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August 27, 2007

Colloquium: Dr. Barbara Cohen

Tuesday, August 28, 2007
11 AM, AW Smith 104

Bang, Zoom, Straight to the Moon: Lunar Science in a New Age of Exploration by Dr. Barbara Cohen, University of New Mexico

After a multi-decade hiatus in major lunar science and exploration activities, the first decades of the 21st century will be marked by a resurgence in lunar missions. The Moon is a witness to 4.5 billion years of solar system history, recording that history more completely and more clearly than any other planetary body. I will cover the main outstanding issues in lunar science today and the most intriguing scientific opportunities made possible by renewed lunar exploration. In particular, I will discuss my ongoing investigations of the petrology, chemistry, and ages of a diverse group of lunar impact rocks and their use in inferring the impact history of the inner solar system, the origin of bombarding objects, and the potential effects that impacts have had on the biotic evolution of the terrestrial planets.

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August 22, 2007

Arrivals and Departures

Welcome to new graduate student Josh Angelini and best wishes to Dr. Bini Zerai and Derek Smith as they depart for new challenges.

The Department is pleased to welcome Josh Angelini as a new graduate student who will be working with Prof. Beverly Saylor.

We also extend our best wishes to Research Associate Dr. Bini Zerai as he pursues a new career in California and graduate student Derek Smith (M.S.) as he departs to pursue Ph.D. work at Dartmouth. Dr. Zerai is also a Ph.D. graduate of the Department and worked with Prof. Saylor on the sequestration of CO2. Derek Smith has been working with Prof. Gerald Matisoff on the geochemistry of Lake Erie sediments.

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Welcome Back Picnic

3PM Sunday, September 2nd

The Department of Geological Sciences annual Welcome Back Picnic will be held again this year at Prof. Gerald Matisoff's home on the Sunday afternoon before Labor Day. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are all invited. Stop by the Department office for directions and details.

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August 21, 2007

Thesis Defense

Derek Smith will defend his Master's thesis entitled "Oxygen Consumption and Demand in Lake Erie Sediments" on Wednesday, August 29th @ 9AM in 104 AW Smith.

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