Tracy M. Quan's Service and Outreach



Associate Professor
Adjunct Professor -  OSU Department of Chemistry

Office:    103E Noble Research Center
Phone:   1.405.744.5917
Fax:        1.405.744.7841
Ph.D.       2005 MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution        
B.S.         1999 University of California, San Diego-Revelle College


Professional Service
• Session chair, GSA Annual Meeting 2015
• GSA South Central Section Meeting 2015 Planning Committee: Student Volunteer Chair
• Session chair, GSA South Central Section Meeting 2015
• Panel Reviewer: NSF GEO OCE Paleoceanography
• Proposal Reviewer: NSF GEO OCE Ocean Drilling Program, NSF GEO OCE Paleoceanography, ACS PRF program; NSF GEO OCE marine sciences division; NWO Veni programme (Innovational Research Incentive Scheme).
• Reviewer: Biogeosciences, Chemical Geology, Geology, Applied Geochemistry, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
University, College, and Departmental Service 
• OSU Women’s Faculty Council Treasurer (2016-present)
• OSU Phi Beta Kappa Committee on Members in Course (2016-present)
• OSU Goldwater Scholarship Selection Committee (2015-present)
• OSUTeach Advisory Council Geology representative (2015-present)
• College of Arts and Sciences Policy and Planning Committee (2012-present)
• Ad Hoc Search Committees: School of Geology Head Search-member (2012-2013); Geochemist/Geophysicist Assistant Professor-member (2013-2014); Geochemistry Lab Technician-head (2014-2015)
• Preliminary Exam Committee-member (2010-2015); chairperson (2013-2014)
• Safety/Ergonomics Committee-member (2013-2015); chairperson (2015)
• Undergraduate Committee-member (2009-present)
• Personnel Committee-member (2010-2011; 2012-2013; 2015-present)
• Lab safety and instrument procedures instructor, graduate student orientation (2012-present)
• Emerging Technologies and Geoscience (ETAG) Committee-faculty chairperson, joint faculty and alumni committee (2010-2012)
• OSU Chemistry and Geology Consortium
• Outreach Committee-member (2012-present)
• Association for Women Geoscientists Cowgirl Student Chapter-advisor (2011-present)
• Reviewer for the College of Arts and Science FY 2012 Travel Grant Proposals
• Geological Society of America Campus Representative (2011-present)
Outreach/Community Service/Press
• Collaborating with the Oklahoma WONDERtorium to develop the Geology Rocks! summer camp program (2015)
• OSU Foundation Grandparent University Faculty: Oklahoma Geology major (June 2014, June 2015, June 2016)
• Oklahoma Science Standards Focus Group (2014)
• Halliburton OSHA-GAP Geoscience Ambassador Program: geochemistry (June 2013)
• Press Release for Galbraith et al., 2013 article in Nature Geoscience (June 2013)
• Press Release for Richoz et al., 2012 article in Nature Geoscience (August 2012)
• Created an NSF-funded, interactive educational activity for high school students in collaboration with educational consultant Dr. Edward Cohen (2010-2014).  This activity introduced students to the IODP deep sea drilling program and the scientific method, detailing how deep sea cores are obtained, and how scientists use them to answer research questions.  The activity can be found at
• Subject of COSEE-NOW interview “Getting to the Core of Ocean Science” by Ari Daniel Shapiro; posted online at (2012)
• Representative of OSU Pickens School of Geology for OERB Education television shoot (2011)
• Representative of OSU Pickens School of Geology for Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR Women in Science Conference: Investigating the Rock Cycle: Fun with Crayons (Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2014, Fall 2015)
• Association for Women Geoscientists information table volunteer for AAPG, AGU, and GSA conferences
• OSU National Lab Day presentation: Metal, Malachite, and Mine Drainage: the Geochemistry of Copper (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
• Skyline Outdoor Day, Stillwater OK (2010)
• OSU Kids Discovery Camp presentation, Stillwater OK (2010)
• Visiting geologist to Covenant School, Stillwater OK (2009)
• Interviewed as part of NY Times article about science education at Rutgers ("Rutgers Uses Robot Sub to Interest Students in Marine Sciences" by Lisa W. Foderaro, 5/3/09)
• Moderator/Science Judge, Massachusetts Ocean Science Bowl (2000, 2002, 2005)
• Moderator/Science Judge, NJ Ocean Science Bowl (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
• Postdoctoral Representative to IMCS, Rutgers University (2005)
• Organizing Member, Postdoctoral Association, Rutgers University (2005)
• Wrote Expedition Diary for WHOI/MIT Joint Program Website (2002)
• Representative, Graduate Student Council, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (2002)
• Moderator/Science Judge, National Ocean Science Bowl (2001)
Cruise Participation
• R/V Melville, North Central Pacific: lead day shift for HMWDOM ultrafiltration and collection (June, 2002)
• R/V Pelican, Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico: collected several CDOM samples and did HMWDOM ultrafiltration and collection (April, 2001)
• R/V Knorr, Sargasso Sea: aided in HMWDOM ultrafiltration and collection (June, 2000)
Additional Training
• Lithostratigraphy and conodont biostratigraphy of the Kinderhookian to Osagean series in SW Missouri, NW Arkansas, and NE Oklahoma Field Trip; GSA Joint North-Central and South-Central meeting (April 2010).
• Molecular Biology and PCR Summer Workshop; New England Biolabs/Smith College (July 2001)

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