Wilkes University

May

The Geological Story of the Wyoming and Lackawanna Valleys of Northeastern Pennsylvania Is Focus of May 26 Event for Teachers

Teachers will have an opportunity to delve into local history and earn continuing professional education credits at a lecture titled “The Geological Story of the Wyoming and Lackawanna Valleys of Northeastern Pennsylvania.” 

The presentation, delivered by Brian Redmond, professor of geology and chemistry at Wilkes University, will be held on Tuesday, May 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in room 119 of the Cohen Science Center, 140 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre.  

Open to teachers and members of Our History Initiative, Redmond’s geological tale spans the supercontinents of Rodinia and Pangaea and focuses on the northeast’s mountains, valleys, buried valleys, rivers and anthracite coal deposits.

The presentation is backed by Redmond’s expertise gained during more than 40 years of teaching and research.  Redmond holds a doctorate in sedimentology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  His career in the classroom began at Wilkes in 1976.  In that time, he’s taught classes in physical and historical geology, ocean science, meteorology and astronomy.  Outside the classroom, Redmond’s work delves into groundwater supply issues, radon measurement and mitigation, solid waste management and mine land reclamation.

“The Geological Story of the Wyoming and Lackawanna Valleys of Northeastern Pennsylvania” is co-sponsored by Wilkes University and Our History Initiative.  Our History Initiative is a project started in 2008 with the goal to “create a future for our past” by working with community organizations, funding sources and educational facilities to introduce local history to students of all ages.

Teachers can receive two Act 48 credits for their attendance.  The presentation is free, but participants must register at www.OurHistoryInitiative.org/Geology2Registration/. Please contact John Dziak, project coordinator, at OurHistoryInitiative@gmail.com or (570) 445-4836.


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