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Graduate student Lillian Lueck has struck gold. Lueck just returned to the Nevada Gold Mines as part of an extended work opportunity. There, her days begin around 5 a.m. when she carpools with her team to an active gold mine. While other members of the exploration team create drilling plans, Lueck sorts through the drilled...
NIU geology professors Ross Powell and Reed Scherer will be participating in a panel discussion this weekend during Batavia’s 9th annual A Green Night Out at the Movies. Presented by the Batavia Environmental Commission (BEC) and Confident Aire, the event is free and open to the public. It will feature the documentary film “The Wisdom...
Reed Scherer
Reed Scherer’s doctoral research set out to test a radical hypothesis put forth in the 1970s that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet “collapsed” during the interglacial period that immediately predated the most recent Ice Age, and could again. Confirming past instability of this ice sheet would contribute to growing concerns regarding future collapse and consequent...
...On the road to Mandalay, Where the flyin’ fishes play, An’ the dawn comes up like thunder outer China ’crost the Bay! – Rudyard Kipling “Road to Mandalay” (1892) In August, a cohort of NIU professors spent two weeks in Mandalay, Myanmar, working with Yadanabon University to lay the foundations for collaborative research projects. Because...
Reed Scherer
Antarctica is melting, according to evidence brought back to Illinois by NIU Geology professor Reed Scherer and his students. At the next STEM Café, Scherer will discuss his Antarctic research, why it matters and what it reveals about global climate trends. The free talk and discussion will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday,...
Tim Hodson
Tim Hodson, a Ph.D. candidate in geology, recently scored what has to be one of the coolest internships of the summer. In August, Hodson will spend three weeks mapping never-before-seen depths of the Atlantic Ocean while aboard the Okeanos Explorer, a former U.S. Navy ship converted into an exploration vessel. Operated by the National Oceanic...
Erik Van Dusen
When graduate student and geology major Erik Van Dusen had the opportunity to secure an internship in his field this past summer, he dug in. Van Dusen had the pleasure of interning in Alabama with IMERYS, a large mining and mineral resources company that has hired some NIU graduates before. Through his studies, he looks...
Amy Gahala
Strangely enough, Michael Jackson was an influential force in leading Amy Gahala to her career path in hydrology. Gahala, a graduate of the Department of Geology and Environmental Studies, is currently a hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey. “I grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, and it all started with Michael Jackson’s ‘Earth Song.’...
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NIU alum and former Huskie first baseman Mike Hochhauser made the news last week for helping to chase down a would-be purse snatcher in Chicago. Watch the Channel 2 report online. During his senior season, Hochhauser played in 53 games, starting in 49. He accumulated 54 hits, including seven homers and a dozen doubles, and...
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NIU’s Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences has announced the schedule of its fall 2012 colloquia. The series begins at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, with Chris Marone, of Penn State University, who will present “Major Tectonic Faults are Weak and Tend to Creep.” All presentations take place in Davis Hall 308. Also scheduled: Friday,...
NIU might not have been Kendle Fraley’s first choice, but this geology graduate student says coming to DeKalb gave him the opportunity to succeed. As his plans to attend the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut fell through, Fraley found himself uncertain about his future. He attended community college, where he cultivated an interest in the...
NASA image of the far side of the Moon.
Saturday, Aug. 6, is the last chance to attend NIU’s popular Summer Under the Stars program. In June and July, attendees had an out-of-this-world time with the history of the Space Shuttle program and Telescope Night. At 7 p.m. Saturday in Davis Hall Room 315, you and your family can learn about Earth’s cosmic kid...
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