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Central Michigan University

14 October 2004

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Pat Housley
(989) 774-3197

CMU Faculty and Student Researchers to Present at National Geological Meeting

MOUNT PLEASANT - Two students and two faculty members at Central Michigan University will present their research Nov. 7 to 10 at the annual Geological Society of America meeting in Denver, Colo.

CMU faculty member Patrick Kinnicutt will present "Comparison of Spatial Interpolation Models Characterizing Surficial Dioxin Distributions in Midland, MI." The study along the Tittabawasse River flood plain examines previous data collected by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and compares it with various geological data.

CMU geology department chairman David Matty is presenting "What's Worked for Us: Partnerships Build A Strong Undergraduate Department at a Research-Intensive University." He and colleagues Reed Wicander, Jane Matty, Kathleen Benison, Sven Morgan, Mona Sirbescu, Staci Goetz, Kinnicutt, Allen Dodson and James Student formed partnerships among various stakeholders, including students, alumni, friends, administrators and faculty, to strengthen the department, help recruitment, mentoring and retention of faculty, and to provide more academic and research opportunities for students.

CMU student Emily Hartwick of Mount Pleasant is presenting "Crystallization Conditions and Fluid Chemistry of the Animikie Red Ace Pegmatite, Florence County, Wisconsin." Her study, conducted with CMU faculty members Mona-Liza Sirbescu and Student, examines conditions affecting the formation of ancient geological formations.

Former CMU student Rebecca Pressler of Kawkawlin is presenting "A Palynologic Paleoenvironmental Analysis of a Dinosaur Bone-Bearing Bed From the Cretaceous Hell Creek Formation, Montana." Pressler's study was conducted in Montana during a summer internship with renowned paleontologist Jack Horner to try to understand the environments in which dinosaurs may have lived.

The conference is at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

David Matty, (989) 774-3179
Patrick Kinnicutt, (989) 774-2142
Rebecca Pressler, (989) 714-2948
Emily Hartwick, (989) 621-7233

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