April 7, 2006

All lectures (unless otherwise noted) are held on Fridays at 3:30 PM in AB20 (Laudon Lecture Hall).  

Coffee and cookies are served in the lobby starting at 3:15 PM
April 14 ---------    Gary Ernst -------- Stanford ------
April 18 (TUESDAY) at 12:20 in Room 140 Weeks Hall ---------  David Blowes ------ University of Waterloo ----- GSA Birdsall Dreiss Lecturer
April 21 --------   Lecture has been cancelled
Tammy Rittenhour
------ Utah State University
Friday, April 7, 2006 ----- 3:30 PM in Room AB20 Weeks Hall ----- "Optically Stimulated Luminescence Dating: Application to Problems in Quaternary Research"
Simon Mudd ------ Vanderbilt University -----
Wednesday, April 12 at 3:30 PM in Room 140 Weeks Hall ----- "What can hillslope soils tell us about channel erosion rates and erosion histories?"
Thursday, April 13 at 12:20 in Room 140 Weeks Hall ------ "Linking geomorphic processes to chemical weathering in hillslope soils."

Congratulations to ------
Junior G&G major Bill Cassata is being awarded a $5000 Hilldale Research Grant.  Bill is working with Brad Singer on volcanic records of the Mono Lake geomagnetic excursion in California and New Zealand.

Professor Gordon Medaris has been named the recipient of the 2006 Emanuel Boricky Medal from Charles University in the Czech Republic.  He is being recognized for his contributions to the petrology of metamorphic rocks.  Borick=FD (1840-1881) was an early mineralogist and petrographer, who joined the Charles University faculty in 1872. 

Planning stages for this year's spring banquet are underway.  Information is as follows:  The banquet will be held Friday, May 5 at the Overture Center and will be catered by the Whitehorse Inn.  Tickets will go on sale soon,  $20 for faculty, $15 for students, and children under 10 free.  This will be in conjunction with the Board of Visitors Spring Meeting here on May 5th.  Also,------ start planning nominations for the annual OOPPS and STOOPPS awards.  I

Jacob Birkett, Nathan Eck, Aaron Firnstahl, JoAnne Huie, Robert Matson and Andrew Olson.

Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop ----- To be held at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee ------ April 26 - 28, 2006 ------- 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM  ----- Sr Camille Kliebhan Conference Center  ------- The Grant Institute's Grants 101 Course is an intensive and detailed introduction to the process, structure, and skill of professional proposal writing. This course is characterized by its ability to act as a thorough overview, introduction, and refresher at the same time. In this course, participants will learn the entire proposal writing process and complete the course with a solid understanding of not only the ideal proposal structure, but a holistic understanding of the essential factors, which determine whether or not a program gets funded. Through the completion of interactive exercises and activities, participants will complement expert lectures by putting proven techniques into practice. This course is designed for both the beginner looking for a thorough introduction and the intermediate looking for a refresher course that will strengthen their grant acquisition skills.  In three days, students will be exposed to the art of successful grant writing practices, and led on a journey that ends with a masterful grant proposal. Grants 101 consists of three (3) courses that will be completed during the three-day workshop.
REGISTRATION ------$597.00 tuition includes all materials and certificates. 1) On-Line -Visit and click on the Registration area. Fill out the online registration form completely.  By Phone - Call toll free (888) 824 - 4424 to register by phone. By E-mail - Send an e-mail with your name, organization, and basic contact information to to reserve your slot and get your Confirmation Packet. 

National Research Council of the National Academies ------- sponsors a number of awards for postdoctoral researchers at federal laboratories.  These awards provide generous stipends ($38,000 - $65,000 per year), and the opportunity to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the country.  Detailed program information, including instructions on how to apply and a list of participating laboratories, is available on the NRC Research Associateship Programs Web site at: or Questions should be directed to the NRC at 202-334-2760 (tel) or email  There will be four review cycles annually.  Upcoming deadline dates are: May 1, 2006 ---- August 1, 2006 ---- November 1, 2006 ----- February 1, 2007 ----- Applicants should begin a dialog with prospective Advisers at the lab as early as possible, before their anticipated application deadline. 

POSITIONS AVAILABLE --- - DETAILS AVAILABLE IN THE OFFICE OR ON THE WEB Cave of the Mounds ------ Now hiring tour guides.  Work full time during the upcoming summer season.  Call for an application ----- 608-437-3038 and check out the web site at

California Institute of Technology ----- Pasadena, CA ------ Seismologist - CIT12837EL ----- The Seismological Lab is seeking a seismologist to participate in the operation and development of the Caltech/USGS earthquake monitoring network (SCSN/CISN). This is a temporary full time position for one year, with the possibility of future funding.  The duties will consist of participating in projects that involve enhancements and improvements of the seismological aspects of existing and new real-time products generated by SCSN/CISN.  Job duties also include developing, testing, and maintaining innovative approaches and software to calibrate sensor systems, to improve data quality and reliability of acquisition of SCSN/CISN waveform data.  Minimum Requirements:  BS in science required. MS degree or PhD in seismology or geophysics desirable. Must have 2 years experience in digital seismological signal analysis and be familiar with modern software development methods. Experience in analyzing large data sets of broadband and strong motion data.  To be considered for this position, please submit your resume at the following link: action=JobProfile&Job_Id=12837&esid=az

Volc=E1n de Colima, Mexico, ------ Additional enthusiastic students required to assist with research for a minimum period   of 1 month. Various projects are in progress, the overall goal being to produce a dynamic model to explain its behaviour.   Time will be spent assisting with field and lab work, including: routine collection of water and gas samples, maintenance of installed sensors, development of new systems, geophysical surveys and analysis of data. Applicants should have or be working towards a degree in geology or a related earth science with plenty of field experience. Some knowledge of Spanish would be useful, and a reasonable level of fitness is necessary for hiking at altitude. This is an opportunity to obtain experience working on an active volcano and to use various field, laboratory and analysis techniques. It could be of great benefit to someone waiting to enter graduate studies in volcanology. No salary can be paid, but cheap accommodation is available. Start can be anytime from May onwards. Further information can be found on the website: If interested please email Dr. Nick Varley, Centre of Exchange and Research in Volcanology, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Colima at Due to field commitments, applications will be processed at the beginning of May.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ----- Postdoctoral Research Staff Member ---- The Seismology Group has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral scientist to do original and independent research to support the Ground Based Nuclear Explosion Monitoring (GNEM) Program.  Areas of specialization include seismic detection using advanced signal processing techniques, accurate event location methods, earthquake-explosion discrimination, computational seismology and general waveform and earth model analysis.  Successful applicants will have access to the GNEM program's extensive seismic database and high performance computing facilities. 
- Conduct original and independent research, in collaboration with other LLNL researchers into technologies needed to detect, locate, and characterize seismic events 
- Conduct self-initiated research in seismology and/or geophysics 
- Present research at meetings and publish in refereed journals 
- Work as part of a scientific team and interact with seismologists to design and implement research projects.  This is a one-year term appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years.  SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS  US Citizenship  ---- Anticipated Clearance Level:  L -----For further information contact Arthur Rodgers, 925-423-5018.  To view and apply for this job, go to, search by job # 005140.

University of Utah ------ Department of Geology & Geophysics invites applications for a postdoctoral associate working in seismology and dynamics of the Yellowstone hotspot and its magmatic-tectonic system. Especially interested in candidates who can conduct original research on such topics as integrated interpretation of seismic and GPS data, crustal deformation and earthquake transients, earthquake source properties, fault-volcano stress interaction, dynamics of plume-plate interaction, tomography, etc. The position requires analysis of seismic data and fieldwork. Computing experience with the Linux/Unix operating system is required.  Applicants must have a PhD in geophysics or closely related field. The appointment will be for one-year starting Spring-Summer 2006, and negotiable, with continuation based upon performance and funding. Applicants should email Robert B. Smith (" the following: 1) a letter of application including statements of research interests and specially how the applicant could participate in the above research program, 2) a curriculum vitae and 3) names and email addresses of three persons who can provide recommendations for the candidate. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Northern Illinois University ------ Research/Laboratory Technician in Isotope Geochemistry. The Analytical Center for Climate and Environmental Change (ACCEC) in the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences at Northern Illinois University seeks a research/laboratory technician whose primary focus will be operation of mass spectrometers and related equipment in our geochemistry laboratories.  Responsibilities of the position include protocol development, user instruction and scheduling, sample analysis, maintenance and trouble-shooting, and related duties. The initial appointment of the research/laboratory technician will be for three years, beginning in summer 2006.  The position requires a M.S. degree or higher in geochemistry, geology, or analytical chemistry.  The successful candidate will have a background in isotopic and/or biogeochemistry research.  Candidates should send a vita, statement of research interests, and names of three references by June 1, 2006 to: Dr. Melissa Lenczewski, Northern Illinois University, Geology and Environmental Geosciences, DeKalb, IL 60115 815-753-7937, For more information check the department websites at  and