The University of Arizona

EarthWeek to Feature Student Research

By Alicia Saposnik and Mari N. Jensen, Department of Geosciences and College of Science | March 26, 2012

The March 28-30 event, free and open to the public, will feature research presentations and posters by students.

Susan Joy Hassol will be a keynote speaker during EarthWeek.
Susan Joy Hassol will be a keynote speaker during EarthWeek.

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EarthWeek, a showcase of research by undergraduate and graduate students in the University of Arizona School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, will be held March 28-30 in the Student Union Memorial Center.

The student-organized event, now in its third year, will feature research presentations and posters by students from the departments and units within the school.

The school is comprised of the departments of atmospheric sciences, geosciences, hydrology and water resources and soil, water and environmental science plus the Arizona Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Laboratory and the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research.

"EarthWeek is when the students in the Earth and environmental sciences make us all look good," said Karl W. Flessa, director of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and head and professor of geosciences.

"It's a festival of interdisciplinary science: from the core of the Earth to the clouds in the sky. So if you want to see what the Earth and environmental sciences will look like in 10 years' time, come to EarthWeek this week."

EarthWeek committee chair Philip Stokes said, "We're really excited because this year will be the most interdisciplinary EarthWeek ever."

The plenary session on March 29 at 2:30 p.m. about Southwest climate will have a presentation from one student from each unit. Those students will be competing for the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences award. The winner, who will be announced at 5:15 p.m. that day, will receive $1,000.

Susan Joy Hassol will deliver the EarthWeek keynote lecture, "Telling the Climate Change Story," at 4 p.m. on March 29. Hassol is a climate change communicator, analyst and author known for her ability to make complex issues accessible to policymakers and the public. She is director of Climate Communication in Boulder, Colo.

Stokes, a graduate student in geosciences, said, "Earthweek provides an invaluable opportunity for students to share their research with peers, faculty and the university community."

EarthWeek events run 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and are free and open to the public. Each day features talks and poster sessions from a variety of disciplines within the school.

Schedule of Research Presentations:

March 28

8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.,  El Dia del Agua, North Ballroom.

8 a.m. to noon, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research Special Sessions, Rincon Room.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., posters, Catalina/Tucson Room.

3:30 p.m., El Dia del Agua Keynote, North Ballroom, "Capturing Aquifer Heterogeneity: Accomplishments to Date and Challenges Ahead" by Walter Illman, Waterloo University, Ontario, Canada.

March 29

8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., GeoDaze talks, North Ballroom.

8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., talks from the department of soil, water and environmental science, Rincon Room.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., posters, Catalina/Tucson Room.

2:30 p.m.,  EarthWeek plenary session on Southwest climate, North Ballroom.

4 p.m., EarthWeek keynote, North Ballroom, "Telling the Climate Change Story" by Susan Joy Hassol, director, Climate Communication, Boulder, Colo.

5:15 p.m., EarthWeek award announcements, North Ballroom.

March 30

8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., GeoDaze, North Ballroom.

8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., AIR, Rincon Room.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., posters, Catalina/Tucson Room.

3:30 p.m., GeoDaze keynote, North Ballroom, "From Paleoclimate to Plateau Uplift: Clumped Isotopes in Terrestrial Carbonate" by Katharine Huntington, University of Washington, Seattle.

Contacts

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Phil Stokes

EarthWeek

520-626-3323

pjstokes@email.arizona.edu


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Alicia Saposnik

Department of Geosciences

520-626-8204

alicias@email.arizona.edu