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Geosciences Graduate Students Win GeoPRISMS Honors


Two Penn State Geosciences graduate students have been named recipients of the NSF GeoPRISMS (Geodynamic Processes at Rifting and Subducting Margins) Prizes for Outstanding Student Oral and Poster Presentations, presented at the American Geophysical Union annual meeting held in San Francisco on December 5-9, 2011.  Christine Regalla, a PhD student in the Geosciences program, was the Talk Winner.  Her abstract was titled, An Alternative Mechanism for Forearc Subsidence along the Northeast Japan Erosive Margin, with coauthors Donald Fisher, Kevin Furlong and Eric Kirby.

Brett Carpenter, a recent Geosciences PhD graduate, received an honorable mention.  His abstract was titled, Mineralogical Controls of Fault Healing in Natural and Simulated Gouges with Implications for Fault Zone Processes and the Seismic Cycle, with coauthors Matt Ikari and Chris Marone.

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