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Spring 2010 - Geophysics comes to Shippensburg

er_array     Dr. Joseph Zume, Dr. Sean Cornell, Dr. Thomas Feeney, and Dr. Christopher Woltemade recently collaborated on a research grant proposal to the National Science Foundation to obtain a set of geophysical equipment to use in various classes.  The grant, in excess of $190,000, is a three year grant to purchase ground penetrating radar (GPR), electrical resisitivity (ER), and electrical magnetics (EM) equipment and to integrate these geotechnoligies into the undergraduate curriculum.  

     Incorporation of these technologies into a geo-environmental curriculum is an exciting challenge for the department and promises to enhance the opportunities for teaching students how subsurface investigations can improve our understanding of  geology,  hydrogeology, geomorphology, etc.  Each piece of equipment makes use of different properties of soils, sediments, and rocks in the subsurface in order to inform the user of their properties.  In the classroom, and in the field, it will be important for students to understand not only the theoretical underpinnings of each piece of equipment, but also how they can be applied in various settings to solve environmental and geological problems.  We look forward to engaging students across our curriculum.  If you are interested in learning more about these equipment, please contact any of the faculty members involved in the grant as mentioned previously.

Fall 2009 Geo-ESS Faculty Collaborate With Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School On Environmental Education Grant

Gardening Project ImageDr. Sean Cornell (GEO/ESS) & Dr. Richard Stewart (BIOLOGY), in collaboration with faculty and staff at Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School, have received a $10,000 grant to design and build an integrated compost and rainwater collection system at the elementary school.  In addition to building the system, the project includes curriculum development in the areas of science and technology, and ecology and environmentat as required by new state education standards.  Children in grades K-5 will benefit from new microscopes, weather monitoring equipment, soil probes, and various educational materials provided through the grant. In addition, the innovatitve project provides opportunities for college students majoring in Earth-Space Science, and Biology Education to develop skills in a hands-on format as both part of their course work and through extra-curricular service-learning initiatives.  For more information please contact Dr. Cornell or Dr. Stewart, or click here.

Fall 2009 Pennsylvania Alliance for Geographic Education Moves to Shippensburg University



In recognition of our departmental focus on geographic education and literacy, the SU department of Geography-Earth Science is proud to announce its newly established partnership with the Alliance for Geographic Education.  Dr. Jan Smith will chair the organization and will work with professionals across the university, the Commonwealth and the country in order to advance geographic education at all levels, but in particular at the K-12 level. To read more about PAGE and its efforts click here. Congratulations Dr. Smith on a job well-done!


Fall 2009 Dr. George Pomeroy to Serve as Interim Director of the Institute for Public Service

Dr. Pomeroy, professor in the Geography-Earth Science Department and Director of the Center for Land Use, has been selected to fill the position of Interim Executive Director of the Institute for Public Service and Sponsored Programs.  Under his leadership, the Center for Land Use has undertaken a number of research, technical assistance, educational, and other outreach initiatives in an effort to facilitate sound land use and community planning for local municipalities and other stakeholders in south central Pennsylvania.  Although much of Dr. Pomeroy's time will be involved in his new position, he will still be teaching in the department and will assist students with advising.  KUDOS to Dr. Pomeroy for serving the University and the department in this endeavor.


Fall 2009 Get Ready for CAREER DAY '09

Are you in need of a job?  Do you want to know what kinds of job opportunities exist for Geography-Earth Science departmental majors?  Do you want to get an internship?  THEN MARK YOUR CALENDAR for this year's Career Day - NOVEMBER 12, 2009.  Dozens of local and regional employers will be available on campus to speak to departmental majors about career planning, training, and will be available for networking opportunities.  This event is organized by the faculty of the Geography-Earth Science Department and is a don't miss opportunity for all students!

See last year's flier for more information about Career Day! (click for pdf)  


Spring 2009 Geography-Earth Science Students & Faculty Help out with ShipShape Day

D Williams ImageAs is tradition in the Geography-Earth Science Department, each spring students and faculty helpout with the community-wide clean-up know as Ship Shape Day.  This year was no exception.  Faculty including Dr. Claire Jantz, Dr. Paul Marr, and Dr. Sean Cornell worked with over 30 Geography-Earth Science students to complete several projects - both on and off campus.

Work projects included the clean-up of the Burd Run stream corridor from near King Street northwestward past the University Campus.  Additional students cleaned up other streams in town and picked up trash along Orange Street.  After the stream clean-up a number of students assisted turning the soil for the new Shippensburg University Community Garden Project.

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Spring 2009 Geo-ESS Department Co-sponsor's Women's History Month ActivitiesWomen's History Month Ad


Together with the Department of History, and the Women's Center, the Department of Geography-Earth Science sponsored a movie screening, and a lecture in celebration of Women in Science, Conservation, and History.  This year's program included the screening of the film A SENSE OF WONDER, about Rachel Carson, and a lecture about Myra Lloyd Dock, by Dr. Susan Rimby of the History Department. 

As Pennsylvanians we owe a gratitude to both of these prominent and successful Pennsylvanians!  Rachel Carson (1907-1964), the more celebrated of the two women, attended the Pennsylvania College for Women (now Chatham College) and then went to work for the National Fish and Wildlife Service as a scientist.  She went on to become a writer and published several books that explored the impacts of various chemical pollutants on natural ecosystems - eventually leading to the creation of the EPA and other environmental conservation initiatives - both here in the United States, and indeed around the world.

Myra Lloyd Dock was a prominent figure in the history of conservation of natural lands here in Pennsylavania and especially in the Cumberland Valley region, including Harrisburg. Myra worked diligently and successfully to establish many of the parks in the Harrisburg area, but more importantly helped to intiate the Pennsylvania Forestry Commission (now the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry). 

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