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Associate Professor

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Email: t***@***.edu
Local Address:  Middletown , Connecticut , United States
Wesleyan University
4760 Forsyth Road
Macon , Georgia 31210
United States

Company Description: Wesleyan was founded in 1831 by Methodist leaders and Middletown citizens, and its student body reflects many of Obama's core supporters: young, diverse, educated...   more

Employment History


  • Ph.D degree , Geology
    The University of Michigan
  • B.S. degree , Geology
    University of Rochester
  • B.S. degree Degree , Geology
    University of Rochester
  • M.S. Degree , Geology
    The University of Michigan
Web References
The Jonah Center for Earth and Art, 3 Jan 2012 [cached]
Timothy C.W. Ku is Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He received a B.S. degree in Geology in 1994 from the University of Rochester and M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Geology from the University of Michigan in 1996 and 2001, respectively. Dr. Ku is a geochemist whose research focuses on modern geochemical processes at or near sediment - water interfaces in terrestrial and marine environments. He teaches several classes at Wesleyan University including Introduction to Environmental Sciences, Forensic Geology, Environmental Geochemistry, Isotope Geochemistry: Tracers of Environmental Processes, and Senior Seminar. - Students study geology for clues about crimes, 28 May 2004 [cached]
Wesleyan University's Tim Ku teaches a course on forensic geology, a field that mines clues from rocks, dirt and other earthly materials to aid criminal investigations.Wesleyan is one of only a handful of universities in the nation to offer a course entirely on the subject.
The field is based largely on the idea that any two objects will inevitably trade properties when they meet.A few grains of sand fallen from a shoe sole can be all it takes to unravel an elaborate tale of wrongdoing.
Ku defines forensic geology simply as "any type of geology that could be used as evidence in a court of law."Much of the course deals with conventional geology, but Ku puts it in the context of various crimes.Usually, he starts each class with a real-life case and then shows how geology helped solve it.
"It keeps you interested in the topic and it's a new way to look at it," said Ku, who is an associate professor of earth and environmental sciences.
This was the first year the university offered the course, so Ku said he had to put a lot of it together as he went along.He wanted something that would appeal to non-science students.With the interest in forensics fueled by shows such as "CSI," he hit the jackpot.More than 130 signed up for the class, which had a capacity of 30.The maximum eventually was increased to 34.
The popularity of the class helped him persuade university officials to invest in more advanced microscopes for the course next school year.Ku said it's an important addition, since recent advances in microscopic technology have affected the field significantly.
Timothy Ku Wesleyan University
The Jonah Center for Earth and Art, 1 Jan 2005 [cached]
The study was conducted through a Wesleyan Geochemistry course taught by Professor Timothy Ku with support from a Service Learning Grant from Wesleyan's Center for Community Partnerships.
The Jonah Center for Earth and Art, 1 Jan 2005 [cached]
Wesleyan geochemistry students under the direction of Professor Timothy Ku studied Middletown's landfill for its potential as a source of usable methane gas.
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