Alumni Events

February 2, 2019 at 9:15 am

Geology Alumni Symposium | Megatrends in the Geosciences, March 29, 30

Dave Applegate, portrait

Dave Applegate

The Department of Geological Sciences and the Geological Sciences Alumni Advisory Board present a symposium discussing “Megatrends in Geosciences” on Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30.

The 2019 Geological Sciences Alumni Symposium is March 29-30, 2019, on the Athens Campus.

  • Registration is free and open to all alumni and current students of the Department of Geological Sciences.

The weekend kicks off with a field trip to the Leo Petroglyph site in Jackson, Ohio, followed by a Welcome Reception that provides a chance to network with current students, faculty and alumni.

Saturday’s symposium will feature talks by Geological Sciences faculty, students, and alumni with a keynote provided by Dr. David Applegate, Associate Director for Natural Hazards at the U.S. Geological Survey, as well as an award luncheon, and a student poster session.

Contact Cheri Sheets with questions.

Friday, March 29 – Symposium Opening

11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Leo Petroglyph site in Jackson, Ohio (optional field trip)

  • Gregory Nadon, Geological Sciences Associate Professor
  • Meet at Ohio University Inn & Conference Center lobby at 11:30 a.m.
  • Transportation and a boxed lunch will be provided.

6:00 to 9:00 p.m.Welcome & Networking Reception

  • Ohio University Inn & Conference Center, Cutler Ballroom, 331 Richland Ave., Athens
  • Cocktails and appetizers provided for all symposium guests.

Saturday, March 30 – Symposium

Location: Margaret M. Walter Hall, Room 145

8:00 to 8:30 a.m.Registration

  • Coffee service provided

8:30 to 9:00 a.m.Opening and Introduction

  • Pat Jackson, B.S. ’81, M.S. ’83, Shell Exploration and Production Company, Chair of the Alumni Advisory Board

9:00 to 9:30 a.m. State of the Department

  • Greg Springer, Geological Sciences Associate Professor and Chair

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Keynote Address – The Role of Geosciences in Building Resilience to Natural Hazards and the Not-So-Natural Disasters They Cause

  • David Applegate, Associate Director for Natural Hazards, U.S. Geological Society

10:30 to 10:45 a.m. Break and Poster Session

  • Refreshments provided.

10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Tools to Predict Hydrological Response and Mine Pool Formation in Underground Coal Mines

  • Natalie Kruse, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs Associate Professor
  • Dina López, Geological Sciences Professor
  • Becca Steinberg, B.S. ’17

11:30 to 11:50 a.m. – Lightning Talks by Poster Presenters

  • Sebastian Barkett; Ian Forsythe; James Fox; Drew Hall; Logan Jacobs; Connor McFadden; Emily Simpson; Ryan Stobart; Sara Thurkettle

11:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Award Luncheon

  • Location: Margaret M. Walter Rotunda

1:30 to 2:15 p.m. The Supercontinent Cycle and the Case for Pannotia

  • Damian Nance, Geological Sciences Distinguished Professor Emeritus

2:15 to 3:45 p.m. Megatrends Panel Discussion

  • Facilitated by Todd Stephenson, B.S. ’77, Alumni Advisory Board Member

3:45 to 4:00 p.m. Break and Poster Session

  • Refreshments provided

4:00 to 4:30 p.m. Shale Play Economics: Or Lack Thereof

  • Joseph Smith, M.S. ’98, Hennora Resources, LLC

4:30 to 5:00 p.m. Communicating Big Science in Little Tweets: The Role of Big Data and Social Media in the 21st Century Geology

  • Dawn Ruth, Geological Sciences Visiting Assistant Professor

6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Cocktails and Appetizers

  • Location: Purple Chopstix, 371 Richland Ave., Athens
  • Cocktails and appetizers for all symposium participants; please sign-up at the registration table.

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