NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY - FARGO, N D



DEPARTMENT OF GEOSCIENCES
NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

NEWS FROM PAST FACULTY




The Typical
Geology Prof

NEWS FROM DR. BROPHY (Chair and Professor of Geology 1959-1982)   John and Peggy Brophy are enjoying their retirement in Corvallis, Oregon. They moved there in 1994 to be near their daughter and her family. Camping, biking, gardening, birding, hiking, and generally exploring their new environment (especially trying to decipher the extremely complex geology) leave them precious little time for mischief.

If any alums want to get in touch, contact them by e-mail or at 3624 Northwest Tyler Place, Corvallis, Oregon 97330. H: (541) 757-1646.


NEWS FROM DR. METZGER   Charles 'Chuck' Metzger taught mineralogy, petrology, and X-ray analysis at NDSU during the late 1960's and early 1970's. After leaving NDSU, Chuck served as the Energy Advisor to N.D. Governor Art Link and the State Natural Resources Commission. On moving to Denver, he was appointed by President Carter as the Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Energy, Region VIII. After leaving the government, Chuck became Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of a publicly held corporation involved in the development of oil shale. He then served briefly as the Vice-President of a large environmental company and as a professor in the University of Denver's 'Environmental Policy and Management' M.S. degree program.

Currently, Chuck is the President of Metzger and Associates, an independent consulting firm concentrating in the project management of large technical and scientific projects. He consulted for the D.O.E. Yucca Mountain Project, a site being studied for the deep geologic disposal of industrial nuclear waste. He is advisor to the manager of the project on organization, management, and policy decisions and manager of the Booz·Allen & Hamilton technical services contract for Yucca Mountain. He and his wife Mary, who is retired from the Denver-based law company Holland and Hart, are presently located in Colorado.


NEWS FROM DR. BALACHANDRAN   Chandra Balachandran is founder and chair of The Dharani Trust in Bangalore, India. The Dharani Trust:

  • Promotes inter-cultural understanding among people of diverse cultures, in all sections of society, through research in widely accessible forms and formats.
  • Promotes understanding of human, environmental, and human-environmental interactions to empower people.
  • Provides a forum for academic research and activist work to benefit from each other.
  • Addresses and promote issues of human rights for marginalized people.
Prior to assuming this position in 2000, Chandra taught geography at Bridgewater State College near Boston.
Currently, Chuck is the President of Metzger and Associates, an independent consulting firm concentrating in the project management of large technical and scientific projects. He consulted for the D.O.E. Yucca Mountain Project, a site being studied for the deep geologic disposal of industrial nuclear waste. He is advisor to the manager of the project on organization, management, and policy decisions and manager of the Booz·Allen & Hamilton technical services contract for Yucca Mountain. He and his wife Mary, who is retired from the Denver-based law company Holland and Hart, are presently located in Colorado.


NEWS FROM ELAINE HATZENBUHLER  
Elaine Hatzenbuhler, Emeritus Senior Lecturer of Geology, retired from NDSU in 2011 after 29 years of teaching and service. Her laboratory courses were renown for her enthusiastic, fun, yet rigorous approach to teaching physical and historical geology. She still plans on participating in Field Courses! Elaine and her husband, Jim, will travel part of the year but will maintain their ties to the Moorhead area.


NEWS FROM DR. MCCARTHY

Greg McCarthyDr. Greg McCarthy moved to NDSU in 1979 as Professor of Chemistry and Geology and was named Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in 1995. While in the Department of Geosciences, he taught Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry. His NDSU research emphasized X-ray analysis of solids, mineralogy, and the reuse or safe disposal of solid industrial wastes.

In 1993, Greg became Chair of the Department of Chemistry. He then was chosed to be the first Director of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at NDSU and eventually became the Associate Vice President for Interdisciplinary Research.

In the late 1990's, Denise and Greg McCarthy endowed the "McCarthy Scholarship in Science Teaching" in recognition of outstanding preservice students in the PHYSICAL or EARTH sciences. Information on the scholarship is available at http://www.ndsu.edu/csme/scholarships/mccarthy_science_teacher_scholarship/

In 2011, he retired from NDSU and he and Denise now live in the Milwaukee area.


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