Ian was selected for the NASA Science Mission Design School. The program is designed to prepare the next generation of scientists for participation and leadership in space science missions. The program is run out of the Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL). He was also the Graduate Student Grand Prize Winner for the EnerGIS Scholarship. The prize is $2000.
Ph.D. student Kristi Dobra was awarded the Department of Defense Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation Scholarship. This highly competitive award provides students with full tuition for up to five years, summer internships, a stipend and full-time employment with the Department of Defense after graduation. Ms. Dobra, who has a B.S. in Geology from Temple University and a M.S. in Soil and Water Science from the University of Florida, currently works at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Pittsburgh. She plans to focus her research on the environmental geochemistry of Appalachian waterways.
The Collaboratory Leadership team (Emily Elliott, Daniel Bain, Eitan Shelef, Eric Perry, and Megan Guy) are the recipients of the 2021 Pitt Momentum Funds Teaming Grant for our project, Transcending Disciplines to Advance Regional Water Equity.
Alumnus Robert "Max" Winn was selected to make his presentation "Characterizing the Development of the Subsidence Basin Formed under the Interstate-70 Alignment over Longwall Mining of the Tunnel Ridge Mine, Washington County, Pa" at the Pittsburgh Geological Society's during their 18th Annual Student Night.
Elijah Hall received a grant for NSF GRFP Grant, Titled: Nutrient Sources Fueling Harmful Algal Blooms on the Allegheny Reservoir.
One of the groups in the Sustainability course is working on a project based on the environmental and mental health of the Pitt community – a plogging 5K fundraiser event. See attached flyer.
Plogging is a fitness trend that started in Sweden, and is a combination of running/walking and picking up trash along the way. The group wants to emphasize the connection between fitness and mental health, while helping the environment. The event is COVID-safe and has quite a few guidelines, which can be found on the race website.
They have an Instagram, @pitt_plogging, with lots more information and have started registration for the 5K. Anyone, including faculty, staff, and students can sign up even if you’re not in Pittsburgh.
Congrats to all of our December 2020 graduates! What a time to finish your college career, best of luck in all you do in the future!
An interview with our own Dr. Danielle Andrews-Brown
Dear Class of 2020,
Congratulations, you made it! Of course, at this point in time, you may not be sure what “it” is, but you should be as proud of yourselves as we are! Your education at Pitt was much more than just the Geology and Environmental Science/Studies classes you had, your time here allowed you to grow in ways that you’ll be discovering for years to come. While you are entering the next stage of your lives in a cloud of uncertainty, you have the skills and adaptability to find ways to make the world a better place, while securing your own future in the process.
We will miss being able to congratulate you in person this spring on this significant achievement – all of us know how much is lost in “virtual” experiences relative to real life. We hope that you can join us the next time we can host a life graduation event, whether it is at the end of the Fall Semester or perhaps joining the class of 2021 in a year.
In the meantime, we wish you all the best in your future endeavors, and hope that as you make your way in the world you find a way to do well by doing good!
Be sure to check out the video in this story!
Chair, Geology & Environmental Science