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The ninth annual Pacific Section AAPG West Coast Expo, sponsored by California Resources Corporation, Aera Energy and Chevron, attracted 55 registrants from 26 schools. Eighteen CSUN students participated, some as volunteers and poster presenters. Three students won poster awards: Lonnie Hufford, James McNeil and Michael Flowers. Thanks to all for making the 2017 event a success. Click here to see the poster winners!
Dr. Vicki Pedone retired in May 2017 after 28 years of service to the University and was granted Emerita status in August 2017. An esteemed teacher and scholar, she taught classes in Earth History, Field Geology, Sedimentation and Stratigraphy, Global Systems, Sedimentary Petrology, Geochemistry, and Paleoclimate. Her research focused on the geochemistry and petrology of lacustrine carbonate rocks in Australia and the Great Basin of western North America. She served four years as Associate Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, followed by seven years as Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences. Vicki led an impressive transformation of the department during her tenure as Chair, which included revising the department's undergraduate curriculum, constructing and equipping state-of-the-art laboratories, acquiring private support for graduate students and instrumentation, and hiring new staff and faculty.
Vicki greatly admired and respected students who blossomed or 'caught fire' in both their love of geology and class performance as they progressed through the major. She cherished her roll in assisting these undergraduates to reach their full potentials. Her vital efforts in this area have made the Northridge Department of Geological Sciences a special place. With this in mind, Vicki suggested initiating the "Catching Fire Scholarship" to be awarded each year to a student with these characteristics. We are now accepting charitable contributions to make her wish a reality. Please consider giving generously to the Catching Fire Scholarship at your earliest convenience. All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.
Dr. Yule led yet another successful field frolic this year from August 19-25! The trip included seeing the total solar eclipse on August 21st in the path of totality in Idaho, as well as stops to explore the 1983 Borah Peak earthquake rupture, the Bitterroot metamorphic core complex, the Idaho batholith, the Columbia River basalt and the Ruby-East Humboldt Range metamorphic core complex.
This year's trip participants included: Marilyn Hanna, Doug Yule, Julian Lozos, Karen Savage, Paul McBurnett, John Wiesenfeld, Mike and Kris Tacsik, Sirena Ulloa, Natalie Packard, Kelly Lourcey, David Carpenter, Mark and Diane Karagianis, Jasmine Murdock, Brittany Huerta, Bryan Castillo, George Peraza, Mary Ringwood, Kaitlyn Amodeo, Jozi and Zoie Pearson, Caryn, Rich, William, and Wyatt O'Neill, Steve and Nancy Van Wagoner, Kristen Brown, Sinclair Vowels, Syrus Parvizian, Andrew, Brook, and AJ Payne, Maggie, Ryan and Jason Compton, Wendy Bryant, Abby Gwinn, Sara Gallagher, Ryan Waldman, Jackson Koos Davis, Louis!
Congratulations to our graduating class of 2017! On May 22nd, 2017, our graduating students walked the stage at CSUN's commencement ceremony. After the ceremony, the department held a celebratory lunch for the graduates and their friends and families.
Kaitlyn Amodeo, a geophysics major and CSUN Presidential Scholar, has been recognized as one of five CSUN Outstanding Grads in association with the 2017 commencement ceremonies. We are very proud of her and wish her the best in grad school!
For Earth day, Professor d’Alessio and his colleagues hosted our Family Sustainability Showcase funded with a grant from LADWP. Nearly 1,200 students and family members came, along with 2 city council members, a school board member, and representatives from Sen. Kamala Harris’s office and multiple school district offices. We’ve spent all school year working regularly with 36 K-12 teachers from across the valley, teaching them about energy and water resources and helping them bring environmental science curriculum into their classrooms using the state’s new science standards. We provided classroom equipment such as kill-a-watt meters (to measure energy use) and other tools, trained teachers on their use, and wrote grade-level-specific curriculum for them to adapt and utilize. The finale was the sustainability projects their students pursued and presented at our Showcase, science-fair-style. The projects were impressive, and it was so inspiring to see so many students exhibiting the ways they’ve made their campuses greener, measured energy & water use in their homes and schools, and designed new solutions to help solve local sustainability problems. Click here for pictures!