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Memorial geology symposium to honor Dr. Anderson

September  10, 2012

Richard Anderson in Manitoba in 1954.

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The geology department at Augustana College will hold a memorial symposium Sept. 29 to honor the late Dr. Richard C. Anderson.

He was a professor of geology at the college from 1957-1996. The symposium will include talks on geology in honor of his life, teaching, work and the impact he had on students.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Anderson took his knowledge to the community, speaking at clubs and museum programs, and leading scientific tours for the public. He also worked summers mapping for the Illinois State Geological Survey. He died on Jan. 8, 2009.

More than two dozen alumni and faculty will give scientific talks (see schedule and abstracts below). The public, friends and colleagues of Dr. Anderson are invited to participate or listen to the program. The gathering will include interaction with current geology students and recent graduates.

The program begins at 8:30 Saturday morning with an introduction by Dr. Anderson's daughters, and the last talk begins at 4:15 p.m.

Other events planned for the weekend include an icebreaker in the Fryxell Geology Museum on Friday evening, a dinner on Saturday evening and a field excursion on Sunday morning.

A block of rooms has been reserved for participants from outside of the area at the Stoney Creek Inn, 101 18th St, Moline, (309) 743-0101. Stoney Creek Inn will provide rooms for those attending the "Geology Symposium for Dr. Anderson" at a reduced rate.

Schedule, Sept. 29

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Symposium talks will be presented in the John Deere Planetarium lecture hall (building adjacent to Swenson Hall of Geosciences)

8:30 a.m. Introduction, photos and testimonials about Dr. Anderson's impact on his students

9:00 a.m. "Memories of a Geologist Father," Eileen A. Herrstrom '77, Elizabeth S. Anderson '80, Penelope C. Anderson '82

9:15 am. "Ferdinand Hayden: A Young Scientist in the Great West, 1853-1855," Phil Salstrom '60 (Abstract)

Teaching Earth science

9:30 a.m. "Utilizing an Artificial Outcrop to Scaffold Learning Between Laboratory and Field Experiences in a College-Level Introductory Geology Course," Merry Wilson '97 (Abstract)

9:45 a.m. "Virtual Geology: Teaching Earth Science Courses Online," Eileen A. Herrstrom '77 (Abstract)

10:00 a.m. "Introductory Physical Geology in the Northern Rockies: An Inquiry-Based Field Course for Incoming First-Year College Students," Jeffrey C. Strasser and Michael B. Wolf (Abstract)

10:15 a.m. Coffee break

Quaternary geology

10:30 a.m. "Late Wisconsin Chronology of Glacial Lake Oshkosh and the Green Bay Lobe, East-Central Wisconsin," W.N. Mode '73 (Abstract)

10:45 a.m. "The Grover Gravel in Eastern Missouri and Its Implications for Tertiary Tectonic (Non)Events in the Midcontinent Region," Charles Rovey '80 (Abstract)

Holocene geology

11:00 a.m. "Spatial and Temporal Variations of Surface Water Geochemistry Downstream of the Pierina Gold Mine near Huaraz, Peru," Patrick M. Hoefle '11 (Abstract)

11:15 a.m. "A Process-Based Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Model for Landfill CH4 Emissions Inclusive of Seasonal Soil Microclimate and CH4 Oxidation," Jean Bogner '69 (Abstract)

11:30 a.m. 'Geophysical Response of Slackwater and Sandy Terrace Deposits: A Case Study near Savanna, Northwestern Illinois," Beth A. Johnson '01 (Abstract)

11:45 a.m. "Physical and Chemical Impacts of a "500-year" Flood on the Ames Aquifer," William W. Simpkins '76 (Abstract)

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. "Shrapnel in Omaha Beach Sand, Normandy, France," Earle F. McBride '54 (Abstract)

1:15 p.m. "Green and Sustainable Remediation," David E. Smit '64 (Abstract)

1:30 p.m. "Tunnel Trilogy: Construction, Inspection, and Maintenance Aspects of Three Tunnels as Critical Components of the Denver Water Distribution System," Susan Steele Weir '71 (Abstract)


1:45 p.m. "Jane Collaborative: a Dinosaur, a Museum, and 64 Libraries," Betsy Carlson '71 (Abstract)

2:00 p.m. "Ice Age Vertebrates of Illinois," Leslie P. Fay '74 (Abstract)

2:15 p.m. "Augustana's Impact on Science in Antarctica," James W. Collinson '60 (Abstract)

2:30 p.m. "Pre-dinosaur Antarctica: Triassic Vertebrates from the Transantarctic Mountains," William R. Hammer (Abstract)

2:45 p.m. "Early Jurassic Dinosaurs from the Central Transantarctic Mountains," Nathan D Smith '02 (Abstract)

3:00 p.m. Coffee break


3:15 p.m. "Blowin' In the Wind:  From Mississippi Valley Loess Deposits to Buried Desert Treasure," Mark E. Mathisen '74 (Abstract)

3:30 p.m. "Deuterium Abundance in Hydrous Minerals Using Pyrolysis-Facilitated Continuous-Flow Gas  Chromatography Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry: a New Analytical Method," Michael R. Sheehan '05 (Abstract)

3:45 p.m. "Horizontal Plays of the Anadarko Basin of Oklahoma," Mahlon G. Erickson '82 (Abstract)

4:00 p.m. "A New Look at the Late Paleozoic Ancestral Rocky Mountains, Colorado," Charles F. Kluth '71 (Abstract)

4:15 p.m. "Odd Rocks and the New Catastrophism," John E. Warme '59 (Abstract)

Richard Anderson

Richard "Doc" Anderson was born April 22, 1930, in Moline, Ill. He graduated from Augustana College in 1952 after studying under Frytiof Fryxell and R.W. Edmund of the geology department. He received his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1955 under the guidance of Leland Horberg, another Augustana alumnus.

Anderson served on the faculty of Augustana from 1957 to 1996, where he profoundly influenced several generations of students and faculty members. Anderson was the first person to hold the Fritiof Fryxell Chair in Geology at Augustana. He was appointed to the chair in May 1985, having chaired the geology department since 1968. Harold W. Sundelius, dean of the college at the time, said on the occasion, "We are particularly pleased that the first person appointed to the Fryxell Chair was one of Dr. Fryxell's students and a person who has continued the Fryxell tradition of excellence in the geology program at Augustana."

In 1992, Anderson received the Neil A. Miner Award of the National Association of Geology Teachers, which recognizes a college or university teacher for "exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the earth sciences." He was nominated by students and colleagues.

Anderson took students out of the classroom -- to quarries, mountains, canyons, and other interesting features -- around the Midwest, into the Ozarks, the Florida Keys, the Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone National Park, among other places.

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