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  • OSU Student Chapter Tour of Byrd Polar Research Center

    OSU Student Chapter Tour of Byrd Polar Research Center

    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. 

  • New Youngstown State University Student Chapter

    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:

    • Lydia White, President
    • Brigitte Petras, Vice President
    • Olivia Costantino, Secretary
    • Chris McFarland, Treasurer
    • Dr. Jeff Dick, YSU Faculty Sponsor

    See a copy of the letter received from AIPG National here

  • 2017 Annual Meeting Recap

    2017 Annual Meeting Recap

    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.

  • OSU Student Chapter Field Trip to Caesar Creek

    OSU Student Chapter Field Trip to Caesar Creek

    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:

    For more information on Caesar Creek State Park please visit:

  • Elementary School Earth Science Week Presentation

    Brent R. Smith, AIPG Ohio Section President

    As part of Earth Science Week 2017 I had the pleasure of teaching my son Gavin’s 1st grade class at Chapman Elementary School in Dublin, Ohio on Friday, October 13.  For my big presentation, I gave the inquisitive first graders an overview of the Earth Sciences and what it means to all of us.  I then let them watch a couple of videos excellently produced teh American Geoscinces Institute that can be found on YouTube, including an overview of what Earth Science week is, and a summary of Earth Sciences in general.  This was followed by a summary of my particular career in the geosciences, and a hands-on review of various types of rocks and fossils.  Please click on the title for the full article and photos.  

  • AIPG National Conference Recap

    AIPG National Conference Recap

    By Brent Smith, AIPG Ohio Section President and Colin Flaherty, AIPG Ohio Section President Elect

    Last month we had the pleasure of attending the 2017 National AIPG Conference, which was held at the Airport Marriott in Nashville, Tennessee.   Surprisingly enough, the drive down set an excellent tone for the Conference; as we traveled south along I-71 and I-65, we noticed the numerous road cuts reminding us of our place along the Cincinnati arch, and later its southern counterpart the Nashville Basin.   With geology on the mind we entered the Cumberland River valley, home to Nashville and our first real exposure to AIPG on a National Level.  Overall the Conference was extremely positive, and left us encouraged to bring back new contacts and ideas to advance the Ohio Section.  While intimidating at first, the National Executive Committee members and other people we met were just like us, a great group of friendly individuals with a shared interest in supporting and furthering the geosciences.  Please click on the blog title for the full recap and photos.

  • Remediation Workshop

    The Ohio Section of AIPG would like to make you aware of an upcoming Remediation Workshop in Columbus, OH, on Wednesday, October 11th.  Over 10,000 environmental professionals have attended a Remediation Workshop on 4 continents, and there is no charge to attend.  These half-day, technical workshops cover a range of soil & groundwater remediation topics, and they include a hot lunch and 4 CEUs.   

    Columbus Workshop Location – The Blackwell Inn and Conference Center - 2110 Tuttle Park Pl. 



    • 11:15 - Registration, hot buffet lunch is served, and networking with exhibitors
    • 11:45 - Welcome from a Workshop Representative
    • 12:00 – Opening Remarks
    • 12:15 – Casey Brown – “Incorporating Molecular Biological Tools into Site Management”
    • 12:55 – Brian Newgent - “Remote Monitoring Made Real Time”
    • 1:35 - BREAK
    • 2:00 – John Valkenburg - “Klozur® KP - extended release persulfate ISCO reagent”
    • 2:40 – Rich Cartwright – “Innovative Petroleum Remediation Solutions”
    • 3:20 - BREAK
    • 3:35 – Allan Blanchard – “The Top 10 Mistakes Made by Environmental Consultants — And How New Technology Can Prevent Those Mistakes”
    • 4:15 – Bo LeRoy - “Using Drone Technologies for Visualization and 3D Modeling”
    • 5:00 - After-hours networking hosted by Microbial Insights



  • Autumn 2017 Dinner Presentation Recap

    Autumn 2017 Dinner Presentation Recap

    Brent Smith, Ohio Section President

    On Thursday, September 14, 2017, the Ohio Section of AIPG held its autumn meeting at La Scala Italian Bistro in Dublin, Ohio. The event was sponsored by ALS Environmental, and In-Situ. Guests enjoyed a social hour followed by their choice of Italian dishes.  Guests included a variety of professionals, sponsor representatives from ALS and In-Situ, and members of the Ohio State University (OSU) and Wright State University (WSU) Student Chapters. Prior to dinner, AIPG Ohio Section president Brent Smith welcomed the attendees and gave an update on upcoming AIPG Ohio events for 2017.  Future events discussed included potential field trips with the OSU and WSU Student Sections, the AIPG National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, the AIPG Ohio Section Vapor Intrusion Short-Course scheduled for late-October 2017, and the Ohio Section Annual Meeting scheduled for November 16.  Following dinner, Brent Smith introduced the guest speaker for the evening, Mr. Sam Stowe, PG., General Manager of Ranney Collector Wells, a division of the Layne Christiansen Company.  Sam's presentation, Riverbank Filtration – Successes and Failures – Case Studies, summarized the basic design, investigation, and installation concepts of riverbank filtration (RBF) RBF water supply systems.  Sam presented four case studies of RBF installations, including facilities in Kansas City, Kansas, Sibu, Malaysia on the island of Borneo, Manchester New Hampshire, and right here in Columbus, Ohio.  Sam focused on discussing the contributing factors that lead to the success or failure of each installed system.  

    Thanks to Sam for the excellent presentation and thanks to all that attended!  Click on the title or here for the full article and photos.

    For more information on Ranney Collector Wells please visit their website at:

  • ODNR Accepting Grant Applications for Geologic Research

    The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is accepting applications for the Ohio Geology License Plate Fund grant program. Now in its third academic year, this program through ODNR’s Division of Geological Survey supports graduate students researching the state’s geology.

    The deadline for application submission is Friday, Oct. 20. The application and complete submission guidelines can be found on the division’s website at

    Please click on the title or here to see the full article

  • AIPG Ohio Section Donation to the AIPG Foundation

    AIPG Ohio Section Donation to the AIPG Foundation

    By Brent R. Smith, Ohio Section President

    As part of the activities at this year’s National Conference, the AIPG Foundation will hold a silent auction at the Welcome Reception function on Sunday, September 24th starting at 6 pm at the conference headquarters hotel in Nashville. Winning bids will be determined at the end of the evening function, at about 8:30 pm. Donations to the silent auction will be used to raise funds in support of the Foundation for AIPG programs, scholarships, internships, and various initiatives. Ohio Section member Brent Huntsman contacted me in June 2017 with an interesting idea.  The Foundation, of which Mr. Huntsman is a trustee, was reaching out to each AIPG Section with the goal of obtaining either the representative state fossil, or a fossil collected in the Section territory.  For several years, the Ohio Section of AIPG has been giving out awards to guest speakers that featured a cast of an Isotelus collected in southeast Ohio.  These casts were obtained from renowned fossil hunter Tom Johnson, owner and proprietor of The House of Phacops in Peebles, Ohio.  Over the summer I reached out to Mr. Johnson and was able to obtain a recently collected specimen to donate to the Foundation.  This isotelus  maximus specimen was recently collected by Mr. Johnson from the Waynesville Formation in Adams County, Ohio. 

    In addition, during our February 2017 Dinner Meeting at Wright State University (WSU), the AIPG Ohio Section obtained two specimens of an ornamented ammonite (mortoniceras equidistans) collected from an area southwest of Houston, Texas from the student-run silent auction.  We also be donating the larger of the two specimens to the AIPG Foundation Silent Auction.  The ammonite was collected by WSU PhD candidate David Peterman from the Duck Creek Formation near Lake Texana and dates back to the Cenomanian age of the late Cretaceous. 

    Please click on the title for the full story and more photos!


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