12.751 Seminar in Geology & Geophysics - Fall 2004

Date/Room Speaker(s) / Topic
9/14 - Clark 509Planning Meeting
9/21 - Clark 181Hans Schouten: "How Not to Give a Bad Talk" -
A demonstration and discussion of scientific presentation skills.
9/28 - Clark 181 class discussion - "Ethical Challenges in Science"
10/5 - Clark 509Matt Jackson
"Holocene loess deposition in Iceland: Evidence against long-term AO/NAO modulated climate change"
Lynne Elkins
"Tracing nitrogen in volatiles from the Nicaraguan volcanic front"
10/12 - Clark 509Jon Woodruff
"Mechanisms of sediment trapping in the lower Hudson River estuary"
Peter Huybers
WHOI Postdoctoral Fellow
"Obliquity pacing of the glacial cycles"
10/19 - Clark 509Katherine Joyce, WHOI Graphic Services
"Graphics: What Works, What Doesn't, and Why"
10/26 NO CLASS
10/27 - 14N-417Scientific Writing Seminar with JANE DUNPHY,
Director of English Language Studies and Lecturer in Communications, MIT
The Seminar will be held at MIT, 3:30-5:00 PM, MIT 14N-417
11/2 - Clark 509Caleb Mills
"Energy Spectrometer Design Study for the NLC Extraction Line "
Kristy Dahl
MIT/WHOI Doctoral Candidate
"10,689 Abstracts in 5 Days: Tips for surviving your first Fall AGU"
11/9 - Clark 181Chris Waters
"Process-driven chemical variability in continental mafic magmas: Evidence from melt inclusions in lavas of Turkana, Kenya"
Adam Soule
WHOI Postdoctoral Scholar
"Submarine lava flows: The (other) quantum event of crustal accretion"
11/16 - Clark 509Andrea Llenos
"Seismic slip on the Gofar transform fault: Surface wave analysis of a 2002 earthquake sequence"
11/23 - Clark 509class discussion - "Scientific Publication Practices"
11/30 - Clark 509 AGU-style talks (3):
Andrea Llenos
Matt Jackson
Jon Woodruff
12/7 - Clark 509 AGU-style talks (3):
Lynne Elkins
Chris Waters
Caleb Mills
12/14 Exam Week - no class

For your first seminar presentation, prepare a 25- to 30-minute talk. This leaves time for scientific discussion and constructive criticism of your presentation style and graphics. Remember to appoint one of your colleagues to introduce you and to lead the question and answer period following the talk. Hosts should also be prepared to respond to any technical needs that arise for the speaker.

For AGU-style talks you are allotted 15 minutes, which includes 5 minutes for questions and changeover to the next speaker. Practice your presentation so that you can finish in 10 minutes. We will hold you to the allotted time. One overhead projector and one computer projector will be available. For AGU oral presentation guidelines, click on "Oral session guidelines" here. If you opt to have us critique a poster, you may want to review the AGU "Poster session guidelines" at the same URL.

ABSTRACTS are REQUIRED for both presentations. These must be mailed to the class on or before the Friday preceding your talk.

Past year's seminar schedules:
Fall 2003
Fall 2002