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UAS Faculty and Undergraduate to Present at Joint Annual Meeting

National meeting to celebrate the International Year of Planet Earth

UAS Environmental Science faculty Cathy Connor, Professor of Geology, Matt Heavner, Associate Professor of Physics, and undergraduate student Louis Hoock are scheduled to make presentations at a national meeting to celebrate the International Year of Planet Earth.   The meeting, set for October 5-9 in Houston, Texas, is a joint conference of the Geological Society of America (GSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies with the Gulf Coast Section of SEPM (GCAGS).

Connor will present a paper on the Experiential Discoveries in Geoscience Education (EDGE) program for middle and high school teachers and students. More than 1000 students have participated in EDGE activities including Earth science, GIS skills, data management and analysis.  Connor’s student Hoock is making a presentation on the effect of stainless steel bolts on Gravina,Taku and Yukon and Tanana terranes in the Juneau area. Heavner will present a paper on climate change research through measurements of the Lemon Glacier near Juneau by the Southeast Alaska Monitoring Network for Science, Telecommunications, Education and Research (SEAMONSTER) project. According to the presentation abstract, “The SEAMONSTER project provides a model for adaptive, real-time data acquisition and sharing that could be applied to a wide variety of climate change research efforts.”


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