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  • Fox Valley trio heading to Antarctica for scientific expedition. Ross Powell, Reed Scherer, and Rebecca Puttkammer go to Antarctica for a project supported by the National Science Foundation that will drill through about a half mile of Antarctic ice to study the grounding zone where the West Antarctic Ice Sheet on land meets the Ross Sea. Read the Aurora Beacon-News article. - December 15, 2014
  • Exploring the unseen West Antarctic coastline. NIU scientist Ross Powell is leading a National Science Foundation-supported effort to drill through the ice, probe grounding zone’s influence on rising sea levels. Read the Northern Today article. - November 11, 2014
  • On November 1, 2014, a research team from the Department of Geology & Environmental Geosciences at Northern Illinois University (NIU) and Beloit College will embark on a 4,453 mile journey from DeKalb, Illinois to Iquique, Chile. The purpose of this trip is to study the hydrology of the Pampa del Tamarugal Aquifer, which is the sole source of municipal, agricultural, and industrial water in the region. The research team includes Dr. Justin Dodd and Dr. Ryan Pollyea from NIU, Dr. Sue Swanson from Beloit College, and two NIU graduate students, Elizabeth Olson and Rick Jayne. You can follow their blog by clicking here. - November 4, 2014
  • Professor Richard Alley's recent visit to NIU was highly successful. He gave 4 exciting presentations during his stay; a technical lecture related to the WISSARD Project to Geology graduate students, a general lecture to the campus and community on Friday at 4:00 in Cole Hall, and two presentations at STEMFest. The Cole Hall lecture served a nearly packed house, with approximately 300 in attendance. The event was covered by several news media including the Chicago Tribune, WREX TV, the DeKalb Daily Chronicle, and NIU Media Relations. - October 22, 2014