Texas A&M University-Kingsville

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Facilities

Mineralogy/Petrology Lab

Fully equipped lab classroom containing 16 Nikon petrographic (polarizing) microscopes, a research-grade microscope with reflected light and heat stage/cold state capabilities, rock samples, and an instructor station with software that projects the microscope samples to the PC and screen.

Geospatial Technologies Lab

Hardware/software: recently upgraded classroom equipment (shown below) with 25 iMac’s dual projectors and screens, and the latest geospatial software including ESRI’s ArcGIS 10.1 (all extensions), ENVI/IDL, and Google Earth Pro.

Geospatial Research Lab

The geospatial research lab (GSRL) is a campus interdisciplinary research center where faculty/staff/students and members of the local community can take GIS workshops as well as conduct GIS-related research within their specific disciplines. The lab contains 15 workstations with ESRI’s ArcGIS 10.1, a large format HP plotter, as well as an upgraded Panasonic projector.

Current research projects examples include:

  • City of Kingsville, Texas historical surveys and GIS mapping of the historical district. Lead investigator – Dr. Anders Greenspan
  • Detecting and Mapping of the urban heat island/microclimates in Kingsville, Texas. Lead investigator – Dr. Brent Hedquist
  • Utilizing GIS for optimizing tree-planting locations for heat mitigation and beautification in Kingsville, Texas. Lead investigator – Dr. Brent Hedquist

Equipment and other resources

Our Geospatial lab and classroom are equipped with state of the art field instruments and software to conduct research, support teaching, and outreach activities. This includes a spectroradiometer, a Trimble GEOXH handheld differential GPS (with Terrasync and GPS Correct/GPS Analyst software), fifteen Trimble GPS receivers, and meteorological instrumentation that can measure location with mobile temperature and relative humidity using a Garmin GPS unit.

Observatory

The department hosts an observatory on top of Hill Hall that contains a 16-inch reflecting telescope. The telescope can be used in either Newtonian or Schmidt-Cassegrain mode. It includes a CCD camera, computerized directional control, a photometer, and a spectrometer. Originally designed
and built by physics students, the telescope has been an important resource for the program for more than a quarter-century. Public viewing sessions are planned approximately monthly, depending on weather, and the telescope can be used by majors who have been trained in its operations.

The department offers Public Viewing Events approximately monthly throughout the regular academic year. Check in the Upcoming Events section for the dates for this semester. Additionally, special tours can be arranged up for special groups. For details about arranging such a tour contact Mr. Charles Allison.

Departmental Library

The department maintains a library stocked with textbooks and journals of interest to both majors and students enrolled in Physics and Geoscience classes. The library is normally open from 9 till 4 during the regular academic year. Tutoring is available in the library, and students are encouraged to use the library for studying.

Dept Library

 

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This page was last updated on: January 24, 2014