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Astronauts, geology instructors and NASA personnel in the field at San Ysidro Anticline. Back row, L to R:  Dean Eppler, NASA, head of geology training, Astronauts Victor Glover, Josh Casada, Jessica Meir, Nicole Mann, Andrew Moran; Dr. Mark Helper (UT Austin), Dr. Kip Hodges (Arizona State), Dr. Jose Hurtado (UT El Paso), Lauren Harnett (NASA photographer). Front, l to r:  Veteran astronaut Michael Fossum, Astronaut Anne McClain, Dr. Cynthia Evans (NASA), Barb Tewksbury, Astronaut Nick Hague.
Tewksbury Teaches Geology to New NASA Astronauts

Professor of Geosciences Barbara Tewksbury this summer was one of a small group of instructors involved in classroom and field training in geology for the new group of NASA astronauts selected in 2013. The instructors met the eight new astronauts in Houston for two weeks of classroom training in June, followed by a week of field mapping in July, during which the group camped and worked on the Taos Plateau in northern New Mexico.  More ...

Dave Bailey, Cindy Domack
Fossil Trilobite Species Named for Bailey and Domack

Two Hamilton Geoscience Department colleagues were recently recognized with the publication of two newly described fossil trilobite species. Olenellus baileyi and Holmiella domackae were named in honor of David Bailey and Cynthia Domack, respectively, in recognition of the “important influence on the professional development” of senior author Wes Gapp.  More ...

Four Faculty Members Named to Endowed Chairs

Dean of Faculty Patrick D. Reynolds announced the appointment of four of Hamilton’s most outstanding teacher-scholars to endowed chairs. Professor of Philosophy A. Todd Franklin, Professor of Biology Jinnie M. Garrett, Professor of  Environmental Studies Todd W. Rayne and Professor of History Thomas A. Wilson were appointed, effective July 1.  More ...

Eugene Domack, Tim Elgren. Ernest Williams
Three Longtime Science Faculty Members Retire

Three longtime members of Hamilton’s science faculty retired during the last academic year. Eugene Domack, Timothy Elgren and Ernest Williams had a combined 79 years of service at Hamilton.  More ...

Unearthing the Secret of the Desert Eyes

The untrod sands of the Egyptian Deserts hold a mystery much older than the construction of the pyramids: hundreds of naturally formed “desert eyes” unblinkingly turned toward the sky for tens of millions of years. Yet, despite their age, these structures have almost no topography; in fact, until the advent of Google Earth, these formations, which lie in the desert west of the Nile, were never studied. Josh Wolpert ’16, is working with Professor of Geosciences Barbara Tewksbury on the Desert Eyes Project, funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF).  More ...

Michael Weinzierl ’15
A School of Fish

Although he’s studying barracuda and schoolmaster snappers with the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) in the Bahamas, Michael Weinzierl’s ’15 summer research often feels more like a vacation. Weinzierl is a geoscience major who has “always been interested in marine biology and conservation.” After learning about earth processes from a geological perspective through courses at Hamilton, he decided to apply for hands-on research over the summer. Weinzierl’s internship is supported through the generosity of the Joseph F. Anderson Fund, managed by the Career Center.  More ...

Nicole LaBarge '15
From Farm to Fork: Food Sustainability at Hamilton College

The corn from Ohio, the blueberries from Maine, and the strawberries from California that all ended up at your summer barbeque traveled quite a distance before arriving on your plate. “Farm to Fork,” a term used by the college’s food service provider, Bon Appétit, entails buying locally grown products when possible in order to reduce carbon emissions caused by transporting food long distances, as well as to stimulate the local economy. Nicole LaBarge ’15 is working on a Levitt Project, “Analyzing the Sustainability of Bon Appétit at Hamilton College Using Life Cycle Assessment.”  More ...

Barbara Tewksbury
Tewksbury Publishes Article in Geology

An article by Professor of Geosciences and Upson Chair of Public Discourse Barbara Tewksbury was published in the Geological Society of America’s journal, Geology. Titled “Polygonal faults in chalk: Insights from extensive exposures of the Khoman Formation, Western Desert, Egypt,” the article appeared online on April 15 and will be included in the June print edition.  More ...

Jorge Mendieta '14
Mendieta ’14 Presents Research at GSA Meeting

Jorge L. Mendieta, a senior geosciences major, presented a poster titled “Plymouth Long Beach, MA and Winthrop Beach, MA: An Analysis of Coastal Protection Projects” at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA) - Northeastern Section. The conference was held March 23-25 in Lancaster, Pa.  More ...

Colyer Woolston '14 and Clinton first grader John Musante examine fossils in the lab.
Colyer Woolston '14 Mentors Clinton Student in Paleontology

Colyer Woolston, a senior with a passion for the natural sciences, had an opportunity to share his interest in paleontology recently when he mentored John Musante, a first grade student at Clinton Elementary School.  More ...

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