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UW-Eau Claire Students and Faculty Member to Present Research at GSA Meeting in Minneapolis

RELEASED: May 18, 2005

GSA logoEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be well represented at the 39th annual meeting of the North-Central Section of the Geological Society of America, May 19-20, at the Radisson Hotel Metrodome on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. Eight students and one faculty member have been accepted to present at this year's GSA meeting.

Senior comprehensive geology major Lisa Grosvold, Holcombe, will present "Thermal History of Hydrothermal Quartz Crystals: Insights from Micro-IR Spectroscopy," which details research done in collaboration with Dr. Phillip Ihinger, associate professor of geology at UW-Eau Claire.

Ryan Prechel, a senior comprehensive computer science major from Elroy, will present research from the project "Visual Simulation of Crystal Growth and Development of Spector Zoning in Hydrothermal Quartz," which he worked on with 2003 UW-Eau Claire geology graduate Jacob Chmielowiec, Dr. Daniel Stevenson, associate professor of computer science at UW-Eau Claire, and Ihinger.

David Mans, a senior geology major from Chippewa Falls, will present "Deglaciation History of the China Lake Area, South-Central Maine, Based on Glaciomarine Sediments and Newly Obtained C-14 Ages," which details research conducted with Dr. Kent Syverson, professor of geology at UW-Eau Claire.

Junior biology major Joshua Kinsman, La Valle, will present "Preliminary Till Provenance Study in the Robertson Island/Cape Marsh Region, East Coast Antarctic Peninsula," which features research done in collaboration with Syverson and Eugene Domack from the department of geology at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y.

Jenifer Bode, a senior from Shoreview, Minn., has a double major in geography and history. She will be presenting research from the project "In Search of a Missing Child: A Geophysical (GPR) Investigation of a Cemetery," which she worked on with Dr. Harry Jol, associate professor of geography and anthropology at UW-Eau Claire.

Jessica Lopez, a senior geology and Spanish major from Glendale, will present "Mid-Holocene Geomorphic and Human History at the Atkinson Site, Glacial Lake Hind Basin, Southwestern Manitoba," which details research done in collaboration with Dr. Karen Havholm, professor of geology at UW-Eau Claire; Dr. Gary Running, associate professor of anthropology and geography at UW-Eau Claire; and Sarah Buss and Mark Nelson from the department of geography and planning at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.

Jeremy Treague, a senior comprehensive computer science major from Danbury, will present "Three-Dimensional Subsurface GPR Visualization for an Archaeological Site ( Qumran, Israel) and a Geomorphic Site ( Michigan)," which he worked on with five others, including Jol.

Senior Kali Pace-Graczyk, Stevens Point, will present "Fracture Orientations and Closed Depressions in St. Croix County, Wisconsin: Effects of Karst Landscapes in Hydrology," which reports on research conducted with Brian Mahoney, associate professor of geology at UW-Eau Claire, and David Lepain from the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey.

Jol also will make a presentation titled "GPR Studies along the Present and Past Coastlines of the Great Lakes," done in collaboration with Timothy Fisher of the University of Toledo, Walter Loope of the United States Geological Survey, Derald Smith of the University of Calgary and Laura Moore of Oberlin College.

For more information on the GSA presentations, contact Jol at (715) 836-3472 or visit the Web sites for the UW-Eau Claire geology department, the UW-Eau Claire geography and anthropology department, and the GSA.

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