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Spring 2018 Colloquia

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Title: 2nd Annual Up-Goer Five Challenge
Host: Julie Bowles

Abstract: In the spirit of communicating science in plain words, the Up-Goer Five Challenge dares you to explain your scientific interests using only the 1000 most common words in the English language. It is Inspired by this xkcd comic which describes the Saturn V moon rocket using such limited words.

We invite anyone in the department (or friend of the department) to stand up for 1 to 5 minutes (or less) to describe something of scientific interest. Visual aids optional. This text editor will flag any word that is not in the 1000 most common category. This is a fun event, and the more people that participate the more fun we all have!

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Ellen Cowen, Appalacian State University
Title: Alaskan Tidewater Glacier Cycle: Can Sediment Flux overcome Climate Change?
Host: John Isbell


Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Eric Carson, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey
Title: The River That Flows Uphill: Late Cenozoic evolution of the lower Wisconsin River valley, stream
piracy, and Quaternary reorganization of North American mid-continent drainage systems
Host: Elmo Rawling


Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Ethan Theuerkauf, Illinois State Geological Survey
Title: Rates, processes, and impacts of coastal geologic change along Western Lake Michigan
Host: Elmo Rawling/John Isbell


Thursday, March 8th, 2018

No Colloquim

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Julie Elliott, EarthScope Speaker, Purdue University
Title: Active Deformation in Alaska and Western Canada Observed with GPS
Host: Julie Bowles


Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

No Colloquium: Spring Break

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Edward Evenson, Lehigh University
Title: Charles Darwin, Geologist, and the Origin of Darwin’s Boulders, Tierra del Fuego
Host: Julie Bowles


Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Brett Denevi, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University
Title: Our Goals for Lunar Science and Exploration
Host: Julie Bowles

Abstract: NASA has recently announced plans to refocus its attention on the Moon as a cornerstone for Solar System science and exploration. However, similar announcements were made in the not-so-distant past, only to be cancelled before they could come to fruition. What have we learned along the way? And what can we learn from new orbital and landed missions to the Moon? I will present recent highlights in lunar science, the highest priority lunar science goals as determined by the National Research Council, and some of the ways we will seek to answer those questions.

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Planetarium Event
Title: Life of a Star
Host: Julie Bowles


Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Ben Winkelman, Talos Energy
Student Career Event
Host: Geosciences Department


Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Donna Jurdy, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Northwestern University
Title: SETI: The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence – Perspectives of an Earth Scientist
Host: Julie Bowles