Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Led a delightfully curious and polite group of physics and engineering students from around the country here on campus for NSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates. Professors Tom Soloman (physics) and Joseph Tranquillo (engineering) were the instructors.

We talked about water quality in the river and the impact of logging and industrialization on the ecology and aquatic habitat of the Susquehanna. The water levels remain high for July, enabling us to paddle this reach when normally it is far too low to glide over the gravel bars.

The discharge in the Susquehanna River at Williamsport was
4,170 ft3 sec-1, well above the 114-year average discharge of 3,730 3 sec-1 for July 28th.