St. Lawrence Geology Alumni

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blankSLU Geology Alumni, Faculty, Student talks and posters at GSA 2017 (Calendar view| Details view)
Added October 10, 2017
Mike Perfit '71 Mike Perfit '71 is a co-author of a new book entitles "Discovering the Deep: A Photographic Atlas of the Seafloor and Ocean Crust"
About the book.  
About Mike.
Added September 28, 2016
Peter deMenocalCongratulations to Peter deMenocal '82 who is now the  Thomas A. Edison/Con Edison Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, at Columbua University.  Peter has also been as Columbia University’s Dean of Science.
Added September 22, 2016
mimiKatzCongratulations to Mimi Katz '81 who has been elected a Geological Society of America Fellow. She will be recognized at the fall meeting. Here is what is listed in GSA Today about Mimi.  
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Added September 22, 2016
Lisa GrohnThe SLU track and field program had four athletes earn all America status at the NCAA Championships May 26-29 in Waverly, IA. Geology student Lisa Grohn '17 was one of them as she was sixth in the 10,000. Congratulations!
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Added September 22, 2016
blank Fall GSA Talks and Posters by Students, Faculty, and Alumni - September 25-28, 2016 - added August 17, 2016
blank Fall GSA Talks and Posters by Students, Faculty, and Alumni  -  November 1-4, 2015 -added October 22, 2015
blank 2015 AAPG Presesentations by Students, Faculty and Alumni - May 31-June 3, 2015
blankFall Geological Society of America, October 19-22, 2014 SLU Talks and posters - added October 11, 2014
blankNortheast GSA Meeting March 23-25, 2014 SLU Talks and Posters
American Association of Petroleum Geologists April 6-9, 2014 SLU Talks and Posters -Updated March 16, 2014
keransCongratulations to Charlie Kerans '77 for being honored with the Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Award from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. "The Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Award is given in recognition of distinguished and outstanding contributions to geological education." Charlie will be presented with this award at the April Meeting of AAPG in Houston, TX.
Added March 7, 2014
blankSLU Geology talks and posters by SLU alumni at theAmerican Geophysical Union Meeting, December 7-13, 2013 in San Francisco, CA - Added November 26, 2013
Bill KnobleMemorial Service for Geology Major William "Bill" Knoble will be Friday, September 27, 2013 at 3:30pm at Canton Presbyterian Church. (more info)
Added September 25,2013
Mike Perfit '71Congratulations to Mike Perfit '71 for being named an AGU Fellow. Mike will be inducted in December at the Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Read the citation here.
Added September 25, 2013
Judith Nagel MyersTwo new faculty members join the department in the Fall of 2013.  Assistant Professor (Paleontology) Judith Nagel-Myers and Visiting Assistant Professor (Petrology and Structural) Jennifer Gifford Added September 18,2013

Jennifer Gifford

blankSLU Geology talks and posters by students, faculty and alumni at the 125th Geological Society of America Meeting  Denver, Colorado October 27-30, 2013 - Added September 1, 2013
blankSLU Geology talks and posters by students, faculty and alumni at the Northeast Geological Society of America Meeting  March 18-20 in Brenton Woods, NH - Added March 14, 2013
drewtwitchell14Drew Twitchell '14 was awarded and Innovation Grant for his project "Accommodative Services iPad Pilot Project"
Read more: here
Added January 25, 2013
SGESigma Gamma Epsilon inducts 3 new members: Daniel Curran, Michelle Goldberg and Saddie Serviss.
Read More here
Added January 25, 2013
TimTableTim Beaupre '12 makes furniture using local Vermont Slate and chemical staining techniques.
Added Janaury 25, 2013
blank SLU Geology Alumni talks and posters at the American Geophysical Union Meeting December 3-7, 2012 in San Francisco CA - Added October 10, 2012
SLU Geology talks and posters by students, faculty and alumni at the Geological Society of America Meeting  November 4-7, 2012 in Charlotte, NC  Added October 5, 2012
MimiKatz '81Mimi Katz '81 has been named a 2012-2013 Ocean Leadership Distinguished Lecturer.  For more information see here (with schedule) and here.
Added October 2, 2012
Ben Rendall '11Ben Rendall '11 was honored with a first prize at the 2012 AAPG Rocky Mountain Section Annual meeting for his poster on accomodation space changes in Devonian Guilmette Formation carbonates that bracket breccia deposits of the Alamo Impact Event.
Added October 2, 2012
David BakerDavid M. H. Baker '08 was awarded the 2011 Nininger Meteorite Award for his paper “The transition from complex craters to multi-ring basins on the Moon: Quantitative geometric properties from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) data”  Read more.
Added September 20, 2012
Jeff ChiarenzelliJeff Chiarenzelli '81 has been appointed to the James Henry Chapin Professorship of Geology and Mineralogy at St. Lawrence University. SLU News  or College Classes
Added September 20, 2012
Dan BisaccioA paper by Dan Bisaccio '76 about teaching science to grade 9-12 students...teach science by doing. Read the paper in the British Journal of Arts and Social Sciences,Volume 07 No. 02 July 2012
Added September 20, 2012
terry coxTerry Cox '14 was selected as a scholar in the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program for 2012. His project "Dendrochronological Investigation of Lampson Falls, NY: Naturally Felled Trees -- Related to Geology and Weather?" was advised by Alexander Stewart . Read more about the McNair Program.
He presented his research at the McNair Research Conference.  Read more about this conference.  See Departmental news page.
Added September 20, 2012
HusinecDr. Antun Husinec  was awarded Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of outstanding contributions to The Geological Society of America, Committee on Research Grants.
Added September 20, 2012
KorneckiKrystyna M. Kornecki '12  received the W.A. Tarr Award from Sigma Gamma Epsilon during Moving Up Day. (more here) She also published An Article In The April/March Issue Of The Professional Geologist - the article can be found here.
Added September 20, 2012
PittsDerrick Pitts '78 named NASA's first Astrobiology Ambassador. "Pitts is NASA's first Astrobiology Ambassador. The Solar System Ambassadors Program "is a public outreach program designed to work with motivated volunteers across the nation," according to NASA." See Full Story: here
Added September 20, 2012
sgeEight new members were inducted to Sigma Gamma Epsilon, Eta Xi Chapter on February 29th 2012. Members are pictured above (front row, from left to right) Eric Lustgarten ‘13, Bryn Keenhold ‘14, Juliet Hooten ‘14, Grace O’Neil ’14 (top row, left to right) Roselyne Laboso ‘14, Alex Leich ‘13, Thomas Lockwood ‘14, and Noah Fitch ‘14.
Added April 21, 2012
PetePeter Christoffersen '13,Aaron Chesler '13, Juliet Hooten '14  for being selected as University Fellows for summer 2012.
Peter has received the Dr. J. Mark Erickson Geology University Fellowship and will works with David Kratzmann.  Aaron's work is funded by the Linus R. Gilbert University Fellowship and will work with Alexander Stewart. Juliet is receiving support from the Baker Geology Fellowship and will work with Antun Husinec.
SLU News
Added April 21, 2012


bonnie Bonnie J. M. Swoger '99 was the guest blogger for Scientfic American . Read her post How to: Track Down Journal Articles Cited in News Stories (When They Don’t Link Directly). You can also follow her blog  at
Added April 21, 2012
Andrew FountainAndrew Fountain '75 has been recieving a lot of press recently for his work focusing on the long-term impacts of global  change.  Article about being lead author of a paper in BioScience and appeared in a broadcast on February 23, 2012 regarding Three Sisters’ Collier Glacier and changes in the implications of the changes seen in photographs taken from the same spot over more than 100 yrs
Added April 21, 2012
trentCongratulations to Trent Hubbard '94 for being recognized with the Governor's Denali Peak Performance Award - Co-Worker Recognition Honorable Mentions -for excellence in public service.
Added April 21, 2012
krysiaKrysia Kornecki '12 published an article in the April/March issue of The Professional Geologist
 Read the article
Added April 21, 2012
blankSLU Geology talks and posters by students, faculty and alumni at the Northeast  GSA Meeting  March 18-20, 2012 in Hartford, CT
Added March 9, 2012
Mark KlettMark Klett '74  recently had a show in Barcelona of his rephotographic work.
 The following are some of the articles that reported on the show. You may need to have your browser translate some of them, unless you are fluent in Spanish. 
 YouTube Video of an exhibition opening.
 438 years in a photograph
 El estadounidense Mark Klett aplica en Barcelona su proyecto de refotografía
US photographer Mark Klett has come up with a novel way to see how Barcelona has changed
Added March 1, 2012
epplerDean Eppler ’74 was awarded the "Silver Snoopy Award" by the NASA Astronaut Corp of February 27th.
"The Silver Snoopy" award is a special honor awarded to NASA employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety or mission success. The award certificate states that it is "In Appreciation" "For professionalism, dedication and outstanding support that greatly enhanced space flight safety and mission success."
Added March 1, 2012
pittsDerrick Pitts '78 receives and honorary degree from La Salle University in Philadelphia on October 2, 2011
La Salle University Press Release
SLU Net News
Added  September  30, 2011, Updated October 5, 2011
waldDavid Wald '84  is a seismologist with the USGS, so was very busy after the Mineral VA earthquake. His Tuesday evening press conference was quoted often in the press
 David is also responsible for developing "Did you feel it?"  at the USGS.  
Detroit Fox Station, National Newswire Service, Tucson Citizen
NextGov reports milestone for "Did you Feel it?"
How to Measure and Earthquake
Added September 19, 2011, updated October 5, 2011
pittsDerrick Pitts '78 has been making the TV rounds recently as Chief Astronomer at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, here are some examples.
7/21/11- On Philly Fox station discussing the final shuttle launch and NASA's future    8/24/11 - On Philly Fox Station talking about the Mineral VA earthquake
8/30/11 - On Keith Olbermann explaining NASA's new direction  9/16/11 - MSNBC with Tamara Hall discussed the recent discovery of a 'Tatooine'-like planet, one w/2 suns
9/16/11 - On Keith Olbermann talking about new planet Kepler-16b    9/21/11 - On the Early Show talking about the UARS Satellite falling back to earth
                           9/23/11 - On Keith Olbermann "Relatively Wrong" 9/26/11 - On Philly Fox station talking about the UARS Satellite
                           Added September 19, 2011 Updated October 5, 2011
antunSociety For Sedimentary Geology has awarded Dr. Antun Husinec a Certificate of Recognition for an excellent technical oral presentation at the 2011 American Association of Petroleum Geologists & Society of Sedimentary Geologists Meeting .
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Added September 19, 2011
WTESLU's most recent challenge campaign "Honor A Laurentian Mentor Challenge" had William T. Elberty Jr '53 ranked 5th and J. Mark Erickson tied for 8th among the faculty and staff who were honored in June with gifts from alumni. Thanks for honoring them with your donations to the university.
Added September 19, 2011

Mark KlettMark Klett '74 has been inducted into the Bethlehem Central High School's (Delmar, NY) Hall of Fame.  
Mark also has a new book coming out this fall, "The Half-Life of History."
Added July 6, 2011
epplerCongratulations to Dean Eppler '74 for being elected a 2011 GSA Fellow.  Announced in GSA Today, vol. 21, no. 7 page 12.  
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Added July 5, 2011
Sean REganCongratulations to Sean Regan '10 for being a 2011 GSA Research Grant Recipient. Announced in GSA Today, vol. 21, no. 7 page 21.
Added July 5, 2011
Ashely DurhamAshley Durham ’13  will be working as a field geologist for Temex Corporation on the Gowganda silver prospect in northern Ontario. She also placed 3rd at NCAA Nationals in Slalom 
Added June 21, 2011
Krystyna KorneckiKrystyna Kornecki '12  has been awarded a scholarship in partial support of her college expenses by the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG)
Added June 21, 2011
SLU Press Release
Updated July 5, 2011

Norman SmithNorman Smith '62  is the 2012 Recipient of the The Francis J. Pettijohn Medal for Sedimentology from the SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology. The medal is awarded in recognition of "Excellence in Sedimentology."  The award will be presented at the SEPM President’s Reception at the 2012 AAPG/SEPM annual meeting in Long Beach, CA – Tuesday, April 24.
Added June 21, 2011
blankDavid Hisz '99, now a graduate student at Clemson University earned an Outstanding Student Paper Award from the American Geophysical Union at the Fall 2010 Meeting for his Characterization of fractured rock during well tests using Tilt-X, a portable tiltmeter and extensometer for multi-component deformation measurements.
Announced  Eos vol 92 number 19 page 165. (May 10, 2011)
Added May 31, 2011
Mimi KatzMimi Katz '81 has a paper published in the May 27, 2011, issue of Science entitled “Impact of Antarctic Circumpolar Current development on late Paleogene ocean structure"

For more information:
RPI Press Release with video
NSF Announcement
Added May 29, 2011
John MurphyJohn T. Murphy, Jr. '11, has been selected to participate in the third annual Geological Society of America/ExxonMobil Bighorn Basin Field Seminar in Wyoming.

John is also this years recipient of the W. A. Tarr award from Sigma Gamma Epsilon.
Added May 29, 2011
AAPGSLU now has a student chapter of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. The first meeting was held on May 2. Dr. Antun Husinec is the faculty advisor.   For more information about the SLU chapter see here.
Added May 29, 2011
Aaron Chesler '13Aaron Chesler '13 has been accepted to the Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP) in Alaska, which will follow on the heels of Glacial Field Methods: Alaska course. 

 The JIRP is an 8-week, field-intensive training program in glacial geology and glaciology, which occurs in Alaska's "banana belt" outside her capital, Juneau.  Mr. Chesler, along with other students, will be trained by a team of scientists headed by alum Dr. P. Jay Fleisher '61, JIRP Director.  Upon his return, he will be a budding field-trained glacial geologist with data in-hand to continue developing this interest here at St. Lawrence University.
Added May 29, 2011
blankDr. J. Fred Read  Virginia Tech  will present  Carbonate Platform Record of  Phanerozoic Climate Change  for the 2011 Susan C. Ferguson Memorial Lecture in Geology  on  April 28st at 7:30pm in Bloomer Auditorium All are welcome
more info
Added April 25, 2011
bonniegovoni13.jpgCongratulations to Bonnie Govoni '13  for being named a 2011 University  Fellow for her project "Calcareous Green Algae and Carbonate Sediment Production in (sub)Tropical Lagoons, San Salvador Isolated Platform, Bahamas"  She will be working with Dr. Antun Husinec.   Bonnie's research will be supported by  the Dr. J. Mark Erickson Geology University Fellowship, Alumni Geology University Fellowship and the Piskor Family University Fellowship
Added April 19, 2011
pittsDerrick Pitt's 78 is to appear on  The Late Show with Craig Ferguson  on April 19th.
Added April 15, 2011
blankDr. Charles Ver Straeten NY Geological Survey will present the The Geological  Story of the  Marcellus “shale” for the  2011 Susan C. Ferguson Memorial Lecture in Geology  on  April 21st at 7:30pm in Bloomer Auditorium All are welcome.
more info
Added April 15, 2011
colony, rendall, husinecCongratulations to Jake Colony '11, Ben Rendall '11 and Dr. Antun Husinec.  They bring home Best Student Poster Honors from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Meeting from the Society for Sedimentary Geology  in Houston, TX.  Jake received $1000 for first place honors and Ben received $500 for third place.
Read moreSLU Press Release    SLU alumni present  included: Dave Mosher (RPI), Raff Sweeney (Kansas U), and Charlie Harman (U. Texas) Charlie Kerans (U. Texas).
Added April 15, 2011, Updated April 16&25 2011
pittsDerrick Pitts '78 is a "go to guy" on matters relating to science for the Fox news station in Philadelphia.  Here are some recent stories Derrick has participated in.
Discussing the "Super Moon" and  "Is California due for the next big Earthquake?" 
He is also participating in the Philadelphia  Science Festival.  If you are in Philly you on  April 16th, check out  "Packing  for Mars"
Added April 7, 2011
waldDavid Wald '84 is a seismologist with the National Earthquake Information Center at the USGS.  He spoke often about the PAGER System which he helped develop and earthquakes after the M9.0 Earthquake in Japan.
-  Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami: How They happened (PBS Newshour News Blog)
- Shaky Science: Damage Estimates From Japan Tsunami
From Colorado Seismologists, A Better Earthquake Alert?
Added April 7, 2011
chiarenzelliJeff Chiarenzelli '81and  Matthew Skeels (SLU Chemistry Faculty) have been awarded a grant from The St. Lawrence River Research And Education Fund that will also have undergraduate involvement in the “Loading of elements and anions to the St. Lawrence River from tributaries in St. Lawrence County, New York” project.
SLU Press Release
Added April 7, 2011
emma coranadoEmma Coronado '12,   has been accepted to the Keck Geology Consortium Project: Lacustrine and Moraine records of Holocene Glaciation in the Central Peruvian Andes. Read Department News Page
Added March 10, 2011
Erickson/McElfreshMark Erickson and Sarah McElfresh '98 gave a presentation entitled "Engaging Alumni In Undergraduate Geoscience Education: What we do and how we do it, a case study from St. Lawrence University." for a webinar sponsored by the American Geological Institute on February 15th. 
SLU Press Release, AGI webinar Series, the webinar
Added February 22, 2011, Updated March 10, 2011
blankPeter Clark '78, professor at  Oregon State University, has been named a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).  See list of all new AGU Fellows
Added January 31, 2011, Updated February 14, 2011
blankSLU Geology talks and posters  by alumni at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference March 7-11 , 2011 in the Woodlands, TX
Added January 27, 2011
blankSLU Geology talks and posters by students, faculty and alumni at the Northeast/North-Central Joint GSA Meeting  March 20-22, 2011 in Pittsburgh, PA
Added January 20, 2011
thesis defenseSt. Lawrence Geology Dept. Chairperson Jeff Chiarenzelli  '81 recently traveled to Memorial University in St. John’s Newfoundland to serve as external examiner for Mr. Peter Valley.  Peter’s dissertation was on the magnetite mines of the eastern Adirondacks.  He was an undergraduate student of Dr. Tim Grover ’81  at Castleton State College in Vermont.  Just another example to prove geology is still a small world.
Added January 28, 2011
sgeSigma Gamma Epsilon, the Earth science honor society at St. Lawrence, recently elected three new members.
Ashley Robin '12, Molly Patterson '12 and Peter Christoffersen '13 were welcomed to the organization in the fall 2010 semester.
Press Release
                                   Added January 7, 2011
More information here.aarticleAndrew Fountain '75 was elected as a fellow in the Section on Geology and Geography of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) . Congratulations Andrew!!  Announced on December 28, 2010.
Read More: Portland State University's Vanguard
Added January 7, 2011, Updated February 22, 2011
paul sanchiricoCongratulations to Paul Sanchirico '97 who has been named the Chief of Medical / Dental Staff at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho for 2011
Press Release
Added January 7, 2011
emma coranadoEmma Coronado '12,  has been awarded the American Geological Institutes's Minority Scholarship for the academic year 2010-2011.
Read SLU NetNews
Added November 30, 2010
Derrick PittsDerrick Pitts '78 appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann on November 16, 2010 talking about a "one way ticket to Mars" - Derrick appears about 1:32 into the clip.
Added November 30, 2010
stereoscopeSLU Geology Department received a Stereoscope: Dr. Donald J.Bogucki, father of Aaron '05, donated a B&L Zoom 500 stereoscope to the SLU Geology Department.  The stereoscopes are used for viewing aerial photos.
Added November 10, 2010
gsa 2010 Congratulations to Hannah Cowan '11 and John Murphy '11 and their faculty advisors Mark Erickson and Jeff Chiarenzelli '81 who both received awards from Sigma Gamma Epsilon at the Geological Society of America Meeting in Denver. John earned the National Council and Hannah earned the Austin A. Sartin Award for Outstanding Student Research Award.  Read More here
Added November 10, 2010
steroscopeSLU Geology Department received a Stereoscope  On November 9, 2010 Dr. Donald J.Bogucki, father of Aaron '05, donated a B&L Zoom 500 stereoscope to the SLU Geology Department. The stereoscopes are used for viewing aerial photos.
Added November 10, 2010
JMEDr. Mark Erickson,  has been appointed to the James Henry Chapin Professorship of Geology and Mineralogy.  The Chapin Professorship was endowed in 1904 by Mrs. Kate Lewis Chapin in memory of her husband, the Reverend James Henry Chapin, Ph.D., Professor of Geology from 1871 to 1892.  The fund supports an exceptional member of the Geology Department.
Added October 28, 2010
blankSLU Geology talks and posters by students, faculty and alumni Annual  GSA  meeting  October 31-November 3, 2010  in Denver CO
Added October 3, 2010
blankCongratulations are in order:
-To Profs Jeff Chiarenzelli '81 and Antun Husinec and their students - Hannah Cowan '11, Krystyna Kornecki '12, John T. Murphy '11, Amelia Oates '12 - who have been named as University Fellows this summer.  Read more in the SLU Press Release
-To  Kyle Marvinney '11 for being named to this year's Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) All-Academic roster. SLU Press Release
trishaTrisha Smrecak '06 is a co-author on this new book on climate change entitled "Climate Change - Past, Present, and Future: a Very Short Guide"
Museum of the Earth information about the book , SLU Press Release
You can also follow Trisha and a friend at the  Climate Change 101 blog.
Added June 3, 2010
JudithWakhunguJudith Wakhungu '83 to receive Alumni Citation at SLU Reunion.  Judith is from Nairobi, Kenya and is  executive director of the African Centre for Technology Studies, the first African independent think-tank on the application of science and technology to development.
SLU Press Release
Added June 3, 2010
Katie HoskinsonKatie Hoskinson '11,  won one of 15 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Poster Awards for her poster presentation at the 2010 Joint Northeastern-Southeastern Sections Meeting of the Geological Society of America in Baltimore, Maryland. Some 253 undergraduate students presented posters at the meeting
SLU Press Release.
Katie was also informed she was one of the finalists for the Eastern Section of the Society for Sedimentary Geology Outstanding Presentation Awards at Baltimore GSA.
Added April 3, 2010
Holly Snyder Solano '92Holly (Snyder) Solano '92 won first place in Points of Departure, a juried national photography exhibition hosted by The Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts in Rockville, Maryland.
SLU Press Release
Added March 23, 2010
Barn TewksburyBarbara Tewksbury '73 is part of a team that has won the 2009 Science Prize for Online Resources in Education sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Science magazine. The web site is "On the Cutting Edge: Professional Development for Geoscience Faculty."
Oneida Courier
Utica Daily News
Hamilton College- News
Added March 7, 2010
peterJust brought to our attention...
Peter deMenocal '82 received the prestigious 2007-2008 Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award.
Added March 7, 2010
blankSLU Geology talks and posters by students, faculty and alumni at the joint NE/SE GSA  meeting  March 14-16 in Baltimore, MD
Added February 9, 2010
Derrick PittsDerrick Pitts '78 named to TheGrio's list of the 100 Black History-Makers in the Making.
SLU Press release
MSNBC Cosmic Log
On February 1st, Derrick appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann  to talk about the space  program. His comments start 1:34 in to the clip
                             Added February 9, 2010
                              Derrick appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann again on  April 14th to talk about the Moon and the space program.  He appears around 1:30min in the clip.
                                    Added June 3, 2010
WaldDavid Wald '84 appeared on CNN's The Situation Room and was quoted in various AP reports after the earthquake in Haiti on January 12th.
Added February 9, 2010
He was also quoted in a March 1st Wall Street Journal Articles "Why Bigger Quakes Sow Less Damage."  His quotes were picked up on the wires an appeared in multiple articles  [1,2]  about the Earthquake in Chile.
Added March 7, 2010
David appeared on the NBC Nightly News on March 6th.  Watch  at
Added March 9, 2010
                            David was quoted in the Seattle Times on April 15, discussing the Baja earthquake.
                                    Added June 3, 2010
derrick pittsDerrick Pitts '78 was one of only three non-NASA guests invited to the White House "star party" on the South Lawn on October 7.
Read More at the SLU press release
Added October 13, 2009
JMESLU Geology Alumni announce fellowship in honor of J. Mark Erickson
At the alumni gathering at GSA in Houston on October 5th, 2008, we caught Mark off guard with a card and the announcement of the creation of the J. Mark Erickson Fellowship for Geology.   This endowed  fund received a big boost from sizable pledges from a handful of alums although it is not fully funded yet.  You too can help get the JME fund fully funded...once that happens, students can then be considered for the fellowship.  Bill van Wie '67 has established the Geology Alumni Expendable University Fellows Fund that we all can donate to in support of the JME  on an expendable basis while the endowed fund is completed which enables the scholarship committee to award fellowships to qualified geology students now.
Alice QuackenbushIt is with a sad heart we pass along the news that  Alice Lu Quackenbush died unexpectedly Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital at the age of 72.
Alice was the Geology Department Secretary for 27 years.  She went above and beyond her duties as such and in 2007 she was recognized by the alumni as a W. T. Elberty, Jr. Medal recipient.
Statement from President Fox with link to submit memories of Alice can be found here.
Obituary from the Watertown Daily Times
 Added October 5, 2009
On October 8, 2010 - SLU Geology Alumni, Faculty and Friends dedicated an Oak Tree in Memory of Alice.  the Oak Tree is outside of Brown Hall.
Added November 15, 2010
andrew fountainJust brought to our attention...

Andrew Fountain '75 was named Outstanding Oregon Scientist for 2008 by the Oregon Academy of Science
Added September 28, 2009
Jeff ChiarenzelliJeff Chiarenzelli '81 received the J. Calvin Keene Award from St. Lawrence University at Convocation on August 26, 2009.  "The Keene Award was established in 1975 and is given to a faculty member in recognition of 'high standards of personal scholarship, effective teaching and moral concern.'"
Added August 28, 2009

SLU Press Release
Added September 11, 2009
blankBen Meade '06 has earned the Graduate Student Paper Award from the American Association of Geographers' Geomorphology Specialty Group. The award was presented at the national meeting of the American Association of Geographers, March 22-27, in Las Vegas, Nevada for his paper, "Spatial Extent, Timing and Causes of Channel Incision: Black Vermillion Watershed, NE Kansas."
Added July 24, 2009
blankVarious Notes of Congratulations that were listed on the main page
- Congratulations to Katie Hoskinson '11 for being selected as a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Scholar. - added June 15, 2009
- Kyle L. Marvinney '11   for receiving the Linda Reeves Pettit Endowed Merit Scholarship on Moving Up Day - added May 12, 2009
- Katie N. Hoskinson '11 for being selected to be inducted in to ODK on Moving Up Day - added May 8, 2009
- Charles A. Harman '09 the W. A. Tarr Award Winner - added May 7, 2009
blank- Professor Mark Erickson quoted in a Discover News article on hermit crabs - added May 7, 2009
- David Mosher '10 and Sean Regan '10 who have been selected as 2009 University Fellows for this summer (more) - added May 7, 2009
-Professor Antun Husinec for being awarded a grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Undergraduate New Investigator program (more- added May 7, 2009
- Congratulations to the new members of  Sigma Gamma Epsilon - Added March 11, 2009
All Added here June 9, 2009 and July 24, 2009
dean in space suiteDean Eppler '74 will receive NASA's Exceptional Public Service Medal on  July 9th.   The medal is awarded to non-Government employees for exceptional contributions to NASA’s mission.
- NASAs Award Description Page
- Complete list of 2009 NASA Awards
Added June 9, 2009

blank- Photos from the Ceremony
Added July 28, 2009

- SLU Net News link
Added August 6, 2009
blankDavid B Hisz '99 receives and Outstanding Student Paper Award from the American Geophysical Union for a paper entitled  Hydromechanical responses in dipping fractured mudstones at NAWC site, West Trenton NJ. presented at the 2008 Fall Meeting of AGU.  David is currently working on a Ph.D. at Clemson University.
Announced in Eos vol 90 number 18 page 159
Added May 11, 2009
daleDale Chayes '73, Peter deMenocal '82, Richard Fairbanks '72 and Miriam Katz '81
will each receive and honorary degree from St. Lawrence University at Commencement on May 17, 2009 for their work in paleoclimate studies.    See  SLU Geology Alumni Page on Commencement 2009    for more information on these alumni.  SLU Press Release
Added March 31, 2009


derrick pittsDerrick Pitts '78
appeared on The Colbert Report on Monday March 30, 2009.

Link to video file of episode at Comedy Central:        
Added March 31, 2009

SLU Press Release on other places Derrick has recently been quoted while talking about Galileo's telescope.
 Added May 7, 2009
blankNew York Times Article showing Derrick examining Galileo's telescope from March 27, 2009.
Derrick will appear on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Wednesday June 17th.  
 Added June 14, 2009

Moon Landing Anniversary
blankDerick has been speaking about the 40th Anniversary of  the moon landing as well.
Listen to WHYY
Watch Philadelphia Fox 29
Watch Philadelphia NBC 10
Added July 20, 2009
dave waldDavid Wald '84
will be honored on April 8 by the Seismological Society of America's Frank Press Public Service Award, which honors outstanding contributions to the advancement of public safety or public information relating to seismology.
press release
Added March 13, 2009
SLU NetNews Added March 23, 2009
jeffJeffrey Chiarenzelli '81
 has been awarded a grant from the American Chemical Society's Petroleum Research Fund. Wendell Caesar '11, will work on the project with Jeff this summer.
Title of the project: "Textural Controls on the Geochemical Variability of Argillaceous Hydrocarbon Source Rocks and Potential Application to Precambrian Units."
SLU press release
Added February 23, 2009

wendell caesar
bonnie enslowBonnie Enslow, former Geology Secretary has passed away on November 7, 2008
University Memorial Page
Obituary in the Watertown Daily Times
Added November 7, 2008
jeff chiarenzelliSt. Lawrence Geology Alumni named as Geological Society of America Fellows in 2008
Three alumni are listed in the July 2008 issue of GSA Today as being elected GSA fellows.
They are  Jeff Chiarenzelli '81, Michael Perfit '71 and William Scott '69
SLU Press Release (added November 26, 2008)
Added October 30, 2008, Updated November 6, 2008

Mike Perfit '71

w. scott
jmeJ. Mark Erickson
receives honors at University of North Dakota homecoming.  Mark was inducted into University of North Dakota School of Engineering and Mines Alumni Academy and he also received  the A. G. Leonard Award from the Faculty of Geology and Geological Engineering.
SLU Press Release (added November, 26, 2008)
Added October 30, 2008

blankCongratulations to . . .  these items about current students  were originally mentioned on the main page
-  Lauren Chrapowisky '08, for winning the Austin A. Sartin Award for Outstanding Student Research from Sigma Gamma Epsilon for her presentation "Zircon
Chronology of the Chimney Mountain Metasedimentary Sequence, Adirondack Highlands." For more GSA news. (added November 12, 2007)
- Congratulations to David Baker '08 for winning the Sigma Gamma Epsilon W.A. Tarr Award at Moving  Up Day (added May 13, 2008)
- Congratulations to Mike O'Connor '09 and Johanna Palmer '09 for receiving the NE-AIPG Angelo Tagliacozzo Memorial Geological Scholarship (added July 19, 2008)
                                   Added here October 25, 2008
patchSt. Lawrence Geology Alumni, Students, and Faculty make a good showing at GSA in Houston.
* SLU News release:
* Rafferty Sweeney '09,  won the Austin A. Sartin Award for Outstanding Student Research  (SLU news release)
* There was a poster presentation put together by Roy Chistoffersen '76 about SLUGAC.  Title: "Engaging Alumni In Undergraduate Geoscience Education: The St. Lawrence University Geology Alumni Conference, a Case Study"
Added October 25, 2008
chris stevensChris Stevens '04 
sent word of some recent honors.
* from the Canadian National Committee for the International Permafrost Association for the best student paper and presentation at the International Conference on Permafrost
* was profiled in the Canadian Geomorphology Research Group Newsletter (see page 10)
Added October 25, 2008
majors Commencement 2008  for Geology saw 15 majors for the Class of '08 and David M. Baker receive the Trustees Award for highest GAP. Alumna Carol Newell (see below) received an Honorary Degree.
Added May 21, 2008

david Baker

Carol Newell '79Carol Newell '79
to be awarded an Honorary Degree from St. Lawrence University  at  Commencement, on Sunday, May 18.
University Announcement , Commencement 2008 for Geology , Text of Bio, Speech & Pictures, Page on Carol Newell after receiving Order of Canada
Added April 14, 2008, Updated May 21, 2008
chris stevensChris Stevens '04
 has received a Student Award from the Geological Association of Canada and Canadian Geophysical Union for an "Outstanding Student Presentation on a Geophysical Topic" at the GAC-MAC Yellowknife 2007 meeting
Added October 22, 2007
blankMaureen Jones '97
has been nominated for a UST Environmental Excellence Award as noted in UST NEWS  published by South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.  Her "nomination recognizes the superb effort she has made to help Worsley Companies get on top of the compliance curve."
Added October 15, 2007
Alice quakenbush, Mark Erickson, Sarah McElfreshAlice Quackenbush, Mark Erickson, and Sarah McElfresh '98 receive the W.T. Elberty, Jr. Medal for service to St. Lawrence University through and by direct service to and support of the Department of Geology on September 14, 2007 during  SLUGAC 6. 
About the Medal.  Medal Ceremony.
Added September 20, 2007
Bill Van WieR.O. & Vera Bloomer Lecture on September 14th will be given by Bill Van Wie '67 EXPLORATION FOR OIL GAS IN THE DEEPWATER GULF OF MEXICO: NEW DISCOVERIES, NEW CHALLENGES
Added June 14, 2007

Title added August 8, 2007
Jeff ChiarenzelliJeff Chiarenzelli '81
has been awarded a $55,000 grant by the American Chemical Society's Petroleum Research Fund to study the geochemistry and texture of Precambrian sedimentary rocks that may one day serve as new sources of energy.
source: SLU Press Release
Added August 27, 2007
stepahnie peekCONGRATULATIONS to Stephanie Peek '06 and Camile Partin '06 and  who are  Geological Society of America  Research Grant Recipients for 2007. GSA Today, Vol. 17, No. 7 page 23-24.
Added July 10, 2007

jeff chiarenzelliJeff Chiarenzelli '81
 has been granted an award from SUNY Potsdam's Center for Regional Research and Community Education's T. Urling and Mabel Walker Fellowship Program for North Country-based research projects. Chiarenzelli will study the quality of drinking water in St. Lawrence County.  Matthew
 '08  will assist. source: SLU Press Release
Added July 10, 2007
winer 2007 slu magazine coverRead the print version of the Winter 2007 St. Lawrence Magazine in the On Campus section for some stories about faculty and future alumni.
Related Press Releases
March 17, 2007
jeff chiarenzelliCONGRATULATIONS to Jeff Chiarenzelli '81 for being recognized as an exceptional reviewer for GSA Today.
This was noted in  GSA Today, December 2006 pg. 11
First Added on December 8, 2006, here March 17, 2007
Carol Newell '79Carol Newell '79
 was been appointed to the Order of Canada on February 20, 2007.  The Order of Canada "recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation."
February 27, 2007
richard fairbanksJust brought to our attention!!
Richard G. Fairbanks '72 
was awarded the Maurice Ewing Medal at the 2001 Fall Meeting Honors Ceremony on 12 December, in San Francisco, California. The medal is given for significant original contributions to understanding physical, geophysical, and geological processes in the ocean; to scientific ocean engineering, technology, and instrumentation; and outstanding service to marine sciences
February 8, 2007
Mike Perfit '71 Mike Perfit '71
named a RIDGE Distinguished Lecturer.  He will give the Ferguson Lecture on March 1, 2007 at St. Lawrence.
February 5, 2007

SLU Press Release on Ferguson Lecture
February 20, 2007
Dan BisaccioDan Bisaccio '76
work with HabitatNet continues to be recognized by the United Nations Environmental Program with an article and invitations to present their work.  Read More
February 5, 2007

SLU NetNews Link
February 13, 2007
W. T. ElbertyOn Saturday, October 28, 2006 the Spatial Analysis Lab in Launders Science Library was dedicated in memory of William T. Elberty Jr., Professor Emeritus of Geology and Geography from 1958 to 1999.
November 7, 2006
Kevin EmblidgeKevin Emblidge '06
and Bill Olsen, GIS/GPS technician, won third prize at the 2006 New York State GIS (geographic image systems) map competition, held during the state GIS Conference in Lake Placid
November 7, 2006
gerry rossJust brought to our attention!!
Gerry Ross '78
was awarded the Past President's Medal by the Geological Association of Canada in 2000
September 27, 2006
bill romeyDr. Bill Romey
Professor Emeritus will receive the 2006 Neil Miner Award
at the NAGT and GSA Division of Geoscience Education Luncheon on October 22, 2006 held during the National GSA meeting in Philadelphia, PA.
August 31, 2006

SLU Press Release
November 7, 2006

jeff chiarenzelliJeff Chiarenzelli '81
joins faculty at SLU. Jeff will be joining the department next fall. Jeff He will be teaching some of the hard rock courses along with geochemistry.
July 3, 2006 - department's page on Jeff
September 5, 2006
john bursnallDr. John Bursnall
retires from SLU. All 2006 SLU retirees. See Spring newsletter for some remarks and reflection.
July 3, 2006
Barn TewksburyBarbara Tewksbury '73
to be awarded an Honorary Degree from St. Lawrence University  at  Commencement, on Sunday, May 21, at 10 a.m.
 University Announcement
Text of Speech & Pictures
Added May 8, 2006, Updated May 22, 2006
piskorDr. Frank P. Piskor
 President Emeritus passed away March 8, 2006.
March 9, 2006
Mark KlettMark Klett '74
"Time Studies," an exhibition of photographs by Mark Klett '74, will be in the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University from Monday, January 23, through Saturday, February 25. Klett will give a lecture on his work on Monday, February 6, at 7 p.m.; it is open to the public, free of charge. The exhibition and his lecture are part of the University's Sesquicentennial celebration. More Information
Added January 17, 2006
ground breakingGeology representatives Trustee Derrick Pitts,  Mark Erickson, Dept Chair John Bursnall, and Steve Robinson
stand at the groundbreaking site of Phase 1 of the Science complex which is expected to lead to renovation of Bewkes into new quarters for Geology and Physics
Added June 6, 2005
Anna BurkeAnna Burke '05
 Senior Class President, speaks at Commencement May 15, 2005. (Photo from the University Website)
Added May 18, 2005
Dan Bisaccio & JMEDan Bisaccio '76
 receives Alumni Citation at Reunion 2005. Pictured here with Mark Erickson and displaying the award.
Added April 26, 2005/ updated June 6, 2005
WTE MedalRick Standish '71, Dean Eppler '74, Duane Eppler '71, and Roy Christoffersen '71
are awarded the W. T. Elberty Medal for service to St. Lawrence University through and by direct service to and support of the Department of Geology on April 22 and 23 at SLUGAC 5.
Added April 25, 2005
Len MAsonLen Mason '99
receives  $3000 in hydrogeology software after poster presentation at GSA in Fall 2004
Added January 14, 2005
Dan BisaccioDan Bisaccio '76
 leads Earth Summit for Youth on Global Biodiversity set for Jan. 16-29, 2005 at the El Edén Ecological Reserve on Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula.
Results and Other News
January 12, 2005, March 3, 2005
Mark KlettMark Klett '74
has a new book out "Third Views, Second Sights: A Rephotographic Survey of the American West"
December 21, 2004
TewskburyBarbara Tewksbury '73
Recipient of the NAGT's Neil Miner Award for 2003 and New President of AGI for 2004
Added to the News section - November 12, 2003  - main page December 21, 2004
David WaldDavid Wald '84
was  honored with the  IRIS/SSA Distinguished Lectureship for 2004.  (additional link)
November 16, 2004
Derrick Pitts '78Derrick Pitts '78
 named one of  The 50 Most Important Blacks in Research Science by Science Spectrum on  September 17, 2004 at a conference in Nashville Tennessee
October 25, 2004
Dean Eppler and Dan SullivanDean Eppler '74
  received an Alumni Citation during reunion weekend during Alumni Award Ceremony on June 5, 2004
April 13, 2004/June 8, 2004
bloomer Dr. Robert O. Bloomer
passed away on February 21, 2004.
March 18, 2004
Mark Klett & Mark EricksonMark Klett '74 
received honorary degree from SLU at Commencement May 16, 2004
March 15, 2004/May 22, 2004
Outcrop placement pictureFirst of the Dolan Outdoor Geology Laboratory Outcrops are placed on campus - April 22, 2004.  This one is 43.5 tons
April 27, 2004
wteDr. William Turner Elberty, Jr.
passed away on December 12, 2000
September 16, 2003

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