We're moving!

We're moving our new stories to Denison.edu, the college's super-sweet mothership. Over time, we'll be moving some of our best past stories from TheDEN over there too. In the meantime, we've made available an archive of all stories here. This archive will be available for a few months before this site is permanently shut down. See you at Denison.edu! - June 2016

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As a hydrogeologist, Sam Marquis ’83 uncovers the histories of interlayered rock strata. As a best-selling author, multi-layered plots are at the heart of his thrillers. For more than twenty-five years, Marquis has worked as an environmental consultant and expert

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Mystery in the Sierra Nevada


  There’s an ancient mystery hidden in the wild Sierra Nevada Mountains, buried layers-deep below the earth, yet to be uncovered and brought to the surface. It’s not the plot of an old spaghetti Western; it’s the recent experience of

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Written By: Jillian Koval '16

Ducks over Denison


On August 27, 1883, a volcano at Krakatoa erupted, changing the Indonesian isles’ landscape forever. The force destroyed most of Krakatoa itself, created several other small islands, and threw so much volcanic dust into the atmosphere that people in Britain

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What’s in a number?


If you’ve walked past Olin Science Hall this summer, you’ve probably noticed the big sign in the window that boasts “# of specimens counted,” followed by an ever-climbing number. Al Weik ’14, a geosciences major from Lebanon, Pa., says that

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Written By: Rachel Morrison ’14

Love and the liberal arts


When we first learned about Susan Kennedy’s lecture on the neuroscience of love, we just knew it had to be our Valentine’s Day story. But it also got us thinking about how love, that coolest, most human of qualities, might play

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Skeletons in the room

Skeletons In The Room

Associate Professor of Geosciences Dave Goodwin’s class Biodiversity Through Time enjoyed a visit today from Donald Johanson, world famous paleontologist and discoverer of “Lucy,” one of the earliest members of genus Australopithecus: A. afarensis. Students and faculty were treated to

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Wired for blogging

Wired for Blogging

Wired Science Blogs, a daily online publication from the folks at Wired, has a new science star onboard. Erik Klemetti, assistant professor of geosciences, has relaunched his wildly popular “Eruptions” blog on the Wired platform. Since the blog’s initial launch

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The Great East Coast Earthquake of 2011

The Great East Coast Earthquake Of 2011

Now that Irene has lost her punch and moved north of the border, we can turn at least some of our attention back to the somewhat anomalous earthquake that hit the eastern United States on August 23. Centered near Mineral,

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A match made in the heavens

A Match Made In The Heavens

Let’s say you have a rock in the solar system. And it’s not any boring, settled-into-a-routine kind of rock — but a young, vivacious rock. The universe is at its metaphorical feet. This rock has been hanging out with its

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Written By: Olivia Combe
Photo Credits: Michelle Murphy

Hidden in plain sight: no stone left unturned

Hidden In Plain Sight: No Stone Left Unturned

You might trip over this odd, hut-like lith on your way into the library without having any idea what just stubbed your toe. Low and inscrutable, most passersby disregard the weighty tablet with its text display set to Ancient Greek.

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When volcanoes are overblown

Erik Klemetti, assistant professor of geosciences

Here’s what happened: Late last year, a scientific journal published a paper on a magma surge at Yellowstone. Sounds scary, right? Sure, volcanoes are scary. There was a lot of sophisticated monitoring going on, and the hard science didn’t indicate

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Written By: Natalie Olivo '13

iTunes U: Learning on demand

Learning on Demand

At least for now, with finals looming, students aren’t going out looking for extra learning opportunities. Soon enough, though, those intellectually restless history majors will be looking to get their astrophysics on whenever they can—that’s liberal arts for you. At

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Blinding with science

Summer Scholars Science Symposium

Over the summer, Matt Matteri ’11, a geosciences major, spent three weeks in Utah observing and documenting rock structures in the Northern Confusion Range. He then returned to campus to create a geologic map of the area—the first of its

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While students were away working summer internships and jobs, traveling near and far, and, we hope, catching a little R & R, Denison’s campus was undergoing more than the normal amount of summertime changes. Here’s a quick look at some

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