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Aaron Wolf in the Utne Reader

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Water Negotiator Aaron Wolf Spreads Liquid Hope Wolf’s calling takes him all over the world, wherever bodies of water—usually rivers—are shared by two or more countries. A dam built upstream, on one side of the border, will affect the flow of water on the other side. Whose needs are more important? Is generating electricity the […]

You Know You’re Putting in an Honest Day’s Work When Your Research Project Shows Up in Popular Mechanics

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Ed Brook has missed more than his fair share of faculty meetings on campus, but he’s off the hook. That’s because he and his team have been off in Greenland, working chain saws and pickaxes to free huge chunks of ice containing gases they study to understand climate change. In this article from Popular Mechanics, […]

Reminder: F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Award Lecture tonight (Monday, May 4)

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Date: May 4, 2009 Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Conference Center Welcome: 7:15-7:30 p.m. Introducing Dr. Peter Clark Dr. Sherman H. Bloomer, Dean, College of Science Lecture, Q&A: 7:30-8:30 p.m. About Dr. Peter Clark: Dr. Peter Clark earned a BS from St. Lawrence University, an MS from the University of Waterloo, and, in 1984, a Ph.D. […]

Committed to a Fault

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Some of us need a direct, physical connection with a subject to look at it through the lens of science. For Ajeet Johnson, an OSU master’s student in Geosciences from Bend, that connection came from rock climbing at Smith Rock and skiing at Mt. Bachelor. Now she locates fault lines and seeks answers to questions […]

OSU Professor Peter Clark co-authors study of Antarctic ice melt

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Here’s a story from the Calgary Herald about a study of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and the effects its collapse could have on the earth’s rotation: The enormous ice sheet, which many experts believe could collapse as the climate warms, is so heavy that as it melts it “will actually cause the Earth’s rotation […]

Geo Club and Hydrophiles Trip Blog

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

The OSU Geo Club and Hydrophiles are spending their spring break in Israel and Palestine. They’ve started a blog which will be updated nightly during their visit. Check it out and enjoy the narrative and photos!

Terra – Winter 2009

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

The Winter 2009 issue of Terra is now available. Stories from the College of Science include Ajeet Johnson’s study of the Brothers Fault Zone in Central Oregon, and how Chemistry is going green in the new Green Materials Chemistry Center.

150 Million Years in the Making

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

OSU Geologists contributed to a new exhibit at the capitol building in Salem. With help from geologists at OSU, the Oregon Historical Society unveiled a new exhibit – called “150 Years of Statehood; 150 Million Years in the Making’ – in the capitol building in Salem. The displays, which are spread along four banks of […]

Some Climate Impacts Happening Faster Than Anticipated

Monday, January 5th, 2009

While concluding that some projections of the impact of climate change have actually been too conservative – as in the case of glacier and ice sheets that are moving and decaying faster than predicted – others may not pose as immediate a threat as some scenarios had projected, such as the rapid releases of methane […]

EarthScope looks into the planet

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

President Ray’s quarterly report brings us news of the EarthScope Program: A first-of-its-kind transcontinental project called EarthScope, whose national office is located at OSU, is giving geologists an unprecedented look into the depths of North America. Their work is already turning up clues about silent quakes, creaking fault lines and the potential for a tremor […]