Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Announces Fall Evening Lecture Series
Topics include earthquakes and the magnetic sphere
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San Diego
Dates: Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Explore Earth's mysteries through the Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series, presented monthly at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. From the cosmos to the ocean abyss, join Scripps researchers on their paths to discovery in this acclaimed series.
Monday, Sept. 13
San Andreas Fault. Image Courtesy of NOAA.
Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Physics of Earthquakes
Kevin Brown, Scripps physical oceanographer
Join Scripps physical oceanographer Kevin Brown as he describes the phenomena that we experience as earthquakes and relates what scientists understand about the physics of these sudden and at times catastrophic movements in the earth's crust. Learn how Brown and other Scripps scientists are using a variety of techniques to better understand when, where and how earthquakes occur.
Monday, Oct. 11
Earthquakes in Southern California: A View from Space
Yuri Fialko, Scripps geoscientist
Southern California hosts a number of active faults. Over the last 20 years, our region has become the most seismically active area in the Western states, with magnitude seven or greater events occurring along the (in)famous San Andreas fault. Join Scripps geoscientist Yuri Fialko as he discusses what we know about earthquakes and the slow tectonic deformation that causes them.
Monday, Nov. 8
Earth's Magnetic Field: From Satellites to Reversals
Cathy Constable, Scripps research deputy director and geophysicist
How is Earth's magnetic field important in making our planet habitable? Where does it come from, and how quickly does it change? Join Scripps geophysicist Cathy Constable as she delves into these and other questions about one of Earth's most dynamic features - the magnetosphere. Learn how research at Scripps is contributing to our ever-growing understanding of Earth's magnetism.
Perspectives lectures are intended for a lay audience. Birch Aquarium admission and parking are included. Light refreshments are available.
Past lectures air on UCSD-TV and are broadcast to more than 16 million viewers via satellite and cable television. Archived lectures also can be found online. For more information, visit: http://ucsd.tv/oceanscience
About Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and the Caribbean. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Birch Aquarium has an annual attendance of more than 410,000, including 45,000 school children.
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Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. The National Research Council has ranked Scripps first in faculty quality among oceanography programs nationwide Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today in 65 countries. The institution has a staff of about 1,300, and annual expenditures of approximately $155 million from federal, state and private sources. Scripps operates one of the largest U.S. academic fleets with four oceanographic research ships and one research platform for worldwide exploration.
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