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WWU’s Melissa Rice, Students Attend NASA Workshop for Mars 2020 Mission

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 9:21am

Western Washington University Associate Professor of Geology Melissa Rice recently attended a NASA workshop in Monrovia, California with a number of her students to help select landing sites for the Mars 2020 rover mission.

Rice, who is a member of the Curiosity rover science team that has been exploring Mars since 2012, joined 172 scientists in narrowing down eight different potential landing sites to a final three sites.

On Campus: Western's Experimental Earth Surface Laboratory

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 11:14am

Senior Geology major Grace Sutherland (Seattle) is working on a project that looks at braided rivers -  a river system that consists of a network of small channels separated by small and often temporary islands called braid bars - and the effect that they have on the environment they are in.

Sutherland has built a model in the Western Experimental Earth Surface Laboratory that allows her to study sediment flow and how braided rivers are created.