Category: faculty research

Visualizing Human Origins on the interactWall

CURVE’s visualization technology is helping researchers take a closer look at our origins. In an effort to understand “local climate dynamics relevant to the time periods and the regions where human evolutionary change took place” researchers are studying core samples taken from East Africa. (human origins drilling project) These core samples are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s Human Origins Program. Dr. Dan Deocampo, Human Origins Program research team member and GSU Department of Geosciences Chair uses Corelyzer on the CURVE interactWall to analyze core samples.

Dr. Deocampo analyzing the Smithsonian Institution’s Olorgesailie core on CURVE’s interactWall

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).

Drilling rig at Lake Magadi, Kenya, in summer, 2014 and NSF's National Lacustrine Core Facility at the University of Minnesota – Dr. Deocampo, Dr. Tim Lowenstein, and Dr. Jiuyi Wang
Drilling rig at Lake Magadi, Kenya, in summer, 2014 and NSF’s National Lacustrine Core Facility at the University of Minnesota – Dr. Deocampo, Dr. Tim Lowenstein, and Dr. Jiuyi Wang
Dr. Deocampo analyzing the AFAR core on CURVE’s interactWall

Learn more about the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Program and the Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project (HSPDP).

CURVE Celebrates Grand Opening

The ribbon cutting

On Wednesday, September 10th, CURVE kicked-off its official start with a ribbon cutting event.  The ceremony featured:

Opening remarks by

  • President Mark Becker
  • James Weyhenmeyer, VP for Research and Economic Development
  • Tammy Sugarman, Interim Dean of Libraries
  • Bryan Sinclair, Associate Dean for Public Services

Music by Paul Fischer
Research presentations by 19 faculty members, students, and staff.

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Archeologist Reveals Secrets Of Maya Site

Photo credit: Georgia State University News (Category: Discovery)

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.

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CURVE Welcomes Georgia’s Congressional Staff

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!

Susanna Greer

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.

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