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    The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Geological Survey is accepting applications for the Ohio Geology Student Research Grant program. For a seventh academic year, the program will support graduate and undergraduate students who conduct geologic research in the state. Find out more here

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  • AIPG Ohio Section Fall 2018 Dinner Meeting and Presentation

    AIPG Ohio Section Fall 2018 Dinner Meeting and Presentation

    On Thursday September 27, 2018 the Ohio Section of AIPG held its fall meeting at the Boulder Creek Golf Club & Event Center in Streetsboro Ohio. The meeting was held in Northeast Ohio to provide an event to our members and student groups in the region. The event was well attended, with over 40 people in attendance, including members, students, and other professionals. Special thanks to our new Youngstown State University (YSU) student chapter for making the trip. Also, thanks to students from Kent State University and the University of Akron for coming as well! Prior to the feature presentation, AIPG Ohio Section President-Elect Tim Brown welcomed the attendees and gave an update on recent upcoming AIPG events for 2018. Tim provided a brief summary of his experience at the AIPG National Meeting in Colorado Springs in early September, and highlighted upcoming events including the 2018 AIPG Ohio Section Vapor Intrusion Short-Course scheduled for early October 2018, and the Ohio Section Annual Meeting scheduled for November 16.

    The event began with a social/networking hour, and continued with a buffet style dinner before the guest speaker presented. Students were encouraged to network with professionals to gain insight into potential careers in the geosciences.

    Our guest speaker for the evening was Dr. Jeffrey C. Dick, Chairman, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Youngstown State University. Dr. Dick presented on The State of the Oil and Gas Industry in Ohio and the Appalachian Basin.

    Click on the headline for the full article and photos.

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  • March 24th 2018 OSU AIPG Field Trip to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

    March 24th 2018 OSU AIPG Field Trip to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

    By: Becky Anderson, OSU Student Chapter President

    The Ohio State University chapter of AIPG took 8 students to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on Saturday, March 24th, 2018. We got up bright and early on a Saturday to have a fun and educational day at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The museum was very impressive! It holds over 5 million research specimens and has excellent exhibits.  Once we arrived at the museum we had our private tour with Dr. Hannibal, the curator of invertebrate paleontology. Dr. Hannibal is an authority on myriapods (a new genus of fossil millipedes, Hannibaliulus wilsonae is named after him!) and he also specializes in cultural geology. Dr. Hannibal’s knowledge about the fossil specimens was incredibly impressive and inspiring. We were very lucky to have such a dedicated and passionate tour guide.

    First, Dr. Hannibal quickly walked through each exhibit with us and gave us a brief overview about the content in each. He pointed out interesting facts and visuals which we would later go back to and spend more time exploring. After our walk-through, we got to go into the back rooms where the scientists work. We saw the rooms where the exhibits are planned as well as the labs where fossil samples are prepared and cleaned. Dr. Hannibal showed us some fossils that scientists had been trying to free from matrix for years! We had the opportunity to see a massive Dunkleosteus terrelli fossil up close! Dr. Hannibal also took us into his office and showed us some of his favorite fossils, including a wonderfully preserved Charophytes. Dr. Hannibal’s enthusiasm made the tour a lot of fun. I think it’s safe to say we all learned so much. We are very thankful that Dr. Hannibal gave us such a detailed and educational tour.

    After our private tour, we got to explore all of the exhibits. The museum had a new Pterosaur exhibit which had a lot of fun interactive activities. Also, the mineral/rock exhibit was very informative and the specimens were breathtaking. And just like that, 5 hours had flown by. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has so much to offer and we cannot wait to go back again.

    We want to thank the Ohio Section of AIPG for making this trip possible by providing funding. We are extremely grateful for your support. College can be extremely stressful, but it is days like these that make it all worth it. OSU AIPG members had the chance to have fun, make friendships, and learn about topics that interest them.

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  • OSU Student Chapter Tour of Byrd Polar Research Center

    OSU Student Chapter Tour of Byrd Polar Research Center

    by Becky Anderson, OSU Student Chapter President

    On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, The Ohio State University student chapter of AIPG went on a tour of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. We took a bus together out to the hidden gem on OSU's west campus to learn about the world famous paleoclimate research which takes place at Byrd. First, we listened to a brief introduction about the history of the center, then we watched a video about the 2015 ice core expedition where Byrd Polar researchers travelled to the Tibetan Plateau in search of the oldest ice on the third pole. Next, we took a tour of some of the offices of the researchers and the Polar Rock Repository, a storage center for over 40,000 rock samples from around the world. Finally, we had the opportunity of seeing the clean lab room and the ice core freezer. We learned about how the ice cores can be used as a proxy for measuring various aspects of paleoclimate conditions. The tour was very informative and I think it's safe to say that we were all extremely impressed by the research being conducted at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. 

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  • New Youngstown State University Student Chapter

    The Ohio Section of AIPG is please to announce the formation of a new Student Chapter at Youngstown State University (YSU).  Special thanks to Tom Jenkins for working with YSU and AIPG National as the Ohio Section Chapter Sponsor to make this happen.  The first student leadership group consists of:

    • Lydia White, President
    • Brigitte Petras, Vice President
    • Olivia Costantino, Secretary
    • Chris McFarland, Treasurer
    • Dr. Jeff Dick, YSU Faculty Sponsor

    See a copy of the letter received from AIPG National here

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  • 2017 Annual Meeting Recap

    2017 Annual Meeting Recap

    The 2017 Annual Meeting of the AIPG Ohio Section was held on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at La Scala Italian Bistro in Dublin, Ohio. The event was well attended, with a nice crowd of members, spouses, and students from Wright State University and the Ohio State University.  The evening included a a social hour featuring a cash bar and appetizers provided by the Ohio Section, followed by a family style Italian dinner.  Our guest speaker for the evening was Laura Factor, Assistant Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.  Laura's keynote presentation focused on recent legislation and the effect on the Agency, as well as future plans for key issues including emerging contaminants and Lake Erie algal blooms.  The Executive Committee announced the 2018 election results and handed out some much deserved awards.  Attendees also participated in 50/50 and door prize drawings.  Please click on the title for the full recap with photos.

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  • OSU Student Chapter Field Trip to Caesar Creek

    OSU Student Chapter Field Trip to Caesar Creek

    by Becky Anderson, OSU Student Chapter President

    On Saturday November 4, 2017, the Ohio State University (OSU) Student Chapter of AIPG held a field trip to Caesar Creek State Park near Waynesville, Ohio. Eight students braved the temperamental Ohio weather to go on a fun fossil collecting trip.  The trip started off with a visit to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center to learn about the dam and other features of the area.  The students then obtained the free collector's permits and proceeded to the spillway to search for select paleontological treasures. A park ranger informed the group that when creating the dam, fossil-bearing limestone and mudstone were exposed and that the beds were deposited in a shallow marine environment during the Ordovician. The risk of getting dirty didn't stop the students from laying down on the wet, muddy ground to search for fossils. There were abundant brachiopods, crinoids, and horn corrals, and even a few students were lucky enough to find a trilobite. This trip was the first fossil hunting experience for many of the students, and it did not disappoint.

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  • Elementary School Earth Science Week Presentation

    Brent R. Smith, AIPG Ohio Section President

    As part of Earth Science Week 2017 I had the pleasure of teaching my son Gavin’s 1st grade class at Chapman Elementary School in Dublin, Ohio on Friday, October 13.  For my big presentation, I gave the inquisitive first graders an overview of the Earth Sciences and what it means to all of us.  I then let them watch a couple of videos excellently produced teh American Geoscinces Institute that can be found on YouTube, including an overview of what Earth Science week is, and a summary of Earth Sciences in general.  This was followed by a summary of my particular career in the geosciences, and a hands-on review of various types of rocks and fossils.  Please click on the title for the full article and photos.  

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  • AIPG National Conference Recap

    AIPG National Conference Recap

    By Brent Smith, AIPG Ohio Section President and Colin Flaherty, AIPG Ohio Section President Elect

    Last month we had the pleasure of attending the 2017 National AIPG Conference, which was held at the Airport Marriott in Nashville, Tennessee.   Surprisingly enough, the drive down set an excellent tone for the Conference; as we traveled south along I-71 and I-65, we noticed the numerous road cuts reminding us of our place along the Cincinnati arch, and later its southern counterpart the Nashville Basin.   With geology on the mind we entered the Cumberland River valley, home to Nashville and our first real exposure to AIPG on a National Level.  Overall the Conference was extremely positive, and left us encouraged to bring back new contacts and ideas to advance the Ohio Section.  While intimidating at first, the National Executive Committee members and other people we met were just like us, a great group of friendly individuals with a shared interest in supporting and furthering the geosciences.  Please click on the blog title for the full recap and photos.

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  • Remediation Workshop

    The Ohio Section of AIPG would like to make you aware of an upcoming Remediation Workshop in Columbus, OH, on Wednesday, October 11th.  Over 10,000 environmental professionals have attended a Remediation Workshop on 4 continents, and there is no charge to attend.  These half-day, technical workshops cover a range of soil & groundwater remediation topics, and they include a hot lunch and 4 CEUs.   

    Columbus Workshop Location – The Blackwell Inn and Conference Center - 2110 Tuttle Park Pl. 



    • 11:15 - Registration, hot buffet lunch is served, and networking with exhibitors
    • 11:45 - Welcome from a Workshop Representative
    • 12:00 – Opening Remarks
    • 12:15 – Casey Brown – “Incorporating Molecular Biological Tools into Site Management”
    • 12:55 – Brian Newgent - “Remote Monitoring Made Real Time”
    • 1:35 - BREAK
    • 2:00 – John Valkenburg - “Klozur® KP - extended release persulfate ISCO reagent”
    • 2:40 – Rich Cartwright – “Innovative Petroleum Remediation Solutions”
    • 3:20 - BREAK
    • 3:35 – Allan Blanchard – “The Top 10 Mistakes Made by Environmental Consultants — And How New Technology Can Prevent Those Mistakes”
    • 4:15 – Bo LeRoy - “Using Drone Technologies for Visualization and 3D Modeling”
    • 5:00 - After-hours networking hosted by Microbial Insights



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