Department of Geography, Geology, Environment, and Planning

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Planetarium Planetarium

Our nine-meter planetarium is an outstanding teaching tool used extensively in undergraduate instruction, both in introductory astronomy courses and in classes for Earth and Space Science teaching majors, and is available for group visits by schools, scouts, or adult groups.


Free Planetarium Show November 3

The IUP Planetarium is offering a free show for the public on Thursday, November 3, focusing on how scientists image a black hole.

Lewis and Coauthors Publish on Geologic Mountain Building in Taiwan

Jon Lewis, working with Tim Byrne (UConn) and Wei-Hao Hsu, Yue-Gau Chen, and Po-Yi Yeh (all at National Taiwan University), recently published an open-access paper titled “Synorogenic extension and extrusion in southern Taiwan” in the journal Tectonophysics.

Geology Faculty, Student Present at Geological Society of America Meeting

Members of the IUP Geology Program will travel to Denver, Colorado, to present at the 2022 Geological Society of America annual meeting.

Free Planetarium Show Oct. 8

The IUP Planetarium is once again offering shows for the public. The first show will be Saturday, October 8, and will focus on missions to the Sun. This is the first of many shows scheduled for the 2022-23 academic year.

Geology Students Win Regional Awards

Two senior geology students were invited to participate in the Pittsburgh Geological Society Student Night and came away with awards. Congratulations to Christian Vizza and Gavin Vashie for their hard work on their research this past year and their award-winning presentations at the event.