UWG Geosciences Career Night
April 7, 2017 - Geosciences’ annual Career Night was well-attended this year, with 10 professionals in the field meeting and networking with a large group of UWG undergrads.
Heather Alley receiving the AIPG Student Scholarship for UWG from Ron Wallace of GA DNR. She received a plaque and $500.
UWG students and Faculty present research and explore the Smithsonian
March 31, 2017 - University of West Georgia Geosciences had a strong showing at the Southeastern meeting of the Geological Society of America in Richmond, VA. Students from UWG presented diverse research including the reconstructing the history of Georgia’s Barrier Islands, assessing risk along coastlines, understanding the formation of rock towns, and characterizing the sedimentology of an archeological site. In addition, UWG faculty spoke about the importance of licensure in geology careers and a description of a new fossil assemblage from Sardinia, Italy.
Preceding the meeting students and faculty visited the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. After exploring the exhibits, UWG students and faculty toured the collections in the back scenes of the museum. The group from UWG toured the paleobiology and Rock and Ores collections and learned about the construction of museum displays, specimen management, the work conducted at the national museum. Students also examined spectacular geologic material not often seen by the public including impressions of dinosaur skin, preserved mammoth muscle tissue, Burgess Shale fossils, rocks made from lightning strikes, and rocks from deep in the earth’s mantle.
Partial skeleton of the duck- billed dinosaur Corythosaurus with preserved skin impressions. Pictured: Brad Deline, Sydney O’Brien, Sean Patterson, Tim Chowns, Matt Dietel, and Joe Crouch.
Fifty million year old Palm fossil from the Green River Formation. UWG Student Joe Crouch for scale.
Professor Tim Chowns contemplating the Ontonagon Boulder, which is a two ton boulder of native copper. The boulder is both a fascinating geological specimen as well as a spiritual object for the Native Americans of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
STEAM Night at Bowdon Middle School
January 23, 2017 - UWG Geosciences majors Heather Alley, Zach Lawson, Colton Wheeler, and Nicholas Smith went to Bowdon Middle School to participate in this winter's STEAM Night, coordinating several activities, including sieving for rocks & minerals, building a sail car powered by wind energy (racing them in a best design competition), and explanations of rocks, minerals, and fossils brought for demonstration. In the picture below, Nick Smith discusses a large fossil whale vertabra on display.
UWG participates in Georgia Geological Society Fall 2016 Field Trip
November 12, 2016 - UWG faculty and students were strongly represented on the annual GGS field trip to Jekyll Island on the Georgia coast this year. Climate change, sea level rise, and the effect of both on coastal erosion and sedimentation processes were observed and discussed as part of the trip, and a Saturday afternoon excursion to an open-pit heavy mineral mine was held. Geosciences professor Dr. Karen Tefend and Geosciences alumni Taylor West, Daniel Etelman, and Brandy Bennett share a happy moment in the image below.
Earth Observation Day 2016 at UWG
November 16, 2016 - UWG celebrated 2016 EOD all day, energizing many students. Interested undergraduates did the activities listed in the following link.
Drone Demonstration at Callaway Building
September 29, 2016 - A Geosciences Department visiting scholar from South Korea, Mr. Kwanhun Roh, demonstrated taking a drone video using DJI Phantom 2+ on September 29, 2016. The lens distortion caused by the wide-angle camera was corrected in Photoshop and the final video is available on YouTube. The video shows a 360-degree look from the Callaway building.
Richard H. Jahns Lecturer at UWG
October 13, 2016 - Jerry DeGraff, Adjunct Professor at California State University Fresno and this year’s American Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists R.H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer, presented a talk to the UWG Geosciences Department titled “Dealing with hazardous mine openings – blasting is not always a good option,” on October 13.
Geosciences River Cleanup near Campus
October 1, 2016 - The Geosciences Department partnered with the Upper Tallapoosa Watershed Group and Rivers Alive to host a river cleanup on the Little Tallapoosa River. Twenty-nine volunteers cleaned up 43 bags of trash from the river near the UWG campus.
Geosciences Students attend National Conference
September 30, 2016 - Geosciences students Nick Smith and Chandler Hosey along with Geosciences faculty Brad Deline, Chris Berg and Tim Chowns presented research results at the Geological Society of America meeting in Denver, Colorado this week.
UWG Geology major Nick Smith presents his research poster at the Geological Society of America meeting in Denver, Colorado.
UWG Geosciences Department donates over 400 pounds of rocks, minerals, and fossils to local teachers
Amanda York (UWG Geology alumni) is shown above with Randa Harris receiving samples donated for her classroom by the Geosciences Department. York is the STEM lab and science lab educator for Bremen Academy. Samples have also been donated to many other local teachers.
Asbog Moves To UWG!
The National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG®) recently moved its headquarters
from Columbia, SC, to the University of West Georgia, Department of Geosciences.
Dr. Randal Kath (UWG Geosciences Department) is currently president of ASBOG®.
ASBOG® serves as a connective link among the individual state geologic registration licensing boards for the planning and preparation of uniform procedures and the coordination of geologic protective measures for the general public. One of ASBOG®'s principal services is to develop standardized written examinations for determining qualifications of applicants seeking licensure as professional geologists. State boards of licensure/registration are provided with uniform examinations that are valid measures of minimum competency related to the practice of the profession. Thirty states (including Georgia) currently follow ASBOG® standards and require the ASBOG® exam as a condition of professional licensure. A growing number of Geology programs (including the University of West Georgia) also use the ASBOG® Fundamentals of Geology Exam as an exit exam for program assessment purposes. For more information please visit ASBOG®’s web site at www.asbog.org
Dr. Rose In AMS Twitter Feed
Dr. Rose is a part of the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) Climate Studies Diversity Cohort which is focused on increasing STEM participation among underserved students in the geosciences. Recently she was featured in the AMS Education’s twitter feed for her participation at the AMS 2015 annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ.
Last year the Department of Geosciences awarded $11,200 to students majoring in Geography, Geology, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, and Global Studies.