Drs. Tom Hickson and Lisa Lamb, Geology Department, received a $137,913 National Science Foundation grant for their work: High-Resolution Basin Analysis of a Large-Offset Extensional System, lake Mead Domain, East-Central Basin and Range Province. This grant will fund fieldwork and laboratory analyses, and help support undergraduate research in Nevada for the next three years!
Last spring, Dr. Melissa Lamb received the 2008 Undergraduate Research and Collaborative Scholarship faculty mentor award! The recipient of this award is chosen based on their "outstanding dedication to collaborative scholarship with undergraduate students at the University of St. Thomas." Faculty award winners also receive a $1,000 stipend. Congratulations Dr. Lamb!!
Cabin Ross, Rachel Piotraschke, Jill Schleicher, and Lindsey Lee along with Drs. Tom Hickson and Lisa Lamb will be traveling back to the Las Vegas region to continue mapping the Bitter Spring Quadrangle. Their main goal is to complete the eastern edge of their map so they can move onto the western portion of the Bitter Spring Quadrangle. This spring field camp is made possible by the EDMAP grant. While in Vegas, Cabin Ross and Rachel Piotraschke will be presenting a research poster at the Geological Society of America’s Cordilleran/Rocky Mountain Joint Section Meeting March 19-21 with Drs. Lamb and Hickson. The poster is titled “Structural Analysis in the Bitter Spring Quadrangle, Lake Mead, Nevada: Unraveling a Complex Record of Extension.” In this poster they address several questions relating to the nature of Basin and Range extension in the Bitter Spring Quadrangle by studying the fault trends. To read a copy of their abstract, click here.
During spring break, Dr. Kevin Theissen and Dr. Camille George will explore Iceland for 10 days as part of an interdisciplinary effort between the geology and engineering departments. Students in oceanography and thermodynamics courses will explore Iceland’s use of its unique geological setting to provide much of its energy needs in a clean and sustainable way. They will explore coastal processes, the offshore volcanic island of Heimaey, and the active rift zone that provides geothermal heat in Iceland. Students will take part in a guided tour of the Nesjavellir district heating facility outside Reykjavik, considered Iceland’s greatest engineering achievement. The group will also visit Reykjavik University and the University of Iceland for lectures on the impact of climate change on glaciers, carbon sequestration and binding with basalt, hydropower from glacial rivers, geothermal energy, and the issues Iceland faces with the management of power in their fishing fleet. The trip also has a blog where trip participants will post entries and photos: http://ust-iceland.blogspot.com/