Magnets, lasers, fiber optics and portable X-rays are all commonplace, but their production almost always requires a class of matter known as rare-earth elements, a category that includes yttrium, scandium, gadolinium and lutetium and thirteen other elements. Despite their ubiquity in our products, the U.S. currently is reliant on international sources for these materials.
2018 has been a year of change. Geosciences inched out of its Kell skin and turned to a new home – in Sparks Hall. This year has been an uphill climb, a huffing exertion. As of this week, we are all moved into Sparks Hall (an apt abode, as it was George Sparks who more »
Human evolution isn’t simply a matter of biology; the climatic and environmental conditions early humans faced also played a role in how our species developed. “It is broadly accepted that environmental change plays a role in evolution, but the extent to which it has influenced human evolution is still up for debate,” says Nathan Rabideaux,… more »
Become part of the growing faculty within the Department of Geosciences at Georgia State University – an institution recognized nationally for leadership in innovation, research growth, and the academic success of diverse populations. Our next hire at the rank of Lecturer pending budgetary approval, will play a central role in Geosciences’ contribution to Georgia State’s… more »
Andrea McClure first stepped into the STEM field as a Biology major at Appalachian State University. Before long though, she swapped the mountain-rimmed campus for Atlanta’s downtown Georgia State University (GSU) location.
Ironically, nature’s call echoed through the walls of an urban parking garage, what is now Kell Hall and where the Geosciences Department was… more »
This program awards fellowship stipends to selected students who complete a sustainability internship. Who is Eligible? Undergraduates only. Internships must be connected with sustainability. Your internship will need to be approved as appropriate to sustainability efforts in order to qualify as a Sustainability Fellow. Internships can be paid or unpaid. Priority will be given to… more »
Samples of ancient sediments from a lake basin in East Africa have revealed that arid conditions developed in the area around half a million years ago, an environmental change that could have played a major role in human evolution and influenced advances in stone technology, according to an international research team that includes geologists… more »
For the third straight year, Microplastic Awareness Month has been observed in September. With the use of plastics becoming more prevalent and problematic across the globe, Georgia State graduate student Céline Mollet-Saint Benoît has dedicated her research on the health of our coastal ecosystems. It all started for her long ago, whether she knew it… more »
When it comes to predicting whether someone believes anthropogenic climate change is a serious problem, many of us may think we only need to ask one question: What is your political orientation? But as it turns out, the tie between political outlook and climate change only exists in the U.S. and a handful of other… more »
Some students in the Geosciences Department seem to have always been around, like amiable ghosts of Kell Hall. You’ve presented with them at conferences and shared a pitcher at trivia night. In the case of undergrad David Davis, the truth is: he’s been a little bit of everywhere, and it’s his determination and involvement in… more »
When Georgia State Instructor and Deputy State Climatologist Nyasha Dunkley was young, one of her greatest fears was darkness. She’d watch the Weather Channel during every storm to gauge when to light the candles.
N: Every time a storm passed over our home, it would knock out our electricity.
Dr. Jeremy Diem, Associate Professor and interim co-coordinator of GGA, spent the last two weeks of May conducting preliminary human-environment research near Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in western Uganda. The goal of the research, which is supported by a grant from the Geography and Spatial Science program of the National Science Foundation, is to… more »
This year, the Geosciences Department celebrated its new post in Suite 730 by hosting the annual Geosciences Awards Night in Langdale Hall April 19th. Alumni, faculty, and current and prospective geosciences students milled and mingled in the new space. The department wishes to thank the students who, despite the end of the semester woes, rounded… more »
Upon completing his bachelor’s in Geosciences from Virginia Tech last year, Sean Zigah knew that the best step for his career would be the GSU Geosciences Department. “I learned about the microcalorimetry work that Dr. Nadine Kabengi has been conducting when one of her graduate students met with my undergraduate research group at Virginia Tech,”… more »