Skip to main content
Western Kentucky University

Media Relations

WKU geology faculty receives ACS-PRF grant to support research

WKU geology faculty receives ACS-PRF grant to support research

This grant will integrate novel approaches of apatite (U-Th)/He and 4He/3He thermochronometry to resolve the timing of incision of the Ethiopian Plateau in East Africa by the Blue Nile River system and reconstruct canyon carving. The Blue Nile River, a major tributary of the River Nile carries 95 percent of sediment load from the Ethiopian Plateau to the alluvial fans, the Nile delta and Nile deep sea fan in the Mediterranean Sea.

Dr. Gani’s study will investigate the timing of major reservoir rock formation through documenting the incision of the plateau, which has direct importance for hydrocarbon reservoir development. The timing of erosion is critical in understanding the probability of forming a reservoir basin as opposed to forming an organic-rich rock development. The formation of sediment being studied in northeastern Africa will help scientists unravel the development of the earth’s crust and climate evolution of the region.

This grant will support undergraduate students in the geology discipline to gain experiences -in top-of-the-line analytical techniques, hands-on and cutting-edge research experience in petroleum field involving sediment source-to-sink approach, enormous lab experience through visiting the renowned Noble Gas Geochemistry and Geochronology lab (NG3L) in Arizona State University, invaluable international field experience in Ethiopia through collaborating with Ethiopian scientists. This experience will promote students’ critical thinking necessary to evaluate scientific data and solve complex Earth Science problems by which students will gain a robust understanding on how earth-system works as a feedback loop.

This research will strengthen Dr. Gani and her students’ research collaboration among Western Kentucky University, Arizona State University, and Geological Survey of Ethiopia. Notably, this research will contribute towards WKU’s mission of international focus as part of its educational activities.

The ACS-PRF grant was effective July 2014.

All News  Now Viewing Category: All
School of Journalism & Broadcasting
Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport
Media Relations
Academic Affairs
Augenstein Alumni Center
Instruments of American Excellence
Emergency Preparedness
Department of Music
Department of Theatre & Dance
Library News
Office of Sustainability
Office of International Programs
Office of Research
Ogden News
WKU Greeks News
WKU Parent and Family Weekend
Parent's Association
Student Activities and Organizations
Scholarships Student Financial Assistance
Student Government Association News
Van Meter Auditorium
Teaching News
Study Abroad
Student Research Council
Student Employment
WKU Joint Admissions
International Student Office
Human Resources News
Cultural Enhancement Series
The Confucius Institute
Campus Activities Board
The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky
Development and Alumni Relations
Downing Student Union
Health Services
Hardin Planetarium
News from The Center for Gifted Studies
Student Financial Assistance
Downing Museum
Etown & Fort Knox
Employee Wellness
Latest Headlines
Featured Articles
Owensboro Business Student Studies in China
Dr. Brian Strow Featured in WalletHub Article
Financial Aid 101 to go live July 1st!!

Be on the lookout for new modules coming to Blackboard to answer the most important financial aid questions! Be a smart borrower and learn more through Financial Aid 101!

Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
download excel.

Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
download word.

Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
download powerpoint.

Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,
download quicktime.

 Last Modified 9/24/14