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  • Catherine O’Reilly ’94 Leads $1.7M NSF Grant For ISU, Carleton, And Two Other Schools

    16 October 2018

    Illinois State Associate Professor of Geology Catherine O’Reilly is serving as principal investigator for a $1.7 million National Science Foundation grant to fund Project EDDIE, a series of classroom modules for undergraduate biology, geology, and environmental science students. This grant began October 1 and is estimated to end on September 30, 2023.

    O’Reilly will be part of a team that includes Illinois State faculty Rebekka Darner, Steve Juliano, Bill Perry, and Willy Hunter as well faculty at Carleton College, University of Arizona, and Queens College-City University of New York to develop the modules.

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  • Carleton Geology would like to celebrate and acknowledge the following alums who were recently recognized at the annual GSA meeting in Denver.

    Philip E. Brown ’74 and Kurtis C. Burmeister were awarded the GSA/ExxonMobil Field Camp Excellence Award for their work with the Wasatch-Unita Field Camp.

    The Association for Women Geologists recognized Diane Smith ’77, with the Outstanding Educator Award. Diane is the 25th recipient of the award, which was established to “honor teachers who have played a significant role in the education and support of women geoscientists both within and outside the classroom”.

    Our very own professor Mary Savina ’72, was recognized for her many years of mentoring students and awarded the GeoCUR Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. Read the award letter here.

    The National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) recognized Scott Linneman ’83 for his service for furthering geoscience education with the Bob Christman Award.

    Congratulations friends & keep up the good work!

  • Two Carleton Geology People Awarded NSF Fellowships

    20 April 2010

    We are proud to report that two Carleton geology majors have been awarded National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships!  The fellowships provide graduate students with three years of support worth a total of over $100,000.  The fellowships carry annual stipends of $30,000 plus a one-time allowance of $11,500 for education-related expenses.
    Among the ten winners of fellowships this year from Carleton were two Carleton geology majors:  Kristin Bergmann ’04, who is attending the California Institute of Technology and Sam Kanner ’10, who will be attending the University of California-Berkeley.

    Also, the eight honorable mentions in the competition from Carleton included geology alums Tyler Mackey and Lydia Staisch, both ’08.

  • The following Carleton Geology Department people presented papers in technical sessions at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Portland, OR in October and the American Geophysical Union annual meeting in San Francisco, CA in December. Carleton people are indicated in bold face type, and students and alums are indicated with their class years. The papers listed are only those which involved a current Carleton student or employee; many other Carleton alums, too many to list here, also presented papers at the meetings.

  • Cam Davidson and Laura Cleaveland Peterson ’01 to Explore Field-Based Science Program at Summer Workshop in Italy

    25 January 2010

    Why would anyone propose starting up an off-campus study program – and a science program, at that – in a tiny village, perched on a ridge in the Apennine Mountains in central Italy?

    The answer, according to geology professor Cameron Davidson from Carleton College and environmental studies professor Laura Peterson from Luther College, is that the village in question – Coldigioco – is a center for geological research and is superbly situated for a field-based program in the earth and environmental sciences.

    And though it’s not part of the “official” answer, Coldigioco happens to be, Peterson said, “one of those places that people just seem to fall in love with.”

    This summer, with the support of a grant from the ACM Faculty Career Enhancement (FaCE) Project, Davidson and Peterson will take a group of faculty from ACM colleges to Coldigioco for a five-day workshop, “Earth and the Environment in Italy.” The deadline to apply for the June workshop is February 10.

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  • It is with heavy hearts that we in the Geology Department report that Professor Emeritus Eiler Henrickson ’43  passed away this morning.  Several of his children and family members were by his side.

    Eiler’s funeral service was held Friday morning, Dec. 18, 2009, at the First United Church of Christ (UCC) in Northfield.  The schedule for the service includes visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church, the service at 11:00 a.m., and then a light luncheon following the service.

    We will be making up a picture board or slide show of pictures of Eiler doing the geology and wrestling that he loved.  If you have a classic Eiler picture we might be able to use, please mail it or email it to Tim Vick or Ellen Haboroth.  Email to me can be done with a reply to this email; my email is and Ellen’s email is  Our mail address is Carleton Geology Dept., 1 N. College St., Northfield, MN  55057.

    Also, we will hold a special memorial service on campus to celebrate Eiler in conjunction with alumni reunion in June.  That is tentatively scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 18, 2010.  We hope to join many of you there.


    Eiler Henrickson, age 89 of Northfield, passed away Thursday, December 10, 2009 under the wonderful care and support of the staff of Three Links CareCenter. Funeral Services will be 11am Friday, December 18th at the First United Church of Christ in Northfield with burial at the Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 9 am until the time of Services at the Church.

  • Professor Mary Savina ’72 and another alum, Suzanne Savanick Hansen ’89, were among those who recently received Faculty Career Enhancement (FaCE) grants from the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) to support collaborative faculty workshops with their proposal entitled “Integrating Sustainability into the Undergraduate Curriculum.”

    The goal of this cross-disciplinary and cross-college collaboration is to develop, assess, and then disseminate well thought-out pedagogical strategies and practical, meaningful, usable activities for introductory courses across the disciplines at our institutions and beyond. Teaching and learning resources that will be developed over the course of the project will be disseminated online.

  • Kevin Uno ’01 Returns To Teach Intro

    14 September 2009

    We are most pleased to welcome Kevin Uno ’01 back to the Carleton Geology Department for fall term – Kevin will be teaching Introductory Geology.

    Kevin’s Carleton comps project was entitled “Upper Cretaceous Paleomagnetism from Umbria, Italy: ‘Anchored’ poles set proposed True Polar Wander event adrift.”  From that platform he launched himself into the graduate school of the University of Utah where he completed a masters degree in 2008.  His masters research was on the use of geochemical tracers in ice to identify subglacial processes at Storglaciären, Sweden.  For his dissertation, Kevin is using stable isotopes to study past and present climates.  This includes paleoenvironmental reconstructions in East Africa using carbon and oxygen isotopes in fossil tooth enamel, and using isotopes from modern elephant  tusks as a proxy for climate and life history.

    One of Kevin’s recent papers is Uno, K.T., Cerling, T.E., Nakaya, H., Nakatsukasa, M., Kunimatsu, Y., (2008), Stable carbon and oxygen isotope ratios of fossil tooth enamel from the Nakali and Namurungule Formations, Kenya: Capturing the C3-C4 transition in East African equid diet at ~9.6 Ma, J. of Vert. Paleontology, 28, 3: 155A.

    Kevin’s teaching experience is equally wide-ranging, with his student groups spanning the age range from elementary school to college. 

    Welcome Kevin!

  • The Carleton College Geology Department’s alumni communications are lurching into the digital age.  We’ve been using email sporadically for quite a few years now, but this year we broke into the world of electronic web-based forms with the roll-out of the electronic version of the traditional Newsletter postcard, so here’s an update on its success.

    We have been using the paper postcard since the mid-1970s and it’s worked well for us.  This year we decided to try supplementing the postcard with an electronic form hosted on our web site.  This worked spectacularly well, especially after we sent out an email containing a link to the form.  Over 130 people have submitted news on the form!  Thank you all for taking the trouble, it’s a great treat to have all your news and be able to put it in the Newsletter.

  • Joe Harten ’85 Donates Rock Collection

    12 May 2009

    We would like to express a special thanks to Joe Harten ’85, who was a history and political economy major, for the donation of a very nice set of rocks and minerals that had been collected by a great-uncle who happened to be an avide amateur geologist.  The collection included a number of very nice specimens which will be added to the Dana Mineral Set or used as classroom specimens.

    The collection contained minerals such as apatite, barite, fluorite and staurolite as well as some geodes and fossils.

     Thanks Joe, we appreciate your gift very much!