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A sparkling summer in the field

Wed, 15 Aug 2018

Geology major Ben Crummins ’20, left, and physics major Frank Padgett III ’19 accompanied John Tarduno, professor and chair of earth and environmental sciences, to Labrador, Canada, this summer where the group conducted field work. The students sampled a rock known as anorthosite, which contains labradorite crystals. Labradorite crystals have the special property of refracting and reflecting light, which results in a unique iridescence.  (University of Rochester photo / John Tarduno)


Honorary professorships awarded for excellence in teaching

Thu, 02 Aug 2018

John Tarduno has been awarded the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professorship, and Thomas Eickbush and James Zavislan are recipients of the Mercer Brugler Distinguished Teaching Professorship.


Why does ice make that sound?

Fri, 27 Apr 2018

What began as a “silly pastime” of tossing ice chunks down a borehole in Taylor Glacier, Antarctica, has led to a video with more than 8 million views and a collaboration between an acoustics expert and a climate scientist.


Tiny microenvironments hold clues to ocean nitrogen cycle

Fri, 20 Apr 2018

A new Rochester study shows that nitrogen-feeding organisms exist all over the deep ocean, and not just in large oxygen-depleted "dead zones," changing the way we think about the delicate nitrogen cycle.


What sound does ice make when it’s dropped 90 meters into an Antarctic glacier?

Tue, 06 Mar 2018

Researchers in the University’s Ice Core Lab shared a viral video that shows the “unexpected and fascinating” noise that when it hits the bottom of a borehole in Antarctica.