GDEP Track 2 Launches!!!
GDEP has been funded by the National Science Foundation for a second run of
three full summers, after its highly successful first run of three summers
We have just completed our third summer in GDEP Track 2, with a highly
successful research symposium on August 13th. This summer featured
a wider array of activities than previous summers. As in previous summers,
there were field and lab based research projects, one on the hydrogeology of
Palos Verdes Peninsula and the other on comparing and constrasting ecological
boundaries between native California sage scrub and exotic annual grasslands
mainly in the westernmost Santa Monica Mountains. In addition, there was a
two week field trip for one group of GDEP students, which took them up the
central coast of California and then inland across the San Joaquin Valley and
the Sierra Nevada, returning along Owens Valley and the Mojave Desert.
Another different activity this summer was an Earth Science Standards teaching
workshop for nearly 100 high school teachers.
We have also been running community field trips to some of the GDEP field
sites twice a year,
just so the friends and family of GDEP interns can learn cool things from the
Ms. Gabriela Valenzuela Wins a Scholarship!
The GDEP team has just learned that our administrative coördinator,
Ms. Gabriela Valenzuela
has just received a $500 scholarship for her
groundwater research from the Southern
California Branch of the Groundwater Resources Association of California
Ms. Diane Escobedo Finishes Her Thesis and Lands a Fabulous Job!
Dr. Rick Behl wrote in from Switzerland where he's been on sabbatical
to report that Ms. Gabriela Valenzuela's predecessor, Ms. Diane
Escobedo, finished her master's degree in Geological Sciences at CSULB --
and has landed a great job at Denali National Park in Alaska! Way to go!!!