March 18, 2022

Happy Belated-St. Patrick's Day!

Top 10 Geological Sites to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day,
by Kirstin Lemon
1.  Ravensglass, Cumbria
2.  Old Kilpatrck, Dumbartonshire
3.  Slemish Mountain, Co Antrim
4.  Llanbadrig Anglesey
5.  Saul, Co Down
6.  Rock of Cashel, Co Tipperary
7.  Croagh Patrick, Co May
8. St. Patrick's Holy Well, Belcoo, Co Fermanagh
9.  Station Island, Lough Derg, Co Donegal
10.  Downpatrick, Co Down

Departmental Scholarships Due Today!!

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences wants to give students some money!! To apply for the scholarships please go to the EES office and pick up an application from the front desk or the major's room. 

Only members of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences are eligible for the scholarships. We are sorry, but members of the Environmental Sciences Program are not eligible. 

Applications are due by Friday, March 18, 2022 at 4:00,
Applications may be either dropped off at the Front Desk or emailed to Dr. Matyjasik (

Club Activity

SGE, AEG, and Geology Club are planning a trip to the Utah Natural History Museum.  Students must be a member of one of these three clubs to participate in the field trip.  Because tickets must be bought in advance students must email Rory Keefer to reserve their tickets.  Please email by Wednesday, 23 March, to reserve your spot.  If you do not email, you will not be able to attend. 

Field trip date: is Saturday, March 26th.  
Time:  11 am or 12pm depending on ticket availability.  
More informtion to come.  Reach out to Rory for interest and information.

AEG Utah Chapter Meeting

This month's meeting is on March 24, 5:30-7:30 PM (Thursday)
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, 1313 S. Foothill Dr.  SLC
Speaker will be AEG Jahns Distinguished Lecturer- Richard M. Wooten, P.G.  Dr. Wooten will present on Debris flows, Big Slow Movers, and Rock Slides:  Assembling the Geospatial Legacy of Landslides using Lidar, Drones, and Boots on the Ground.

Please RSVP HERE if you plan to attend in person.

Join AEG Utah Chapter March Zoom Meeting Access

Meeting ID: 224 111 0183
Passcode: Rick-Ut

Science Fair Judges Needed

We Need You!!! Please come and be a judge for the Ritchy Science and Engineering Senior Fair!  The Ritchey Fair is a regional science fair for students in Northern Utah.  The Senior Fair (grades 9-12) will be held on Friday, March 25 and judging will begin at 12:30 pm.  The fair will be held in person this year at the Dee Event Center.  WSU students, staff, and faculty are welcome to come and judge the projects.  Come out and help support our future scientists!

To register as a judge please go to:
When you register, make sure that you are registering for the "Senior" Science Fair.

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. 

Please join us on Fridays, from 12:30 - 1:20 pm 
March 25th-  Panel discussion - Great Salt Lake's Water.
Dr. Bonnie Baxter & Jaimi Butler- Westminister College.
Lynn DeFreitas- Friends of Great Salt Lake.
Dr. Carla Trentelman, Sociology, Weber State University.

April 1st- Dr. Joanna Endter-Wada.  Professor & Program Director, Environment and Society,  Utah State University. - Water Regulation & Policy.

April 8th- Drew Hodge, Water Conservation and Sustainability Weber State University. -Water Planning in Utah.

April 15th- Panel discussion - Local Water Policy.
Jon Parry, Weber Basin Water Conservancy District
Ken Richey, Ogden City Council

April 22-  Student Presentation - Water-Related Policy Summaries.

Zoom link (meeting password: 907634)
***Videos of guest lectures will be posted within a week of each seminar on the website.

For more information please go to:

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

Internship Opportunity

Can be found at 
Environmental Scientist Intern.
The posting number is Job number #6131508.
If anyone has questions about the job they can reach out to Avery Holyoak at 801-904-4100.
This is a great opportunity to get experience in the real world and make valuable professional connections in industry and at the state.

Position is: Environmental Scientist Intern
Utah Department of Environmental Quality
Salt Lake City
Seasonal Full-Time Internship (05/23/22 - 08/24/22)
$15.00 per hour
Environmental Services

Principal Duties
Collect data, review research materials, determine accuracy and validity of sources, and appropriateness for use. Design, develop, and conduct a variety of research projects; determine appropriate methodologies, information sources, sampling strategies, and data-collection tools, etc. Perform research activities by utilizing computer software to obtain and manipulate data. Write or draft technical reports, articles or related material based on research, investigation or analysis.

Closing date is March 22, 2022 at 12:00 am.

Summer Job Fair

Come connect with employers for summer jobs, part-time positions and internships.
  • March 22 and 23,
  • 10 am - 2 pm,
  • Shepherd Union Atrium,
  • Free!  Just show up.

Weber Cares Donations Needed

For those of you who may not know, the Weber Cares Pantry is open for in-person service in Stewart Library, room 224.

Spring 2022 Hours:
  • Monday: 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Noon - 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 3 - 7 p.m.
  • Thursday: Noon - 2 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 - 10 a.m.

COVID Changes to Testing on Campus

COVID-19 Testing (updated 03/18/2022)

As the demand for COVID-19 testing on campus decreases, we are making the following changes to our campus testing resources.

  • Drive-thru testing  is available in the Dee Events Center parking lot. Pre-registration is required beforehand through Select the Ogden testing location at 4400 Harrison Blvd. While you do not have to select a specific testing time, you must pre-register for the day you'd like to be tested.
  • The Department of Public Safety has a limited number of take-home testing kits available to members of the campus community who are symptomatic or who have been identified through contact tracing as having high exposure. Test kits can be picked up from the Public Safety Building Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., until supplies run out.
  • COVID-19 testing at the Student Health Center and Shephard Union on WSU's Ogden campus has closed.

Free testing opportunites are also available at It is imperative you take your temperature and self monitor prior to coming to campus for classes. If you have a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms, stay home.

Geo Clubs:

We are thrilled that you are part of our Earth and Environmental Sciences family.  Now that you are here, come join the fun.  We have three great clubs:  The Geology Club, Sigma Gamma Epsilon Club, and Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists.  Stay tuned for some fun activities in the future. 

Here's our officers for 2021-2022:
Geology Club:
President: Rory Keefer
Vice President:  Judy Smith
Secretary:  Kara Olsen
Treasurer:  Cole Stern

SGE (Sigma Gamma Epsilon):
President:  Nicholas Bentley
Vice-President: Riggs Murdock
Secretary:  Judy Smith
Treasurer: Aybree Huffaker

AEG (Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists):
President:  Aybree Huffacker
Vice-President:  Rory Keefer
Treasurer: Cole Stern
Secretary:  Logan Knight

Connect with Us for Advising

We are half way through this 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.

Minerals of the Week -Azurite and Malachite

While technically two different minerals, azurite and malachite are closely related and are often found together. Azurite is a deep blue while malachite is a rich green color. These minerals are a favorite among collectors and are often carved into ornamental statues and used in jewelry. These minerals have been used as pigments in paint and makeup throughout history. While it is safe to wear jewelry containing malachite or azurite, any dust from these minerals should be handled with care as the dust may be toxic if ingested or inhaled. Click here for more information.

Photo of the Week:

Photo of the Week: Crack Canyon in the San Rafael Swell. Image by Sara Summers


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