By Luis Castilla
After its recent relocation from the A2 bungalows to the new G8 building, the Anthropology, Geography, Geology Department showcased its disciplines Thursday with its second annual open house.
Students were taken on a scavenger hunt where they could explore the first floor of the G8 building and engage in interactive activities with professors.
Students were given a map of the first floor of the G8 building that had a list of activities they could participate in.
Professors signed the students’ sheets when they had visited their classroom.
Anthropology, Geography, Geology Department chairperson Julie Bernard said she wanted to showcase their new home in the G8 building.
“We used to be located in the A2 bungalows and we wanted to invite the campus to see everything we have in this new building.”
“We teach environmental science, meteorology, geography, geographic information system (GIS), oceanography, geology, earth science and the earth in all aspects,” Bernard said.
Human geography professor Tiffany Seeley gave a lecture on GIS, a type of mapping where specific information is overlayed on top of itself.
She also showed the class a map she created that mapped the increase of gentrification in Downtown Los Angeles.
Bernard displayed tools and replica fossils of early humans that students could handle. Bernard also set up a station where students could test whether or not they are supertasters, meaning they had a gene that allowed them to be better tasters.
She said that the ancestors of people who possessed this gene may have tested plants for poisons.
Laboratory technician Nathan Gallagher operated a diamond-tipped saw that is used to cut rock to see its interior properties.
Geology and oceanography professor Randy Adsit showed students how to use an x-ray gun to test the metals in rocks.
Geology professor Robert West used a fluorescent light wand to illuminate the different minerals on the surface of rocks.
Emily Haddad, associate geology professor, displayed fossilized plants, nautilus shells and trilobites. She also had a piece of fossilized feces on display.
Anthropology Club president J.P. said the department wanted to expand its approach in getting more students interested in these fields.
“These majors aren’t popular. This is a multi-club effort to attract students,” J.P. said.
Most of the students helping were volunteers from different clubs within the Anthropology, Geography, Geology Department.
Anthropology professor Janny Li, who helped organize the event, said the open house was a promotional event and its goal was to attract students to majors in the department.