29 March 2018
By: Becky Anderson, OSU Student Chapter President
The Ohio State University chapter of AIPG took 8 students to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on Saturday, March 24th, 2018. We got up bright and early on a Saturday to have a fun and educational day at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The museum was very impressive! It holds over 5 million research specimens and has excellent exhibits. Once we arrived at the museum we had our private tour with Dr. Hannibal, the curator of invertebrate paleontology. Dr. Hannibal is an authority on myriapods (a new genus of fossil millipedes, Hannibaliulus wilsonae is named after him!) and he also specializes in cultural geology. Dr. Hannibal’s knowledge about the fossil specimens was incredibly impressive and inspiring. We were very lucky to have such a dedicated and passionate tour guide.
First, Dr. Hannibal quickly walked through each exhibit with us and gave us a brief overview about the content in each. He pointed out interesting facts and visuals which we would later go back to and spend more time exploring. After our walk-through, we got to go into the back rooms where the scientists work. We saw the rooms where the exhibits are planned as well as the labs where fossil samples are prepared and cleaned. Dr. Hannibal showed us some fossils that scientists had been trying to free from matrix for years! We had the opportunity to see a massive Dunkleosteus terrelli fossil up close! Dr. Hannibal also took us into his office and showed us some of his favorite fossils, including a wonderfully preserved Charophytes. Dr. Hannibal’s enthusiasm made the tour a lot of fun. I think it’s safe to say we all learned so much. We are very thankful that Dr. Hannibal gave us such a detailed and educational tour.
After our private tour, we got to explore all of the exhibits. The museum had a new Pterosaur exhibit which had a lot of fun interactive activities. Also, the mineral/rock exhibit was very informative and the specimens were breathtaking. And just like that, 5 hours had flown by. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has so much to offer and we cannot wait to go back again.
We want to thank the Ohio Section of AIPG for making this trip possible by providing funding. We are extremely grateful for your support. College can be extremely stressful, but it is days like these that make it all worth it. OSU AIPG members had the chance to have fun, make friendships, and learn about topics that interest them.
05 February 2018
by Becky Anderson, OSU Student Chapter President
On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, The Ohio State University student chapter of AIPG went on a tour of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. We took a bus together out to the hidden gem on OSU's west campus to learn about the world famous paleoclimate research which takes place at Byrd. First, we listened to a brief introduction about the history of the center, then we watched a video about the 2015 ice core expedition where Byrd Polar researchers travelled to the Tibetan Plateau in search of the oldest ice on the third pole. Next, we took a tour of some of the offices of the researchers and the Polar Rock Repository, a storage center for over 40,000 rock samples from around the world. Finally, we had the opportunity of seeing the clean lab room and the ice core freezer. We learned about how the ice cores can be used as a proxy for measuring various aspects of paleoclimate conditions. The tour was very informative and I think it's safe to say that we were all extremely impressed by the research being conducted at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center.
02 February 2018
The Ohio Section of AIPG is please to announce the formation of a new Student Chapter at Youngstown State University (YSU). Special thanks to Tom Jenkins for working with YSU and AIPG National as the Ohio Section Chapter Sponsor to make this happen. The first student leadership group consists of:
See a copy of the letter received from AIPG National here
01 February 2018
The 2017 Annual Meeting of the AIPG Ohio Section was held on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at La Scala Italian Bistro in Dublin, Ohio. The event was well attended, with a nice crowd of members, spouses, and students from Wright State University and the Ohio State University. The evening included a a social hour featuring a cash bar and appetizers provided by the Ohio Section, followed by a family style Italian dinner. Our guest speaker for the evening was Laura Factor, Assistant Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Laura's keynote presentation focused on recent legislation and the effect on the Agency, as well as future plans for key issues including emerging contaminants and Lake Erie algal blooms. The Executive Committee announced the 2018 election results and handed out some much deserved awards. Attendees also participated in 50/50 and door prize drawings. Please click on the title for the full recap with photos.
10 November 2017
by Becky Anderson, OSU Student Chapter President
On Saturday November 4, 2017, the Ohio State University (OSU) Student Chapter of AIPG held a field trip to Caesar Creek State Park near Waynesville, Ohio. Eight students braved the temperamental Ohio weather to go on a fun fossil collecting trip. The trip started off with a visit to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center to learn about the dam and other features of the area. The students then obtained the free collector's permits and proceeded to the spillway to search for select paleontological treasures. A park ranger informed the group that when creating the dam, fossil-bearing limestone and mudstone were exposed and that the beds were deposited in a shallow marine environment during the Ordovician. The risk of getting dirty didn't stop the students from laying down on the wet, muddy ground to search for fossils. There were abundant brachiopods, crinoids, and horn corrals, and even a few students were lucky enough to find a trilobite. This trip was the first fossil hunting experience for many of the students, and it did not disappoint.
For more information on the Caesar Creek visitor center please visit: http://www.caesarcreekstatepark.com/visitor-center.html
For more information on Caesar Creek State Park please visit: http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/caesarcreek