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18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8266
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Professor, Department Chair
Well-deserved congratulations to Dr. Matthew d’Alessio on being awarded a Distinguished Teaching award at CSUN’s 2018 Honored Faculty Reception. Faculty from eight CSUN colleges wrote in support of Professor d’Alessio’s nomination based on his expertise in developing curriculum, teaching students, and supporting teaching innovations by his colleagues. Faculty Senate President Adam Swenson praised Dr. d’Alessio as an “innovative and respected educator.” The department agrees and we are very proud of Dr. d’Alessio and his work to improve science education.
Led by George Dunne and Doug Yule, the 2018 Fall Field Frolic took students, staff, faculty, and friends of the department on a >1,100 mile journey through California and Nevada tectonics, fossils, and history. Stops included Grover Hot Springs State Park, Lake Tahoe, Dixie Valley, Berlin Ichthyosaur State Park, Death Valley, and Panamint Valley, all while focusing on our understanding of the tectonic history of the region. It was a real treat to have Emeritus faculty George Dunne share his wealth of knowledge with the group! Click here for photos from the trip!
After 40 years of dedicated teaching and service to the University and Department of Geological Sciences, Gerry Simila retired in December 2017 and was granted the honor of Emeritus Professor status in August 2018. In addition to his sponsored seismological research in Costa Rica and the western US, Gerry was funded through the San Fernando Valley Science Project to raise science standards in local K-12 schools. We wish Gerry the very best in retirement. Commendably, he continues to be active in his field working on various research projects and visits campus regularly. Click here for a photo of Gerry with his final Applied Geophysics class!
We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of our friend and colleague George Davis. He passed away last week in the company of family in Virginia. George taught several classes in the Department of Geological Sciences at CSUN and at College of the Canyons, and in his years of teaching he touched many students and colleagues in both departments with his passion and knowledge. George will be greatly missed. Click here to read letters from colleagues remembering George.
Congratulations to the graduating class of 2018! The graduates celebrated with friends and family before walking the stage on May 19th, 2018. We wish all the graduates the best in their future endeavors! Click here for photos!
Congratulations to our own Mari Flores-Garcia on her recognition for 20 years of service, and to Kelly Lourcey for her nomination for the first annual Outstanding Student Assistant award! Mari and Kelly were recognized at the 2018 Annual Staff Service and Recognition of Excellence Awards Event on May 2nd. Click here for photo...