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USU Geosciences Grad Students Excel in International Research Grant Competition

Monday, September 14, 2020

Ten USU geosciences scholars are recipients of Geological Society of America Graduate Research Grants. The Aggies tied for first among 134 institutions in North and Central America, whose students competed in the 2020 selection...

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Brandt Scott

Hot Springs Reflect Subduction Style

Monday, June 20, 2020

Hot spring geochemistry from the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru, reveal the influence of crustal‐scale structures on geothermal fluid circulation in an amagmatic region located above a flat‐slab subduction zone. ...

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USU geoscientist Tammy Rittenour at western Canada's Athabasca Glacier

USU Geoscientist Aids Study of Climatic Change Impacts on River Erosion

Monday, July 20, 2020

Scientists have long debated the idea that global climate changes have forced river erosion rates to increase over the past five million years. New field data gleaned from a multi-institution, collaborative...

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Randi Rasmussen

Geo Grad Recognized as STEM Outreach Rock Star

Monday, May 11, 2020

Aggies throughout the College of Science enthusiastically volunteer their time and talents to share their love of science and mathematics with people of all ages. But two recent alumnas go above and beyond...

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Alexis Stewart gathers sand samples near her Blanding, Utah home as part of a luminescence dating research project with USU Geosciences professor Tammy Rittenour

In the Time of COVID: Undergrad Researchers, Mentors Use Technology, Ingenuity and Grit

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

NASMP mentors from varied USU colleges crafted research kits, with equipment and instructions, that were sent to students at their homes. The mentors got acquainted with students over video calls and email.

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Randi Rasmussen

Geo Grad Recognized as STEM Outreach Rock Star

Monday, May 11, 2020

Aggies throughout the College of Science enthusiastically volunteer their time and talents to share their love of science and mathematics with people of all ages. But two recent alumnas go above and beyond...

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Jared Bryan

Jared Bryan Named USU's 2020 Scholar of the Year

Monday, April 30, 2020

Jared Bryan, who was named the university's 2020 Scholar of the Year at the Robins Awards and is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, is among scholars honored by USU’s College of Science.

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Ema Armstrong and Jared Bryan

Two Aggie Geoscientists Names NSF Grad Research Fellows

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Eight Utah State University scholars are honorees of the prestigious 2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship search. The Aggies, whose awards are collectively valued at about $828,000, are among nearly...

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Geo alumni

Inaugural Summit Alumni Field Trip Tours Moab Geology

Friday, October 25, 2019

In October of 2019, the Geo Department ran its first Summit alumni field trip.

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Tammy Rittenour

USU 'CAREER' Grant Recipient Receives New NSF Funding, New Challenges

Friday, August 16, 2019

In 2011, Utah State University geoscientist Tammy Rittenour, supported by a newly awarded National Science...

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Peak Fellow Madison Taylor, left, discusses research with Geosciences faculty mentor Alexis Ault

USU Geosciences Undergrad Explores Research Frontiers

Monday, August 12, 2019

Utah State University undergraduate Madison Taylor is learning that most day-to-day research efforts...

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Geology Alum James Mauch

USU Geosciences Alum James Mauch Studies Steram Deposits in Moab, Utah

Friday, June 7, 2019

Learn about USU Geosciences and Cache Valley with the new USU Department of Geosciences YouTube Channel.

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New USU Geosciences YouTube Channel Reviews Cache Valley Geological Features and More

Friday, July 6, 2018

Learn about USU Geosciences and Cache Valley with the new USU Department of Geosciences YouTube Channel.

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Alexis Ault Recieves Inagural Naeser Prize

USU Geologist Alexis Ault Receives Inaugural Charles and Nancy Naeser Prize in Thermochronology

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The International Standing Committee for Thermochronology awards the Charles and Nancy Naeser Prize annually to early career scientists who have made outstanding and innovative contributions in this field. This new award is named in honor of Charles “Chuck” and Nancy Naeser in recognition...

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Carol Dehler and Tammy Rittenour GSA 2018 Fellows

Two USU Geoscientists Selected as 2018 Geological Society of America Fellows

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Dr. Carol Dehler and Dr. Tammy Rittenour, both faculty in the Geology Department at USU, have been selected as fellows in the Geological Society of America (GSA). This is an honor bestowed on the best of our profession. GSA members are nominated by existing...

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Percy, the Utah Raptor Sculpture, at unveiling event

USU Geosciences Unveils New Utahraptor
Sculpture by Student Artist

Friday, April 20, 2018

After a full April day of activities on the Quad on the Logan Campus for Earth Day celebrations, the Department of Geosciences capped things off with the unveiling of a commissioned sculpture of Utah’s new official state dinosaur, as part of its participation in the USU’s “Year of the Arts...

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Geology professors dedicating the Geology Rock Garden outside the USU Geosciences Building

USU Geology Dedicates the Geology Centennial Rock Garden

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

On the 12th April 2018, after a stormy morning of rain and snow, a break in the weather allowed the sun to peek through the clouds. The students, staff and faculty of Geology and their visiting Advisory Board members took the opportunity to go out to the front of the building...

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'Congratulations' over blue rocks

USU Geosciences Dedicates the Geology Centennial Rock Garden

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

The USU Department of Geosciences presented over $23,000 in departmental scholarships and awards to twenty-six students at the annual Award Ceremony. This was conducted in conjunction with the annual visit of the department's Advisory...

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Four College Award Recipients

Four USU Geoscientists Receive College of Science Awards

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Four of the fourteen College of Science 2018 Awards of Excellence were given to faculty and students of the Department of Geosciences. The four honorees’ write ups from the College of Science website are listed...

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Child pointing to a fossil at Utah State University

Rock-n-Fossil Day 2018 Shatters Previous Attendance Records

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

Two dinosaurs greeted families at the entrance to USU's Geology Building on Saturday. Over the low whir of her costume's battery-powered fan, volunteer dinosaur and grad student Sarah Wigginton said she saw a good mix of reactions from kids on their way into the geology department's Rock-n-Fossil Day...

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Don Fiesinger with students

New Geology Teaching Lab Named in Honor of Former Department Head and Dean of the College of Science, Don Fiesinger

Friday, October 25th, 2017

USU Assistant Professor Dennis Newell is the lead author on a paper published online by G3: Geolchemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems on 21 September 2017. His team included recent USU graduate Jordan Jensen, who is listed as the article's second author.

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The great salt lake

Research on Biogeochemical Fluctuations of the Great Salt Lake Published in G3: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems

Saturday, August 24th, 2017

The Donald W. Fiesinger Teaching Lab was dedicated in April 2017.

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Don Fiesinger with students

USU Geosciences Alumnus Wins High National Honor

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

The American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Focus Group announced this week that it has chosen Isaac Larsen [USU MS '03], assistant professor of geosciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, to receive the coveted Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award for 2017. It recognizes a young scientist “for making a significant and outstanding contribution that advances the field of earth and planetary surface processes.”

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There IS an App for That!

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

USU Geosciences alum Natalie Bursztyn (PhD '15) has two high-profile papers being published from her USU dissertation research! Natalie, along with advisor Joel Pederson, and colleagues in USU's Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences department conducted NSF-funded research developing and testing apps for smartphones that provide virtual geology field trips to Grand Canyon.

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Issac Larsen

Extra Layer of Tectonic Plates Discovered within Earth's Mantle, Scientists Say

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Preliminary findings by a research team that includes USU geologist Ravi Kanda suggest that they have found a possible layer of tectonic plates within the Earth's mantle which could explain a mysterious series of earthquakes in the Pacific

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In Hot Water: USU Geoscientists Probe the Snake River Pain's Energy Potential

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Utah State University Geoscientists examined a scientific borehole drilled about a mile into the Snake River Plain at Idaho’s Mountain Home Air Force Base, which lies in the tracks of the Yellowstone Hotspot. Recent USU grads James Kessler, PhD ’14 and Jerome Varriale, MS '16; current undergrads Mikaela Pulsipher and Fallon Rowe, and faculty members Kelly Bradbury, Jim Evans and John Shervais, along with colleague Doug Schmitt of the University of Alberta, reported their findings in the April, 2017 issue of Lithosphere.

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