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Guy F. Atkinson Distinguished Lecture Series

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NOTE: The 11/11 lecture will not be broadcasted

in 295 FASB. Please tune in on Zoom.

The Guy F. Atkinson Distinguished Lecture Series is a free, public, weekly event to which we invite researchers, educators, and communicators from around the world. Here they present their unique and intriguing contributions to the field of Earth sciences. Our hope is to encourage meaningful discussion, challenge ideas, and to spark interest in the creation of a rich and diverse scientific culture that our students, staff, and faculty may carry out to the rest of the world.

2021-22 Lineup

We are pleased to announce the Fall Lineup for our 2021-22 academic year Distinguished Lecture Series! Lectures are held on most Thursdays at 4:00-5:00 pm and are free and open to the public.

All lectures will be held in 295 FASB lecture hall. Pending on the speaker's preference, the lecture will either be in-person or broadcasted on the screen.

Additionally, all lectures will be available via Zoom to accommodate those who have COVID and travel concerns.  Please check the schedule for in person lectures.

Meet and Greet: Students, staff, and faculty are invited to join in a half hour meet and greet with each DLS speaker immediately following the lecture. For in-person lectures, the meet and greet will take place in the FASB Confluence. For virtual lectures, it will take place in the same Zoom session as the lecture. This is a great opportunity to informally chat with the guest speaker about their career and research. 

Watch Previous Lectures: Check out our YouTube channel to watch past lectures (starting in 2019). Please note that Fall 2021 lectures will not be posted to YouTube until a later date, possibly next semester. 

Day Date Primary Location
Presenter Institution  Presentation Meet and Greet
TH 9/2 Virtual 
Megan S Miller Australian National University
"Inherited lithospheric structures control arc-continent collisional heterogeneity - on the cusp of a tear" Post Lecture
TH 9/9

295 FASB

 Katrina Twing
Weber State University
"Microbial ecology of subsurface serpentinite rocks" Post Lecture
TH 9/16 295 FASB Gabe Bowen
University of Utah
"Dr. Non-Unique Solutions, or : How I Learned to Stop Being Over-Prescriptive and Love Bayes’ Theorem" Post Lecture
TH 9/23


Gene Humphreys University of Oregon "How lithospheric instabilities made the Columbia River basalt eruptions big" Post Lecture
TH 9/30 Virtual 
Zhongwen Zhan
Cal Tech
"Geophysical sensing on submarine cables: a coctail for two communities" Post Lecture
TH 10/7 Virtual 
Derya Guerer
University of Queensland

 "Reconstructing lost oceans and continents from sea to summit"

Post Lecture
TH 10/21 Virtual 
Kim Cobb
Georgia Tech
"Science and solutions for 21st century in climate and weather extremes"
Post Lecture
TH 10/28 295 FASB Jamie Farrell
University of Utah Seismology "A Multi-Scale View of the Yellowstone Volcanic System" Post Lecture
TH 11/4 Virtual  (will not be shown in 295 FASB) Kamini Singha
Colorado School of Mines "Quantifying solute transport processes with electrical geophysics" Post Lecture
TH 11/11 Virtual 
Karianne Bergen Brown University
"Big data for small earthquakes:  Data mining, deep learning and explainable AI" Post Lecture
TH 11/18

295 FASB

Kathleen Ritterbush
University of Utah
"Swimming with Ammonites: How New Technologies Bring Fossils to Life" Post Lecture
TH 12/2


Ananya Mallik
University of Arizona
"How hot and wet is the Moon: Insight from experiments"
Post Lecture
Last Updated: 11/19/21