Brandon Schwab

Office of the Provost

Western Carolina University

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Working with Electron Microprobe Data from a High Pressure Experiment - Calculating Mineral Formulas, Unit Cell Content, and Geothermometry part of Cutting Edge:Petrology:Teaching Examples
In this problem set students use electron microprobe analyses of a peridotite partial melting experiment to determine mineral formulas, calculate unit cell content, plot results on a classification diagram, and use a geothermometer. The exercise is especially suited for a spreadsheet like Excel, but can be done by hand. The bulk of the exercise involves data manipulation and simple calculations, but also includes some open-ended questions. The exercise is appropriate for mineralogy or petrology courses. The problem set helps students gain experience with a spreadsheet, manipulate and use quantitative chemical data, investigate the structure of mineral formulas, and see an application of phase equilibria in petrology.

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Recruiting and graduating a rapidly diversifying student body at Humboldt State University part of Integrate:Workshops:Broadening Access to the Earth and Environmental Sciences:Essays
Brandon Schwab, Geology, Humboldt State University The Humboldt State University Geology Department has an opportunity to dramatically increase the diversity of its undergraduate population as campus demographics ...

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BA Geology - Geosciences Option, Humboldt State University part of Building Strong Geoscience Departments:Curricula & Programs:Curriculum Profiles
Information for this profile was provided by Brandon Schwab, Humboldt State University. Information is also available on the program website. Students in this program are pursuing a bachelors degree. Program ...

Supporting Minority Students at Humboldt State University part of Integrate:Programs:Supporting Minority Students
Humboldt State University is the northernmost campus of the California State University system located on the rural north coast, ~300 miles north of San Francisco. Campus demographics are changing rapidly to better reflect that of California. As Fall 2013, HSU was eligible for recognition as an Hispanic Serving Institution. The Geology Department has ~110 majors, ~10 of which are MS students, ~85 Geology BS/BA, and ~15 Geology BA-Geosciences Option. The Geosciences Option was revamped from a Geoscience Education Option that never gained viable enrollments in part due to changes in the Education program.

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