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Geosciences Colloquium Speaker and 2019 Deines Lecturer Beth Hoagland, NSF Post Graduate Fellow, Colorado School of Mines, presents “Gold Mining, Arsenic, and the Right to Water in Porgera, Papua New Guinea”

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 4:00pm
022 Deike

A pre-talk Speaker’s Coffee and Cookies Reception takes place at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome.

The Peter Deines Lectureship award, given to a Geosciences graduate student alumnus, was started in 2004 to represent the tremendous amount of respect and admiration the graduate students in the Department of Geosciences had for Dr. Peter Deines, who that year was stepping down from the position of Graduate Program Chairman. Since that time, recipients of the honor are have been invited to give a departmental colloquium talk during the academic year following their graduation from Penn State. The department and the world lost a great man and wonderful person when Dr. Deines passed away on February 2, 2009. It is with great pride that the Graduate Student Colloquium continues the tradition born in 2004.To be honored as a Deines Lecturer is a significant achievement.

More About Beth Hoagland


NSF Post Graduate Fellow

Colorado School of Mines


Ph.D., Geosciences (Hydrology and Biogeochemistry), Pennsylvania State University

B.A., Environmental Earth Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

Research and Activities

During her doctoral studies at Penn State, Hoagland focused on the impacts of agriculture and mining on water quality. Over the last six years, she has been part of a collaborative assessment of the Run-of-River (RoR) Hydropower Potential Project in Eastern Kentucky. This GIS-based evaluation of Eastern Kentucky’s waterways is the first step toward developing distributed renewable energy technologies that will help to create social, academic and economic opportunities for the state. In addition to her academic career, Hoagland was also an Hydrology Trainee at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and a Science Policy Intern at the American Geosciences Institute in Alexandria, Virginia.


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