Geoscience Day 2012

The senior Geoscience majors will present their research at the 38th annual Geoscience Day.

Where: IUP, Weyandt Hall Planetarium

When: April 27, 2012

Geoscience Day 2012 Program (PDF)

Presentation Schedule

  • 8:20 a.m. Welcome and Introduction by Dr. Steve Hovan
  • Session 1: Oceanography, Geology, and Climate
    • 8:30 a.m. Mike Russo: Biogenic silica Digestion Methods: Assessing the Impact on the Eolian Dust Record
    • 8:45 a.m. Caz Bejgar: Utility of Conodonts for Refining the Age of the Upper Stonehenge Transgression and Basal Nittany Regression in the Central Appalachians
    • 9:00 a.m. Mike Deemer: Thermal Alteration of Johnston Site Lithic Materials
    • 9:15 a.m. Stephen Norair: Stream Discharge Trends and Patterns Within the Great Lakes Region
    • 9:30 a.m. Renee Heldman: Comparing Lake and Soil Geochemistry to Understand Limitations on Biology in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica
  • 9:45 a.m. Coffee Break and Poster Viewing
  • Session 2: Environment and Energy
    • 10:00 a.m. Tyson Milbrand: Preliminary Stream Site Characterization for Quaker Run, SCRA Site 19
    • 10:15 a.m. Josh Putt: Effects of a Natural Wetland on Abandoned Mine Drainage on the North Fork of the Twolick Creek Watershed - Commodore, PA
    • 10:30 a.m. Heather McGinnis: Analysis of Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD) Impacts on Bear Run, Indiana, County PA, During Times of Abnormally High Precipitation in 2011
    • 10:45 a.m. Jason Wolfe: Surface Water Quality of Beaver Run Reservoir Due to Marcellus Gas-Shale Drilling
    • 11:00 a.m. Pat Boyle: Basin-Wide Synthesis of Thermal Maturation Indices of the Paleozoic Appalachian Basin
  • 11:15 a.m. Alumni Lecture: Steve Smith ('01), Geodetic Earth Scientist at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
    • His talk will focus on his research on Alaskan volcanos: "Chronologic Multisensor Assessment for Mount Cleveland, Alaska from 2000-2000 Focusing on the 2001 Eruption"