Eastern Connecticut State University was well represented this year at the New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference (NEIGC) from Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Middlebury College. Eastern students Mimi Cedrone, Bonnie Lundblad, Laura Markley, and Calvin Underwood, and Assistant Professors Allison Weinsteiger and Steve Nathan from the Department of Environmental Earth Science participated.
The three-day gathering brings together educators, the private sector, government and other groups to showcase a broad range of field trips exploring all aspects of regional geology. This year, Eastern students participated in a field trip that focused on watershed protection, with the highlight of seeing firsthand the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Irene.
Jaw-dropping views of scoured riverbanks, washed out bridges and collapsed buildings brought textbook photos to life for the students. This is earth science, with nature's forces working so ferociously that you wouldn't want to be there as it happens. For the students, this was the perfect enticement to mark their calendars for next year's NEIGC.