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Published March 29, 2013, 12:00 AM

Jessie Rock


When Jessie Rock and her husband were married, she wasn’t sure if she was going to take his last name.

“Should I change my name?” Rock asked her husband. “And he said, ‘I wouldn’t. You’re a geologist.’ ”

The North Dakota State University geology lecturer has a passion for her field of study.

“I get really excited about geology because rocks tell stories,” she said. “And that’s fun.”

But she didn’t originally plan to go that direction.

“I was studying biology and ecology,” Rock said. “And then I took a historical geology class and realized that all my real questions were based in geology, my real questions about the world.”

And it’s been a good fit.

“When I declared my major, certainly my adviser and others were excited,” she said. “You know, ‘We have a new geology major. Guess what her name is.’ ”

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