April 12-13th 2018
Oregon is a volcanic wonderland, not only in terms of physical features but also because of the abundance of volcano-brain power in the area.
Announcing the first annual Volcanology Students of Oregon ("Volc-OR") conference, to be held at Oregon State University.
Volc-OR aims to bring together graduate students around Oregon whose research relates broadly to Volcanology. Volc-OR is a student-led and student-focused regional meeting. Volc-OR plans on meeting annually and rotates each year between these three largest schools in Oregon. Hope you will help make it an explosive inaugural event!
This year Volc-OR conference will include two days of the following:
Student research talks and poster sessions (any volcano-related topic is welcome: geophysics, geochem, geochron, economic geology, physical volcanology, volcano hazards, etc.)
Keynote presentation on "Hazards and Science Communication in the era of social media and the 24 hours news cycle" by Seth Moran (Scientist-In-Charge of the Cascade Volcano Observatory), followed by a career advice panel alongside OSU faculty.
Workshops/ lab tours dedicated to various geo-analytical techniques including inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and magnetotellurics (MT).
Student panel discussions about science and student survival as chosen by you, the participants.
Social networking event (Thurs. evening).
LADIES LAB NIGHT
March 8th 2018
We would like to see more female presence in science labs and classrooms. To help encourage more women to enter into science careers the Science Outreach Society at Portland State University are throwing a Ladies' Lab Night event on March 8th - International Women's Day.
Their goal with Ladies' Lab Night is to introduce women in high school and college to PSU science departments through activities of the science department's choice (lab tours, discussions of what it's like to be a student in your department, activities and demos, etc). They will also have snacks, drinks, and desert in the foyer between and after tours.
Portland States field mapping geology course covers geologic mapping in volcanic and plutonic rocks during the summer located in eastern Oregon. This course in combination with PSU's field methods course constitutes as a field camp. This fieldwork takes approximately 64 hours in the summer along with lab work to match. The work consisted of recording GPS points of outcrop locations covering a large region, collecting samples, determining rock type, petrography, and later completing a geologic map of the region. This is a valuable learning experience and has lead many students to further opportunities in their education as well as their careers.