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Other Recent Departmental News

  • Emporia State University hosted this year's Kansas Academy of Science (KAS) meetings in March. For a complete listing of presentations given visit the KAS website.
  • Kite aerial photography research conducted by Drs. Jim and Susie Aber (Earth Science) is the subject of a Columbia University's New Service article. See the article here.
  • Earth Science Professor, Dr. Marcia Schulmeister's research on the dwindling supply of ground water in northeastern China was recently featured in Geoprobe System's international newsletter.  View the story here.
  • Dr. Eric Trump (Chemistry) and Stephanie Trump (Earth Science junior) organized and led a local Girl Scout event called "The Case of the Unsigned Letter," at ESU on July 14. The Scouts were given a mystery to solve using ink analysis, soil analysis, viscosity, and powder analysis. Chemistry faculty Malonne Davies and Jermey Mitchell-Koch, and undergraduates, Kim Strobel, Rachel Lane, and Khanh Le Do assisted.
  • Drs. James and Susie Aber in Slovokia! See kite aerial photographs of the Tatra Mountains and read about their summer 2007 travel and adventures. The trip was funded by Jim's international scholarship (see below).
  • During his recent visit to ESU, Dr. Don Stimpson (Haviland, KS) spoke about Kansas meteorites and plans for establishing a meteorite museum in Kansas. His presentation was featured in The Emporia Gazette. See the story at: down to "Meteorite Man").
  • A new ground-water monitoring network is being established on the ESU campus as part of the Earth Science Department's O-campus Hydrogeology Teaching and Research facility by Dr. Marcia Schulmeister (Earth Science).   Reporters for The Bulletin covered the story.
  • ESU possesses a magnificent set of nineteenth-century astronomical prints. The so-called Trouvelot prints were found in storage in the late 1990s, and their significance and presence at ESU have recently been investigated and reported. Click here to see a few of the photos and the article published in the Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science.
  • On January 31st, Dr. James Butler, National Ground Water Association's Darcy Lecturer presented, "What the Heck Is a Phreatophyte? A Field Investigation of Ecohydrologic Processes in Stream-Aquifer Systems"  A short summary describing Jim's presentation is available here.
  • On February 28, Mr. John Moylan, The Geological Society of America's Jahn's Distinguished Lecturer presented "Geologic Influences on mid-continent Dams".  A summary of John's presentation and link to his biography can be viewed here.
  • Emporia State University National Science Teachers Association Student Chapter members and faculty advisor Ken Thompson attended NSTA Midwest Area Conference on Science Education in October.
  • Physics Department to host Arkansas-Oklahoma-Kansas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers meeting on Oct 27 and 28. Click herefor more information.


  • Chemistry Undergraduate Student, J. Hector Zapien, received a Costco Wholesale Scholarship from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
  • Earth Science Graduate Student, Amelia Hess wins ESU, National Ground Water Association, and Association for Women Geoscientists Awards (see highlighted links for details).
  • ESU's Hydrogeology on-campus field teaching and research station featured in the National Ground Water Association's newsletter See story on page 12.
  • Earth Science Faculty Members, Dr.s James and Susie Aber, receive first place in National Science Foundation's "Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge" photography competition. See story.
  • Chemistry's Dr. Eric Trump selected for "Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence Faculty Scholar Award".
  • Dr. Susie Aber's (Earth Science Dept.) "World of Amber" website featured in AAAS Science Magazine See story.
  • ESU's American Chemical Society (ACS) Student Affiliates Chapter receives an Honorable Mention Award from ACS for activities conducted in 2004-2005.
  • Susie Aber wins 2005 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship award from the Association of College and Research Libraries. See story