Ingrid Ukstins Peate to Receive CLAS Collegiate Teaching Award

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By , March 26, 2012 4:22 pm

Ingrid Ukstins Peate’s outstanding teaching for the Department will be recognized with one of this year’s CLAS Collegiate Teaching Awards. The award will be given on April 16 at the Faculty Honors Celebration. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Jennifer Nestler!

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By , February 23, 2012 3:17 pm

Congratulations to Jennifer Nestler! She received a Graduate Council Fellowship at Stonybrook University to continue her graduate studies. Nice work, Jennifer!

Sad news: Alumnus Charles Collinson passed away November 25, 2011

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By , January 20, 2012 9:31 am

Charles W. Collinson

Charles Collinson

An outstanding departmental alumnus, Charles W. Collinson, a long-time resident of Champaign, Illinois, passed away on November 25, 2011, shortly before his 88th birthday. Charlie, as he was known to all, was a graduate student at Iowa in the late 1940s – early 1950s, completing an M.S. degree in 1950 and a Ph.D. degree in 1952, studying under paleontology professor A. K. Miller.  Charlie did his undergraduate work at Augustana College, after serving in the Army Air Corps in World War II.  He grew up and went to high school in Moline, Illinois.

Charlie spent his entire post-academic career at the Illinois State Geological Survey starting in 1952, where he was for many years the chief of the Stratigraphy and Areal Geology section. In the 1950s and early 1960s he led an active research program on Silurian, Devonian, and Mississippian conodonts, developing new laboratory techniques and mentoring colleagues and students of conodonts including among others, Carl Rexroad, another Iowa Ph.D. and long-time conodont specialist at the Indiana Geological Survey, Alan J. Scott who received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois working under Charlie’s direction and who later taught at the University of Texas, and Bill Orr, whose graduate degrees were from the Universities of Texas and Indiana, but whose research was largely accomplished at the Illinois Survey. H. Richard (Rich) Lane, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Iowa and now NSF Program Director for Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology, was one of Charlie’s research assistants at the Survey throughout his undergraduate years at Illinois.  Rich wrote recently:

“Charlie certainly had a major impact on my early career choice. He cycled us through full conodont laboratory process training, including acidization, heavy liquid separation, picking, identification, specimen coating, photography of these microfossils, 35mm film processing, printing, and developing. Charlie was also editor of the Journal of Paleontology for SEPM (later he was President of the society) and I was able to view and later participate in the editorial process first hand. Where would one ever have obtained that kind of training in a job as an undergraduate? What a charmed beginning for me and Charlie made all of this possible in a jovial and relaxed atmosphere.”

I also had the good fortune to work with Charlie during an NSF-sponsored post-doctoral fellowship at the Illinois Survey in the academic year 1962-63.  It was a significant learning experience for me, as Charlie immeasurably helped me get started on a long-term project on Middle Devonian conodonts in upstate New York, Iowa, and Illinois.

Charlie received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1963, which allowed him to continue his conodont research at the University of Wales in Swansea. In addition to the research emphasis on conodonts, in the 1950s he wrote and edited the first edition of the Survey’s educational publication “Guide for Beginning Fossil Hunters,” which has gone through 10 printings and is still widely available.

In the 1980s, Charlie was the Survey’s principal scientist dealing with the shore erosion of Lake Michigan and was the leader of the Chicago Lakeshore Erosion Commission. As an active researcher, he was the author of more than a hundred publications. After “official” retirement he devoted some of his time to the reconstruction and illustration of Illinois fossils with emphasis on Pleistocene mammals. He had been in good health until recently and was still active at the Survey going in there almost every day. Charlie Collinson will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and colleagues.


Gilbert Klapper

January, 2012


We are sad to report that Professor Emeritus Dick Hoppin passed away on Friday, January 6th, 2012.

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By , January 10, 2012 9:33 am

Paleontology Student Stephanie Drumheller is in the News!

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By , November 11, 2011 11:51 am

Paleontology Student Stephanie Drumheller is in the News!

Check out the articles:

Congratulations, Stephanie!





RECOGNITION PARTY FOR PHIL HECKEL – Mark your calendars now!!!

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By , October 10, 2011 4:13 pm

Phil Heckel has retired and this momentous occasion will not go unrecognized.  We wanted to give all of you enough time to plan for a big party so we decided to hold it some months in the future so that you can SAVE THE DATE.  It will be the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, so mark May 27, 2012 on your calendar and plan to spend some time in Iowa City.

Phil has had so many students that we are having a hard time getting in touch with all of them, so do us a favor and please forward to anyone you know.  If Phil was their main advisor or if he served on a committee.

Please get in touch with any of the following people with your questions or plans. We would love to have as many people as possible to honor Phil.  If you can’t come, please send us your stories!

Helene Greenberg Rogers, Darcy Lipsius or Brian Witzke

Regents Award for Faculty Excellence: Ann Budd

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By , October 7, 2011 9:16 am

Fresh off the press: Alumni Newsletter 2011

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By , August 9, 2011 4:28 pm

You may also find the newsletter in it’s usual home here.

Prototyping project throws young minds a bone

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By , July 18, 2011 1:05 pm

Graduate Student Shawn Malone to Receive Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

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By , April 25, 2011 1:10 pm

Graduate student Shawn Malone has been chosen by his supervisor and students to receive an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

The University of Iowa Council on Teaching annual Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards are awarded to teaching assistants who have demonstrated outstanding ability as teachers at the University of Iowa. For 2007-2008, the Council administered 30 awards of $1,000 each. 

Teaching assistants from all academic units may be nominated for these awards. A teaching assistant who has won an award in the past may not be nominated again.

Nominations may be initiated by students, faculty, colleagues, departmental executive officers (DEOs), or deans. Self-nominations are not allowed. Nominations must follow the guidelines specified in the directions. All materials must be submitted to the nominees’ teaching department for the DEO’s signature. The DEO will forward nominations to the Council on Teaching in care of the Office of the Provost.