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      • Congratulations are extended to our December 2013 graduates which include: Anthony Agnello, Nicholas Baldwin, Meagan Chase, Samantha Crotty, Melissa Normandeau, Zachary Poulson, Michael Ritner, Jacqueline Schubert, Shannon Seiler, and Joshua Stone.

        Our SEED student organization continues its efforts to reduce plastic bottle use on campus. Discussions with the EUP Facilities staff has led to new bottle filling stations on campus. In addition, SEED is currently selling reusable aluminum bottles as a fundraiser.

        Dr. Eisenhart's Forest Geography class collectively worked on a research project which employs air photos and tree ring data to estimate the age of forest plots on the Howard Falls property. Several students are planning to present the results of this project at the AAG meeting this spring.

        Our Department welcomed back our distinguished alumnus, Mr. Mark Wozniak, on October 30th. Mark will be talking to our current majors at 3PM in 217 Cooper Hall about Career Opportunities for Scientists within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

        The C-Span television cable network visited EUP in mid-October and the work of our planetarium director, Dr. David Hurd, with tactile resources was the focus of one of the feature segments. His segment entitled "Getting the Feel for Lunar Craters" can be seen at

        Dr. Baher Ghosheh served as a panelist for a discussion entitled "Conflagration in the Middle East: Egypt, Syria, and the Mena Region Post Arab Spring". The event took place at 7PM on October 17th in 107A Compton Hall and was sponsored by the North Africa West Asia Studies Committee (NAWA)", which is a committee that is currently chaired by Dr. Ghosheh.

        Dr. Karen Eisenhart coauthored a paper entitled "Drought induces spruce beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis) outbreaks across northwestern Colorado". The article will be published in the journal Ecology. The pre-print is posted online at and a press release for the article can be found on the University of Colorado's web site at .

        One of our Geography - Environmental Studies majors, Alyssa Piper, spent the summer 2013 measuring trees and collecting tree ring data from plots in the Howard Falls property.

        Congratulations are extended to our May 2013 graduates which include: Aaron Chisholm (recipient of the Outstanding Departmental Senior Award), Stacie Sulkowski, Bennet Porter, Logan Snodgrass, Justina Santiago, Keith Hayes, Daniel McKay, Samantha Crotty, Maria Brooks, Jon-Marc Burdick, Justin Feikls, Andrew Loomis, Melina Messenger, Nicole Ordos, and James Orton.

      • Dr. Tshudy recently made his second trip to Taiwan since December, this time for two weeks of lab work and field work, including a 4-day deep-sea collecting cruise in the Philippine Sea aboard the R/V Ocean Researcher I. Tshudy and his Taiwanese colleagues are studying the taxonomy and evolution of a group of blind, deep-sea lobsters.

      • The Geosciences Department is pleased to announce the recipients of our annual geology field camp scholarships and awards this spring. They are Steve Mattern (Franco DiPillio Award) and Keith Hayes (Ramsay Field Camp Scholarship and Dr. Michael Schneider Geology Field Camp Scholarship).

      • Congratulations are extended to our December 2012 graduates which include: Carolyn Bell, Amanda Davey, Ryan Frawley, Derric Hyde, Merri Luebbert, Kelly Kravos, Jeremy Menzer, Nathan Miller, Regina Remetta, Kyle Smith, and Kate Stukbauer.

      • The Geosciences Department is pleased to announce the recipients of our two fall scholarships. Meagan Chase is the recipient of the Dr. Carolyn J. Merry Geosciences Scholarship and Keith Hayes and Nathan Miller are co-recipients of the Department of Geosciences Scholarship.

      • Professor Dale Tshudy recently (2012) published "Dinochelus steeplensis, a new species of clawed lobster (Nephropidae) from the London Clay (Eocene) of England" in the Journal of Crustacean Biology. The paper resulted from a collaboration with a British "amateur" fossil collector, Mr. Jeffrey Saward. The species is a "missing link" of sorts. It is chronologically, morphologically and bathymetrically intermediate between obvious relatives in older rocks and those in the modern oceans.Prof. Tshudy also coauthored a new book in press, "Ecology and Biology of the Norway Lobster, Nephrops norvegicus". Tshudy covered taxonomy and evolution in the volume edited by British marine biologists, Magnus L. Johnson and Mark P. Johnson. In addition, Prof. Tshudy travelled to Taiwan in December 2012 to collaborate with marine biologists at National Taiwan Ocean University. The collaborators in four countries are studying the evolution of a peculiar group of deep sea lobsters.

      • Congratulations are extended to our French Creek Cleanup Geosciences Team: Brittney Oleniacz, Steve Mattern, Luz Solano, Kyle Kelly, Mike Klink, Breanna Kreckel, and Jessica Nulph. Together they cleaned up 2,700 pounds of trash out of French Creek on September 8th, and were presented with the $200 award for the largest group with the biggest load. Part of their load included multiple tires and a lawn tractor.Together with over 500 others, the volunteers removed over 22,780 pounds of garbage from French Creek and a few of its tributaries.

      • The addition and renovations to Cooper Hall are now complete and the department office and faculty offices have relocated back to Cooper Hall. Our new department office is located in 126 Cooper Hall.

      • Congratulations are extended to our May 2012 graduates which include: Mark Deka, Desiree Fuller, Becky Klauk, Paul Landrio, Jeff Pacansky, Matt Parker, Sally Rizzo, Jeff Salvatore, Jordan Sipos, Jacob Straw, Tim Turner, and Kaitlin Voss.

      • The Department of Geosciences Outstanding Senior Award for the 2011-12 academic year was awarded to Jeff Pacansky. Congratulations Jeff!

      • The Geosciences Department is pleased to announce the recipients of our annual geology field camp scholarships and awards this spring. They are Zachary Robertson (Ramsay Field Camp Scholarship), Adam Baldwin and Hanna Esterly (Dr. Michael Schneider Geology Field Camp Scholarship), and Adam Baldwin (Franco DiPillio Award).

      • Under the supervision of Dr. Karen Eisenhart, environmental studies / geography major Kaitlin Voss worked on a project to develop a wildflower guide for the Howard Falls property during the Spring 2012.

      • Four members of the EUP Geography Club attended the 108th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in New York City in February, 2012.

      • Several guest speakers from academia and industry provided invited presentations on various aspects of the Marcellus Shale as part of Dr. Joe Reese's "Geology of the the Marcellus Shale" seminar class this spring.

      • Dr. Laurie Parendes' "Geography of Water Resources" course included a mini-speaker series this spring featuring guest speakers from SUNY - Fredonia and the Edinboro Wastewater Treatment Plant.

      • Under the supervision of Dr. Karen Eisenhart, geography major Rebecca Klauk gave a research presentation on  “Documenting vegetation differences between two sites at Howard Falls Land Trust in northwestern PA using a nested sampling method.”  This presentation was given at the 108th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in New York City in February.  Ms. Klauk won first place in the 2012 Undergrad/Masters Student Paper Competition of the Biogeography Specialty Group (BSG) of the AAG.

      • Dr. Baher Ghosheh led his Geography of Asia class to China in January 2012.

      • Congratulations are extended to our December 2011 graduates which include: Michael Bauman, Michael Cass, Kimberly Copeland, Melissa Leszek, Ashley O'Hara, and Brittany Roberts.

      • Under the supervision of Dr. Eric Straffin, geology major Adam Baldwin gave a research presentation on “A Continuing Ground Penetrating Radar Survey Examining the Geologic History of Presque Isle, Pennsylvania.”   This presentation was given at the Regional Science Consortium symposium at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center in Erie during the Fall 2011.

      • One of our student organizations within the Geosciences Department, Students for Environmental Defense (SEED), organized a fundraiser called "Reaching Out to Save the Red Ape" to raise awareness about orangutan habitat loss in Indonesia. This Fall 2011 event raised $720 for Orangutan Outreach.

      • The inaugural Dr. Carolyn J. Merry Geosciences Scholarship was awarded during the Fall 2012to one of our environmental geography majors, Ms. Sally Rizzo.

      • Jeff Pacansky and Jordan Sipos were awarded the Department of Geosciences Scholarship for the 2011-12 academic year. 

      • The EUPlanetarium has reopened in the newly renovated area of Cooper Science Hall.

      • Under the supervision of Dr. Richard Deal, environmental studies / geography major Brittany Roberts conducted an independent study using GIS to analyze the effects of land use on water quality in several different watersheds in Pennsylvania during the Fall 2011.

      • Drs. Henry Lawrence and Richard Deal served as co-instructors for our three credit seminar course GEOG 391 - Field Geography during the Summer 2011. Drs. Lawrence and Deal led eight students on a two week trip to Hawaii where they learned about the physical, urban, historical, cultural, and economic geography of the Big Island and Kauai.

      • The Geosciences Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Laurie Parendes has been elected to a three year term as Department Chair effective May 1, 2011.