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Jones/LaBerge Field Trip Fund
A generous gift from an anonymous alumnus who worked in the oil and gas industry and strongly believes in the phrase “A geologist is only as good as the rocks they have seen,” has established the Jones/LaBerge Field Trip Fund. The purpose of the gift is to ensure that current and future generations of UW Oshkosh geology students continue to benefit from field trips offered by the Department. It is appropriate that Dr. Norris Jones and Dr. Gene LaBerge, both emeritus geology professors known to geology alumni, are being honored with this fund because an important component of their teaching occurred in the field. In recent years, course fees for our field trips have added to an already heavy tuition burden. We hope that all alumni will consider contributing to this fund. All proceeds from the fund will be used to reduce or eliminate student course fees for our field trips, so all donations will directly impact all of our majors.
Online donations can be made at UW Oshkosh Foundation’s web page (http://www.uwosh.edu/foundation) by clicking the “GIVE NOW” button and completing the online form. Be sure to insert the Jones/LaBerge Field Trip Fund in the box for gift allocation notes.
Oshkosh Northwestern Obituary
Congratulations to the four students who have been awarded $200 research grants from the Department of Geology Endowed Research Fund. The grants will help support research projects in collaboration with Geology faculty members. The students, their projects, and their faculty collaborators are listed below.
Carol Bigalke: “Erosive Craniofacial Structures in Marginocephalians: An Extant Phylogenetic Bracket Approach” with Dr. Joe Peterson
Bryan Ernst: “The Glover Bluff Structure: A Possible Impact Feature Exposed in the Mid-Continent Cambro-Ordovician Strata of Central Wisconsin” with Dr. Tim Paulsen
Candice Phillips: “Trace-Element Comparisons of Spatially Related Basalt Pairs in the Poison Lake Chain, Northern California” with Dr. Jen Wenner
Mike Schallhorn: “Taphonomic Investigations of Erosive Structures in Pachycephalosaurid Crania” with Dr. Joe Peterson
The Endowed Research Fund was established and continues to grow as a result of donations from faculty members, emeriti, and alumni. To be eligible for a research grant, a student must apply for another research grant such as Sigma Xi or Geological Society of America.
Andrew Jansen and Derrick Wagner
Andrew Jansen and Derrick Wagner were awarded $500 research grants for the 2008-2009 academic year from the Endowed Research Fund. Andy will study volcanic rocks of the Ely Greenstone in northeastern Minnesota under the supervision of Dr. George Hudak. Derrick will collaborate with Dr. Eric Hiatt to study the provenance of glacial tills collected along the Transantarctic Mountains through the use of X-Ray diffractometry. Both Andy and Derrick will be seniors in 2008-2009.
Rachelle Kernen and Brad Jeffrey
Rachelle Kernen and Brad Jeffrey, both senior geology majors this fall, received $500 research grants from the Endowed Geology Research Fund. Rachelles project, Caught Between Two Tectonic Environments: A Geochemical Study of Source and Magma Modification Processes at Mount Lassen, California, will be advised by Dr. Jen Wenner. Dr. Dan Lehrmann will supervise Brads project, which is entitled Facies and Microfossil Study of the Mechanisms and Timing of the Termination of the Rajamandala Platform, West Java, Indonesia. (Aug. 2007)
Cole Edwards Awarded Research Grant from Endowed Geology Research Fund
Cole Edwards, a junior geology major, received a research grant for $400 to support his collaborative research Controls on the formation of the earliest marine phosphate deposits, Marquette Supergroup, Michigan. Dr. Eric Hiatt is his faculty research collaborator. This is the first research project to be supported from the recently established Endowed Geology Research Fund (Oct. 2006).
C.W. FETTER ENDOWED RESEARCH FUND
The Department of Geology is pleased to announce the creation of The C.W. Fetter Endowed Research Fund to provide financial support to our student researchers. More information may be found by clicking on the above link or you may make an online donation at http://www.uwosh.edu/foundation. Please indicate 'Geology Endowed Research Fund' at the bottom of the page under 'Gift Allocation Notes'.