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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!
We are very sad to lose a highly valued staff member, Dave Liggett, to retirement on 3 January but very happy for him as he embarks on his next journey in life. His 37 years of full-time service to the department is unprecedented and a major accomplishment. He has spent more time in our hallowed halls than any other and positively touched every student, staff and faculty member along the way. It will be hard to fill his shoes. Please encourage people with "big feet" to apply for this position (Geology Instructional Support Technician #5885) posted at: https://cmsweb.csun.edu/psc/HNRPRD/EMPLOYEE/SA/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL
California State University, Northridge holds this year’s record for the largest increase in research publications rates in North America, according to a listing of top tier peer-reviewed journals selected by the journal Nature.
Congratulations to Whitney M. Behr, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas, Austin on being awarded the 2016 Donath Medal by the Geological Society of America. The Donath medal, GSA’s Young Scientist Award is given annually to outstanding achievement in contributing to geologic knowledge through original research that marks a major advance in the earth sciences. Dr. Behr received her B.S. from the CSUN department of Geological Sciences and then went on to receive her PhD from USC. Read more
Dr. Jen Cotton is a stable isotope geochemist with broad interests in climate and ecological change. Jen received her PhD from the University of Michigan in 2013, focusing on using soils to reconstruct past climatic and environmental change. For her post doc she worked at both the University of Utah and Oregon State University using bison isotopes to understand the present and past grassland ecosystems and make predictions about future changes due to anthropogenic climate change. At CSUN she will continue work to reconstruct past terrestrial climatic and environmental change, first focusing on proxy development of small mammal isotopes for applications to Cenozoic climate change. Read more