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Solaris Geology-epcc Student research opportunities in the geosciences at El Paso Community College SOLARIS (Student Opportunity for Learning Advanced Research In geoScience) is a track-one, multi-faceted NSF (National Science Foundation) OEDG (Opportunities in Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences) funded project.

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09/23/2014
Belinda Gonzalez - 2014 RESESS Colloquium

Here is a fantastic video of ex-SOLARIS student Belinda Gonzalez presenting her 2014 RESESS research (http://resess.unavco.org/people/alumni/2014/gonzalez/gonzalez.html) on the Origins of Late Cretaceous Continental Interior Volcanism in the Rocky Mountain Region.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OL4E_k5sz8&list=PLzmugeDoplFNQK3WPJBE64cQLrcp3MZH6

Title: Origin of Late Cretaceous, continental interior, volcanism in the Rocky Mountain region Mentors: G. Lang Farmer (University of Colorado), Emily Verpla...

Congratulations to past SOLARIS participant and EPCC geology graduate Belinda Gonzalez in being accepted into the RESESS...
02/26/2014
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Congratulations to past SOLARIS participant and EPCC geology graduate Belinda Gonzalez in being accepted into the RESESS (Research Experiences in Solid Earth Science for Students) program from UNAVCO. RESESS is a summer internship program dedicated to increasing diversity in the geosciences. RESESS offers students summer research opportunities in Boulder, CO, as well as provides them with professional development opportunities and graduate school application support.
http://resess.unavco.org/


Research Experiences in Solid Earth Sciences for Students (RESESS) combines structured mentoring, ongoing research internships, and a supported learning community, for undergraduate students from underrepresented groups in order to increase the diversity within solid earth sciences.

Congratulations to Daniel Schacht for winning the American Geophysical Union's Best Virtual Poster Contest! Daniel prese...
01/17/2014

Congratulations to Daniel Schacht for winning the American Geophysical Union's Best Virtual Poster Contest! Daniel presented his project that he began as a SOLARIS project: "INVESTIGATION OF SOIL PERMEABILITY AND HYDROLOGICAL PROPERTIES OF FLOOD PLAIN DEPOSITS OF THE RIO GRANDE IN EL PASO TX"

As the American Geophysical Union's 2013 Annual fall meeting comes to a close I would like to send a congratulations to ...
12/13/2013

As the American Geophysical Union's 2013 Annual fall meeting comes to a close I would like to send a congratulations to Joshua Pegues for presenting his SOLARIS project "GEOELECTRICAL SOIL PROPERTIES OF FARMLANDS LOCATED ON ANCIENT RIVER FLOODPLAINS IN EL PASO COUNTY TEXAS" in the Undergraduate Geoscience Research and Outreach Posters!

As the SOLARIS program comes to a close we will be doing one last project thanks to the National Science Foundation invo...
12/04/2013

As the SOLARIS program comes to a close we will be doing one last project thanks to the National Science Foundation involving Callan Bentley from Northern Virginia (NOVA) Community College and El Paso Community College in a joint collaborative for non-traditional students called The Border to Beltway Project. In spring 2014 NOVA and EPCC students will travel to Appalachian region and to the Border region to expose students to radically different geology, environments, and cultures in each setting. Our goal for this project is to create formative field experiences, often not granted to students at 2-year colleges, to inspire them to pursue fields in the geosciences and to further their educational careers.

11/21/2013

Congratulations to SOLARIS participants Jennifer Gonzalez, Jonathan Nieto, Daniel Schacht who were part of the first group of students to participate in the American Geophysical Union's International Fall Meeting's 1st virtual poster/video presentation session!

SOLARIS GeoVenture trips
09/16/2013

SOLARIS GeoVenture trips

First SOLARIS sponsored Geo-Ventures event of the semester...Reef Rockin from the top of the southern Franklins @ the Wy...
09/16/2013

First SOLARIS sponsored Geo-Ventures event of the semester...Reef Rockin from the top of the southern Franklins @ the Wyler tramway from Saturday's geology overview event

SOLARIS alumni Sandra Garcia sent this pic of her internship at Biosphere 2 where she is helping in the research of vola...
07/29/2013

SOLARIS alumni Sandra Garcia sent this pic of her internship at Biosphere 2 where she is helping in the research of volatile organic compounds in semi-arid ecosystems. Picture is of a pecan orchard and an eddy covariance tower.

This SOLARIS project will include  EPCC students Jenni Gonzalez, Liz Sanderson, Trey Lowery and their mentor EPCC geolog...
06/26/2013

This SOLARIS project will include EPCC students Jenni Gonzalez, Liz Sanderson, Trey Lowery and their mentor EPCC geology instructor Debbie Caskey to: Gather samples of the important rock units in the El Paso area and develop a set of hand samples for EPCC's new GEOL 2411 (Petrology and Mineralogy course), and to learn the skill required to create thin sections utilizing the thin section lab at the University of Texas at El Paso. This Project will also include microprobe analysis of various samples and will result in a thin section/microprobe sample library of El Paso area rocks. Large samples with macroscopic structures will also be prepared by the SOLARIS students and will photographed using the macrogigapan setup at Northern Virginia Community College by Callan Bentley.

This SOLARIS project will include EPCC students Jenni Gonzalez, Liz Sanderson, Trey Lowery and their mentor EPCC geology instructor Debbie Caskey to: Gather samples of the important rock units in the El Paso area and develop a set of hand samples for EPCC's new GEOL 2411 (Petrology and Mineralogy course), and to learn the skill required to create thin sections utilizing the thin section lab at the University of Texas at El Paso. This Project will also include microprobe analysis of various samples and will result in a thin section/microprobe sample library of El Paso area rocks. Large samples with macroscopic structures will also be prepared by the SOLARIS students and will photographed using the macrogigapan setup at Northern Virginia Community College by Callan Bentley.

Today EPCC had the honor of conferring Associates of Science Degrees in Geological Science to SOLARIS students William B...
05/18/2013

Today EPCC had the honor of conferring Associates of Science Degrees in Geological Science to SOLARIS students William Barber, Francisco Javier Chavez-Ubina, Paul Galvan, Sandra Garcia, and Daniel Frank Schacht! Congratulations to our newest Geologists!!

Gigapan Project
05/09/2013

Gigapan Project

Gigapan Project

05/09/2013

This past weekend SOLARIS hosted Callan Bentley of NOVA (Northern Virginia Community College) to help with Jenni Gonzales' SOLARIS project of creating curriculum and Gigapans of local Geology. This collaboration also included SOLARIS student Joseph Cancellare, EPCC Geology Professor Debbie Caskey, and UTEP Mineralogy professor Phil Goodell.

The SOLARIS program was highlighted in the American Geophysical Union's report: "The Important Role of Two-Year Colleges...
05/03/2013

The SOLARIS program was highlighted in the American Geophysical Union's report: "The Important Role of Two-Year Colleges in the Earth and Space Sciences"

04/30/2013

Paul Galvan's SOLARIS project: Determining Historic Earthquake Locations in the Rio Grande Rift Region Using Intensity Information was published in Seismological Research Letters v. 84, no. 2, page 320, (2013).

04/25/2013
Research Experiences for Undergraduates | Biosphere2

Congrats to SOLARIS student Sandra Garcia for her acceptance to the Biosphere 2 REU program!
http://www.b2science.org/outreach/reu

The Biosphere 2 REU provides 10 undergraduates an opportunity to conduct guided research in environmental and earth systems science at a leading and unique research institution. Students will receive stipends of $5,000 for the 10-week research internship, housing on the Biosphere 2 campus, $500 to c...

Solaris Geology-epcc's cover photo
03/11/2013

Solaris Geology-epcc's cover photo

03/11/2013

Congratulations to Joshua Pegues, Daniel Schacht, and Liz Sanderson whose SOLARIS project came in 2nd place at the 27th UTEP Geological Science Colloquium!

American Geophysical Union meeting
12/10/2012

American Geophysical Union meeting

12/10/2012

The SOLARIS students presented their research this week at the American Geophysical Union's annual meeting in San Francisco, CA. They did an outstanding job presenting their work and had a remarkable experience. As an added bonus the SOLARIS students participated in an outstanding costal geology field trip organized by Katryn Wiese from San Francisco City College, Michael Hubenthal from the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) consortium, and SOLARIS! Thanks to all who helped and to the students who made this all possible, keep up the great work!

American Geophysical Union meeting 2012
12/09/2012

American Geophysical Union meeting 2012

American Geophysical Union meeting 2012

Seven SOLARIS students had their project abstracts accepted and will be presenting their research done at EPCC in San Fr...
10/12/2012
2012 AGU Fall Meeting

Seven SOLARIS students had their project abstracts accepted and will be presenting their research done at EPCC in San Francisco this December at the Annual Fall American Geophysical Meeting!
http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2012/

AGU Fall Meeting, largest worldwide conference in geophysical sciences, with nearly 20,000 Earth & space scientists, educators, students, & policy makers.

07/13/2012

A big thanks to David Flores, Media Producer at EPCC, for creating this outstanding video showcaseing some of our SOLARIS students and our work!!

SOLARIS student Isaac Martinez (red shirt) was accepted into a summer NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) p...
06/20/2012

SOLARIS student Isaac Martinez (red shirt) was accepted into a summer NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in the Biogeoscience Program within the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department of Iowa State University. He was the only 2YC student in the group and is working on a similar Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) project as his SOLARIS project.

One of our goals for the SOLARIS program is to spread the word on the research our students have done and how the progra...
06/07/2012

One of our goals for the SOLARIS program is to spread the word on the research our students have done and how the program has changed their view about the geosciences and their future role in it. This past week the EPCC video producer Davis Flores began to record a few SOLARIS students for a video highlighting the program and its participants. This video will be uploaded here as soon as it completed!!

One of our goals for the SOLARIS program is to spread the word on the research our students have done and how the program has changed their view about the geosciences and their future role in it. This past week the EPCC video producer Davis Flores began to record a few SOLARIS students for a video highlighting the program and its participants. This video will be uploaded here as soon as it completed!!

One of our goals for the SOLARIS program is to spread the word on the research our students have done and how the progra...
06/07/2012

One of our goals for the SOLARIS program is to spread the word on the research our students have done and how the program has changed their view about the geosciences and their future role in it. This past week the EPCC video producer David Flores began to record a few SOLARIS students for a video highlighting the program and its participants. This video will be uploaded here as soon as it's completed!!

This past week a group of SOLARIS students attended and presented at the Rocky Mountain Section of the Geological Societ...
05/15/2012

This past week a group of SOLARIS students attended and presented at the Rocky Mountain Section of the Geological Society of America (GSA) in Albuquerque NM. For many this was their first geological meeting. They all had a great time networking with other students and faculty and learning more about current research being done in our region. As their individual research projects continue, and in some cases wraps up, at EPCC we’re hoping to send them to present at this fall’s American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in San Francisco CA.

EPCC's 1st Annual Research Colloquium (ARC)
05/02/2012

EPCC's 1st Annual Research Colloquium (ARC)

Student: Joseph Cancellare (EPCC) Faculty: Dr. David Lemone (UTEP)The Clare Quarry is located in the town of Florissant,...
04/14/2012

Student: Joseph Cancellare (EPCC)
Faculty: Dr. David Lemone (UTEP)

The Clare Quarry is located in the town of Florissant, Teller County, Colorado, approximately 30 miles west of Colorado Springs on State Highway 24. The elevation at the quarry face is 2500 meters ASL. 40Ar/39 dating of the upper beds of the Florissant Formation indicates an age of 34.07 +/- 0.10 Ma. An Oreodont fossil jaw and other mammalian fossils place the formation in the Chadronian Age. The basin in which the formation lies is undergirded by Wall Mountain Tuff dated at 37Ma, which sits on Pike’s Peak Granite, which is dated at1080 Ma. In the Late Eocene the Florissant region was lacusterine in nature due to the damning of the river valley which runs north into Florissant. The ash and lahars from volcanic eruptions from the Thirty-nine Mile Volcano Field formed impoundments that produced shallow lakes for what is thought to been a period for 5000 years. Repeated ash falls placed plant matter and insect material in the lakes and streams that were formed intermittently during the period. The ash layers in the Florissant Formation are very fine grained, and contain diatomaceous mats that formed on the lake deposited ash layers aiding in the preservation of plant and insects material. Previous work on Florissant Fossils has been done by Lesquereaux (plants) 1878, Scudder (insects) 1890, and McGinitie (plants) 1959. This project began 17 years ago and has consisted of collection trips ranging from one to eight days in the summers at a proprietary quarry owned land adjacent to The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. The collection consists of 2400 catalogued plants, insects, and fish fossils. To date classification is strictly superficial. One of the early objectives of this work was to collect series of the same genera however there is no discernible pattern below the ordinal level. In this phase the primary objective will be to place as many insect specimens into families as possible. Many insect families (but no genera) found in the Florissant still persist today. Tools used in the initial sorting and extraction process are push pins, Exacto knives, razor blades and a Bausch and Lomb zoom dissecting scope fitted with a circular fluorescent illumination ring with magnification ranging from 60 to 210 diameters. This study will also incorporate the use of a scanning electron microscope to help aid in the identification process. at the quarry face is 2500 meters ASL.

Student: Joseph Cancellare (EPCC)
Faculty: Dr. David Lemone (UTEP)

The Clare Quarry is located in the town of Florissant, Teller County, Colorado, approximately 30 miles west of Colorado Springs on State Highway 24. The elevation at the quarry face is 2500 meters ASL. 40Ar/39 dating of the upper beds of the Florissant Formation indicates an age of 34.07 +/- 0.10 Ma. An Oreodont fossil jaw and other mammalian fossils place the formation in the Chadronian Age. The basin in which the formation lies is undergirded by Wall Mountain Tuff dated at 37Ma, which sits on Pike’s Peak Granite, which is dated at1080 Ma. In the Late Eocene the Florissant region was lacusterine in nature due to the damning of the river valley which runs north into Florissant. The ash and lahars from volcanic eruptions from the Thirty-nine Mile Volcano Field formed impoundments that produced shallow lakes for what is thought to been a period for 5000 years. Repeated ash falls placed plant matter and insect material in the lakes and streams that were formed intermittently during the period. The ash layers in the Florissant Formation are very fine grained, and contain diatomaceous mats that formed on the lake deposited ash layers aiding in the preservation of plant and insects material. Previous work on Florissant Fossils has been done by Lesquereaux (plants) 1878, Scudder (insects) 1890, and McGinitie (plants) 1959. This project began 17 years ago and has consisted of collection trips ranging from one to eight days in the summers at a proprietary quarry owned land adjacent to The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. The collection consists of 2400 catalogued plants, insects, and fish fossils. To date classification is strictly superficial. One of the early objectives of this work was to collect series of the same genera however there is no discernible pattern below the ordinal level. In this phase the primary objective will be to place as many insect specimens into families as possible. Many insect families (but no genera) found in the Florissant still persist today. Tools used in the initial sorting and extraction process are push pins, Exacto knives, razor blades and a Bausch and Lomb zoom dissecting scope fitted with a circular fluorescent illumination ring with magnification ranging from 60 to 210 diameters. This study will also incorporate the use of a scanning electron microscope to help aid in the identification process. at the quarry face is 2500 meters ASL.

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