2016-17 Talks

Winter 2017

  • Thursday, January 26: Chuck Bailey, William and Mary, will present: "Normal faulting and graben development as catalysts for Late Cenozoic landscape change, Fish Lake Plateau, Utah." 5:30pm, A218.
  • Wednesday, February 8: Maya Reimi '12, PhD candidate, Texas A&M University, will present: "Dust deposition and glacial inter-glacial changes in the position of the Intertropical Convergence Zone." 5:30pm in A218.
  • Thursday, February 9: Natalia Zakharova, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University. "Does geologic carbon storage cause earthquakes." 5:30pm, A214.
  • Tuesday, March 7: "Trump Environmental Policy and Republican Responses." Come listen to W&L professors Bill Hamilton, Jim Casey, Julie Youngman, Leah Green, and Lisa Greer discuss the future of environmental policy under a Trump administration, followed by a student debate on the recent Republican carbon fee proposal. 5:00-6:00pm, Northen Auditorium. Sponsored by Citizen's Climate Lobby and SEAL.
  • Wednesday, March 8: Dr. Deborah Johnson, University of Virginia, an expert of engineering and big data, will present "Does Engineering Need a Code of Ethics?" This will be of interest to geologists and other scientists too. A multitude of engineering organizations in the U.S. and worldwide have adopted codes of ethics and professional conduct. Yet the necessity of such codes has been challenged. Criticisms vary from claiming that codes of ethics are merely window dressing, to the claim that they lead to complacency, to the claim that they are ineffective because they lack enforcement power. Although these criticisms are worthy of attention, they fail to acknowledge that engineering codes of ethics are part of a broader strategy that engineering has adopted to clarify its role in the world and to set expectations by communicating that role to multiple audiences including the public, employers, individual engineers, and others who are affected by the work of engineers. Codes of ethics are not meant to be a simple set of rules that engineers are to follow blindly. They are promulgated with the intention to set expectations for others, to present the collective wisdom of engineers in a form that can broadly guide members and help to socialize new members, and to inspire engineers to behave well and exhibit moral courage in situations where it is needed. 5:00pm, Hillel 101 with a reception starting at 4:30pm.
  • Thursday, March 9: David W. Farris, Asst Professor at Florida State University, will present "Subduction initiation in the Panama Arc." 5:30pm in A218. Pizza.
  • Friday, March 17: SSA! All day!
  • Saturday, March 18: Environmental Conference/Effective Communication Workshops hosted by W&L SEAL (Student Environmental Action League). Northen Auditorium.
    1:00-1:45 Writing: with Professors Leah Green, Environmental Studies and English; Lisa Greer, Geology; and Claudette Artwick, Journalism and Mass Communications
    2:00-2:45 Presenting: with Professors Gregg Whitworth, Biology and Stephen Lind, Business Administration/Communication
    3:00-3:45 Storytelling: with Professor Jeff Schatten, Business Administration
    Open to the public but please register.
  • Monday, March 20: Stephen Veitch, Nassau Community College, will present: "Seismic Observations of Greenland's Outlet Glaciers," 5:30pm in A214. Pizza.
  • Friday, March 24: Environmental Career Panel featuring five W&L Geology and Environmental Studies alums: Leslie Fischbeck '02, Whitney Doss '06, Courtney Fairbrother '11, Ned Lundvall '11, Thomas Jenkins '12. There will also be break-out sessions and a networking time (with hors d'oeuvres!) 3:30-6:00pm. Science Center. This event is sponsored by the Geology Department, the Environmental Studies Program, the Office of Career and Professional Development, the Provost's Office, and the Williams School.
    3:30-4:15pm Panel Discussion in Parmly 307
    4:15-5:00pm Breakout Sessions in the Great Hall
    5:00-6:00pm Networking Event with hors d'oeuvres! in CGL Atrium
  • Friday, March 31: Senior thesis presentations! Jenna Biegel, Sequoya Bua-Iam, John Dannehl, Clare Sbardella, and Claire Wilkinson. Very exciting! 3:30-5:15pm in A214.
  • Tuesday, April 4: Senior thesis presentation! Dan Claroni. Come here about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and a variety of natural and man-made geohazards! 2:30 in A214.
  • Friday, April 7: GIS and Remote Sensing poster session! 2:00-4:00pm in the Great Hall. During Cookie Fest!

Fall 2016

  • Monday, September 19: Thinking about going to grad school in the geosciences? Come to this info session with geology faculty. Lots of Q&A. Hosted by our AAPG student chapter. 5:30pm in A218.
  • Thursday, September 22: STEM Career Panel. 4:00pm in A114. For W&L students.
  • Thursday, September 22: Author and University of Richmond Journalism Professor Steve Nash will present "What Climate Change Means for Virginia," a talk about the current and future of seal level rise, climate, agriculture, forestry and more. A National Geographic Society video documenting global seal level rise and its effects will be shown after the talk. Co-sponsored by Rockbridge Area Conservation Council (RACC), W&L Geology Department, W&L Environmental Studies Program, and Boxerwood Woodland Garden and Nature Center. 7:00pm in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons. Free and open to the public.
  • Friday, September 23: Come meet Jamie Small '81 and hear about his career experiences in oil and gas, with Q&A. 3:00pm-4:00pm in A218.
  • Tuesday, October 25: Showing of "After Coal," a documentary profiling individuals who are building a new future in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky and South Wales. Sponsored by SEAL. 4:00pm in Stackhouse Theater.
  • Saturday, October 29: The Mudd Center for Ethics is sponsoring The Ethics of Environmental Valuation conference. See list of speakers.
  • Wednesday, November 2: A candidate for a tenure-track position in geology will present: "Impacts of CO2 Sequestration on Deep Subsurface Microbial Populations." 5:30pm in A114.
  • Monday, November 7: A candidate for a tenure-track position in geology will present: "The hydrological and biogeochemical importance of temporary streams." 5:30pm in A214.
  • Wednesday, November 9: A candidate for a tenure-track position in geology will present: "New Age Techniques Applied to the Age-Old Problem of Metal Contamination." 5:30pm in A214.
  • Wednesday, November 16: A candidate for a tenure-track position in geology will present: "Reactions at the mineral-water interface during Manganese biogeochemical cycling: Impacts on mineral structures and trace metal binding." 5:30pm in A214.
  • Thursday, November 17: Free showing of Hometown Habitat -- Stories of Bringing Nature Home. The narrative thread of the documentary is provided by renowned entomologist, Douglas Tallamy, Ph.D. whose research, books and lectures about the use of non-native plants in landscape sound the alarm about habitat and species loss. Tallamy challenges the notion that humans are here and nature is someplace else. He is a huge proponent of the use of native plants. Why plant natives? Native plants, once established do not require the use of chemicals such as herbicides or pesticides to maintain their beauty. They usually don't require extra watering. Native pollinators and birds actually prefer native plants for nectaring and seed. For two years, producer/director Catherine Zimmerman and film crew traveled around the county to visit hometown habitat heroes and film their inspiring stories of community commitment to conservation landscaping. Zimmerman shares these success stories and works in-progress that re-awaken and re-define man's relationship with nature. Rockbridge Master Gardener president Faith Vosburgh says, "This is a film you can't miss, especially in terms of our changing climate." See the trailer at https://themeadowproject.com/.  Stackhouse Theatre at 7:00pm, sponsored jointly by the Rockbridge Area Master Gardeners and the James River Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society.