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Monday, January 3
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Mars Science Laboratory: One Year Before Launch
  • John Grotzinger, Fletcher Jones Professor of Geology, Caltech,
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Thursday, January 6
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
Topic to be announced.
  • Jennifer Walker, graduate student in environmental science and engineering, Caltech,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
Shedding Light on the Deep Subsurface Biosphere: Deep UV Fluorescence for the In Situ Detection of Microbes on Opaque Surfaces
  • Everett Salas, postdoctoral scholar, JPL,
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Friday, January 7
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Winnett Lounge
2011 Student-Led Mini-Program Informational Meeting
  • Tom Prince, director, Keck Institute for Space Studies,
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Monday, January 10
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Climate and Societies
  • Gerald Haug, professor of climate geology, Department of Climate Geology, ETH Zurich,
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Tuesday, January 11
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Topic to be announced.
  • Francis Nimmo, associate professor of Earth and planetary sciences, UC Santa Cruz,
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Wednesday, January 12
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
The Energetics and Potential Implications of Iceberg Calving
  • Jason Amundson, postdoctoral scholar in geophysical sciences, the University of Chicago,
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Thursday, January 13
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
Environmental Justice: Historical Perspectives and Policy Challenges
  • Jennifer Walker, Caltech,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
Coevolution of Earth Systems: Insights from Quantitative Analyses of the Rock Record
  • Shanan Peters, assistant professor of geoscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
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Monday, January 17
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
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Tuesday, January 18
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Topic to be announced.
  • Timothy Morton, graduate student in astronomy, Caltech,
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Wednesday, January 19
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
The Remarkable Story of the Australian Plate: Climate and Geodynamics of the Continental Interior and Northern Plate Boundary in Timor Leste
  • Mark Quigley, lecturer in geological sciences, University of Canterbury,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Using Triple O Isotopes and O2/Ar Ratios for Estimating Primary Production under Non-steady Conditions in Marginal Ice Blooms in the Bering Sea
  • Masha Prokopenko, assistant research professor of Earth science, USC,
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Thursday, January 20
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
The Chlorine Dilemma: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Michael Hoffmann, James Irvine Professor, Caltech,
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Monday, January 24
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cahill, Hameetman Auditorium
Climate Change and Energy Solutions
  • Frank H. Shu, professor of physics and astronomy, emeritus, UC San Diego,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Of Ice-Water Interactions in Arctic and Alpine Landscapes: Rapid Arctic Coastline Erosion and the Sliding of Glaciers
  • Robert S. Anderson, professor of geological sciences and Fellow INSTAAR, University of Colorado, Boulder,
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Tuesday, January 25
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Topic to be announced.
  • Jonathan Lunine, professor, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona,
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Wednesday, January 26
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Field-Scale Bioremediation of a Uranium-Impacted Aquifer under Natural and Artificially Stimulated Conditions
  • Kate Campbell, research biogeochemist, Water Resources, U. S. Geological Survey, Boulder, Colorado,
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8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Beckman Auditorium
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Thursday, January 27
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
The Science and Politics of Soil
  • Gretchen Keppel-Aleks, graduate student in environmental science and engineering, Caltech,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
Burial and Erosional Stripping of the Southern Sierra Nevada by the Eastern San Joaquin Basin in Relation to Mantle Lithosphere Removal
  • Zorka Saleeby, geologist, Tectonics Observatory, Caltech,
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Monday, January 31
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
The Mineralogic Record of Aqueous Environments on Early Mars
  • Bethanny L. Ehlmann, Marie Curie Incoming International Fellow, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, France,
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Tuesday, February 1
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Topic to be announced.
  • Ulyana Dyudina, staff scientist in geological and planetary sciences, Caltech,
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Wednesday, February 2
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Defining and Scaling Coupled Hydrological-biogeochemical Processes Responsible for the Worlds Largest Mass Poisoning
  • Benjamin David Kocar, postdoctoral fellow, Stanford University,
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Thursday, February 3
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
Nanotechnology for Sustainability: Environment, Water and Climate
  • Mamadou Diallo, visiting associate in environmental science and engineering, Caltech,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
The Archean Mass-Independent Sulfur Isotope Record: Prospects and Limitations
  • Itay Halevy, postdoctoral scholar in geological and planetary sciences, Caltech,
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Monday, February 7
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Follow the C: Development of Integrated "Omics" and Geochemical Methods for Carbon Cycle Analysis
  • Jillian Banfield, professor, Department of Earth & Planetary Science and Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, UC Berkeley,
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Tuesday, February 8
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Topic to be announced.
  • Carolyn Crow, graduate student in Earth and space sciences, UCLA,
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Wednesday, February 9
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
On the Impact of Ocean Heat Transport in Warm and Cold Climates
  • Brian Rose, postdoctoral fellow in atmospheric sciences, University of Washington,
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8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Beckman Auditorium
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Thursday, February 10
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
A Solar Cell Primer: From the Sun to the Lab to the Market
  • Dan Turner-Evans, Caltech,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
Importance of Erosion at Inception of Deep-sea Channels
  • Andrea Fildani, research geologist, Chevron,
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Monday, February 14
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Building the Tibetan Plateau (and Blowing it Away)
  • Paul A. Kapp, associate professor of structural geology and tectonics, University of Arizona,
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Tuesday, February 15
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Topic to be announced.
  • Jean-Luc Margot, associate professor of Earth and space sciences, UCLA,
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Wednesday, February 16
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Direct CO2 Capture from Air Using Moisture Swing Absorption
  • Klaus Lackner, professor of geophysics, Earth, and environmental engineering, Columbia University,
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Thursday, February 17
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
Planning Science: Orchestrating Surface Operations for the Most Complicated Rover Yet
  • Kim Lichtenberg, mission engineer, JPL,
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Monday, February 21
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
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Tuesday, February 22
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Topic to be announced.
  • Gerald Schubert, professor of Earth and space sciences, UCLA,
  • Krishan Khurana, research geophysicist, Institute of Geophysics & Planetary Physics & Department of Earth and Space Sciences, UCLA,
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Wednesday, February 23
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Insights Derived from Studying the Signature of the MJO in Satellite and Lightning Observations
  • John Wallace, University of Washington,
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Thursday, February 24
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
Can Montana Repeal the Physics of Climate? Market of Fundamentalism and the Rise of Anti-science in the United States
  • Erik Conway, JPL,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
Stromatolites: Myths, Legends, Assumptions, and Confusion. What the Modern Can Tell Us about the World's Oldest Fossils
  • Victoria Petryshyn, graduate student in Earth sciences, USC,
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Monday, February 28
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
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Tuesday, March 1
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Topic to be announced.
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Wednesday, March 2
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
The Environment, Agriculture, and Food Nexus
  • Pamela Martin, assistant professor of geophysical sciences, the University of Chicago,
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Thursday, March 3
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
Hot Dolomite Explodes! Evidence of Ancient Earthquakes on the Naukluft Thrust, Namibia
  • Christie Rowe, associate researcher, UC Santa Cruz,
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Monday, March 7
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
The Gradual Closing of the Indonesian Seaway and the Onset of Northern Hemisphere Ice Ages
  • Peter Molnar, professor of geological sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder,
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Tuesday, March 8
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
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Wednesday, March 9
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Microscale Distributions of Phytoplankton Revealed Using a Planar Laser Imaging Fluorometer
  • Peter J. S. Franks, professor of biological oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography,
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8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Beckman Auditorium
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Thursday, March 10
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
Did the Retro Commissioning of the Mudd Buildings Actually Save Energy?
  • John Onderdonk, manager for sustainability programs, Caltech,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
Movement of Corals on Climatic Timescales; D/H Fractionation in Lipids from Terrestrial Hydrothermal Springs
  • Nithya Thiagarajan, graduate student in geological and planetary sciences, Caltech,
  • Maggie Osburn, graduate student in geological and planetary sciences, Caltech,
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Tuesday, March 15
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Topic to be announced.
  • Fred Adams, professor of physics, University of Michigan,
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Wednesday, March 16
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Projected Changes in the Seasonal Cycle under Global Warming
  • Adam H. Sobel, professor, Department of Applied Physics & Applied Mathematics and Department of Earth & Environmental Science, Columbia University,
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Thursday, March 24
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
A Simple Method for In-situ U-Th-He Dating
  • Pieter Vermeesch, RCUK Academic Fellow, School of Earth Sciences, Birkbeck College, University of London,
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