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UA’s EarthWeek 2014 Kicks off Tuesday With Student Research

April 7, 2014

The UA’s fifth annual EarthWeek 2014 begins April 8 and will run until April 11. The event features student research and will welcome guest speaker Marcia McNutt, editor of the journal Science.

Marcia McNutt
Marcia McNutt

The University of Arizona will welcome Marcia McNutt, editor-in-chief of the journal Science on April 11 as part of the UA’s EarthWeek 2014. 

EarthWeek 2014 begins Tuesday and will include a showcase of research by undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. The student-organized event, now in its fifth year, is free and open to the public. It features 100 poster presentations, 114 oral presentations and invited keynote speakers.

McNutt is the plenary keynote speaker. Her talk, "Entering the Era of the Geosciences," is scheduled for 4 p.m. April 11 in the North Ballroom of the Student Union Memorial Center.

McNutt, a geophysicist, became the 19th editor-in-chief of Science in 2013. She served as the director of the U.S. Geological Survey from 2009 to 2013. During her tenure, the geological survey responded to a number of major disasters, including earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and Japan, and the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

McNutt personally served on a team of government scientists and engineers at BP headquarters in Houston, helping to contain the oil and cap the well. She led the Flow Rate Technical Group that provided estimates of the rate of oil discharge during the active phase of the oil spill. For her contributions, she was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard's Meritorious Service Medal.

EarthWeek begins Tuesday with tours of the newly relocated Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research from 11 a.m. to noon and talks from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Bryant Bannister Tree-Ring Building, located near Highland Commons.

The April 9-11 sessions will be held in the Student Union Memorial Center and include posters and talks from the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences departments. They include:

Special sessions on April 11 will include a joint poster session from 12:30-2 p.m. and talks by graduate students from each department from 2-4 p.m.

For a full lineup of EarthWeek 2014 events, visit the website at www.earthweek.geo.arizona.edu.