Sean R. Cornell, associate professor, Geography & Earth Sciences attended the Geological Society of America meeting in Portland Oregon where he filled in as a co-chair in a full-day session titled Stratigraphy, Stasis, and Shales. He  presented a research paper entitled “A modern analog for shale rip-up clast formation: case studies of multi-generational mud clasts from the eastern shore, Virginia, USA”.  He also co-presented with undergraduate honors student Elisabeth “Bess” Points the results of a summer undergraduate research experience SURE project titled “palynological investigation of a paleosol on the eastern shore”.