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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.

Three Research Grants Awarded from the C.W. Fetter, Jr. Endowed Research Fund
Samantha Anderson, Amanda Doherty, and Quin Lenz each have been awarded $500 research grants from the C.W. Fetter, Jr. Endowed Research Fund. Samantha’s research is entitled “Geochemical Variations in Basalts of the Poison Lake Chain, Lassen Volcanic Center.” She will collaborate with Dr. Jen Wenner on the project. Amanda Doherty’s project will be undertaken in collaboration with Dr. Eric Hiatt. Its title is “Microbial Destruction of Calcium Carbonate Gastropod Shells During the Pleistocene.” Her field area is Bermuda. Dr. Wenner will also collaborate on Quin Lenz’s project “Using Oxygen Isotopes to Characterize Mantle Processes Beneath the Southern Cascades.” Congratulations to all three student researchers for receiving the grants.

Geology Students Make Strong Showing at Celebration of Scholarship
Eleven geology students presented nine posters (one was co-authored by two students) and one artistic presentation at the UW Oshkosh Celebration of Scholarship on April 24, 2014. Lauren Bane, Peter DeVries and Ryan Steiskal received Undergraduate Awards of $100 each. Lauren’s poster was “Biochemical Minerals and Nearshore Processes in a 1.7 Billion-Year-Old Marine Deposit: Implications for the Oceanography During Oxygenation of the Earth from the McKay Formation, Northern Territory, Australia.” Her Faculty Mentor was Dr. Eric Hiatt, who was also Peter DeVries’s Faculty Mentor. Peter’s poster was “Carbonate Diagenesis and Limestone Formation in a Sub-Polar Ocean System: Middleton Island, Gulf of Alaska.” Ryan Steiskal’s Faculty Mentor was Dr. Joseph Peterson, and his visual art presentation was “Illustrations for the Article ‘Distributions of Cranial Pathologies Provide Evidence for Head-Butting in Dome-Headed Dinosaurs,’” published in the journal PLoS ONE in 2013.

The other geology students who presented posters were Amanda Doherty, Matt Hiebing, Krista Kroeninger, Quin Lenz, Jordan Lubbers, Sam Schoenmann, Joe Knafelc, and Tony Seefeldt. In addition, Collin Dischler gave an oral presentation on head-butting dinosaurs. Congratulations to all for the fine showing you made at this event.

Congratulations to Matt, Quin, and Jordan
The Department is pleased to announce that three research grants were awarded in April, 2013 from the C.W. Fetter Endowed Research Fund for undergraduate research projects. Matt Hiebing will collaborate with Dr. Jen Wenner to determine if basalts near Lassen Peak, California have a monogenetic origin. Quin Lenz will also collaborate with Dr. Wenner. He will attempt to understand magmatic processes that generated those same basalts near Lassen Peak. Jordan Lubbers will investigate geothermal and hydrothermal processes associated with the super-eruption of the Lake City caldera in southwestern Colorado. His faculty collaborator is Dr. Chad Deering. Each student received a grant of $275

Three Research Grants Awarded from the C.W. Fetter, Jr. Endowed Research Fund
Collin Dischler, Matt Hiebing, and Krista Kroeninger each have been awarded $350 research grants from the C.W. Fetter, Jr., Endowed Research Fund. Collin’s research is entitled “3D Modeling of Battle Injuries on Dinosaurs;” he will collaborate with Dr. Joe Peterson on the project. Matt Hiebing’s project will be undertaken in collaboration with Dr. Jen Wenner. Its title is “Petrographic Study of Intraflow Variation Within Primitive Basalt Eruptions of the Poison Lake Chain” (Lassen Volcanic Park, California). Dr. Wenner will also collaborate on Krista Kroeninger’s project “Residence Time of Small-Volume Basalts in Arcs: An Electron Microprobe Study to Characterize Modification Processes in the Poison Lake Chain, California.” Congratulations to all three student researchers for receiving the grants. (2012)

Dr. C.W. Fetter (1942 - 2011)
Dr. C. W. Fetter, professor emeritus of Geology, passed away on September 10, 2011. Fetter received his Ph.D. and M.S. from Indiana University.  Fetter served on the UW Oshkosh faculty for 27 years from 1971 to 1998, serving as Department Chair from 1979-1981 and from 1984-1996.  He was named a John McNaughton Rosebush Professor in 1983.  Fetter taught environmental geology, hydrogeology, engineering geology, and glacial geology and authored several hydrogeology textbooks.  In recognition of his important contributions in the field of hydrogeology, he received the Excellence in Science and Engineering Award in 1996 and the Life Member Award in 2006, both from the National Ground Water Association.  In 1998 the Wisconsin Ground Water Association awarded him their Distinguished Professional Award. The family has asked that memorial contributions be sent to the C.W. Fetter Endowed Research Fund at the UW Oshkosh Foundation.

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Research Grants from the Department of Geology Endowed Research Fund
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. Rachelle’s 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 Brad’s 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).

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'.


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