Berry to Kick Off Friday’s Petri Plate Pizza Session for RESS

Posted on 6/7/2016 8:05:10 AM

The first seminar of the Research Experience for Summer Scholars (RESS) program kicks off at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 10, in 240 Weyandt Hall with Allison Berry, an RESS scholar and IUP geoscience student. Allison is working under the direction of Jon Lewis during the 10-week summer program. 

Seminar Title: High Uplift Rates Coincident with Normal Faulting, Southern Central Range, Taiwan


Allison BerryThe Taiwan orogenic belt straddles the boundary between the Philippine Sea and Eurasian plates and is the product of the collision between the north-trending Luzon Volcanic arc and the northeast trending Chinese passive margin. Progressive collision has resulted in zipperlike mountain building along the oblique margin. In areas of collision it is common to see thrust faults in foreland areas and normal faults in hinterland areas. In areas of high elevation, it is also common to see normal faults play an important role in the exhumation of metamorphic rocks. Usually the normal faults appear to be post orogenic structures, and appear to be result from gravitational collapse of the orogeny as far-field stress changed. Outcrop-scale normal faults documented during 2014 field work accommodate maximum principal stretching at a high angle to the topographic grain of the orogenic belt. Most of these faults dip shallowly to moderately NE. Earthquake focal mechanisms for nearby upper crustal events reveal similar strain geometries suggesting that the surface faults and earthquakes are not a result of gravitational collapse. If correct, this suggests that other processes (e.g., crustal delamination or slab tearing) may be responsible for crustal thinning occurring in the southern Central Range where uplift rates are high.

About the Research Experience for Summer Scholars (RESS) Program

The IUP College of Natural Science and Mathematics’ RESS program provides all IUP students research experiences in their field of study though hands on research with one-on-one faculty engagement. The program fosters student professional development with events that promote growth with workshops, networking, and the presenting scientific work. The summer’s events are capped with a world-class keynote speaker and poster session in August. This year, we are happy to host our keynote speaker, Anne Jefferson.

Questions about the RESS program can be directed to Justin Fair at

Remaining Schedule of Events


June 1: Ice Cream Social

  • For students and faculty (3:00–4:30, Weyandt Hall 240)

June 10: Petri Plate Pizza Session #1

  • For students and faculty (11:30–1:00, Weyandt Hall 240)

June 15: Resume Writing Workshop, Presented by Justin Fair

  • For students (3:30–4:30, Weyandt Hall 240 or Writing Center)

June 24: Petri Plate Pizza Session #2

  • For students and faculty (11:30–1:00, Weyandt Hall 240)


July 8: Petri Plate Pizza Session #3

  • For students and faculty (11:30–1:00, Weyandt Hall 240)\

July 13: Essentials of Presentations and Posters

  • For students (3:30–4:30, Weyandt Hall 240)

July 22: Cookout and Day Trip

  • For students and faculty (11:30–4:00, Yellow Creek)


August 4: Poster Session and Keynote Speaker: Anne Jefferson

  • For students and faculty (2:00–5:00, HUB Ohio Room)

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