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Earth science and entrees

Cover of cookbook

“I remember seeing fossils in a rock column by my great grandpa’s house, and as a child they looked like screws,” said Cheryl McClease, instructor of geography, geology and planning.

She later found out they were crinoids, an ancient animal similar to starfish. Today, they exist only as fossils.

“I was so excited to learn about the big why about how the world works; earth science answers those questions.”

McClease paired her experience as a home economics teacher with that love for science to develop “Earth Changing Recipes.” This cookbook corresponds recipes with earth science lessons helping students delve deeper while in the kitchen.

Analogy: Cupcake to earth

Education and earth cakes

It was a family project to compile this book. McClease wrote it while her sister, an English professor, edited. Her daughter put her graphic design skills to use in the photography and design of the book, using the grandchildren as models for the book. Each page has a geology lesson that directly relates to a recipe.

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To teach about the New Madrid earthquake of 1811-1812, McClease developed the recipe for Mississippi Mud-Cake to help students learn more about the earthquake. The earthquake rang bells as far as Boston, Massachusetts, and the recipe is a hit 200 years later.

For more information, contact McClease at 417-836-5801.

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Students present at annual national meeting

Two CNAS students presented at the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting held in Denver, Colorado Sept. 24-28. Each student presented a poster on their research and had the opportunity to listen to lectures by experts in the field and network with other professionals.

Grant Spoering, a geospatial science graduate student, presented his research titled “Detrial Zircon Provenance Analysis of the Grover Gravel” which he completed in Wildwood, Missouri. Spoering studied the connected between the Grover Gravel deposit and the oldest glacial deposit in Missouri, the 2.4 mineralogy age (Ma) Atlanta Formation.

“The conference was a great opportunity to attend professional talks and get feedback on my research,” said Spoering, a Buffalo native.

Max Hoffman, a geospatial science graduate student, presented his research titled “Oxygen Isotope Geochemistry of Volcanic Rocks in South-Central New Mexico: Insight on Crustal Contamination and Magmatic Sources.” Hoffman studied an area in southern New Mexico that has a record of complex tectonic and magmatic events between 45-24 Ma.

“The professional presentations at the conference were a great way to get a first look at cutting-edge research,” said Hoffman, a Willard native.

Both students also had the opportunity to travel to Eldorado State Park during their time in Colorado.

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Geology professor speaking at the Ozark Gem and Mineral Show

A head shot of Michelfelder.Interested the formation of volcanoes and mountains? Attend the 49th annual Rock, Gem, and Mineral Show this upcoming weekend (Oct. 15-16) at the Springfield Expo Center, 635 E. St. Louis St. Dr. Gary Michelfelder, assistant professor of geology, will give two separate talks at 1:30 both Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, Oct. 15 Michelfelder will hold a public lecture titled “What is the Real Risk of an Eruption at Yellowstone?” Sunday, Oct. 16 his lecture will be “Volcanoes, Mountains and Gold: The Volcanic History of the Mogollan Datil Volanic Field, New Mexico.” Both lectures are included free of charge with the price of admission

Cost to attend the show is $6 for adults ($1 off with a flyer), $3 for students and attendees 12 and under are $1.The flyer for the mineral show.


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May Retires Following 33 Years of Service

     Diane May, AICP

Please join us in offering best wishes and sincere thanks to Diane May, AICP, as she retires following 33 years of service.  Missouri State University and the Board of Directors from Southwest Missouri Council of Government will host an open house on Wednesday, July 27 from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. at Civil Kitchen on Park Central Square.

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Missouri State to Recognize Distinguished GGP Alumni

James K. Bass has been selected to receive a Bears of Excellence Award, created in 2016 in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Missouri State University Alumni Association’s awards program. It recognizes uniquely accomplished alumni from diverse academic, professional and personal backgrounds.

Jim BassBass, a 1980 geology graduate, is the founder, president and CEO of Sheridan Production Company, LLC. He has had a 36-year career in the oil and gas industry and is a member of the Oklahoma Independent Producers Association Board, Oklahoma Energy Resources Board, Council of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, and the Australian Mines and Metals Association.

The Jim K. Bass Field Studies Scholarship awards two scholarships annually with a value of at least $2,000 each. Awards are given to undergraduate students majoring in Geology that will be enrolled in a required Field Studies Course. This scholarship was awarded to two students in 2015. Geography, Geology and Planning is very fortunate to have the support of Jim Bass.

The Missouri State University Alumni Association presents awards of recognition each year, and will be honoring Bass and other alumni and former staff for their outstanding accomplishments at the 60th Anniversary Bears of Distinction Dinner and Awards Ceremony on June 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Plaster Student Union. This event is open to the public and guests may purchase tickets online.


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Geology graduate student honored for poster

Vanna Carr, a graduate student studying geospatial science and environmental geology,  was honored by Geological Society of America (GAS). Carr’s poster, “Origin of Clastic Dykes in Southwest Missouri,” was selected as among the best of the Graduate Student Poster Presentations from the 2016 North Central Section of GAS and received an Honorable Mention. Carr was awarded a $100 […]

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