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To investigate research opportunities for the funds from his latest National Science Foundation Grant, Guy Hovis, John Markle Professor of Geology, went to Cambridge University in England in mid-March, returning April 14.

Hovis learned to use new state-of-the-art high-temperature X-ray equipment and planned experiments to be completed under the auspices of his three-year NSF grant totaling more than $157,000. The grant includes $35,000 in overhead monies that the College will use to support additional research on campus.

The grant will support two main components of Hovis’s research, hydrofluoric acid solution calorimetry and X-ray powder diffraction. Hovis has received almost one million dollars from the NSF in the last 25 years.

This spring, Robert Libutti ’02 and Hovis are continuing the work of David Wattles ’00. Libutti is using X-rays to examine minerals synthesized by Wattles.

Lafayette is one of three institutions with a solution calorimetry laboratory that focus on research in geology. The others are at University of California-Davis and University of Chicago.

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