BYU Geologists in the News
CPMS News (July 2013)
Lorin Pugh’s “habit” of mineral collecting, a hobby he has enjoyed since his childhood, has led to a wonderful new exhibit for the Department of Geological Sciences and the Eyring Science Center.
BYU News (July 30, 2013)
New research describes a fast-moving sand dune in Tunisia that is spilling onto the streets of the Star Wars set used to portray Anakin Skywalker’s childhood home.
CMPS News (June 2013)
Curiosity may have killed the cat, but curiosity is actually the motivation that drives the newly announced chair of the Department of Geological Sciences, Dr. John McBride.
BYU News (November 2012)
Come rain or shine, or even snow, some glaciers of the Himalayas will continue shrinking for many years to come. The forecast by Brigham Young University geology professor Summer Rupper comes after her research on Bhutan, a region in the bull’s-eye of the monsoonal Himalayas.
BYU News (March 5, 2012)
BYU Geology master’s student Jessica Williams and BYU Professor Randy Skinner joined researchers from NASA and the University of Utah to obtain 160 ice samples in locations across Western Antarctica.
CPMS Faculty Newsletter (March 2012):
Geology professor Jani Radebaugh has found a true geologist’s paradise and is making plans to explore this paradise from high above its surface.
CPMS News (February 21, 2012):
Stream Table Opens the Floodgates
CPMS News (January 19, 2012):
Rediscovering Provo’s First Tabernacle
Did you know the history of the Provo Tabernacle goes deeper than the burnt ruins above the surface?
CPMS News (January 5, 2012):
Geology Students Break New Ground in Nauvoo
Professors Bill Keach and John McBride from the Department of Geological Sciences took students to Nauvoo to do field-work and to help both The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Community of Christ benefit from the students’ work and data.
CPMS News (September 20, 2011):
Joke Time – Preserving Sanity and Boosting Grades
It was a leap of faith that brought Randy Skinner to BYU in 2003.
BYU Wins International SEG Challenge Bowl Finals
September 19, 2011
Matt Davis and Forrest Roberts (now at Univ of Texas) won the SEG Challenge Bowl Finals held Monday, September 19, 2011. They beat out 8 other teams from around the world. In doing so they won each of the three rounds. After the first round 5 teams were cut (Canada, East Africa, South America, Europe and Asia). After the second round twomore were dropped (Univ of Oklahoma and Univ of Houston). In the final round they won a hard fought final over a team from West Africa (Nigeria).
Matt and Forrest represented BYU extremely well, both with their knowledge and their deportment. In addition to lots of recognition, they won a nifty plaque, a nice cash prize AND a job interview with ExxonMobil. The BYU Geology program is indeed competitive with the best from around the world.
Regional SEG Challenge Bowl
Every Winter semester the students in Bill Keach’s Advanced Seismic Interpretation course attend the 3D Seismic Symposium in Denver. In conjunction, The Society of Exploration of Geopnysicists (SEG) holds a competition for students from the western US region. It is a quiz bowl wherein teams of two people are asked questions about geology, geophysics (including seismic reflection, gravity, magnetics, etc.) and SEG history.
In 2009 BYU took third losing to Wyoming and Stanford (who took 1st place).
In 2010 BYU took second place losing to Wyoming in an over-time round. Stanford came in 3rd. Wyoming went on to win the international competition.