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Let Us Give a Round of Applause to Dr. Kimberly Shaw 10/5/2015

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Kim Shaw, who was honored with the 2015 Rod Nave award by the Southeastern Association for Science Teacher Education! The Rod Nave award is a special honor for a supporter of the science education community and SASTE. It is named after Rod Nave, a professor of physics at Georgia State University, who designated special classes for science teachers using the latest technologies and emphasizing the conceptual physics approach. This award is typically given to a person who represents a significant connection between the sciences and the science education community. A well-deserved honor for Dr. Shaw.

Students of a Sustainable World Rally Together to Clean up the Weracoba Creek- 10/3/2015

Over 100 CSU students showed up to pull trash out of 1.2 miles of Weracoba Creek in Lakebottom Park, Columbus, as part of the 2015 Help The Hooch. Most of these students are enrolled in Sustainability and Environment this semester with Dr. Dan Holt. After cleaning up the creek, students separated recyclables such as aluminum, plastic, and steel from the remaining trash and hauled them to recycling trucks standing by at Golden Park

CSU Geology Students to Present Summer Research at GSA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC- 8/15/14

Rylleigh Harstad and Jeannie Patrick will travel to Vancouver, BC this October to present summer research.

Recent Graduate Daniel Black Accepts Position with U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in Alamosa, CO- 8/6/14
Daniel Black (M.S. Environmental Science, 2014) has accepted the position of Physical Science Technician with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in Alamosa, CO. The project he will be working on, the Closed Basin Project, uses a system of wells and channels to transfer water from the closed basin to the Rio Grande to help meet downstream water supply needs. This position incorporates both field and lab work. Daniel also interviewed for positions in Bremerton, WA, and Pearl Harbor, HI, but chose Alamosa, CO because of his interest in water resources management and hydrology.

Rylleigh Harstad, Ridge Smenner, and Sal Espinosa work in University of Florida Labs thanks to NSF Grant- 7/29/14
As a part of an NSF funded grant, AIPG officers Salvador Espinosa, Ridge Smenner, and Rylleigh Harstad traveled to Gainesville, FL with Dr. Clint Barineau for the opportunity to work in the labs at the University of Florida. While there, the three of them worked with CSU alumnus/previous AIPG CSU chapter member and current graduate student/teaching assistant at UF, Austin Sagul on a variety of projects. Dr. Paul Mueller of UF was their host for the week and was able to give them an inside look at the work involved with being a graduate student at a large research institution. They had the opportunity to work with some incredible equipment, including a SEM, XRF, and ICP mass spectrometer, and gained invaluable experience from the trip.

Rylleigh Harstad explains, "This piece of equipment, made by Katanax, makes glass disks, or 'beads' as we called them at UF, that can then be placed in the XRF in order to perform geochemical analysis on our rock samples. In order to make the beads, a mixture of lithium borate and very finely ground rock powder of each sample is placed into a platinum crucible, which is then placed in the machine. It makes up to five beads at a time, and heats the crucibles to over 1200 degrees Centigrade before pouring the molten mixture into the platinum molds for the beads. The result is a completely translucent glass disk that can then be placed in the XRF. This video captures the most impressive step of the entire 15-20 minute process, the pouring of the molten mixture into the molds."

CCSSC Receives Mounts for Radio Telescopes - 7/29/14
The Radio Telescopes at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center now have mounts. Some students will soon have the opportunity to practice radio astronomy which allows us to "better see galaxies and even black holes", according to recent CSU graduate John Hood. "This technology will also help us to gain a better understanding of solar activity by detecting radio fluxes during solar activity such as flares and CME."

In addition to the radio telescope mounts, CCSSC also recently added the "Astro Cam" to their Real-time Network. The "Astro Cam will show nighttime objects that are bright enough to stream.

Paper Co-authored by Dr. Rosa Williams has been accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal 7/28/14
"Physical Nature of the [S II]-bright Shell Nebulae N70 and N185," by Zhang, Chu, Williams, Jiang, Chen & Gruendl. A preprint is online at The paper describes two large interstellar shells of gas in the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy. These shells show signs of shock-heated gas, but are very large for the usual source of such shocks: supernova remnants, the expanding material from the supernova explosions of high-mass stars. We conclude that one, N70, is a larger structure known as a "superbubble" recently re-energized by an internal supernova. The other, N185, is consistent with an old, highly evolved supernova remnant, possibly one that took place inside the area cleared by a much older remnant.


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