U of A, NSF and National Association of Black Geoscientists Collaboration a Win for All Attendees
Left to right: award winners Karena Gill, David Davis, Kopo Oromeng, Nicollette Mitchell, and Timmera Whaley of the University of Arkansas.
The National Association for Black Geoscientists hosted its 36th annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia, Sept. 6-9. This event was attended by over 60 students from around the country, including four from Geosciences and Environmental Dynamics at the University of Arkansas. The student expenses were covered through a grant from the National Science Foundation awarded to professor Steve Boss, Department of Geosciences, University of Arkansas.
Students attending the conference participated in:
- Building Social Capital workshop presented by Boss;
- Half-day short course on oil and gas exploration sponsored by ExxonMobil;
- Two days of geoscience research presentations by students and professionals;
- Research poster sessions by student participants;
- Many exhibitors and representatives of geoscience organizations provided students with opportunities for internships and jobs. Exhibitors included the National Science Foundation, GEO REU, ORISE, Paleontological Society, American Geophysical Union, University of Arkansas, U.S.G.S., U.S. DOE - Department of Ecology, NSF UNAVCO, GEO Cognition Lab (Michigan State University), ExxonMobil and BP.
- Fieldtrip to Stone Mountain State Park to learn of its unique geology and history.
A University of Arkansas first-year doctoral student, Timmera Whaley, earned 2nd Prize and an NABG scholarship for her presentation "Assessing Environmental Justice in Alabama Using Geographic Information Systems."
The NABG has been a constant source of support, mentoring, inspiration and friendship for geoscientists-of-color for 36-years.
In addition to Whaley, other student award winners were Nicollette Mitchell (University of Arizona) and Karena Gill (Oberlin College). The poster winner was Kopo Oromeng (Oberlin College), David Davis (Georgia State University).
Jo Ann Kvamme, assistant director, Environmental Dynamics
The exhibition "The House and the City: Two Collages" will be on display through Oct. 20 in the Fred and Mary Smith Exhibition Gallery in Vol Walker Hall. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 19.
Alex Booth, Terry Garrity, JoAnn Kvamme, Leonard Ridley and David Stowers were named the Employees of the 3rd Quarter for the 2019-20 academic year.
HillFest, an information fair for students to meet campus departments and registered student organizations, is happening today on the Arkansas Union Mall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The University Career Development Center, in collaboration with Walmart, will host Career Fest from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, in the Verizon Ballroom of the Arkansas Union.
Jack Freeland and Davis Campbell will talk about their research experiences at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, in Physics Building Room 133.