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All are welcome – no admission charge
Social Hour starts at 6:30, meeting at 7:00

CSS September 21st Meeting, Student Papers and Posters

Colorado students will preview their cutting-edge research prior to the upcoming 2016-2017 conference season.
Get the scoop here first! Happy hour and poster social followed by six 15-min lectures.

All are welcome – no admission charge

WHEN: Thursday, September 21, 2017
5:45-6:45 PM, Happy Hour and Poster Session
6:45-8:30 PM, Student Papers Presented
8:30-9:00 PM, Take down and cleanup. We must be out by 9:00

WHERE: The Arbor House, Maple Grove Park (Applewood area)
14600 W 32nd Ave., Golden CO 80401

Arbor House

STUDENTS: Great opportunity to network and present your research! The talk voted best in show wins $250!! Other speakers will be reimbursed travel costs. Recycled posters are acceptable too.

PRESENTATIONS: The oral talks will be 15 minutes each, 12 minutes for the presentation and 3 minutes for questions, as at professional meetings.

Kelly Kochanski, CU Geological Sciences Department, “The self-organization of snow surfaces and the growth of sastrugi”

Jenny Nakai, CU Geological Sciences Department (Geophysics), “A possible causative mechanism of Raton Basin, New Mexico and Colorado earthquakes using recent seismicity patterns and pore pressure modeling”

Simon Pendleton, CU Geological Sciences Department, “Testing the ice cover history of preserved landscapes on Baffin Island using 14C”

Jessica Roberts, CU Astrophysical and Planetary Science Department, “The atmospheres of two super-puffy exoplanets”

John Waida, MSU Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department, “Feasibility of fluorescent placer diamond prospecting using ultra-violet specific longwave LED light sources”

Yalin Li, CSM Civil and Environmental Engineering, “Transformation of Wastewater Treatment- Energy and Nutrient Recovery from Municipal Wastewater”

We will have complimentary light refreshments at the meeting, including a pony keg from the Golden City Brewery  If you plan to drink, please bring an ID “if you could in the remotest way be construed to be under 21”!
There will be a popular vote among all attending to decide on “the best oral presentation of the evening”, and the winning student will receive a $250 prize.

We will also have a poster session, at which we are anticipating up to five additional student poster presentations.

Download the event flyer:
Colo Sci Soc September 21st Meeting – Student Papers and Posters

Remaining Colorado Scientific Society Talks in 2017

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
Using Geoscience to Augment Environmental Public Health Studies

Suzette Morman, Crustal Imaging and Characterization, USGS

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
Earth’s Earliest Evolution: Fire from above, fire from below

Simone Marchi, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder

In the aftermath of the giant collision resulting in the formation of the Moon, about 4.5 billion years ago, the Earth experienced a protracted time of bombardment by leftover planetesimals. In this talk I will present a new bombardment model of the Hadean Earth that has been calibrated using existing lunar and terrestrial geochemical data. We find that the surface of the Hadean Earth was widely reprocessed by impacts through mixing and burial by impact-generated melt. This model may explain the absence of early terrestrial rocks. In addition, by tracking the magnitude and timing of large collisions, we find that existing oceans would have repeatedly boiled away into steam atmospheres as late as about 4 billion years ago. These findings have important implications for the formation and stability of early habitable environments and the onset of life. Finally, I will discuss recent developments in understanding the effects of collisions on the tectonic evolution of the early Earth, as well as the formation of impact-induced geochemical heterogeneities that could still persist in terrestrial mantle rocks.

An artistic conception of the Hadean Earth. Huge, impact-generated lava lakes coexisted with surface liquid water, under a thick greenhouse atmosphere sustained by lava outgassing (credit: SwRI/Simone Marchi, Dan Durda).

Short bio:
My research interests span from the formation and geology of terrestrial planets the moon and asteroids, to the spectroscopy and dynamics of minor bodies and meteorites.
I am an associate with several space missions, including: NASA’s Dawn, Lucy, Psyche, and ESA’s Rosetta, BepiColombo, JUICE.
I have been a fellow at the NASA Lunar Science Institute, the Observatoire de la Cote d’Azur, the German Aerospace Agency, and Padua University. I hold a PhD in Applied Physics from the Pisa University. More details can be found here: http://www.boulder.swri.edu/~marchi/index.html

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017
Colorado Scientific Society President’s address

Marith Reheis, Emeritus USGS
We will have a potluck dinner before the address.
Note: This meeting is on a Wednesday, not on Thursday.
At The Arbor House, Maple Grove Park (Applewood area)
14600 W 32nd Ave., Golden CO 80401

All are welcome – no admission charge
Social Hour starts at 6:30, meeting at 7:00

Meetings are normally at:
Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church
11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood CO

See Abstracts (under Events) for previous Colorado Scientific Society Talks