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SESE community to present at American Geophysical Union meeting

December 12, 2008

Earthquakes. Volcanoes. Sand dunes on Mars. And much more. Fifteen faculty members from the School of Earth and Space Exploration in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be presenting the results of their research about these and other topics at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, Dec. 15-19.  

The presenters include Amanda Clarke showcasing research on vulcanian eruptions, J Ramón Arrowsmith discussing slip along the San Andreas Fault in the great 1857 Earthquake, and Ron Greeley speaking on Mars aeolian features and processes. In addition, more than 40 faculty members, research associates and students from SESE will be traveling to San Francisco for the meeting.  

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is the world's largest scientific society with a membership of more than 50,000 researchers, teachers, and students. Established in 1919, this nonprofit organization advances the understanding of Earth and space science by publishing journals, books and a weekly newspaper, sponsoring a variety of educational and public information programs, and conducting meetings and conferences.  

The Fall Meeting in San Francisco every December is a mecca for Earth and space scientists, as it's the largest annual scientific conference in the world, with more than 14,000 attendees in 2007.

“The San Francisco AGU assembly is the premier scientific meeting in the research fields of many SESE faculty, and its poster sessions and oral presentations are opportunities for earth and space scientists from all over the world to show off their most exciting findings,” explains Kip Hodges, director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration.

“The SESE community is especially well-represented there, a testimony to the impact our faculty, staff, and students have on the earth and space sciences.” 

In addition to the faculty and research associate presentations, more than 15 SESE graduate students will also be featured, among them are: Erin DiMaggio discussing the sedimentary basin structure in Ethiopia, PeiYing Lin talking about the upper mantle north of Australia, and Roman DiBiase explaining erosion rates in the San Gabrial Mountains in California. 

“It is really great that our students are recognized for their high-quality efforts and will be making so many important presentations,” says Arrowsmith, an associate professor in the school.   

“Leading up to the meeting, everyone is so excited about their work that they constantly talking about their newest findings as they prepare for AGU. Sometimes a walk down the hall in Bateman F-wing turns into an impromptu scientific meeting,” says Hodges.

“Often, the data are coming right out of the lab and the same day going into a talk or onto a poster being prepared for the meeting.

”At its annual meetings, AGU offers a variety of education-themed technical sessions, as well as an assortment of outreach and student-focused programs, one of these being an academic showcase. This year, the School of Earth and Space Exploration will be one of the more than 30 institutions hosting its own table providing information on its degree programs. Also new this year, the school will be holding a reception for its alumni and current faculty, research associates and students attending the conference.    

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