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Mea Cook’s successful weather balloon launch

Mea Cook led a team of College employees and community members in a very successful weather balloon launch from the top of Morley Science Center on September 10th. The endeavor brought together College staff from multiple departments including Bronfman Science Center, Environmental Studies, Geosciences and Facilities, as well as community members from the Northern Berkshire

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“Volcanic Adventures”: Eloise Andry ’14 blogs her Watson year

Eloise Andry ’14 has been blogging her experiences and travels as a Watson Fellow exploring the relationships between volcanoes and the people who live near them: http://eloiseandvolcanoes.blogspot.com. She is currently in Iceland, and will continue traveling to Chile, New Zealand, Vanuatu, and Indonesia later this year. More on Eloise, the Watson Fellowship and her grant can be found here.

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Keck Geology Consortium wins three-year NSF grant

The Keck Geology Consortium, a nation-wide group of 18 liberal arts colleges dedicated to supporting undergraduate research in the geosciences, has received a three-year, $550,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The Consortium owes it start to Williams professors Bud Wobus and Bill Fox (emeritus), who wrote the founding grant in 1986. Twenty-eight years later,

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“Ancient Earth, Alien Earths” panel discussion featuring Dr. Phoebe Cohen, August 20th

Dr. Phoebe Cohen will participate in a panel discussion titled “Ancient Earth, Alien Earths: What Earth’s History Can Teach Us About Planets Orbiting Other Stars.” The discussion will take place Wednesday, August 20 at 5:30 PM and will be webcast on NASA TV. Additional details are below.

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Dr. Ronadh Cox interviewed on WAMC, Northeast Public Radio

Ronadh Cox was recently interviewed by WAMC, Northeast Public Radio, about her work on boulder ridges in Ireland. The winter of 2013-2014 brought a series of severe winter storms to the area and this summer, Dr. Cox led a group of Williams students studying the surprising and dramatic effects of those storms. Junior Geosciences major

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“Williams Rocks: A walking tour of campus” with Dr. Bud Wobus

Saturday, June 14, 3:30 p.m. Williams Rocks: A walking tour of campus, from bedrock to building stones, and the stories they tell with Bud Wobus, Edna McConnell Clark Professor of Geology. CLARK HALL

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“Mass Extinctions: A brief history of life’s worst moments”, a lecture with Dr. Phoebe Cohen

Thursday, June 12, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Mass Extinctions: A brief history of life’s worst moments with Phoebe Cohen, Assistant Professor of Geosciences Life on Earth has experienced at least 5 major events we call “mass extinctions,” where a huge number of species have gone extinct in a short period of time. This talk will explore

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A lecture with Bill Ruddiman ’64

Bill Ruddiman ’64 will be giving a lecture in the 62 Centre (Main Stage) on Thursday morning, June 12, at 9:30 AM.  The title of his talk is “Global Warming.”

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Senior Thesis Presentations, Monday, May 19

The Geosciences Department Senior Thesis Presentations will be held on Monday, May 19 in Clark 105.   The schedule of the presentations will be: 2:30 PM, Eloise Andry: The Eruptive History of Strawberry Crater, San Francisco Volcanic Field, Northern Arizona 2:50 PM, Paul De Konkoly Thege: A Radiocarbon Reconstruction of the Deglacial Bering Sea 3:10 PM, Johanna Eidmann: A

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Nakita VanBiene ’15 co-organizes “I, too, am Williams” photo campaign

Working with Susie Paul ’16, geosciences major Nakita VanBiene ’15 has organized a photo campaign dubbed “I, too, am Williams.” Modeled after similar campaigns at Harvard and Oxford, the project reflects VanBiene’s interests in public education and social justice issues. When asked to say a few words about the project, Nakita wrote: “In light of

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