Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Extraterrestrial faults

Analyzing plate tectonics on Jupiter’s moon Europa

Professor Geoffrey Collins

Professor Geoffrey Collins

A team composed of Wheaton students and a professor has received funding to continue the investigation into whether the surface of one of Jupiter’s moons is being shaped by plate tectonic activity, like Earth.

Physics professor Geoffrey Collins is part of a team that recently won a grant from NASA to revisit old data in light of the new theory. The award provides more than $132,000 to Wheaton for Professor Collins and students to look more closely at the evidence of possible plate tectonic activity on Europa. The grant funding allows Collins to devote more time to the research project and hire student research assistants, and for the Wheaton research team to present their work at conferences.

Planetary geologists Simon Kattenhorn, of the University of Idaho, Moscow, and Louise Prockter, of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., pointed out evidence for plate tectonics on Europa last fall in an article published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Plate tectonics is the scientific theory that Earth’s outer layer is made up of plates or blocks that move, geological activity that leads to the formation of mountains and volcanoes and sets off earthquakes. The new observations on Europa provide the first solid evidence that this geologic process may also occur beyond Earth. [Read more...]

President Hanno

Driven by values

Dennis Hanno begins his journey with Wheaton

President Hanno sitting in the Office of Admission with his wife, Susan, their son, Ted, and daughter, Emily.

President Hanno sitting in the Office of Admission with his wife, Susan, their son, Ted, and daughter, Emily.

The major turning point in Dennis Hanno’s professional life coincided with the arrival of his first child, Ted.

He was presiding over a fast-growing accounting practice in a small community in upstate New York but questioning whether the professional path that he had imagined for himself was what he really wanted to be doing. It was a subject that he and his wife, Susan, had been discussing for some time.

“My analysis with Susan was that I really love working with people,” he said, recounting the conclusions that emerged from taking stock of what he liked about accounting and what was important to him for the future. “I love doing new things, and I love helping people to understand issues and ideas. Most of all, I knew that I wanted to help people improve their lives. And that led me to the idea of returning to college to earn a Ph.D.”

Within six months, Hanno had embarked on the journey to earn a Ph.D. and begin a career in academia that would take him from the suburbs of Boston to major cities in Europe and Asia to villages in Africa. [Read more...]

Transforming lives

John Wieland (left), Susan Walden Wieland ’60 (center) and family during Homecoming Weekend in 2008, when the Alumnae/i Association presented Susan with an Alumnae/i Achievement Award in honor of her service in promoting education and the arts

John Wieland (left), Susan Walden Wieland ’60 (center) and family during Homecoming Weekend in 2008, when the Alumnae/i Association presented Susan with an Alumnae/i Achievement Award in honor of her service in promoting education and the arts

Couple establishes scholarship endowment

Susan Walden Wieland ’60 and her husband, John, recently established an endowed scholarship fund at Wheaton in Susan’s name and to honor President Ronald A. Crutcher’s service to the college. John recently talked about the couple’s connection to Wheaton and their motivation for their contribution to the college. [Read more...]

Honoring the Crutchers

President Ronald A. Crutcher with Betty Neal CrutcherThe Thomas Anthony Pappas Charitable Foundation recently joined other friends of the college in supporting student scholarships to honor President Ronald A. Crutcher and his wife, Betty Neal Crutcher.

The foundation’s $25,000 grant not only pays tribute to the Crutchers but also augments its existing endowed scholarship fund, the Thomas Anthony Pappas Endowed Scholarship in the Liberal Arts.

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