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Tindall to Present Spring Chambliss Lecture

March 28, 2017

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University professor of geology, Dr. Sarah Tindall, will deliver the spring 2017 Chambliss Faculty Research Awards lecture on Tuesday, April 11, at 4:30 p.m. in the McFarland Student Union Alumni Auditorium (183). The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Sarah Tindall

Tindall will present Minerals, Mountains, and Microcracks.  Based on laboratory experiments with sand, clay, plaster and wax, 3D graphs of very small cracks, and extensive field excursions, this lecture explores Earth processes from the microscopic to the mountain-scale, spanning millions of years.  Tindall will wander from the 1.4 billion-year-old gemstones of her childhood, through the Mesozoic Era deserts and dunes of Arizona and Utah, and into her KU modeling laboratory where she dissects the ancient history of the Appalachians.

Tindall has served on the university's Committee on Curriculum and Program for the Department of Geology, has been a campus representative for the Geological Society of America, a reviewer for the Journal of Structural Geology, Journal of Geoscience Education, Nature Communications and other prominent geological journals, served as a mentor and even given geology-based presentations at Middlebury College, Pennsylvania State University and Rutgers University. 

She holds a bachelor's degree in geology from the College of William and Mary and a doctorate in structural geology and tectonics from The University of Arizona. 

The Chambliss Award, inaugurated in 2004 through a gift from Dr. Carlson R. Chambliss, professor emeritus, is meant to recognize the very highest achievement in research and scholarship and can be awarded only once in a person's career.