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GEOSCIENCE DEPARTMENT NEWS

Exploring Winter Weather Trends

As unusual weather patterns strike the nation this winter, Macy Howarth '16 is investigating changes and trends in wind chill temperature. Howarth's Honors thesis, "Climatology of Wind Chill Temperatures across North America," condenses 30 years of data from more than 160 weather stations into a comprehensive analysis. "Climate variability and change is a very hot topic right now in the atmospher...  More >>

Methylmercury Research Begins

Hobart and William Smith Colleges recently purchased a Brooks-Rand MERX-M methylmercury analyzer, an instrument that measures the concentrations of methylmercury in organisms collected from lakes and streams. The analyzer will be instrumental in furthering research for the Finger Lakes Institute's Mercury Project, a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority funded collaborative stu...  More >>

Sutton, Metz Present at Wood Library

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology James Sutton and Assistant Professor of Geoscience Nicholas Metz will deliver a pair of guest lectures at the Wood Library in Canandaigua, N.Y., as part of a special speaker series featuring HWS faculty members. Sutton will kick off the series with his talk, "Re-Entry: From Prison to Society," on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. The lecture will address...  More >>

HWS on “Awesome Planet” Available on Hulu

An episode of the Emmy-nominated series "Xploration Awesome Planet," hosted by Philippe Cousteau Jr., features the Colleges' Science on Seneca program. The show recently aired on Fox stations around the country and is now available on Hulu. The episode, "Exciting Waterways," highlights a trip with Pittsford Mendon High School students and teachers to test the water quality of Seneca Lake. Science...  More >>

Geoscience in the Bahamas

Two years after a winter field study in the Bahamas, the HWS Geoscience Department is returning to the island of San Salvador for GEO 299: "Carbonates Ancient and Modern-The Bahamas," where students are developing hands-on experience in science and communication by exploring modern and ancient carbonate environments. During the last trip, led by HWS Professor of Geoscience Nan Crystal Arens and S...  More >>

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