Project Oceanica, founded in 2001 by College of Charleston associate professor of geology Leslie Sautter, provides opportunities for students to explore our vast underwater world.
Cassandra Runyon, an associate professor of geology and director of South Carolina EPSCoR, will oversee the management and administration of a research project that seeks to develop new technologies for use in NASA space missions.
Sarah Legendre, an Honors College student and double major in geology and archaeology, will participate in one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating worldwide.
There are questions, though, about just how much potential South Carolina has for energy development. Mitchell Colgan, chairman of the geology department at the College of Charleston, says there is not much oil off the coast of South Carolina, and that the economics of harvesting Atlantic natural gas are questionable given that the nation is