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Former Peace Corps Volunteer and Geoscientist Welcomed as New Geoscience Communication Fellow

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Alexandria, VA – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and Schlumberger welcome former Peace Corps volunteer and geoscientist, Stephanie Tubman as the AGI/Schlumberger Geoscience Communication Fellow. Through a generous donation from Schlumberger, a global service provider to the oil and gas industry, Tubman will be working with AGI’s Critical Issues Program to disseminate geoscience information to help support decision making at the federal, state and municipal levels.

“The goal of the Critical Issues program is to provide decision makers with clear, relevant and quickly digestible information about the geosciences, without oversimplifying the science.” Tubman said of her new post. During the first month of her fellowship she has already written a factsheet that was distributed at a congressional briefing commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Good Friday Earthquake. Throughout her fellowship, Tubman will be investigating other topics and ways to deliver geoscience information to decision makers.

Tubman pursued geoscience because of her passion for connecting with the environment and her desire to help others do the same. Following her undergraduate degree at Colgate University she completed an internship at the U.S. Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory and enrolled in Michigan Tech’s Peace Corps Master’s International program in Geohazards Mitigation. During her two-year tour in Guatemala with the Peace Corps, she was assigned to a municipal environmental office, collaborating with local officials on water management, environmental science education and ecotourism projects. Her experience working at the municipal level made her an ideal candidate for her work with the Critical Issues program.

Tubman first heard about the fellowship when attending a reception hosted by AGI at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting.

“Science is an important tool,” Tubman stated, “I’m looking forward to engaging with different decision-making communities to understand how they use information and how we can help to meet their needs for geoscience information.”

For more information on the Center for Critical Issues:


The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 geologists, geophysicists and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society’s use of resources, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with
the environment.

Michigan Tech Students Win First Place in National Mining Competition

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

The National Mining Competition announced the three winners from the 2013 event. First place Michigan Tech, second place University of British Columbia, and third place Edwards School of Business.

The winning Michigan Tech Mining team, “the fabulous four,” was Cora Hemmila, Matthew Younger, Matthew Schuman and Matthew Schwalen. The team advisor is James Murray Gillis, Instructor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, Director, Mine Safety and Health Training Program. (more…)

Midwest to The Mideast: Nathan Sankary’s Blog

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Nathan Sankary, who graduated in geology from Michigan Tech earlier this year, is doing Master’s degree work in Israel this year at the Israel Institute of Technology studying Environmental Engineering. He was raised in Minneapolis and earned a Michigan Tech geology degree. He is posting a blog on his adventures. It’s at
The Midwest to The Mideast

Peace Corps Master’s Student Tackles Water, Waste, Volcanoes, Earthquakes in Panama

Monday, September 9th, 2013

To the people of Peña Blanca, Panama, Chet Hopp must seem like a godsend. He’s helping them get cleaner water, improve sanitation and understand their local volcanic hazards.

“I’m an environmental health extensionist, which means that my main responsibilities to my community of Peña Blanca deal with sanitation,” says Hopp, a Peace Corps Master’s International student in geology at Michigan Technological University. “Specifically, we work to improve access to potable water through development and construction of gravity-fed aqueducts, as well as improving sanitation practices through education and access to various types of latrines.”

Landslide monitoring, social research protect San Vicente in El Salvador

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Soil around San Vicente volcano in El Salvador has always been rich, leading farmers to plant coffee, beans and sugar cane on its slopes. In times of heavy rain, the loose soil and volcanic rock on the steep slopes washes down, covering the villages nearby in heavy mud.
Find out more about the work of John Gierke and Luke Bowman in the article published in Environmental Monitor

Remote Sensing and Hazard Modeling Workshop Video

Taller de Sensores Remotos y Modelacion de Amenazas en El Salvador

Blankenbicker writes a science education blog called SciEd

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Adam Blankenbicker, a Peace Corps Master’s International alumnus in geology, writes a science education blog called SciEd for the Public Library of Science (PLoS) web site. See SciEd Blog.
Adam is an Education Specialist at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History.

Institute on Lake Superior Geology

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

The 59th Annual Meeting of the Institute on Lake Superior Geology will be hosted by the Seaman Mineral Museum at Michigan Tech May 8 to May 11, 2013; Technical Sessions will be at the Franklin Square Inn, downtown Houghton. Registration Information

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2013 Field Trip: Eastern Isle Royale: Large Lava Flows

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Geological Field Trip – Eastern Isle Royale, Michigan: Large Lava Flows
Join a field trip to Isle Royale National Park, May 25-31, 2013; Middle Proterozoic Continental Theoleiitic Flood Basalts of the 1.1 Ba Keweenaw Rift (Rodinia); Trip Leaders: Bill Rose and Justin Olson. Click for more information, Background, a Video Lecture, Logistics, Cost and Trip Schedule, Reservations and Course Credit. 2013 Isle Royale Field Trip

Kellie Carpenter Rotunno, geological engineering graduate in the News

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Kellie Carpenter Rotunno, a 1987 geological engineering graduate and director of engineering and construction for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, was interviewed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer regarding her job, her education, women in engineering and more.

Alumni News: Debbie Huntzinger

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Debbie Huntzinger is an award-winning researcher who applies carbon cycle lessons to industry as a faculty at Northern Arizona University.

Over the years, Debbie Huntzinger’s academic interests migrated from groundwater to the atmosphere, but a fellowship award that will help fund her research in carbon sequestration is bringing her back to her engineering roots.

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