Donation from Sparks Family Supports Undergraduate Research

Written by John Chadwick, SAS Senior Writer Bill Sparks was a kid growing up in New Jersey when he came across a magazine photo that showed two geologists doing fieldwork on a mountain in Turkey. “I thought that looked like a lot of fun,” says Sparks, RC’65. “I could see myself doing something like...

Congratulations to all the 2022 Undergraduate EPS Award Winners

Undergraduate Majors Selected for Field Camp Scholarships and Research Award Written by Lauren Neitzke Adamo Undergraduate Majors, Casey Collins, Emma Hinds, Chase Danyi, Ryan McCracken, and Journey Berry were all awarded scholarships from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the...

Coastal Plain Glauconites and Offshore Wind Farms

Why Do Wind Farms Care About Sticky South Jersey Mud? Written by Ken Miller Driving through fertile farmlands of South Jersey adjacent to the nutrient poor soils of the Pine Barrens reminds geologists of the importance of the underlying geology.  Glauconite is a green potassium iron phyllosilicate mineral...

Houston, We’re Going Back to the Moon!

372 kg of Moon Rock and "Soil" Written by Alissa Madera, Graduate Student in the Rutgers Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. In 1972, Apollo 17 astronauts collected and sealed “soil” samples from the lunar surface that remained unopened until March 2022. Rutgers’ own Dr. Juliane Gross,...

Rutgers Geology Museum Celebrates 150 Years

Cheers to 150 Years!   By Carol Peters, EOAS Communications Team** *This article was first published by the Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences on March 22, 2022. As the first and oldest museum in America dedicated to geology, the Rutgers Geology Museum plays a vital role in the...

Undergraduate and Graduate Curriculum Undergoes Significant Updates

A New Minor, Major Tracks, and Master's Program Written by Lauren Neitzke Adamo When the department changed its name from Geological Sciences to Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) in 2013, it officially acknowledged an ongoing change within the department. With the addition of new faculty and...