Undergraduate Research Investigates
Regional Glacial History
Department of Earth Sciences undergraduate student, Samantha Brinkles, has been working with Dr. Kathy Licht on an independent research project CEES has helped support. They are investigating whether the ages of zircon minerals in glacial deposits can be used to trace glacial ice lobe movement. An important benefit of understanding the regional glacial history is the implication for groundwater resource management thorough improved mapping of aquifers. Her project is titled "Zircon Geochronology of Indiana Till as an Indicator of Provenance.” Read more about Samantha's research.
IUPUI Undergraduates Mobilize for the Environment During Alternative Spring Break
Alternative Breaks at IUPUI are student-led, social issue-focused, and service-based trips that take place during the fall, spring, and summer academic breaks. These trips are an "alternative" to standard college break trips as they focus on creating positive, sustainable change in communities. CEES Assistant Director, Jessica Davis, served as trip advisor for one of IUPUI's environmentally-focused alternative break trips to Augusta, GA. A group of nine undergraduate women spent the week learning about water quality, environmental issues, and serving the Augusta community through restoration and clean up efforts. Read more about the trip here.
CEES Internal Board Reconvenes
CEES is pleased to announce the internal advisory board, made up of IUPUI faculty, has reconvened after a brief hiatus. This year, the board's goals include providing commentary on the status of CEES's five-year review, establishing an external board comprised of community members, and ensuring the mission of CEES is in alignment with its current goals. Read more about the board and meet the members.
Research at Lilly ARBOR
Lilly ARBOR is an ongoing restoration project along the banks of the White River near IUPUI's campus. Dr. Pat Clark and undergraduate Gracesen Brewster are developing new research activities in Lilly ARBOR. With Dr. Clark, Gracesen will be analyzing past data, developing a new research project, and beginning project implementation this fall.
New Member of the DSE International Team
We are pleased to welcome IUB School of Education Ph.D. student Jenna Gatske to our DSE International Team! Jenna will be coordinating communication and education activities among network partners.
Jenna studied abroad in Ghana and Tanzania throughout her undergraduate and graduate studies. She then spent two years working with AmeriCorps before becoming a doctoral student. Learn more about Jenna.
Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education
Service (MOSES) Conference
Over the last two years, agriculture has been a vehicle through which CEES science education has been delivered across Indianapolis; service learning events have also incorporated community gardens.
CEES staff, Elizabeth Johnson and Danielle Follette, attended the 26th annual MOSES conference in Wisconsin. The conference workshops were diverse and informative, focusing on organic practices that reduce soil erosion, decrease water consumption and contaminants, and increase farmer yield. Read more about MOSES.
April Calendar of Events: FREE & OPEN TO PUBLIC!
April is Earth Month, and there are a ton of great environmental events in Indy! CEES will be participating in some of these (marked *), so swing by to visit us. Please note that CEES Service Learning events require pre-registration.