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A field trip in east-central Pennsylvania to the Whaleback, a massive formation resembling a sperm whale that was created by pressure forcing ­layered rock to arch upward, was a highlight of the 2012 GeoGrad Reunion April 30–May 4. About 100 graduate alumni and ­family members attended the event, which was sponsored by the geosciences department and the graduate school and included a daylong conference on campus. The graduate school is working with other departments to sponsor campus reunions for their grad alumni; Dean William Russel said that the politics and ­psychology departments are planning events in the coming year.