Southeast to Celebrate Earth Science Week

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 7, 2003 — The Department of Geosciences at Southeast Missouri State University is celebrating Earth Science Week Oct. 12 – 18 with a variety of activities for students and the public.

This year’s theme is “Eye On Planet Earth.”

The NASA Educator Resource Center at 222 N. Pacific Street will have displays to browse through and exhibits also will be available on campus on the first floor of Rhodes Hall.  The public, especially teachers, are invited to visit these displays and pick up information bulletins.

Other geoscience displays on the first floor of Rhodes Hall will include maps of the Lewis and Clark expedition, the New Madrid Seismic Zone, Missouri geology, U.S. geology and the 1993 Mississippi River flood.  Another display will include Missouri’s official state fossil, mineral and rock. Contact Jackie Wortmann at 290-5255 for more information about these displays and the services offered to teachers through the Center.

Dr. Nicholas Tibbs, professor of geosciences, will be identifying specimens of minerals, rocks and fossils for the public from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in Rhodes Hall 111.  No appointment is necessary.  This service is available at other times year- round by calling for an appointment at (573) 651-2168.

Southeast students will be attending demonstrations emphasizing the Earth Science Week theme.  At noon on Tuesday in Magill Hall 144, Dr. Gary Lowell, professor of geosciences, will demonstrate microscopic methods.  At 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dr. Gary Cwick, professor of geosciences, will demonstrate remote sensing techniques. On Wednesday at noon, Dr. Michael Aide, and Dr. John Holbrook, both professors of geosciences, will demonstrate how soil investigations are conducted for research, agriculture and environmental analyses. Participants in this latter program will assemble at Rhodes Hall before moving to the demonstration site. There will be space available for interested members of the public at each of these activities.

The Department of Geosciences offers programs to organized youth groups, usually grades 5 – 12, year round by request and appointment.  During Earth Science Week, Tibbs and Brian Kelpe, geoscience graduate student, will be helping two groups of Webelos scouts to complete their geology pin studies.

The Department of Geosciences will cap off Earth Science Week with a geology field trip for students to the Warsaw, Mo., area on Friday and Saturday.