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Fall 2015

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Drilling Deep: From a lake bottom in Peru, clues to climate history
Layers of sediment from the bottom of Lake Junín, at an elevation of 13,000 feet in the Peruvian Andes, hold the record of climate change as far back as 200,000 years. In the summer of 2015, Don Rodbell, professor of geology at Union College, led an international team of 30 paleoclimatologists and students who set out to answer some urgent questions about Earth’s climate history.

Sustaining Union's living legacy
College arborist Joe Conti likes to say - with equal measure of pride and humor - that "Union is like a nursing home for trees." Why? The College has numerous venerable old trees that deserve the utmost care.

A converstation with John Kelly III '76: Union's new chairman of the board
John E. Kelly III ’76 is senior vice president, solutions portfolio and research, at IBM. He is chairman of the Board of Governors of the IBM Academy of Technology, a member of the Board and past chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association, a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a member of the Board of the New York Academy of Sciences. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Kelly joined IBM in 1980, after earning a Master of Science degree in physics and a Doctorate in materials engineering, both from the RPI.

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