November 27, 2017
Kurt Shoemaker, attended the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting
Shawnee State University’s Kurt Shoemaker, Professor of Geology, attended the Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting this past October in Seattle, Washington.
At the conference, Dr. Shoemaker presented two presentations, “An Outrageous Hypothesis for the Origin of Pleistocene ‘Dunes’ in the Ohio Valley at Sandy Springs, Ohio and Vanceburg, Kentucky,” and “Stream Piracy in the Teays River System Prior to the Impoundment of Pleistocene Lake Tight: The Evolution of the Tygarts Creek and Little Sandy River Drainage Basins of Northeast Kentucky.”
These presentations focused on the evolution of the Ohio Valley over the last five million years. The “Stream Piracy of the Teays River System Prior to the Impoundment of the Pleistocene Lake Tight” presentation is the product of an undergraduate research project conducted by two SSU Geology majors, Rebecca Boyd and Jessica Leesburg.
“For a small undergraduate institution, Shawnee State University had a terrific presence at this year’s GSA Annual Meeting. There were a total of nine people to represent Shawnee State – two geology professors, five students and two alumni,” said Dr. Shoemaker.
Dr. Erik Larson, Assistant Professor of Geology at SSU, and two of his research students also presented at the 2017 GSA Annual Meeting.
The GSA is an international scientific society established in 1888. Their meetings, publications and programs have enhanced the professional growth of geoscientists and fostered geoscientist stewardship and service. GSA encourages cooperative research and public dialogue on geoscience issues and supports all levels of earth-science education.
The Faculty Enrichment Grant is provided through the SSU Development Foundation which sponsored travel funds to the 2017 GSA Annual Meeting.