Research

Research

Recent Research Highlights

  • Jordan P. Howell, Department of Geography, Planning, & Sustainability within the School of Earth & Environment, and Dustin Crowley, Department of English within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, are project director and co-director for the NEH-funded program to create courses and a Certificate of Undergraduate Studies in Environmental Humanities. Their project, “Cultivating the Environmental Humanities,” will pair the skills and sensibilities of humanities research with the scientific approach more commonly brought to bear in environmental problem solving.

  • The first-ever NASA mission to collect an asteroid sample and return it to Earth for analysis launches on Thursday, Sept. 8, from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Founding chair and professor in the Department of Geology, Harold C. Connolly, Jr., is the mission sample scientist for OSIRIS-REx, the $1 billion mission designed to help scientists understand the early solar system by taking samples from the asteroid Bennu. Connolly has been involved with OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) since 2008 and will lead scientists in the study of up to two kilograms (4.4 pounds) of a “pristine, carbon-rich” sample from the asteroid. OSIRIS-REx will begin its journey back to Earth in March of 2021, and the spacecraft will return to Earth with the asteroid sample in September of 2023

  • In a thin, six-inch bone bed on the site of a former marl pit, Dr. Kenneth Lacovara is leading research at the Rowan University Fossil Park in Mantua Township, N.J. The park contains thousands of fossils and provides researchers with the best window, east of the Mississippi, into the Cretaceous Period—the heyday of the dinosaurs. Lacovara’s team is analyzing the fossils, the sediments and the geochemistry of the site to gain a clearer picture of the period when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.