Posted: November 1, 2007
Student Awards: Andrew Lannan and Jennifer Grasso
Andrew Lannan, senior, has been awarded a Mini grant from the Small Grants Program of the Office of Undergraduate research at Buffalo State. Andrew will receive $400 in support of his project (Effect of particle sizes on tephra moisture content).
Jennifer Grasso, sophomore, has been awarded a Mini grant of the Small Grants Program of the Office of Undergraduate research at Buffalo State. Jessica will receive $400 in support of her project (Interpreting Geology Depicted On The First Geological Map Ever Produced: Assessment Of Artistic Techniques Used By William Smith In His Landmark "Map that Changed the World").
Posted: September 4, 2007
Welcome New Faculty: Catherine Lange
Catherine Lange joins the Earth Sciences and Science Education Department as an assistant professor. She comes to Buffalo State from the University at Buffalo, where she earned her Ph.D. and also taught for two years. Lange also taught at East Carolina University and California State University, Stanislaus. From 1983 to 2001, she was part of the Niagara Falls Board of Education. Lange earned her master’s degree from Buffalo State, and her primary research interests include environmental education and the history of science.
Posted: June 1, 2007
Student Award Announcements
Jessica Gorom, junior, has been awarded a grant from the Small Grants Program/ Office of Undergraduate Research at Buffalo State College. Jessica will receive $400 in support of her project (New York's vs. Arizona's Grand Canyon, a Geological Comparison) mentored by Dr. Martinez-Hackert.
Joshua Walker, freshman, has been awarded an Early Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship from the Buffalo State NSF-STEP "Connect with Science" Project, 2007. Joshua will conduct research on tephra deposits in the Inyo Craters, CA. He will spend two weeks doing field work in addition to laboratory work under the mentorship of Dr. Martinez-Hackert. Field work is located in the Inyo Crater volcanic area of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Range area, California. He has been awarded a $2500 stipend.
Justine Parada, freshman, has been awarded an Early Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship from the BSC NSF-STEP "Connect with Science" Project, 2007. Justine will conduct research on tephra deposits analysis in a laboratory setting. She will creating a control database to benchmark results from collected tephra (Inyo Craters, CA) under the mentorship of Dr. Martinez-Hackert. Her focus is on laboratory analysis under controlled conditions but Justine will also visit the field work area to learn to use GPS instrumentation for mapping. She has been awarded a $2500 stipend.
Posted: April 3, 2007
Announcing the 2008 Northeastern Geological Society of America Meeting
On March 26-29, 2008 the Northeastern Section meeting of the Geological Society of America will come to Buffalo. The meeting will be hosted by a consortium of academic institutions and professional organizations led by the Buffalo State College Earth Sciences and Science Education Department. Gary Solar is the General Meeting Chair. The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, located downtown. The program includes several scientific sessions and field trips. The estimated number of participants is 1,000. For more information, visit the geosociety Web site.
Two previously offered courses will not be held in spring 2008. The spring semester will not feature sections in GES 301 Stratigraphy or GES 405 Geology of North America. Contact the department office if you require assistance as a result of this schedule change.
A Powerpoint presentation on the Earth Sciences and Science Education Department's current and upcoming class offerings, schedules, and course requirements is now available as a download:
Advising, Spring 2007 (PPT, 104KB)
Student Mike Kalczinski awarded grant for research.
Mike Kalczinski has been awarded a grant from the Small Grants Program/ Office of Undergraduate Research at Buffalo State College. Mike will receive $400 in support of his project.
Student Chris Gulino presents poster session
Chris Gulino, Geology, presented a poster session at the 2007 annual meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America, March 13, 2007, in Durham, New Hampshire. Chris Gulino's poster, co-authored with his faculty mentor, Dr. Solar, and Dr. P.B. Tomascak (SUNY Oswego), is titled "Structural, Textural and Petrographic Variations in Rocks on Bruce Hill, Eastern Sebago Migmatite Domain, Southern Maine." Chris was also given a travel grant by the Office of Undergraduate Research and by the NE Geological Society of America to present at this meeting.
Undergraduate student researchers to begin geological field work in Maine.
On behalf of Dr. Solar's NSF grant in collaboration with SUNY Oswego (Dr. P.B. Tomascak), science students, Chris Gulino, Lindsay LaFleur, Mike Kalczinski, Kathleen Steinbroner, and Bret Stodolka will perform between 3 and 12 weeks field work in parts of southern Maine—beginning May 2007 and concluding in August 2007. All projects are under the umbrella research question: "How does granite magma flows through rocks as mountains are forming during continental collisions?" However, each project is distinct. Some students will be looking at exposures of the Sebago.
Posted: March 23, 2007
Catskills Field trip
On March 23-24, the Structural Geology GES 308W class made its annual visit to Catskill, NY to visit the classic Hudson Valley Thrust and Fold belt and the Catskill overlook. The class will also make its annual visit to central and southeast Pennsylvania on April 20-22.