A Not-So-Icy View of the Arctic

Washington, D.C. – Scientists studying one of Earth’s most extreme regions gave brief, TED-like talks to demonstrate the pervasive impact of climate change during a free, public event. “What happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic,” many of the speakers said throughout the event, titled “Arctic Matters: The Global Connection to Changes… Read More A Not-So-Icy View of the Arctic

Congress Votes to Nix President’s Clean Power Plan Amid Climate Talks in Paris

Washington, D.C. – The House and Senate approved two resolutions that would halt the president’s plan to regulate and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. S.J.Res.23 is a “joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval” to nullify the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rules to reduce emissions from new and modified power plants. S.J.Res.24 is a… Read More Congress Votes to Nix President’s Clean Power Plan Amid Climate Talks in Paris

Using animal teeth to reconstruct our ancestors’ environment

by David Patterson, George Washington University My research focuses on placing Plio-Pleistocene hominin evolution within a high-resolution ecological context. My dissertation focuses on the Turkana Basin of northern Kenya and Ethiopia, which can be an extremely difficult place to work. However, this region documents many of the most important events in hominin evolution. Thus, it is the… Read More Using animal teeth to reconstruct our ancestors’ environment

28 October: Seoul, Korea – 2014 GSA Distinguished International Lecture Tour

Seoul, Korea was the last city and the last leg of my GSA Distinguished International Lecture Tour.  We started in Songdo International City, a new development along the shoreline at Incheon. There I spoke to high school students at Chadwick International School, and then at the new Songdo Global University, where University of Utah has… Read More 28 October: Seoul, Korea – 2014 GSA Distinguished International Lecture Tour

06 June: Departing Beijing – 2014 GSA Distinguished International Lecture Tour

6/6/14 Before leaving Changping (the north outskirts of Beijing) we were able to visit the Ming Tombs arriving early to beat the crowds and long lines of traffic.  I got a tour of impressive facilities at China University of Geosciences closer to the central city of Beijing.  Nearby we visited the Summer Palace vacation home… Read More 06 June: Departing Beijing – 2014 GSA Distinguished International Lecture Tour

02 June: Great Wall Greetings – 2014 GSA Distinguished International Lecture Tour

6/2/14 We are now in Beijing, our final city in China.  At the northern end of Beijing, I gave a full day “short course” to 90 graduate students at China University of Petroleum.  They have an active AAPG student chapter and although many are in a petroleum track, they had penetrating questions about Mars geology. Some students from the… Read More 02 June: Great Wall Greetings – 2014 GSA Distinguished International Lecture Tour

29 May: More from Xi’an – 2014 GSA Distinguished International Lecture Tour

5/29/14 Over the course of three days, I lectured at three different universities in Xi’an, all relatively close and accessible to the city center. Many of the Chinese faculty have opportunities to further their professional experience as visiting scholars at foreign universities and we often swap stories of different places they have been. Xian Shiyou… Read More 29 May: More from Xi’an – 2014 GSA Distinguished International Lecture Tour