January 14, 2022

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan 17: Marin Luther King Jr. Day.  There will be no classes held that day.

Geoscience and Society Lectures


The popular Geoscience and Society lectures are back! Join us every Friday for an amazing line up of speakers presenting on interesting and important topics. Dr. Cianna Wyshnytzky, "Conserving Utah's Water as a Natural Resource With the NRCS".  Dr. Wyshnytzky is a Geologist from the Water Resources USDA Natural Resouces Conservation Service (NRCS).

Please join us on Friday, Jan. 21 from 12:30 - 1:20 pm 

Location: Tracy Hall Science Center Room 217

For more information please go to:

We would like to thank Dr. Carie Frantz for organizing this seminar series. 

Short Course Offered

The Utah Geological Survery is partnering wtih the University of Utah AAPG student chapter to present a half day short course titled : From Fossil Fuels to Critical Minerals:  Bridging the Geology of the Energy Transition."

Time:  Friday, January 21st from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
Format:  Online only

This course includes six speakers and a lunchtime career panel featuring a variety of geoscience professionals. The content is aimed at helping students understand the rapidly changing landscape of the energy and minerals industries, and the fundamental geology that will continue to guide exploration and development as commodities and markets evolve. Even though the course has been designed with students in mind, we welcome any interested parties to attend.


Wyoming Dinosaur Center Summer 2022 Internship Program.  This unique internship allows students an opportunity to dig dinosaur bones in several active dinosaur quarries.  You will be trained on the proper techniques of excavation, mapping, and preparation. You will also be working with the public through many digging programs and giving tours.

12-week, 8-week, and 6-week sesions available with flexible scheduing. Research projects are also available.

Have an interest in Dinosaurs
Be at least 21 years old.
Valid drivers license for minimum of 2 years
Weekly Stipend
Housing Provided

For questionnaires and application, please email:
Submit application by February 28th, 2022
May 16th-September 14th

Non-Traditional Child-Care


Do you need child care for the upcoming semester? The WSU Ogden Non-Traditional Center is open to students, faculty and staff for spring 2022.

Applications accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

WSU students can use the center as long as enrolled in classes for part of the time from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Child care is open to ages 2-9 years old.

$3.50 per hour, per child.

Spring COVID-19 Information:

Information from WSU about Covid updates for the Upcoming Semester:

Campus Protocols
  • Symptomatic testing and vaccination availability varies. Check the testing and safety and the vaccines pages for times, days and locations. Testing locations are also available at the Utah coronavirus website. 
  • All individuals need to assess themselves for symptoms of illness before coming to campus and to stay home if they are symptomatic. Visit the WSU COVID-19 website for more information.
  • Face coverings are strongly recommended while on campus.
    • A limited-supply of additional masks will be available during class. Please be respectful and supportive of your fellow Wildcats.
  • Students needing accommodations should contact Disability Services to discuss your specific situation.
  • For the latest information about campus support service availability, please visit the Keeping Connected website.
Virus Mitigation Protocols
  • Weber State strongly encourages all university faculty and staff to be vaccinated. A COVID-19 vaccination is required for all students, except for concurrent enrollment students and students who qualify for an exemption, for the 2022 spring semester. See the vaccines page for times, days and locations and more information.
  • If you test positive for the coronavirus:
  • If you suspect you have contracted COVID-19 by having symptoms:
    • Immediately go home (unless you are already at home) and self-isolate.
    • Make an appointment to get tested.
    • Complete the self-report form.
    • If not recommended to be tested or if your test is negative, you should follow the guidance provided by your healthcare provider before returning to campus.
  • Engage in good general hygiene practices.
The EES Department also strongly encourages that all students wear masks while in the classroom. 

Connect with Us for Advising

It is the start of a sparkling, brand new semester. This is the perfect time to make sure that you are on track to meet your goals for this year and the future!  Please see us to discuss the different majors, class options, and course schedules. If you haven't talked with us in a while, please find you advisor below and email him or her to get an appointment set up to make sure that you are on the right track for your future graduation.

We want to help save you time, effort & money -- come see us!

All New EES Majors: Dr. Marek Matyjasik
All Graduating Seniors (Fall 2021/Spring 2022): Dr. Marek Matyjasik
Geology: Dr. Adolph Yonkee (Geology co-advisor Dr. Liz Balgord is on sabbatical for the 2021 - 2022 year)
Applied Environmental Geosciences: Dr. Marek Matyjasik 
Earth Science Teaching: Dr. Dave Matty and Dr. Caitlin Tems
Geospatial Minor or Certificate: Dr. Michael Hernandez and Dr. Ryan Frazier
Environmental Science Program*: Dr. Carie Frantz and Dr. Chris Hoagstrom (Zoology)

*Note: The Environmental Science Program is multidisciplinary degree in the College of Science, and is not a degree within the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department.

Mineral of the Week - Baryte

Baryte (also spelled barite) is the most common mineral containing the element Barium. This mineral receives its name from the Greek word 'barys' which means 'heavy', a reflection on this non-metallic mineral's high specific gravity. To learn more about baryte, please click here.

Photo of the Week:

Volcan del Fuego in Guatemala, photo submitted by Dr. Marek Matyjasik

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Volcan del Fuego photo submitted by Dr. Marek Matyjasik

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