Outreach Efforts

Illinois State Geological Survey coastal geologist Michael Chrzastowski was the guest speaker at DePaul University's Chaddick Institute in downtown Chicago. Chrzastowski presented information about the geologic history of the Chicago lakefront and Chicago River. Thirty-two students, faculty, and lakefront residents attended the lecture.

Robert Bauer, Illinois State Geological Survey engineering geologist, presented a two-hour class lecture on the strength of earth materials and testing methods employed to determine the strength and characteristics of ground for tunneling and other underground excavation. The lecture was attended by 19 students of the University of Illinois class Geology 333. Subsurface characteristics were linked with excavation techniques and foundation design changes through time for Chicago buildings and tunnels. The students were then given a tour of the ISGS rock and soil laboratory in order to see the testing equipment described in the lecture.

Chris Stohr presented 2-hour lectures on the Illinois Height Modernization Program and a new surveying application. The lectures were given to surveying classes at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville on April 7-8, 2010. Three faculty members and approximately 75 students attended the lecture.

Brandon Curry reran a 2008 Friends of the Pleistocene field trip to northeastern Illinois for about 30 students. The students were from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northern Illinois University. The group visited five stops over the course of two days. Stops included the folded sand and gravel of the Spring Lake pit, paleosols of the LaFarge Elburn facility, proglacial lake deposits and till at Wedron, and an ice-walled lake plain.

Jared Freiburg, Joan Crockett, and David Morse hosted an Illinois State Geological Survey display and sales booth at the Central Illinois Gem and Mineral Club Annual show in Decatur, Illinois, on April 24-25, 2010. The ISGS staff identified fossils and minerals, sold ISGS publications, helped Boy and Girl Scouts learn about what a geologist does as a career, and shared geological information with interested and concerned members of the public. The show attracted several hundred visitors, families, and kids.

Donald Keefer and Curt Abert taught a University of Illinois FAST-3 short course on interpolation with Spatial Analyst and Geostatistical Analyst. The course was held April 21, 2010, on the Urbana-Champaign campus.

Daniel Adomaitis led an outreach event for the Piatt County 4-H group that allowed the 4-H members to fulfill their geology requirements. The event, held on April 10, 2010, was attended by 12 children and two adults.