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Alumni Newsletter 2012-2013

Commencement 2013

Undergraduate Concentrators:

Michelle Graff graduated with an ScB in Geology/Chemistry. She was a member of Sigma Xi and the recipient of the 2012 Sarah LaMendola award. While at Brown, Michelle worked with Professor Yan Liang. She completed an internship at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Summer 0f 2011, she was a TA for GEOL 0220 in Fall 2012, and was a GeoDUG member since 2011 and president for 2012-2013.  Michelle was active in the music community at Brown, being a member of the Brown Band since 2010, and the General Manager from November 2010 through November 2011. She was also a member of the orchestra, playing clarinet for her four years at Brown. Michelle is off to Israel and Tanzania for the summer and hopes to enter a career in renewable energy or museum education.

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Julia Guimond received an ScB in Geology/Biology. During her time at Brown, Julia was a TA for GEOL 1370 and helped write the labs as part of her UTRA in Summer 2011. She did an UTRA with Professor Yongsong Huang in Summer 2012, studying the chemical and isotopic gradients from base-to-tip in leaf waxes of C3 species. Julia was a member of Brown Women’s Swimming and Diving Team; she was a 1 m and 3 m diver. She attended a summer field course with James Madison University in Ireland and attended the Geo spring break field trips to Grand Canyon in 2011 and Arches & Canyonlands in 2013.

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Samuel Phelps graduated with an ScB in Geology/Biology. During his time at Brown, Sam completed a senior thesis with Professor Jim Russell, and also worked in Prof. Russell’s lab on different temperature proxies during his junior year.  Sam did a REU in Summer 2012 in ocean sciences at Columbia. He was a TA for GEOL 0070 and GEOL 1240, as well as being a GeoDUG member and officer.  Sam was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, a chorus member for the Brown Opera and a Brown Derbies member.

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Tess Plant-Thomas graduated with an ScB in Geology/Biology. While at Brown, Tess conducted paleoclimate research with Professor Tim Herbert and graduate student Alexa Tzanova reconstructing sea surface temperatures of the Mediterranean from the early Pliocene using alkenone paleothermometry. Tess was a TA for GEOL 1370 in Fall 2012. Outside of academics, Tess was a member of the Varsity women’s Cross-Country and Track and Field teams. She was also a four-year member of Starla and Sons, Brown’s only exclusively long-form comedy improv troupe.

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John Ryan-Henry received an ScB in Geological Sciences. John was a member of Sigma Xi and did his senior thesis with Prof. Steve Clemens. He worked in Professor Alberto Saal’s lab in Summer of 2011 and presented a poster of his thesis work at the Northeast GSA section meeting in March 2013. John attended geology field camp, run by the University of Houston, in Summer 2011. He was a member of GeoDUG and attended spring break field trips in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

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Hannah Rose Schonwald graduated with an AB in Geology/Chemistry. Hannah received a Brown Internship Award Scholarship in Summer 2011 to support research on impact of wave enery technology in New Zealand. She also worked in Professor Yongsong Huang’s lab measuring the incorporation of isotopic markers in GDGTs. Hannah was a mentor to freshman in the New Scientist Program Peer Advising and Leadership Initiative, and also a mentor in the Matched Advising Program for Sophomores. She was the coxswain for Brown’s Men’s Crew Team (2009-2011) and a member of “The Rolling Stones”, the Geo intramural softball team. Hannah also found time to work with WaterWalla, a student-founded, non-profit organization, as a research analyst to help bring water filtration technologies to urban slums in Mumbai, India.

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Nathan Van Winkle graduated with an AB in Geology/Physics & an ScB in Civil Engineering.  He conducted research under Pradeep Guduru in Engineering into stresses within battery cells during charging and discharging, and was a co-author on two papers. Nathan was a Meiklejohn for two years and attended the 2013 spring break field trip to Arches & Canyonlands. He was a member of Zeta Delta Xi, where he held multiple offices, served on the Greek Council, and served as treasurer for the Queer Alliance. Nathan interned with National Grid in Summer 2012 as a structural engineer, and in June began working for them as a gas pipeline engineer.

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Maya Wei graduated with an ScB in Geology/Physics-Math. During her time at Brown, she worked with Professor Amanda Lynch and the research resulted in her senior thesis. Maya was an intern in Summer 2012 at USGS Pasadena working on Focal mechanism analysis of the 2011 M 5.7 Oklahoma earthquake and aftershocks. Maya was a Brother of the Alpha Delta Phi Society and tutored elementary school math.

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Jocelyn West graduated with an AB in Geological Sciences and an AB in Education Studies. She received a Royce Fellowship for Sport and Society-Dominica. While at Brown, Jocelyn did an UTRA in Summer 2011 with Professor Karen Fischer, and follow-up research during 2012-2013. She was a TA for GEOL 0010, a mentor for the Matched Advising Program for Sophomores, co-organized a GISP on Science Literacy, attended a January field geology course run by University of Nevada-Las Vegas, was a WiSE mentor, and ADOCH STEM volunteer for four years. Jocelyn also participated in Varsity Track and Field in the high jump and was a sports photographer for the Brown Daily Herald in 2010.

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Master's Degree Recipients:

photo: Back row (l-r): Catherine Booth, Kenneth Ramsley, Michael Beach, Tabb Prissel, William Longo. Front row (l-r): Rebecca Fahringer, Samantha Bova, Stephanie Spera, Lauren Jozwiak, Stephanie Quintana


PhD Recipients:

photo: Back row (l-r): Mark Salvatore, David Hollibaugh-Baker, John Roma Skok. Front row (l-r): Kerri Donaldson Hanna, Heather Ford, Shannon Loomis