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Dinosaur hunter helps police identify skeletal remains

When he's not hunting for fossils in Antarctica or lecturing to his Augustana students about prehistoric life, William Hammer helps local law enforcement agencies in their investigations by classifying unidentified bones. Although some police departments have their own forensic anthropologist — someone who examines and identifies human skeletal remains — local Illinois investigators call Hammer.

Intern digitally maps cemetery to help locate gravesites

Augustana senior Jeremy Sundberg is working as an intern with the city of Moline, Ill., to map 7,600 burials at Memorial Park Cemetery. When the project is done, families will be able to type in a name and locate where the person is buried. Sundberg scanned the cemetery's maps into the city's Geographic Information System. He then found each grave and recorded its coordinates with GPS, to coordinate with the plot map. Sundberg is a geography major is from Elmhurst, Ill.

Martha T. Harris, professor emerita, dies at 88

Martha T. Harris, 88, a reference librarian for Augustana College from 1974-1989 and professor emerita, died July 13 in LaGrange Park, Ill. A memorial service and musical tribute will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Unitarian Church in Davenport.

Hello Greenland!

Senior Fallon Meyer is blogging about her work with Dr. Jennifer Burnham in Greenland this summer. The research is centered around the biogeography of seabird colonies and the impacts that global climate change and humans may have on them.

Tweet raising money for kids' book on evolution

Award-winning game designer Jonathan Tweet has raised $12,000 in a recent Kickstarter campaign to self-publish a book — "Grandmother Fish" — that aims to make human evolution understandable to young children. Tweet, 48, the son of Augustana professor emeritus Roald Tweet, is aiming the book at preschoolers. "I love science, but I'm also a storyteller, and evolution is a great story," he said.

Summer reading suggestions from faculty and staff

Librarians at Augustana's Thomas Tredway Library, plus some faculty and staff, have a few suggestions for your non-academic summer reading pleasure.