Geology Students Present at Int'l Conference

by Amy Radwanski, Public Relations Writer

Geology students from Cedarville University will travel to Vancouver, British Columbia, to attend the Geological Society of America Conference on Oct. 19-22, an international event joining over 6,000 geologists from all over the world.

Calvin Anderson, a junior from Walton, Kentucky, will present his research project on a world-class sand injectite complex he has been studying in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Sand injectites are natural features that are similar to features formed by the hydraulic fracking process used in the petroleum industry. He will present his composite image of the injectite site, preliminary research and his plan for microscopic analysis.

“Having the opportunity to share my research with professionals in my field of study is a privilege,” said Anderson. “I am proud to represent Cedarville and its geology program at such a prestigious conference." 

Anderson will be joined by 16 fellow geology majors along with Tom Rice, assistant professor of geology, John Whitmore, professor of geology, and several Cedarville geology graduates.

Whitmore and 2012 geology graduate Sarah Maithel from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, will present at the conference on various features they have been studying in the Coconino Sandstone of Arizona.  Maithel is an earth science doctoral student at Loma Linda University in California, and she expects to complete her Ph.D. in 2016. Whitmore is one of the advisors on her dissertation committee.

Cedarville’s geology program currently has 25 students who study geology from both biblical and evolutionary perspectives. 

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,620 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.