ASU geophysicists kick off new Earth, planetary speaker series

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Geophysicist Edward Garnero will be the speaker of the inaugural “Earth and Planetary Interiors Colloquium” (EPIC) lecture on March 18. EPIC is a new initiative in Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration that focuses on bringing world-class scientists to ASU to present their research. EPIC aims to promote discussion of that research in a casual setting where ideas can be freely exchanged among students, staff and faculty.

In his talk, Garnero will portray Earth as a dynamic planet where shaking and rattling from earthquakes make sound. What do they sound like? How are those vibrations used to decipher the mysterious insides of our planet?

“Listening to Earthquakes: the Music of the Earth,” will be a one-hour presentation starting at 7:30 p.m., March 18, in the Marston Exploration Theater on ASU’s Tempe campus. Attendees will see earthquakes and the inner earth in 3-D. It is free and open to the public; reservations are recommended:

Garnero is a geophysics professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration. He uses seismology to image the inaccessible regions of Earth’s interior – from the uppermost mantle to the innermost core. With students and colleagues, Garnero has been developing widely acclaimed visualizations of deep Earth discoveries for nearly a decade. Garnero was recently named a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, acknowledging his discoveries in deep Earth research.

EPIC was created to bring together world-class scientists from around the globe with those at ASU through a public speaker series, as well as informal discussions with ASU researchers. EPIC is entirely funded by donations from the public.

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The School of Earth and Space Exploration is an academic unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.