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2022 Geology and Environmental Science graduates gathered for a group photo on staircase.

Congratulations to our 2022 Graduates!

Graduating seniors in Geology & Environmental Science were honored at the department's reception on May 1st, 2022.

Ward Allebach stands outside wearing one of his signature Hawaiian shirts

Professor Ward Allebach featured in the Pitt News!

The Pitt news published a Sillhouette on the department's own Ward Allebach. Read the full story here.

Dr. Danielle Andrews-Brown stands in front of minerals on display in the department of Geology and Environmental Science

Dr. Danielle Andrews-Brown featured in the Pitt News!

Dr. Danielle Andrews-Brown, Environmental Studies Program coordinator, was recently featured in the Pitt News! Read the full story here.

Martina Frederick, left, Lauren Posey and Matthew Yager of Eco Justice Allies.

Pitt students address environmental injustices in Pittsburgh!

A group of Pitt students have formed a new advocacy group to fight environmental injustices in their community.

Professors Emily Elliot and Dan Bain receive 2022 Momentum Funds awards!

Geology & Environmental Science faculty members Emily Elliot and Dan Bain are among the 2022 Momentum Funds award recipients.

Frances Russo stands next to her research poster at the Lunar Planetary Science Conference

Frances Russo presents at LPSC, thanks to the generosity of the Chris Hapke Memorial Fund

Frances Russo, an undergraduate geology major, recently presented her research at the 2022 Lunar Planetary Science Conference. She received funding through the Chris Hapke Memorial Fund - the first student to benefit from this new endowment. Congratulations Frances!

Dr. Dan Bain nominated to committee on risks of Electric Arc Furnace Slag

Dr. Dan Bain will serve on a committee that will assess human health risks associated with the unencapsulated use (e.g., loose ground cover material for landscaping and driveways) of Electric Arc Furnace slag, a byproduct of EAF steelmaking.

A portrait of professor Dan Bain

Dr. Dan Bain serves on Mayor Gainey’s Infrastructure & Environment transition committee

New Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey is tapping into the expertise of several Pitt professors as part of his transition.

Dr. Danielle Andrews-Brown receives 2022 Ampco-Pittsburgh Prize for Advising

Established in 2006 through a generous contribution from the Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation, this $4,000 cash award provides the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences with the opportunity to recognize outstanding achievements in undergraduate academic advising.

Congratulations Dr. Andrews!

Dr. Patrick Douglas Shirey Comments on Rare Plant Poaching Case

Dr. Patrick Douglas Shirey authored a study on the commercial trade of federally listed threatened and endangered plants, which led a reporter from the Honolulu Civil Beat to reach out to him for comment on a case where more than a dozen plants worth over $5,000 were stolen from Hui Ku Maoli Ola Native Plant Nursery.

Professor Capo Recognized as GSA Fellow

Dr. Rosemary Capo, G&ES faculty member and Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies for the Dietrich School, was recently honored with a Society Fellowship from the Geological Society of America. Her nomination reads: “Recognized for her high-impact, creative, and technically-demanding research applying solute and isotope chemistry to fundamental and applied problems in geosciences; self-less and successful mentoring of geoscience students and junior faculty; and skilled and dedicated leadership in professional organizations.More information.

Congratulations to Ph.D. Student Ian Flynn!

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.  

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