Department Newsletter: 02-09-2016

February 9, 2016 - 3:30pm

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February 9, 2016


DEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR: On Friday, February 12 at 4:00 PM in Room 125 TH, Kate Tierney, EES Adjunct Visiting Professor will present “So what Changed?  Why the Pennsylvanian and Permian are frustrating and different from the rest of the Paleozoic”.  Coffee and cookies in room 135 TH at 3:30 PM.  JAG

  1. - Art Bettis is featured on the Office of Teaching and Technology’s Extraordinary Teaching Project outlining how Calibrated Peer Review developed critical thinking and writing skills:

SOIL ASSESSMENT IOWA CITY COMMUNITY GARDENS - A soil suitability assessment for Iowa City community gardens undertaken as part of the Soil Genesis and Geomorphology course (EES:3360) is featured in the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC) 2014-2015 annual report (

SPECIAL TALK – Dick Baker, EES Professor Emeritus will be giving his last talk of the season at the National Parks office in West Branch this Wednesday evening, February 10th at 7 PM. His talk will be about the Rocky Mountain National Park (and nearby areas).

THE IOWA GEOLOGICAL SURVEY is looking for a student assistant at its facility on the UI Research Park.  The position assists in the preparation of well chip sample, enters geologic information into various databases, and assist with the upkeep of the IGS collections.  A background in geology or earth sciences is desirable, but not required.

Pay is $10.00/hr.  Students may work 10-20 hrs/week during the spring and fall semesters and 40 hrs/week during the summer.  Work hours are flexible (between 8:00 – 4:30 p.m., M-F), but need to be worked in at least 2 hour continuous blocks.

To apply for this position, go to, search for position # 66120, and upload your resume.  If you have any questions, please contact Rick Langel ( or 335-4102).

MID-AMERICA PALEONTOLOGY SOCIETY MEETING: Saturday, Feb 13, 1:00 pm in 125 Trowbridge Hall. Paul Liu will present "An Update on the Winneshiek Lagerstatte." Come and find out about Iowa’s 460-million-year-old giant sea scorpion (an upcoming addition to the UI Paleontology Repository collections)! The meeting is open to the public. New members always welcome.  



February 26                                                   Application for Degree deadline for all May graduates (apply on ISIS)

March 11              Graduate College                Plans of Study for May Master’s/EdS recipients

                                                                       Final Exam Requests for all May graduates                     

March 24              Graduate College                First deposit of completed thesis due by 5:00 p.m. central time

April 12                Registrar Service Center      Last day for graduate students to drop without penalty of “F” grade

                                                                       Last day to withdraw without Dean’s permission

April 27                Graduate College                Final Exam Reports for all May graduates

May 4                   Graduate College                Final deposit of thesis due by 5:00 p.m. central time

May 13                                                           Commencement Ceremony/Spring session degree conferral date

May 18                 Registrar Service Center      Final grades must be in “Approved” status         

If you have questions, contact the Graduate College at (319) 335-2144 or





  • CLEMSON UNIVERSITY’S YOUTH LEARNING INSTITUTE – CAMP HANNON ADVENTURES – Camp guide/instructor needed in Sunset, SC.  For information go to website
  • SCIENCE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES – The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and the National Science Foundations (NSF) Ocean and Earth Sciences are seeking outstanding rising sophomore and junior undergraduates to participate in its Summer Intern Program for Undergraduates (REU) program.  The REU program provides research opportunities in earth, ocean, atmospheric and environmental science to undergraduate students who are US citizens, or permanent residents and are currently enrrolled in a degree-granting program.  For additional information about the research performed and application forms, please visit  Application deadline is Feb. 15, 2016 or contact Dr. Dallas Abbott at
  • SUMMER OF APPLIED GEOPHYSICAL EXPERIENCE (SAGE) 2016 – SAGE is a 3-4 week research and education program in exploration geophysics for graduate, undergraduate students, and working

Professionals based in Santa Fe, NM, U.S.A.  Application deadline March 27, 2016, 5:00 pm MDT.  For application process please refer to:

  • REVOLVING EARTH FOUNDATION is pleased to announce the availability of grants for undergraduate and graduate student research in the earth sciences.  Ten grants are available for 2016 in amounts up to $3000 per grant.  Application deadline is March 1, 2016.  For application information or to find out more, please visit website:
  • POST DOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE – Illinois State Geological Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Post Doc research associate position is available in the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL).  The ARL is an engineering group which works closely with both academia and industry to develop innovative materials, processes and systems for fossil energy and environmental application.  The post doctoral research associate will participate in and conduct original research in ongoing projects related to carbon dioxide capture and multi-pollutant control from fossil fuel combustion and utilizations.    Qualifications: PhD in chemical engineering, environmental engineering, chemistry, or related discipline.  Employment as a post doctoral research associate requires the completion of PhD within the past 5 years.  The position is a visiting full-time position paid on a 12-month basis with anticipated duration of available funding for two years.  For more information on this position go to
  • AIPG (American Institute of Professional Geologists) NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM  Deadline February 15.  Purpose is to assist students with college education costs and to promote student participation in the AIPG.  Up to ten scholarships have been awarded to declared undergraduate geological sciences majors who are at least sophomores. Go to for details.
  • TOBACCO ROOT GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIPS – Application due by February 15.  Information about the scholarships and how to apply can be found at   Four different scholarships:

TRGS Field Scholarship will go to a student working on a field-based project in the northern Rocky Mountains.  Preference will be given to mapping projects in Montana, Idaho, and northern Wyoming.  Based in part on need, the scholarship is expected to be used for field expenses.

The Harrison Scholarship – in memory of Jack Harrison and made possible by a generous endowment from Jack to the TRGS, awards will go to students working on any project involving Precambrian rocks.  Based in part on need, this award can only be used for field expenses.

The Michael Thompson Foster Scholarship – Given in memory of Michael Thompson Foster, to students, researchers, or explorationists who best exemplify the prospector ethic.  Criteria are a demonstrated interest and ability in mineral exploration, field research, or economic pursuits which advance our knowledge of mineral commodities and public commitment to responsible mining.  Supported by generous grants from Rob Foster and additional donations.

The M. Dean Kleinkopf Scholarship – Given in memory of Dean Kleinkopf, for geophysical and geologic investigations in the northern Rocky Mountains.  Supported by an initial grant from Nancy Kleinkopf and additional donations.

Applicants need not specify which of these they are applying for – our scholarship committee will determine which scholarship is most appropriate.  Decisions are usually made by late March or early April.  Applications should be sent electronically to me – note that files should be no more than 3 Mb and applications are limited to 2 pages.  Questions can be directed to Colleen Elliott at Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology at 

  • MILITARY VETERANS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM – The AAPG Foundation’s United States Military Veterans Scholarship Program (MVSP) is designed to promote the advancement of student veterans in educational geoscience programs at the undergraduate level.  Application process opened January 15 & closes April 15.  For information go to
  • GSA NORTH-CENTRAL SECTION 50TH ANNUAL MEETING April 18-19, 2016.  Abstract deadline January 26, Early Registration, March 14.  Undergraduate Research Grants – deadline March 15. Location is at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • NGWA GROUNDWATER SUMMIT 2016 which is focusing in 2016 on “Solving Groundwater Challenges Through Research and Practice.” April 24-27, Denver, Colorado.
  • AAPG/SEPM (American Association of Petroleum Geologists/Society of Sedimentary Geology) and Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG) ANNUAL CONVENTION & EXHIBITION, June 19-22, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • GSA ANNUAL MEETING, September 25-28 2016, Denver, Colorado.


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