Commenting on CURVE’s visualization system, Deocampo notes, “This technology allows us to closely examine the sediment in detail while keeping the larger context – we’re literally looking through a window at the earth’s history millions of years ago. This is helping us understand how changing climate affects the environment, ecosystems, and organisms in Africa and around the globe.”
With funding from the Smithsonian Institution Human Origins Program and the National Science Foundation, Dr. Deocampo’s GSU lab is responsible for mineral analysis using X-ray diffraction techniques for 5 of the 7 core sites – The Afar / Northern Awash (Ethiopia), Lake Turkana (Kenya), Lake Baringo/Tugen Hills (Kenya), Lake Magadi (Kenya), and Olorgesailie (Kenya).
Featured today on the Georgia State home page is an interesting piece on our own Jeffrey Glover, Associate Professor of Anthropology (R), and graduate student and Student Innovation Fellow Andrew Vaughan (L) who are mapping ruins at Conil, an ancient Maya port just outside the modern Mexican town of Chiquilá, about 100 miles northwest of Cancun.
We are now less than two weeks away from the official opening of CURVE and the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony scheduled for September 10, 2014, at 2:00. Please mark your calendars!
Assoc. Professor of Biology Susanna Greer shares some of her lab’s early findings on the CURVE interactWall
While gearing up for our grand opening, CURVE personnel welcomed our home state’s congressional staffers from Washington, D.C., who were with us on August 28 learning about some of the exciting research and innovations happening at Georgia State. Visitors to CURVE included staff from the offices of Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson and Congressmen Sanford Bishop, Phil Gingery, Tom Graves, Jack Kingston, John Lewis, Tom Price, Austin Scott, and David Scott.