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Professor to present EarthScope results at Capitol Hill reception

April 27, 2009

Matthew Fouch, an associate professor in the Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration will speak at the EarthScope Symposium and Reception on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on April 29. Fouch's research is part of the EarthScope program - a major multi-year, multi-disciplinary initiative to study the structure and dynamics of the North American continent.

The EarthScope symposium and reception, sponsored by a coalition of Earth science organizations, celebrates and recognizes the contributions of the National Science Foundation, its partners, and the numerous government organizations and agencies that have helped make the first five years of EarthScope a resounding success. In addition to an evening reception, a symposium will be held to highlight EarthScope science results.

Fouch will present results from his research group, which currently focuses on high-resolution imaging of the crust and mantle beneath western North America. He is also working to bridge scientific disciplines, with a current effort to reconcile inferences of dynamics in the deep subsurface with surface observations of these processes using data including high-resolution GPS measurements.

The nucleus of the program is the EarthScope Facility, a multi-purpose array of instruments and observatories that is greatly expanding our understanding and the observational capabilities of the Earth sciences, Fouch says. Researchers from universities and organizations across the country engage in a broad range of scientific investigations, including Fouch and other faculty members in the School of Earth and Space Exploration in ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

"ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration is playing a vital role in EarthScope-enabled discoveries, with five faculty and more than a dozen students involved in a variety of research projects," says Fouch. "The EarthScope program is the first of its kind in the Earth sciences and is enabling discoveries we previously had been unable to make - it's essentially our version of the Hubble Space Telescope. It is a distinct privilege to be able to present our exciting new results in this type of public forum."