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Monica Diaz and Judy Campos receive CGS Student Scholarships

April 28, 2022

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Congratulations to both Monica Diaz and Judy Campos, both of whom received Student Scholarships from the Coast Geological Society at their 2nd annual Student Symposium and Scholarship Night on April 19th, 2022. The Coast Geological Society's mission is to advance the science of geology, foster the spirit of scientific research, disseminate information relating to geology, inspire and maintain a high standard of professional conduct, and to advance the professional well being of their members. We're very proud of Monica and Judy for this well-deserved recognition. Follow the link to view short videos their advisors made summarizing their accomplisments! See More

CSUN Geology & Env. Justice Class Contributes to Art Show in Watts, CA

April 19, 2022

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Dr. Elena Miranda and her Fall 2021 Geology and Environmental Justice class (GEOL 496ECS) contributed to an art show and gallery opening sponsored by the Better Watts Initiative (BWI), whom Dr. Miranda works with as part of her environmental justice work. The show is titled "Sick of It: Pollution in Watts" and is inspired by pollution in Watts and its impact on human health in the community; the themes are air, soil, and water. The piece Dr. Miranda's class worked on was a 3-D presentation of methane pollution beneath Ujima Village in Watts, CA. Read more

38th Fall Field Frolic: A Frolic of Ice and Fire! (Photos)

August 24, 2021

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The Fall Field Frolic this year was camped at June Lake, with stops at the Owens River Gorge to see the Bishop Tuff, Convict Lake to see the moraines and examine the complex glacial history of the eastern Sierra Nevada, Panum Crater to climb into a volcano, and Bennettveille/Saddlebag Lake to get a close-up view of Paleozoic continental margin rocks that the Sierra Nevada batholith intruded into! Led by Dick Heermance and John Wiesenfeld with special expertise provided by Emeritus Professor and creator of the Field Frolic tradition: Dr. George Dunne! Thank you to all students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends who attended and made it such a fun trip. Enjoy some photos from the trip here.

Dr. Elena Miranda takes on new role of Faculty Equity Advocate for Recruitment and Retention

April 6, 2021


We are pleased to announce that Department of Geological Sciences Professor Elena Miranda has been hired as a Faculty Equity Advocate for Recruitment and Retention in affiliations with the Office of Faculty Affairs, on a part-time basis, starting in Spring 2021. She will be working with Sylvia Macauley (History) to focus on reviewing CSUN's current recruiting and hiring practices, identifying areas in which we can foster inclusive excellence and equitable outcomes.  At the same time, they will consider our retention rates for faculty of color and recommend innovative evidence-based practices that will lead to retaining individuals from underserved groups. Congratulations to Dr. Miranda! Read more

Fire, Ice, and Tremors: Dr. Schwartz produces new video series with colleagues

December 21, 2020


Dr. Schwartz and colleagues have produced a wonderful, high-quality, and informative video series about how the unique geological environment of New Zealand's Fiorldand National Park can teach us about Zealandia, Earth's newest continent, as well as the process that construct continental crust on Earth. These videos cover the geologic history of Fiordland, the ancient mountains and magmas of the supercontinent Gondwana, the newly discovered continent of Zealandia, and the history of tectonics and glaciers that shaped the beautiful landscape in Fiordland.  Watch the videos!


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