-student teams in the Geography and Geology Department were awarded Undergrad Research Stimulus Program fellowships for Winter 2018. A third team was awarded an URSP fellowship for Summer 2018. The URSP program is intended to facilitate research partnerships between undergraduate students and Eastern Michigan University faculty. Successful student applicants will receive a $2,000 fellowship in support of their research efforts. Congratulations to the teams of Dr. Bill Welsh and Harel Tanjong and Dr. Chris Gellasch and Jacob Kowalczyk for their Winter 2018 URSPs and Dr. Matt Cook and Sean Ryan for Summer 2018.