Science, Y'all!

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Introducing the Geoscience & Ethics Series

Intro: As physical scientists, we in the Jackson School face many ethical questions at almost every step of our research journey. While hard science is often our driving factor and motivation, it is nearly impossible to separate our research from the society in which we live. With this outlook in…

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Black History Month: Geoscientist Highlights

Dr. Marguerite Thomas Williams: the first Black person to receive a doctorate in geology in the United States. Dr. Marguerite Thomas Williams began her education at what is now the University of D.C., where she trained in teaching. After performing exceptionally, she got a scholarship to study geology at Howard…

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Accessible and Accessorized: Tips for Affordable Field Work

Many geoscientists rely on observations seen in nature (or, “the field”, as we call it) to investigate natural processes—from sedimentation to ice sheet behavior to deformation recorded in rocks at the surface today. Field work can last anywhere from days to months and students may embark on journeys across isolated…

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From Our Desk to Your Ears: Introducing the Science, Y’all! Podcast

We’ve decided to relaunch the Science, Y’all! Podcast as another avenue of sharing those aspects of academics, research, and general campus life otherwise unknown to the broader Austin community.  Nick Regier and I are excited to host the podcast and share some of our favorite people and stories from the Jackson School…

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Listening to Glaciers in Disenchantment Bay

Turner Glacier is of particular interest right now to glaciologists as it is one of the few glaciers worldwide that is advancing. We were based in the fishing village of Yukutat (population 600) from which our team had to travel over an hour by boat each day up to the…

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