SESE Colloquium Series

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Welcome, and thank you for your interest in the Spring 2018 SESE Colloquium Series.

SESE Colloquia take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Marston Exploration Theater on the first floor of ISTB4. They are preceded by a light reception in the ISTB4 lobby at 3:00 p.m.

SESE students interested in having lunch with the speaker may sign up with our Google Docs lunch sign-up sheet. Lunches are 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in PSF 566.

For more information, please contact Professor Peter Buseck, colloquium committee chair.

Abstracts for talks are linked from the talk titles.  Scroll down for Supplementary Materials (talk PDFs, answers to questions, etc.). Schedules, speakers, and materials from previous semesters' SESE Colloquia are accessible on the archive page here.

DateSpeakerInstitutionHostTalk Title
Jan 10Iain StewartUniversity of Plymouth, UK; 2017-2018 Geological Society of America (GSA) James B. Thompson Distinguished International LecturerRamon ArrowsmithBetween a Rock and a Hard Place: Communicating Contested Geoscience to the Public
Jan 17John BradySmith CollegePeter BuseckSubduction Zone Pseudomorphs: Windows on High Pressure Grain Scale Processes
Jan 24Sanchayeeta BorthakurASU School of Earth and Space ExplorationUnderstanding How Galaxies Reionized the Universe
Jan 31Ed BrownMichigan State UniversityPatrick YoungThe Densest Matter in the Observable Universe: Accreting Neutron
Stars and the Physics of Dense Matter
Feb 7James HeadBrown UniversityLindy Elkins-TantonThe Climate History of Mars: A Geological Perspective
Feb 14Arif BabulUniversity of Victoria, CanadaEvan ScannapiecoGalaxy Clusters as Cosmological Probes?
Feb 21Bethany EhlmannNASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and CaltechMini WadhwaCeres, an Unexpectedly Active Dwarf Planet: Findings from the Dawn Mission
Feb 28Michael RussellNASA Jet Propulsion LaboratoryJack FarmerWhy Does Life Start, What Does It Do, Where Will It Be, and How Might We Find It?
Mar 7Spring Break
Mar 14Daniela CalzettiUniversity of Massachusetts - AmherstPaul ScowenLinking the Scales of Star Formation
Mar 21Cameron SmithPortland State UniversityDanny JacobsHuman Exploration Technologies for the Second Space Age: Private Development of Space Suits for Earth Orbit and Beyond
Mar 28Susannah DorfmanMichigan State University; 2017-2018 Consortium for Materials Properties Research in Earth Sciences (COMPRES) Distinguished LecturerThomas SharpThe Mineral Physics Test Kitchen: Recipes for Earth's Mantle and Core
Apr 4Kiri WagstaffJPL Machine Learning & Instrument AutonomyCraig HardgroveCancelled
Apr 11Morgan BurksLawrence Livermore National LaboratoryScott SmasMercury, 16 Psyche, Mars, and Titan: Exploring the Solar System with Gamma Rays
Apr 18George CooperNASA Ames Research CenterSandra PizarelloThe Analysis of Carbonaceous Meteorites: Unusual Mirror-Image Properties Of Organic Compounds From The Early Solar System
Apr 25Mark PanningNASA Jet Propulsion LaboratoryDan ShimExtraterrestrial Seismology: What We Can Learn on Mars and Icy Ocean Worlds

Supplementary Materials

Colloquium Talk Slides (PDF)Colloquium Questions AnsweredAdditional Information