Chair's Letter

Spring 2017

Dear Friends of Earth and Planetary Sciences,

A former student recently admired our rock garden and the story it tells of California's geologic history and its impact on the people who live here. The rock garden was made possible by generous support from friends and alumni, who provided both the amazing samples and the funding to install the garden and the signs. At this time of year, I am especially grateful for these friends and the beautiful setting they provided for us to study and teach this geologic story.  In the spring, the campus looks its best, with the redbuds and ceanothus blooming just outside the Earth and Physical Sciences building, and the big old oaks of the Arboretum developing the lush greenery that will shade us from the heat of summer. GeoAggies are returning from their spring break field trips and preparing for the upcoming quarter's classes, labs, fieldwork, and of course, Picnic Day.  Spring renews our commitment to discovery and to understanding how we as individuals and as a society interact with Earth’s complex systems.

I hope your Spring Quarter is full of the joy of discovery and learning.

Best wishes,

Louise Kellogg
Professor and Interim Chair

The California Rock Garden