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Maymester Trip

Check out highlights from our 2012 Earth and Space Sciences Summer Field Class to the Rocky Mountains of Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. Other trips have taken our students and faculty to Washington, Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico and along the Eastern Seaboard to the Adirondacks and Great Lakes regions.

Join Us For Our 2018 Maymester Trip

The Department of Earth and Space Sciences is offering several Astronomy and Geology courses during the four-week Maymester session.These courses are centered on a 15-day field trip experience to the Grand Canyon, Sierra Nevada Mountains, and Basin and Range province of southern California, Nevada, and Utah. Students will learn about the geology of this region, as well as the important astronomy discoveries that occurred in historic observatories of California – in addition to studying astronomy in the clear night skies of the western United States. For more information, click here.

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Cameron McCarty

Recent Graduate At Forefront of Mars Exploration

Since fall 2015, Cameron has operated the engineering cameras and the microscopic cameras on the Mars rover Opportunity. As “Engineering Camera and Microscopic Imager Payload Uplink Lead,” he works about 4-5 days every month, telling the cameras on the rover where and when to take pictures.

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Alumni Spotlight

Congratulations to ESS alumni Daniel Black, who took a job with the Army Corps of Engineers in Davis, CA; and to Dr. Karretta 'KK' Venable, for successfully defending her PhD dissertation.

Daniel Black

Daniel Black

Karretta 'KK' Venable

Karretta 'KK' Venable