Adityamoy Kar, Ph.D.

  • College: College of Arts and Sciences
  • Department: Chemistry Academic Department
  • Title: Professor
  • Associated Majors and Graduate Programs: Chemistry
  • Kara@fvsu.edu

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Geology
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK; (1997)
Advisor: Dr. Barry Weaver

M.S. in Geology
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA; (1991)
Advisor: Dr. Bob Bodnar

B. S. in Geology
Minors in math & physics
Jadavpur University, India; (1987)

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Associate Professor of Geology
    Fort Valley State University; Fort Valley, GA; (Fall 1998 – Current)
  • Visiting Research Faculty
    University of Nevada, LV; Las Vegas, NV; (Sum 2016)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Geology
    Georgia State University; Atlanta, GA; (Sum 1999 – Sum 2005)
  • Consultant (evaluated New Hire Program)
    Shell Oil Company; Houston, TX; (Sum 2005)
  • Consultant (evaluated Internship Program)
    Shell Oil Company; New Orleans, LA; (Sum 2004)
  • Visiting Faculty
    Georgia Tech; Atlanta, GA; (Fall 2001)
  • Instructor of Geology
    Fort Valley State University; Fort Valley, GA; (Fall 1995 – Sum 1998)
  • Graduate Teaching & Research Assistant, University of Oklahoma
    Norman, OK; (Fall 1991 – Sum 1995)
  • Graduate Teaching & Research Assistant
    Virginia Tech; Blacksburg, VA; (Fall 1989 – Sum 1991)

RESEARCH GRANTS & AWARDS

  • NASA Grant: Enhancing Climate Change Education through online interactive modeling of climate system dynamics coupled with investigations of NASA satellite data
  • Jointly with Penn State Total ~ $50,000 for 3 yrs (no cost extension 3 yrs): (2009-16)
  • ExxonMobil Award: Awarded ~$6,000 annually in recognition of services to the University and the geology program (2005-2010)
  • NSF Grant: Collaborative REU Site Proposal: Atlanta Consortium for Research in the Earth Sciences (ACRES): Research Experiences for Undergraduates and Science Teachers: 0139571; Total: ~$300,000; FVSU (PI-Kar): ~$20,000, (2002-2005)
  • NSF Grant: REU–Collaborative Research: ACRES; 9820696; Award Total: ~$250,000; FVSU (PI-Kar) ~$15,000, (1999-2001). Shell Faculty Award: $25,000 (1998), $20,000 (1999), & $15,000 (2000)
  • DOD Grant: Upgrading the Mathematics Laboratory at FVSU. ~$75,000, (1997-98)
  • DOE Grant: Advanced Geostatistical Reservoir Characterization~$140,000, (1995-96)

TEACHING
(1995–Present)

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES taught at FVSU:

  • Geology Courses: Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Mineralogy, Climate Change & Principles of Geology for Middle Grades Education
  • Physical Science Courses : for non-science & education majors (Physics, Chemistry, Oceanography, Meteorology, & Astronomy)
  • Energy Courses: Seminar sequence on Nonrenewable and Renewable Energy
  • Mathematics Courses: College Algebra and Precalculus

ONLINE COURSES taught:

  • Introductory Geoscience for eCore (Sp2015-Present)
  • Climate Change FVSU, (Sp2015; 2016; 2017)

GRADUATE COURSES taught:

  • Environmental Geology at FVSU
  • Isotope Geochemistry at Georgia Tech (Fall 2001)

CURRICULAR DEVELOPMENT
(1995–Present)

  • Created 3+2 dual degree curricula for program of study in:
    • Math / Chemistry between Fort Valley State University and Geology – Univ. of Texas, Austin (2005), Penn State (2007), Univ. of Arkansas (2010) and Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas (2015)
    • Engineering – (Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, Computer) – Univ. of Arkansas (2010)
    • Petroleum Engineering – Penn State (2008)
  • Developed (2001)Teacher Education science & geology courses for the College of Education, FVSU & taught (2001-Present)

SUMMER PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

  • Mathematics, Science, & Engineering Academy: Designing 4 summer programs in geosciences and teaching high school students (9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders) for academically talented ethnic minority and women at Fort Valley State University
  • Geologic field trips designed, taught & field guide books developed: Grand Canyon, Stone Mountain (1995 – Present)
  • Geology Summer Academy: Developed, & taught geology for high school students & teachers at the Univ. of Oklahoma (94-95)

ADVISING & MENTORING
(1995–Present)

  • Designed individual student’s 3 year (and 2 year) program of study to complete a BS degree (Math, Chem or Bio) at FVSU with all prerequisites completed for transfer for their 2nd BS degree (Geoscience, Engineering, or Health Physics) at a partner university
  • Improved the dual degree student graduation rate at FVSU from 50% to 100% by individualized monitoring and mentoring

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

  • My work in implementation of dual degree program of study through advising, close monitoring and mentoring has resulted in ~150 dual STEM degree academically talented minority graduates:
    • 90 Mathematicians
    • 50 Chemists
    • 10 Biologists (FVSU)
    • 40 Geoscientists
    • 32 Engineers
    • 8 Petroleum Engineers
    • 7 Health Physicists (partnering universities).
  • My teaching of high school students starting at 9th grade have played a significant role in recruiting 13 geoscientists (MSEA)

INVITED TALKS

  • Invited Key Note Speaker, Strengthening Geoscience Competency for HBCU Pre-Service Teachers ,Tenn. State Univ. (Feb 2, 2017)
  • Invited to present at Pan-African Approaches to Teaching Geoscience – Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA. (May 23, 2017)

HONORS / AWARDS

  • Outstanding Mentor Award: For 18 years of exceptional commitment to mentoring CDEP scholars and for exemplary dedication to ensuring their successful pursuit of academic and professional excellence, Awarded by CDEP, FVSU. (Feb. 26, 2017)
  • eCore Hero Award: for going the extra mile to help online students; Awarded by eCore, Annual Mtg., (Spring 2017)

LEADERSHIP

  • Campus Prioritization Report – Wrote this comprehensive report for the Chemistry/Geology dept. (FVSU); (Spring 2017)
  • Founded & advisor to student chapter of National Association of Black Geoscientists
  • Established & was appointed Director of STEM Excellence at FVSU (2015-Current)
  • Invited to Judge – Georgia Science Olympiad-Geology (Sp 2017); George C. Matson Memorial Award AAPG Annual Conference (Spring 1998)
  • Field trip leader for NABG Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA: Led ~50 geoscience students & faculty to Stone Mountain. (Fall 2008)
  • Search Committees (FVSU): Co-Chaired & Hired Dean, Arts & Sciences (Sp 2001); Chaired & Hired 4 Chem faculty, (Spring 1999)

SKILLS

  • Communication: Excellent oral & written communication & interpersonal skills. Fluent in English, Bengali, & Hindi languages
  • Computing: Excellent skill of word processors, spreadsheets, various scientific & presentation software, & the internet

MEMBERSHIP

  • Geological Society of America (GSA)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • National Association of Black Geoscientists (NABG)

BOOKS AUTHORED

  • Geology Workbook for 9th grade MSEA
  • Geology Workbook for 10th grade MSEA
  • Geology Workbook for College Students
  • Stone Mountain Field Guidebook for 9th Grade MSEA
  • Grand Canyon Field Guidebook for 10th Grade MSEA
  • Physical Science Workbook for College Students

PUBLICATIONS

1. A Program comes full circle: A female African American geoscientist’s journey from 9th grade to Graduate program and employment-a story from Fort Valley State University;
Kar, A., Castillo*, R., Arnold-Uzho, L. Proceeding of the Annual Meeting of National Association of Black Geoscientists, New Orleans, LA; September 2016.
2. A unique collaborative online blended teaching delivery brings cutting edge climate change science from a large research university (Penn State) to a historically black
colleges and university (Fort Valley State). Kar, A., Bralower, T., Bice, D.; Abstract with Programs, Earth Educators Rendezvous Annual Meeting 2015.
3. An Integrative and Collaborative Approach to Creating a Diverse & Computationally Competent Geoscience Workforce; Moore, S.; Kar, A.; Gomez, R.; AGU; Eos 82, 47, 2015.
4. Fort Valley State University CDEP: Broadening the Participation of Underrepresented Minorities in the Geosciences; Crumbly, Hodges, Kar, A. and Rashidi; AGU, 2015.
5. Establishing a K-18 geosciences pipeline for African Americans and other URMs: the CDEP.; Crumbly, I., Hodges, J., Kar, A. and Rashidi, L.; GSA, 11-8, 2015.
6. 2020 Vision: Fort Valley State University’s Cooperative Developmental Energy Program (CDEP) projects a unique milestone of recruiting, retaining and graduating FIFTY
academically talented minority geoscientists; Kar, A., Pippin, J*.; Johnson, M.*; Shannon, V.*; Thomas, A.*; Prime, S.*; Annual Meeting of NABG, Houston, TX, September 2015.
7. Diversity in Earth Sciences? Kar, A.,, Proceeding of the Annual Meeting of National Association of Black Geoscientists, Richland, WA, September 2014.
8. Peer mentoring by Cooperative Developmental Energy Program’s graduates attracts more academically talented minority students to geosciences at Fort Valley State
University. Kar, A., and Eatmon, A.*, Proceeding of the Annual Meeting of National Association of Black Geoscientists, Houston, TX. September 2013
9. Fort Valley State University’s Cooperative Developmental Energy Program (CDEP) and partners strike 100: a unique place to drill for minority and female geoscientists and
engineers. Kar, A. and Hodges, J. Proceeding of the Annual Meeting of National Association of Black Geoscientists, San Francisco, CA., September 2010
10. On the brink of graduating 100 minority and female STEM scholars: The Cooperative Developmental Energy Program of the Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA.
Kar, A. Hodges, J, and Cortez, J.*, National Society of Black Geologist and Geophysicist Annual Conference, Abstracts with Programs, 2009.
11. Impact of a VISION: 25 years of Cooperative Developmental Energy Program of the Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA. Kar, A. & Hodges, J. NABG Annual Conf, 2007.
12. A pipeline to success: recruiting minority and female students in geosciences through a mathematics, science, and engineering academy for middle school and high school
students. Kar, A. and Crumbly, I., GSA Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs Vol. 35, No. 6, 2003.
13. Chemical Analyses indicate correlations of rock units within the Uchee Belt. Hanley, T., and Kar, A., Georgia Journal of Science, vol. 60, 1, 2002.
14. Mafic clasts with unusual REE patterns in felsic volcanic rocks: evidence of subsolidus alteration of mafic rocks from Ascension Island. Kar, A., Weaver, Davidson., Ghazi,,
Eos. 82, 47, F1279, 2001.
15. Quantitative modeling of a continuously fractionating series of oceanic island basalt to benmoreite rocks from Ascension Island, South Atlantic Ocean: can crystal
fractionation cause significant variation in the trace element signature of mafic volcanic rocks? Kar, A., and Weaver, B.L., GSA Abs. with Programs, v.32, no.7, 2000.
16. Origin of differentiated volcanic and plutonic rocks from Ascension Island, South Atlantic Ocean. Kar, A., Weaver, B., Davidson, J., Coucci, M., Journal of Petrology 39, 5, 1998.
17. Geochemistry of Ascension Island; extreme fractionation and subsolidus effects. Davidson, J.P., Weaver, B.L., and Kar, A., Oceanic Volcanism Symposium #4, IAVCEI, 1998.
18. A comprehensive geological, geochemical, & petrogenetic study of hotspot-related oceanic basalt-rhyolite from Ascension Island, S. Atlantic Ocean. Kar, A.,
Ph.D., Dissertation, Univ. Oklahoma, 1997.
19. The origin of extreme isotope signatures among differentiated rocks from Ascension Island. Weaver, B., Kar, A., Davidson, J., and Colucci, M., GSA, Abs. Prog. 29, A-89, 1997.
20. Petrogenesis of mafic igneous rocks, Ascension Island, South Atlantic Ocean. Kar, A., Weaver, B., Davidson, J., and Colucci, M., AGU Fall Mtg., Abs. Prog.s, 76, 46, F698, 1996.
21. Geochemical characteristics of volcanic rocks from Ascension Island, South Atlantic Ocean. Weaver, B., Kar, A., Davidson, J., and Colucci, M., Geothermics 25, 1996.
22. Open system fractionation processes and the origin of silicic rocks on Ascension Island, South Atlantic Ocean. Weaver, Kar, A., and Davidson, AGU Chapman Conf., 1996.
23. Contribution of lithospheric components to mafic magmatism on Ascension Island, South Atlantic Ocean. Weaver, Kar, A., and Davidson, AGU Chapman Conf., 1996.
24. Geochemical characteristics of borehole samples recovered from Ascension Island, South Atlantic Ocean. Kar, A., Weaver, Davidson, & Colucci,, GSA Annual Mtg, 27, 6, 1995.
25. Reading the Earth’s History. Hogan, J.P., Kar, A., and Gilbert, M.C., GSA Annual Meeting, Abs. with Programs, 27, 6, 1995.
26. Unusual behavior of phosphorus in mafic lavas from Ascension Island, South Atlantic Ocean. Weaver, B., Kar, A., Davidson, J., & Colucci, M., EOS 76 46: F698, 1995.
27. Geological and geochemical studies of hotspot related oceanic-trachytic series rocks from Ascension Island, South Atlantic Ocean. Kar, A., and Weaver, B.,
Oklahoma Geology Notes, 55, 1995.
28. Late Paleozoic migration of basinal fluids in the Basal Cambrian Aquifer, Arbuckle Mountains, Southern Oklahoma. Campbell, Bixler, Kar, A., and Elmore, AAPG, 1995.
29. Fluid associated with aquamarine and quartz mineralization in the gem pegmatites at Mt. Antero, Colorado. Kar, A., and Bodnar, R.J., GSA

STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

(under my research guidance)
1. Upward moving academically talented underrepresented minority students at the Fort Valley State University STEM-ulating American and Geoscience workforce; Castillo, R.*, Clarke, J.*, Kedem, M.*, Pitts, A.*, Squalls, A.*, Small, C.*, Thomas, F.*, Kar, A.; Proceeding of the Annual Meeting of NABG, New Orleans, LA; September 2016.
2. Fort Valley State University’s Cooperative Developmental Energy Program (CDEP): A Vision in Motion. Castillo, R*.; Browder, M.*, Kar, A., NABG Annual Meeting, 2014.
3. Seven STEM disciplines and Seven universities: the Cooperative Developmental Energy Program’s unique alliance to alleviate the under-representation of minorities and females in the energy industry. Kar, A,, Falzone, C.,* Guandique, J.,*, Payton* K., and Tollett, G.* Proceeding of the Annual Meeting of NABG, Washington D.C.. September 2012
4. From Vision Victory: Fort Valley State University’s Cooperative Developmental Energy Program. Kar, A. Kar, A., Baisden, T., Brisco, B., Cortez, J., Daniels, C., Dawson, J., Gantt, O.,Mathis, D., Rollins, C., Troutman, S., Turner, K., and Wimberly, E and GSA with Programs, 2009.
5. Journey of a Captured Young Talent, from 8th grade to a B.S. in Geology, to “Vibracoring on the New Jersey Shelf.” Stackhouse, S. and Kar, A. NABG Annual Conf., 2007.
6. Geochemical And Petrographic Comparison Of Amphibolite And Associated Gneiss From The Phenix City Gneiss In The Uchee Belt Of Western Georgia; Scanlan, M.*, James, R*, Bratton, G*, Kar, A., Hanley, T., Burnley, P., Malchow, R., and LaTour, T.; Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 36, No5, 2004.
7. Constraints On The P-T Path For Uplift Of Uchee Belt Based On Microthermometry Of Fluid Inclusions In Met Rock; Hobbs,*, Cabiles*, Beville,*, Kar, A., Burnley,& Hanley,.GSA 36.5, 2004.
8. Comparative geochemistry and petrographic analysis of lineated gneiss and meta-aplites from Uchee belt, Georgia:*Leigh, A., *Neurath, R., *Moore, J., * Sample, M., Hanley, T., Kar, A., La Tour, T., Burnley, P.C., and Malchow, R., Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs Vol. 35, No. 6, 2003.
9. Microthermometry Of Fluid Inclusions Found In Metamorphic Rocks From The Uchee Belt, Columbus, Georgia *Jarrett, E,, *Verrett,, *Barrow, Burnley, Kar, A., *Gray, and Vanko, GSA., 2002.
10. Geochemical comparison and structural significance of motts gneiss and similar lineated gneiss from the Uchee belt of Georgia and Alabama.*Wright, A., *Lehnherr, A., *Wilson, C., *Tourscher, S., *Shopa, A., Hanley, T., Kar, A., La Tour, T., Ghazi, M., And Burnley, P., Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Prog., 2002.
11. Geochemistry of amphibolites and associated rocks from the central and southern Uchee belt of Georgia:*Wilson, *Lehnherr, *Wright, *Tourscher, *Shopa, Hanley, Kar, A; GSA., 2002.
12. Pressure-Temperature Path Followed During Exhumation of the Southern Appalachians – Constraints from Microthermometry of Fluid Inclusions in Metamorphic Rocks from the Uchee Belt, Western Georgia and Eastern Alabama. *Terrell, J., Burnley, P., Kar, A., *Dolan, B., *Range, K., *Gray, J., and Hanley. T., AGU, Abstracts with Prog., 2002.
13. Petrographic and geochemical study of rocks from eastern Panama: an Atlanta Consortium of research in Earth Sciences (ACRES) progress report: *Hansel, K., Hanley, T., *Commander, C., Kar, A., La Tour, T., Burnley, P., GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 33, no. 2, p. A-69, 2001.
14. Geochemical, petrological and field study of Motts gneiss and other lineated gneisses in the Uchee belt of western Georgia and eastern Alabama: *Shopa, A., *Hansel, K., *Kobor, J., *Davison, J., Hanley, Tom, Kar, A., La Tour, Timothy E., Burnley, P., GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 33, no. 2, p. A-68, 2001.
15. Petrographic and geochemical study of rocks from eastern Panama: an ACRES progress report.*Hansel, *Kobor, *Shopa, *Davison,, Hanley,., Kar, A., and Burnley; GSA SE Mtg. 2001.
16. Geochemical, petrological and field study of Motts gneiss and other lineated gneisses in the Uchee belt of western Georgia and eastern Alabama: an Atlanta Consortium of Research in Earth Sciences (ACRES) progress report. *Shopa, A., *Hansel, K., *Kobor, J., *Davison, J., Hanley, T., Kar, A., La Tour, T., and Burnley, P, Geological Society of America, v. 33, no. 2, 2001.
17. Geological and geochemical study of gneisses, amphibolites, and additional rocks in the Uchee belt of western Georgia and eastern Alabama: an ACRES Progress Report: *Hansel, K., *Kobor, J., *Shopa, A., *Davison, J., Hanley, T., Kar, A., La Tour, T., Burnley, P., GSA Abstracts with Prog.s, v. 32, no. 7, p. A-272, 2000.
18. Geochemistry of gneisses and amphibolites in the Uchee belt of western Georgia and eastern Alabama: *Kopera,, *Nicholas, *Todd, *Davison, Hanley, Kar, A, and La Tour, GSA 32,-2, 2000.
19. Use of numerical methods to study decrepitation & volume changes of fluid inclusions: Burnley, *Davis, *Blount ,*Dozier, *Khallouf, *Lukes, *Pepper, *Gray, Kar, A.,& Vanko, GSA 32-7,2000..
20. A Study of Natural H2O-CO2-NaCl Fluid Inclusions from Met. Quartz in a Basement Sample from the Savannah River Site, SC: *Blount, Kar, A., *Dozier and Vanko GSA SE v.32, p. A6, 2000.