|OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH
THE NEW; NEW SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) BRINGS GEOLOGY
RESEARCH INTO FULL VIEW.
STUDENT PRESENTS RESULTS AT THE 32nd INTERNATIONAL GEOLOGICAL
CONGRESS IN FLORENCE, ITALY.
Carol Register is a graduate of a local high school and
currently a CSUB Geology major supported by our SMART program. For her
research, she tested a model of climate change acquired from an Oregon
Lake by measuring the grain-size of the sediments deposited by this
lake back through time. Basically, the smaller the sediment grains,
the deeper the lake. The deeper the lake, the more it rained. Her work
provides a test for computer-generated climate models, the same models
that predict global warming.
Carol presented her results this summer at the 32nd
International Geological Congress in Florence, Italy. This is a
conference held only every four years which brings together geologists
from all over the world. In support of her trip, she was awarded a
$2,000 scholarship by the Geological Society of America. Notably,
Carol was the only awardee from a non-PhD granting institution. More
notably, she was the only undergraduate given this award!
|STUDENT RESEARCH SCHOLAR
Congratulations to Carol
Register, Geology Department undergraduate. Carol is one of 12
Student Research Scholars selected to receive the 2003-2004 Student
Research Scholar Award from the CSUB Division of Graduate Studies
|GREAT HORNED OWL NESTING
OUTSIDE GEOTECH CENTER
The geology department at CSUB is
getting the rare opportunity to observe a Great Horned Owl and her
owlets. The three owlets began hatching on March 21st and will
remain in the nest for a couple more weeks. The owl is nesting
in a window sill adjacent to the GeoTech center on the 3rd floor of
the Science II building. This is the third year the owl has
nested in this location. To view the owls in real time through
our web cam click the link below.
Photo by Becky Zelinski, April 9,
|GEOLOGY DEPARTMENT RECEIVES
By Becky Zelinski, Public
The California State University, Bakersfield geology department recently received a three-year, $400,000 grant from the Natural Science Foundation to study the climate history of the Southern San Joaquin Valley and support geoscience education in Kern County.
CSUB geology professors Dirk Baron and Rob Negrini, together with Manuel Palacios-Fest of Terra Nostra Earth Science in Arizona prepared the grant, which will support research designed to understand the regional climate history and flooding of the Kern River and its tributaries. The grant also provides significant funding to improve geoscience education in local middle and high schools and at CSUB.
According to Baron, receiving the grant is a significant accomplishment for CSUB since most Natural Science Foundation grants are awarded to large research universities. But more than that, he's excited about it because the grant will benefit students, the university and the community.
"This grant is great for the university because it will allow us to purchase new research equipment, support cutting-edge research by faculty and students, and help us recruit talented local high school students who may not otherwise attend CSUB," Baron said. "Students will benefit by the scholarships associated with the grant and it will also give them real research experience, which helps motivate them and gives them an edge when applying to grad schools."
"As for the community," Baron added, "our agriculture- and petroleum-based economy relies on geoscience expertise and provides excellent employment opportunities for geologists. Unfortunately, there's a real lack of K-12 teachers with training in the geosciences that could get kids interested in geology and make them aware of the many career opportunities in this field. This grant will significantly strengthen geoscience education in local schools by training middle and high school teachers. The community will also benefit from the research that will be conducted."
Each year of the grant, three $4,000 scholarships will be available to CSUB geology students. Grant funding will begin in September 2003.
|ANNE DRAUCKER RECEIVES
2002-03 PRESIDENT'S ASSOCIATES STUDENT RESEARCH SCHOLAR AWARD.
Anne with research advisors
Robert Horton, Dirk Baron and Robert Yohe
Geology undergraduate Anne
Draucker has received the prestigious President's Associates Student
Research Scholar Award. Anne is one of 11 CSUB students to be
granted a $2,500 award this year. Anne has received this award for
the development and implementation of her research project titled Identification
of Distinct Obsidian Flows within the Coso Volcanic Field, California by
Laser Ablation ICPMS and Archeological Implications. To read
Anne's abstract please click here.
|SENIOR RICK SCHROEDER WILL ATTEND THE LAUNCH
OF MARS EXPLORATION ROVER AT CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. IN JUNE.
By Becky Zelinski, Public
Photo courtesy of
Rick Schroeder, senior geology and computer science
major will watch his work take off in May. Last summer, Schroeder
interned at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and worked on the Mars Radar
Data Analysis research program, collecting data for the launch of the Mars
Exploration Rovers. NASA plans to launch one rover in May and one in
June of this year. Schroeder will attend the June launch ceremonies
at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. He also
presented a paper on his research at the Mars Exploration Rover Landing
Site Workshop in Arcadia and a poster at the Lunar Planetary Science
Conference in Houston.
|CSUB ALUMNA, SARA DRAUCKER WILL SET OUT ON AN
EXPEDITION TO ANTARCTICA TO STUDY THE EFFECTS OF GLOBAL WARMING.
By Becky Zelinski, Office of
Sara Draucker with Tom Meyer, NS&M Dean
This Saturday (March 8), California State University, Bakersfield alumna, Sara Draucker will set out on an expedition to Antarctica to study the effects of global warming.
Draucker, 24, graduated from CSUB last summer with a bachelor's degree in geology. Because of her outstanding academic performance and meticulous college research, she received a prestigious fellowship from the University of Nevada, Reno where she has been working with Glenn Berger, an internationally recognized expert on quaternary geochronology.
Draucker and a research team will be taking a three-week research expedition along the west side of the Antarctic peninsula, where Draucker will be collecting marine sediments to assess global climate change. She'll be using a process called thermoluminescence dating to determine the last time the sediments were exposed to light.
Draucker is ecstatic about this one-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
"I've never even flown on a plane larger than a two-seater so you can imagine how much of an adventure the whole trip is going to be," Draucker said. "I mean, Wow! I'm traveling to the other side of the world."
Dirk Baron, CSUB geology professor and Draucker's mentor said that Draucker was an outstanding student and has already made some incredible accomplishments.
"It's pretty unusual for an undergraduate student to receive such a prestigious fellowship, but then to be going on a research cruise and doing some pretty independent research in Antarctica; that's pretty remarkable," Baron said.
Draucker is from New Cuyama and graduated from Cuyama Valley High School in 1997. At CSUB, she received the 2001 Dean's Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Paper and a CSUB research scholarship in 2000. She also won the 2001 CSUB student research competition and graduated outstanding senior for the geology department.
|CSUB GEOLOGY CLUB TO HOST AAPG DISTINGUISHED
LECTURER CINDY YEILDING
Geo Club will host Cindy Yeilding, AAPG Distinguished Lecturer on
Thursday, April 3, 2003 on the CSUB Campus. Ms Yeilding will be
speaking on the Thunder Horse Discovery, an accumulation of over one
billion barrels in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. For more
information about Ms Yeilding or to view her abstract please click on the
links below. The Distinguished Lecture Night* is open to all
interested parties. For more information please contact Geo Club's
Public Relations Officer Lisa Denke at firstname.lastname@example.org
Night is sponsored by ASI and CSUB Department of Physics & Geology.
Students can register on
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Graduates of our program have no difficulty finding employment in
their field or in closely-related fields when compared to majors from other disciplines on campus. In fact, as mentioned in the Financial Aid
page, most of our students are employed part-time by local industry or government and often end up working for these firms or agencies after
Because our students receive a well-rounded science education,
including cognate courses in chemistry, mathematics, physics, and computer science, they are especially well-prepared for careers as high
school science teachers. The lack of qualified physical science teachers
state-wide provides many opportunities and choice of location for any
of our students choosing such a career path.
Undergraduate students interested in graduate study at other
institutions have done very well after receiving our B.S. degree. Our best students have been accepted into some of the best universities in
the country and receive full financial support from these prestigious graduate schools amounting to as much as $30,000 per year.
Students who have taken our graduate courses are currently employed
all over the state in a variety of positions with the environmental and petroleum industries, geotechnical firms, and government agencies.
Geoscience Students At Work
Above article courtesy The Bakersfield
Californian, Sunday, June 1, 2003