December 29, 2012 - "UW-Eau Claire geography professor Harry Jol and student Nick Jaeger joined the throngs recently heading to the Holy Land at Christmastime.
But though religion played a huge role in their journey, this was a scientific research expedition for Jol and Jaeger, who were staff members of the University of Hartford Archaeological Excavations Projects in Israel for the 10-day trip.
Their mission included verifying the existence of a bath house associated with Mary's Well in Nazareth and using ground-penetrating radar and taking core samples to investigate the possibility that an ancient church lies beneath the rebuilt Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in the city of 210,000 people. The research team's preliminary findings suggest both are true..."
The Leader Telegram, Eric Lindquist
December 9, 2012 - "Sandy beaches, ocean views, huge sand dunes and military bunkers were the backdrop for part of a recent University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire geography field seminar trip to the Southwest region of the United States.
A student field research project at the Fort Ord Dunes in Marina, Calif., a former World War I military post that was converted into a state park in 2009, concentrated on how giant coastal sand dunes formed over cement bunkers, and was the first research to be conducted in the new park.
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire senior Meghan Kelly, a geography major from Mankato, Minn., said studying the dunes was her favorite part of the trip..."
The Leader Telegram, UW - Eau Claire News Bureau