Dr. Alexa Sedlacek to speak Friday, February 17

Dr. Alexa Sedlacek, Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth Science at the University of Northern Iowa, will be speaking as part of the Geological and Atmospheric Sciences Spring 2016 Seminar Series.

    Title: The end Permian mass extinction and Early Triassic recovery: In search of a boundary
    Location: Science Hall room 152
    Date/Time: Friday, 10 February, 4:10pm

Coffee/tea and snacks will be served in the Geology Library (room 257) at 3:30pm.

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Dr. Seth Stein to speak Friday, February 10

Dr. Seth Stein, William Deering Professor and Institute for Policy Studies Associate in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Northwestern University, will be speaking as part of the Geological and Atmospheric Sciences Spring 2017 Seminar Series.

    Title: Why earthquake hazard maps often fail: a challenge in natural hazard forecasting
    Location: Science Hall room 152
    Date/Time: Friday, 10 February, 4:10pm

Coffee/tea and snacks will be served in the Geology Library (room 257) at 3:30pm.

Dr. Stein’s research focuses on investigating plate boundary processes and deformation within the lithosphere using a range of techniques including space-based geodesy, seismology, and marine geophysics.

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Dr. Amir AghaKouchak to speak Friday, February 3

Dr. Amir AghaKouchak, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of California Irvine, will be speaking as part of the Geological and Atmospheric Sciences Spring 2017 Seminar Series.

    Title: Compound and Concurrent Climate Extremes
    Location: Science Hall room 152
    Date/Time: Friday, 3 February, 4:10pm

Coffee/tea and snacks will be served in the Geology Library (room 257) at 3:30pm.

Dr. Aghakouchak’s group aims to bridge between the disciplines of hydrology, climatology, and remote sensing to address critical global water resource issues. He is particularly interested in combining remote sensing techniques and physically-based and statistical approaches in order to develop more reliable models of large-scale hydrologic systems. His long-term research objective is to utilize continuously growing satellite data along with ground-based observations to develop/improve integrated drought, flood and landslide modeling, prediction and decision support systems.

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Dr. Robert W. Ritzi to speak Tuesday, November 29

Dr. Robert W. Ritzi, Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Wright State University, will be speaking as part of the Geological and Atmospheric Sciences Spring 2016 Seminar Series.

    Title: Residual Capillary Trapping of CO2 in Permeable Sections of a Reservoir, A New Paradigm in CO2 Geosequestration
    Location: Agronomy room 2050
    Date/Time: Tuesday, 29 November, 4:10pm

Coffee/tea and snacks will be served in Agronomy Commons at 3:30pm.

Professor Ritzi has a Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona. His MS and BA degrees are in geological sciences. His research is focused on better understanding subsurface flow processes. His interests include groundwater flow and facilitated transport of solutes, particulates and heat within heterogeneous aquifer systems. His interests also include enhanced oil recovery and geologic sequestration of CO2.

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Dr. Ashlee Dere to speak Tuesday, November 15

Dr. Ashlee Dere, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Geology at University of Nebraska – Omaha, will be speaking as part of the Geological and Atmospheric Sciences Spring 2016 Seminar Series.

    Title: Climate Controls on Shale Weathering
    Location: Agronomy room 2050
    Date/Time: Tuesday, 15 November, 4:10pm

Coffee/tea and snacks will be served in Agronomy Commons at 3:30pm.

Dr. Dere’s current research interests are focused on understanding soil formation and erosion within the Critical Zone as well as agricultural impacts on soil development and function. As an educator, she is also interested in developing new tools and techniques to engage and prepare STEM students to further their careers and make informed decisions about science and the environment.

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Dr. Ghassem Asrar to speak Tuesday, November 1

Dr. Ghassem Asrar, former Director of the World Climate Research Program and current Director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute, a partnership between Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Maryland, will be speaking as part of the Geological and Atmospheric Sciences Spring 2016 Seminar Series.

    Title: Earth System Science Evolution: Past, Present and Future
    Location: Agronomy room 2050
    Date/Time: Tuesday, 1 November, 4:10pm

Coffee/tea and snacks will be served in Agronomy Commons at 3:30pm.

Dr. Asrar’s research focuses on Earth system science research and education, multi-spectral remote sensing of Earth’s biosphere and atmosphere, modeling mass, energy and radiation exchange between Earth’s surface and atmosphere, and renewable and bio-based energy, fuels and products

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Dr. James O’Connor to speak Monday, October 24 and Tuesday, October 25

Dr. James O’connor, Research Geologist at the United States Geological Survey, will be speaking as the Iowa State Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer and as part of the Geological and Atmospheric Sciences Spring 2016 Seminar Series.

The Sigma Xi Lecture will take place at the Memorial Union:

    Title: The Geology and Geography of Floods
    Location: Memorial Union Sun Room
    Date/Time: Monday, 24 October, 7:00pm

The GE-AT seminar will take place at the usual time and place:

    Title: 1000 Dams Down and Counting / The Great Missoula Floods of the
    Last Ice Age

    Location: Agronomy room 2050
    Date/Time: Tuesday, 25 October, 4:10pm

Coffee/tea and snacks will be served in Agronomy Commons at 3:30pm.

Jim O’Connor majored in Geological Science at University of Washington and earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at University of Arizona. Since 1991, he has worked at the U.S. Geological Survey, intent on improving understanding of the processes and events that shape the remarkable and diverse landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.

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Dr. Joseph Tribbia to speak Tuesday, October 18

Dr. Joseph Tribbia, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and Head of its Atmospheric Modeling and Predictability Section in the Climate and Global Dynamics Division, will be speaking as part of the Geological and Atmospheric Sciences Spring 2016 Seminar Series.

    Title: An overview of climate system modeling and prediction at NCAR
    Location: Agronomy room 2050
    Date/Time: Tuesday, 18 October, 4:10pm

Coffee/tea and snacks will be served in Agronomy Commons at 3:30pm.

ABSTRACT

This talk will give a broad overview of the NCAR Community Earth System Model (CESM). It will discuss the history of the project and its reason for existence along with a description of the latest version of the modeling system to be released to the community in 2017. The results of the application of this modeling system to problems of current interests including climate change and its uncertainty, seasonal and decadal climate predictions and climate change intervention will be shown. The community involvement in this project and the desire for more collaborative research on the general themes will also be highlighted.

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Dr. Bill Gutowski named AMS Fellow

Dr. Bill Gutowski, Professor in the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, was recently honored as a Fellow for the American Meteorological Society, 2017. The award honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences or their applications during a substantial period of years. Congrats to Bill!

For a full list of awardees, see the AMS Award Winners Page: https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/about-ams/ams-awards-honors/2017-award-winners-and-fellows/

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Dr. Don Duggan-Haas to speak Tuesday, October 11

Dr. Don Duggan-Haas, Director of Teacher Programs at the Paleontological Research Institute, will be speaking as part of the Geological and Atmospheric Sciences Spring 2016 Seminar Series.

    Title: The Obstacles Are Largely the Same: on Climate Change and Education Reform
    Location: Agronomy room 2050
    Date/Time: Tuesday, 11 October, 4:10pm

Coffee/tea and snacks will be served in Agronomy Commons at 3:30pm.

Don Duggan-Haas is the Director of Teacher Programs at PRI and its Museum of the Earth & Cayuga Nature Center in Ithaca, NY. Don’s work in public outreach, teacher education, teacher professional development and curriculum materials development marries deep understandings of how people learn with deep understandings of the Earth system. He is a nationally regarded expert in climate and energy education, place-based and technology-rich Earth and environmental science education. He also is co-author of the book, The Science Beneath the Surface: A Very Short Guide to the Marcellus Shale, and the forthcoming Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change. He served on the Earth & Space Science Design Team for the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas and currently serves as the First Vice President of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. Don has taught at Colgate, Cornell, and Michigan State Universities, Kalamazoo College, and Tapestry and Norwich (New York) High Schools.

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