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Guy F. Atkinson Distinguished Lecture Series


We are please to announce the lineup for our 2020-21 academic year Distinguished Lecture Series! Lectures are held on most Thursdays at 4:00 pm. They are free and open to the public. 

The University of  Utah is currently operating in a reduced capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, lectures will be done via Zoom:, password: FALLDLS.

As much as possible, we will also do a Facebook Live for each lecture.

Meet and Greet: Students, staff, and faculty are invited to join in a meet and greet with each DLS speaker. This is a great opportunity to informally chat with the guest speaker about their career and research. Meet and greets will be done via Zoom:, password: FALLDLS.  Due to varying speaker schedules, meet and greets will be held based on the speaker's availability; the day and time will be shared on FB, via emails, and in the table below.

Watch Previous Lectures: Check out our YouTube channel to watch past lectures (starting in 2019): U of U Geology and Geophysics YouTube Channel

Day Date Presenter Institution  Presentation Meet and Greet
TH 9/3 Zachary Ross Caltech "3D fault architecture controls the dynamism of earthquake swarms" n/a
TH 9/10 Mark Torres Rice University "Rivers flow not past, but through: a fluvial perspective on Earth's carbon cycle"  9/11 @ noon
TH 9/17 Shi (Joyce) Sim Georgia Tech "Melt Transport at Mid-Ocean Ridges" 9/18 @ noon
TH 9/24 Ellen Thomas Yale University "The Oceanic Carbon Cycle in a Greenhouse World:  Oceanic Export and Primary Productivity"

9/24 @ 3:00-3:45pm

TH 10/1 Enrique Merino Indiana University “Replacement reveals metasomatism dynamics that is hidden from geochemists: Two nonlinear, self-accelerating replacements, brucite-for-periclase in marbles and serpentinization of peridotites”  
TH 10/8 Kate Freeman Penn State    
TH 10/15 Parvathy Prem Johns Hopkins University "The Origins and Transport of Water on the Moon"  
TH 10/22 Asmaa Boujibar Carnegie Science, Geophysics Laboratory "The origin of Mercury's large core, volatile content and heat production, insights from high pressure experiments and spacecraft data."   
TH 10/29 Jane Willenbring Stanford    
TH 11/5 Zack Spica University of Michigan    
TH 11/12 Kayla Iacovina NASA Johnson Space Center    
TH 11/19
Naomi E. Levin
Associate Professor, Associate Chair for Graduate Studies
Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Michigan
 Special Alumni Presenter as part of our 11/19 Virtual Alumni Social!  
Last Updated: 9/22/20