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Mars geology subject of upcoming On the Rocks

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Nathan Boll, a mathematics senior at the University of Montana Western, will present at the second On the Rocks of the Fall 2012 Semester at Montana Western.

A rendering of the Curiousity rover. Image courtesy of 
NASA/JPL-Caltech.Nathan Boll, a mathematics senior at the University of Montana Western, will present at the second On the Rocks of the Fall 2012 Semester at Montana Western. On The Rocks is a scientific colloquium sponsored by the University of Montana Western Environmental Sciences Department.

Boll will teach the public about impact craters on Mars, which he experienced through his recent internship in the Planetary Science Division of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. His presentation is entitled “Impact on Mars: NASA Opportunities for Undergrads.”

Boll also recently received a Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) 2012-2013 Space Grant Scholarship and a 2012-2013 Great Lakes Loan Servicing Center Science Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship.

Originally from Hope, Alaska, Boll is a non-traditional transfer student from Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., where he was also the co-owner of the Humboldt Brews pub and music venue. As a professional musician himself, Boll has lived and worked in a variety of other locales, including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Maui, where he performed in a diverse array of formats, from the symphony orchestra to solo acoustic work.

Boll has been very active as a student at Montana Western, helping to found both the UMW Rugby and Cryptography clubs in addition to serving as a senator with the Associated Students of the University of Montana Western, as a residence hall director and general manager of KDWG Campus Radio.

Boll has completed internships in a multitude of disciplines, including biochemistry, solar energy and planetary science. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in astrophysics after graduating from Montana Western. His presentation will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 4 p.m. in Block Hall Room 311. All On the Rocks presentations are free and open to the public.

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