Monument Rocks & Music: Friends Research Fund

 Dr. Jad D'ALLURA with Spencer Jones during Field Research at the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument. S Jones 2015 PHoto

Dr. Jad D'ALLURA with Spencer Jones during Field Research at the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument. S Jones 2015 PHoto

 Colin Malloy (L) and SOU Professor of Music, DR. Terry LongShore (R). SOU Department of Music 2015 Photo

Colin Malloy (L) and SOU Professor of Music, DR. Terry LongShore (R). SOU Department of Music 2015 Photo

How are rocks and music related to three university students during the Monument’s 15th anniversary? These faculty-supervised research were funded by the Friends Research Fund. The projects enhance an understanding, appreciation, preservation, or protection of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The 2016 Friends Research Fund application is now available.
     Megan Mortimer-Lamb and Spencer Jones, both University of Oregon undergraduate students of geology were supervised by SOU Emeritus Professor of Geology Dr. Jad D’Allura. Megan and Spencer each received $600 for their research investigating general geologic rock unit distribution and geochemistry, fault and fracture distribution, surface and groundwater characteristics, permeability of different rocks and soils, and landslide hazards within the Monument. Both Megan and Spencer plan to present the results of their research at the 2016 FCSNM Research Forum hosted on the SOU campus on March 3, 2016.
     Colin Malloy, an SOU graduate student of music was supervised by SOU Professor of Music, Dr. Terry Longshore. He received $300 for his proposal to compose a percussion score that is produced and performed live as an interpretation of the Monument’s visual landscape. A 3-channel musical soundscape made of natural sounds recorded in the Monument will accompany the live performance. Each channel in the score represents each of the three ranges - Cascade, Siskiyou, and Klamath Mountains - that occur in the Monument. Colin plans to showcase the premiere performance of his composition at the SOU Southern Oregon Arts and Research symposium in May 2016.

March 15, 2016 is the deadline for 2016 Friends Research Fund. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply. Individual grant awards range from $250 - $1500. Download the application.

For additional information:
Peter Schroeder, Chair, Friends Research Fund
pschroeder@sou.edu
Tel. (541) 552-6871

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