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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
Chair’s Message – Spring 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has done huge damage to the world, our nation and our region. The loss of life, jobs, and social interactions has been an ordeal few of us ever dreamed we would have to endure. The resolve shown by our students, staff and faculty has been impressive. The patience and creativity with which everyone has met this challenge is impressive.
Of particular note, Dr. Jose Hurtado turned field class into a virtual experience and successfully was able to deliver a course that was able to provide students much of the same experiences and skills development as an in-person course. He presented this innovative instruction methodology at the 2020 Geological Society of America meeting – Simulated Planetary Rover Operations as a Model for Teaching Field Geology with Jesse Moore Kelsch and Aaron Conley. This methodology can be replicated for other courses and would likely be very useful for physically-impaired students. Congratulations Jose, Jesse and Aaron!
Now that vaccinations are becoming available, I hope everyone will be vaccinated when their turn comes up. This is not only for the sake of you and your loved ones, defeating the virus means stopping its replication and inevitable mutation into a new strain. The world depends upon as many as people getting vaccinated as possible so we can eradicate SARS-Cov-2 and end the COVID-19 pandemic as soon as possible. I, for one, certainly do not want to re-live 2020 again in 2021, 2022, 2023 . . .
Please join us as UTEP Earth, Environmental and Resource Sciences moves forward to learn more about how we are using education and research to help society deal with today’s complex geological, environmental, and energy issues. We are happy to include you in our efforts.
Department of Earth, Environmental and Resource Sciences
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