Geography and Geology Annual Banquet and Career Night

Please join us for dinner with Alumnae.

Jen Jack Gieseking is Assistant Professor of Public Humanities in American Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. S/he is an urban cultural geographer, feminist and queer theorist, environmental psychologist, and American Studies scholar. S/he is working on a second book project, Queer New York: Geographies of Lesbians, Dykes, and Queer Women, 1983-2008. Jen Jack earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology / Environmental Social Science in 2013 from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, an M.A. in Psychiatry and Religion in 2004 from the Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, and a B.A. from MHC in 1999 in Geography and Urban Studies.

Sarah McKnight is a Geologist at the Inland Professional Corporation in Hanover, MA, where she works as a consultant doing environmental site assessment, evaluating the extent of contaminants and their transport in groundwater. Sarah graduated from MHC with a major in geology in 2011 and spent the following year on a Fulbright scholarship at the University of Jordan, where she compiled historical and modern seismic data in order to reassess the potential hazard of the Dead Sea transform fault system. Sarah completed several research projects as an undergraduate, including one at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and two others involving field work in the Adirondack Mountains of New York and the Ruby Mountains of Nevada.

Heidi Roop is starting a a post-doctoral Research Associate position at SUNY Buffalo, where she will be working on reconstructing past changes in the Greenland ice sheet. Heidi graduated from MHC in 2007, earned an MSc in Geology from Northern Arizona University in 2009, and completed a PhD in Geology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand in 2015. Her research uses high-resolution proxies, including lake sediments and ice cores, to reconstruct past changes in large-scale atmospheric circulation. Heidi also owns a science communication consulting business that helps agencies like NASA and the US State Department improve their public engagement.

Tracy Whelen is a Research Engineer and GIS Specialist at the Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory (MIRSL), a research laboratory in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. MIRSL specializes in the conception, design, and implementation of advanced microwave and millimeter-wave systems for remote sensing of the geophysical environment. Tracy graduated from MHC in 2014 with a B.A. in Geography. She is also an emergency medical technician in South Hadley; she might save your life someday soon