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News & Events

  • Ph.D student Tim Hodson lands coveted internship aboard the exploration ship Okeanos Explorer to help map the Atlantic Ocean seafloor. Read the NIU Today article. - April 18, 2014
  • Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Dr. Carla Montgomery for receiving NIU’s award for lifetime philanthropy. - March 26 2014
  • Alumnus Kendle Fraley (B.S 09; M.S. 12) gets his research published in a high profile journal, and is held up as an example of NIU’s best. Read story. - March 18, 2014
  • Undergraduate Julie Daniels was selected to take part in a research project that is sponsored by both the the Keck Geology Consortium and a grant that Dr. Nathan Stansell received from the National Science Foundation. She will travel with Dr. Stansell to Peru for 3 weeks this summer and then complete an independent research project during the 2014-2015 academic year. Click here for more information about the project.
  • Dr. Justin Dodd has received funding from the American Chemical Society - Petroleum Research Fund for Doctoral New Investigators for his research on oxygen and silicon isotope variations in diatom silica. The $100,000 grant includes 2 years of funding for a graduate student (MS or PhD) to begin in August 2014. Please contact Dr. Dodd (jdodd@niu.edu) for further information.
    Dr. Dodd has also received $12,000 from the National Geographic Society – Waitt Foundation to continue fieldwork in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile with PhD student Elizabeth Olson and Chilean colleagues. - February 11, 2014
  • Number six on CNN's list of the Best 100 Jobs in America - Petroleum Geologist. - November 14, 2013
  • Articles in Nature and the Chicago Tribune featuring Ross Powell and Reed Scherer talk about how the Antarctic research season is in jeopardy due to US government shutdown. - October 7, 2013
  • The poster of recent MS graduate Kasey Todd wins 2nd place at the AAPG Student Expo in Houston, TX. Kasey earned $500 for her efforts, and Chevron will generously donate a matching $500 to the department on Kasey's behalf.  Congratulations to Kasey and thank you to Chevron! Pictured with Kasey is Steven Shirley, the manager of earth science technical relations for Chevron. - September 19, 2013
  • M.S. student Erik Van Dusen completes a summer internship with IMERYS, a multinational mining and mineral resource company. Northern Today article. - September 18, 2013
  • Article featuring Ross Powell and Reed Scherer in Science News for Kids focusing on the subglacial mud, diatoms, and long-term questions about climate. - September 9, 2013
  • M.S. student Hal Hackett wins an Excellent Student Poster award at the 4th International Polar Marine Diatom Workshop in Wales. - August, 2013
  • Ross Powell and Reed Scherer featured in KABC-7 San Francisco news story about Sub Ice Rover (SIR) testing in Lake Tahoe, CA. - July 23, 2013
  • Congratulations to Professor Mark Fischer on being named to the 2013-2014 Editorial Board of the AAPG Bulletin. - July 22, 2013
  • NIU's Antarctic-bound robotic submarine making its maiden voyage at Lake Tahoe. NIU Today article. - July 16, 2013
  • We are very happy to start two new faculty members this Fall. Nathan Stansell is our new Assistant Professor in stratigraphy. Nicole LaDue is our new Assistant Professor in earth science education. - July, 2013