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Geology Archive

Anthony Love shares the closest tangible opportunity to connect with space

By Ellen Gwin Burnette

BOONE, N.C.—From geology and more specifically to meteorites, there is a tactile connection to space and the universe that’s tangible even with one’s feet planted on Earth – or to be more exact, in Rankin Science Building. In a dusty room, covered with colorful geological maps, signs of research abound with samples of rocks and slides strewn about the room’s surfaces.

Dr. Zach Throckmorton of Lincoln Memorial University to lecture on Homo naledi Nov. 9 in I.G. Greer Auditorium at Appalachian State University

By University Communications

BOONE—Dr. Zach Throckmorton will deliver a lecture titled “Meet Homo naledi” at 5 p.m. Nov. 9 in I.G. Greer Auditorium at Appalachian State University. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Appalachian State University geologist’s research on ancient footprints garners worldwide attention, will shed light on the roots of our origin

By Elisabeth Wall

BOONE—The spotlight is on Dr. Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce. Big time.

Her recently published research around the age and formation of the largest assemblage of Homo sapiens footprints discovered to date, in the shadow of the Ol Doinyo L’engai volcano in Tanzania, led to an Oct.10 article in National Geographic

Devin K. Hoffman of Franklinton awarded $7,500 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

BOONE—The Excellence in Education Foundation has awarded Appalachian State University junior geology major Devin K. Hoffman of Franklinton a $7,500 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. He is one of 252 undergraduate sophomores and juniors across the nation and three in North Carolina to receive the award this year.

Mineralogist and astrobiologist Robert Hazen to lecture March 23 at Appalachian

BOONE—Dr. Robert M. Hazen, a research scientist at the Carnegie Institution and professor at George Mason University, will be the guest lecturer for Appalachian State University’s upcoming Morgan Science Lecture Wednesday, March 23.

Minerals from around the world donated to Appalachian’s geology department

BOONE—A collection representing one man’s lifetime fascination with minerals has been donated to the Department of Geology at Appalachian State University. It will be featured in a series of exhibits in the department’s McKinney Geology Teaching Museum located in Rankin Science Building.

Geology faculty and students contribute to better understanding of early climate change during the Devonian and Carboniferous Periods

BOONE—A five-year UNESCO and International Union of Geological Sciences project on the interaction between climate change and the earth’s biodiversity, IGCP 596, has culminated in the book “Planet Earth – In Deep Time,” co-edited by Professor Johnny Waters at Appalachian State University.

Grains of sand hold clues to the history of Alaska’s glaciers

BOONE—Show most people a core sample from the ocean floor and they only see mud. Ellen Cowan sees a ribbon of time dating back 1 million years or more.

Since 2013, Cowan, a geology professor at Appalachian State University, has been part of an international team of scientists studying climate change and earth systems in the Gulf of Alaska. Their work with the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program is supported in part by the National Science Foundation.

Student shares love of dinosaurs

BOONE—Senior geology major Haviv Avrahami was a winner on two counts at the recent 75th annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology held in Dallas.