Campus: CSU Bakersfield -- March 07, 2003
CSU Bakersfield Alumna to Study the Effects of
Global Warming in Antartica
This Saturday (March 8), California State University, Bakersfield alumna,
Sara Draucker will set out on an expedition to Antarctica to study the
effects of global warming.
Draucker, 24, graduated from CSUB last summer with a bachelor's degree
in geology. Because of her outstanding academic performance and meticulous
college research, she received a prestigious fellowship from the University
of Nevada, Reno where she has been working with Glenn Berger, an internationally
recognized expert on quaternary geochronology.
Draucker and a research team will be taking a three-week research expedition
along the west side of the Antarctic peninsula, where Draucker will
be collecting marine sediments to assess global climate change. She'll
be using a process called thermoluminescence dating to determine the
last time the sediments were exposed to light.
Draucker is ecstatic about this one-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
"I've never even flown on a plane larger than a two-seater so you
can imagine how much of an adventure the whole trip is going to be,"
Draucker said. "I mean, Wow! I'm traveling to the other side of
Dirk Baron, CSUB geology professor and Draucker's mentor said that Draucker
was an outstanding student and has already made some incredible accomplishments.
"It's pretty unusual for an undergraduate student to receive such
a prestigious fellowship, but then to be going on a research cruise
and doing some pretty independent research in Antarctica; that's pretty
remarkable," Baron said.
Draucker is from New Cuyama and graduated from Cuyama Valley High School
in 1997. At CSUB, she received the 2001 Dean's Award for Outstanding
Undergraduate Paper and a CSUB research scholarship in 2000. She also
won the 2001 CSUB student research competition and graduated outstanding
senior for the geology department.
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