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New Faculty

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Renee Sparks to our open Geology Professor position! Dr. Sparks earned her Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Kansas in 2001, and has been teaching at Northwest Missouri State University since. She will participate in the upcoming Montana May interim before beginning her new position on August 17.

Gerry is Retiring

Geology Professor Gerry van Kooten is retiring at the end of this semester. Gerry joined the GEO department on a permanent basis in 2004, leaving an immeasurable impact on our students and graduates through his teaching, field trips, and Interims in Hawaii and Montana. Join us for a celebration of his work here on May 12, starting at 4:15.

Emeritus Research

Professor Emeritus of Geology Dr. Clarence Menninga has completed research on the Allende meteorite that fell in Mexico during the winter of 1969. He has prepared and submitted a paper on the concentration of 17 elements within 36 chondrules (meteorite fragments) from Allende. Check out his work here.

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Lighting the FYRES of Research

Professor van Dijk and her students from the new geography FYRES class describe their work surrounding dune research.

(Prospective students: Interested in physical geography research? Apply before May 9 for the FYRES 2014-2015 program!)

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Bascom GIS: A New Kind of Mapping

Emma DeVries (2012 alumnus) and Professor Jason VanHorn discuss the importance of GIS and their own work within the field of GIS.

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See the part-time faculty page if interested in teaching in Calvin's GEO department.