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Lewis Selected as Ocean Discovery Lecturer for 2023–24

Jon Lewis will be one of six Ocean Discovery Lecturers for the International Ocean Discovery Program for 2023–24.

IUP Council of Trustees Approve Naming Kopchick Hall Geoscience Lab in Honor, Memory of Former Geoscience Professor

On May 4, 2023, Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees approved the naming of a geoscience laboratory in IUP’s John J. and Char Kopchick Hall in honor and memory of one of the founding members of IUP’s Department of Geoscience.

Patrick Publishes New Book: “Near Woods: A Year in an Allegheny Forest"

Kevin Patrick has completed the new Stackpole book, “Near Woods; A Year in an Allegheny Forest,” available in May 2023.

Pacific Rim Earthquakes in 10 Minutes

An earthquake on one side of the world has the potential for catastrophic effects on the other. Learn the basics of Pacific Rim earthquakes in 10 minutes with Jon Lewis, professor in IUP’s Department of Geography, Geology, Environment, and Planning.

Geography Graduate Students Present at American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting

IUP Geography graduate students Joece Lynn and Lillian Lux traveled to Denver, Colorado, to present at the American Association of Geographers annual meeting.

Geology Students Present at Geological Society of America Regional Meeting

Students from the Geography, Geology, Environment and Planning Department will present at the Geological Society of America Regional Meeting.

Warnock and Colleagues Publish on Microfossils of the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry

Warnock and colleagues analyzed ancient fossil algae, known as charophytes, to understand one of the most well-know and confusing deposits of dinosaur bone known to science.

Warnock and Colleagues Study Ancient Atmospheric Dust Contributions to Southern Ocean

Warnock and colleagues analyzed sediments recovered from off the coast of Antarctica’s peninsula to understand changes in ancient atmospheric dust contribution to the Southern Ocean over time.

Warnock and Coauthors Publish on Ancient Ecosystem Shifts Near Antarctica

Warnock and colleagues studied ancient DNA preserved in sediments to understand ecosystem change in the oceans surrounding Antarctica. Excitingly, this paper details the discovery of the worlds oldest marine sedimentary ancient DNA, at 1 million years old.

Free Planetarium Show Feb. 28

A planetarium show about the winter constellations will take place February 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Warnock and Colleagues Publish on Iceberg Rafted Debris from Antarctica

Jonathan Warnock and colleagues published new understanding of Antarctic Ice Sheet history and behavior using results from International Ocean Discovery Program Expedition 382.

Warnock and Coauthors Publish on Geologic Record of Ice Loss in Antarctica

Jonathan Warnock and colleagues published a recent paper describing a geologically recent period of ice loss in West Antarctica.

IUP Hosting Planetarium Shows, Free and Open to the Community

IUP will continue the 2022–23 planetarium shows during the spring semester with “Winter Wonders” on February 28. The program, exploring the winter constellations of Orion and Taurus, also will include information about the Orion nebula and the fact that a supernova remnant is up in the sky every winter evening.

GGEP Students Named to Fall 2022 Dean's List

The Geography, Geology, Environment, and Planning Department congratulates our students for being named to the Dean's List for fall 2022.

GGEP Students Named Provost Scholars

The IUP Geography, Geology, Environment, and Planning Department congratulates our students named as Provost Scholars.

Lewis and Colleagues Publish on Equity Issues in the Natural Sciences

Jon Lewis and colleagues, in their nascent community of practice, the Coastal and Ocean STEM Equity Alliance, published an open-access commentary arguing for a rethinking of committee work.

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.

Students’ Summer Research—In Their Words (U-SOAR 2022)

Want a preview of the research you can hear about Friday, August 5, at 11:00 a.m. in the HUB Monongahela Room during the Undergraduate Summer Opportunities for Applying Research (U-SOAR) program symposium? Watch as four students explain their projects.

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.

IUP Alumnus Publishes with Okey and Ghosh on Reducing Bat Fatalities at Wind Energy Facilities

Nicholas Moctezuma, Brian Okey, and Sudeshna Ghosh recently published a paper titled "Assessing Mitigation Strategies for Reducing Bat Fatalities at Wind Energy Facilities: A Comparative Analysis" in the Pennsylvania Geographer. Their work suggests that a reduction in turbine cut-in speeds works the best to limit bat fatalities.

Warnock Publishes With Colleagues on Atmospheric Variability over Last 1.5 Million Years

Jonathan Warnock and colleagues published a record of the relationship between ice age cycles, nutrient input to the oceans, and atmospheric carbon dioxide in their new paper, "Antiphased dust deposition and productivity in the Antarctic Zone over 1.5 million years," in Nature Communications. The record, spanning 1.5 million years, is the longest detailed record of such changes, effectively doubling the available record.

Congratulations GGEP December Graduates

The Geography, Geology, Environment, and Planning Department congratulates our December 2021 graduates!