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MC&G Tuesday Seminars

MC&G Tuesday Seminars are held in Clark 507 each Tuesday at noontime, unless otherwise noted.

Please give Mary Zawoysky (x2310) the title of your talk at least one week in advance so that it can be included in the Weekly Calendar of Events (yellow sheet). The deadline for the calendar is Tuesday, noon, of the week prior to your talk.

Video Recordings of MCG Dept's Tues Talks on Zoom


Oct. 6, 2020 - Diversifying Oceanography: The Coastal Ocean Environment Summer School in Ghana;
Brian Arbic, University of Michigan, and Winn Johnson, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Modeling and observing the global ocean environment requires a coordinated global effort. Yet, as in most STEM disciplines, Africans are under-represented in the global oceanography enterprise. The need, and the potential, for changing this is clear. The coastal resources of Africa, the world's second-largest continent, face many pressures including erosion due to sea-level rise, offshore oil drilling, increased shipping, overfishing, piracy, and others. At the same time, Africa has a young, rapidly growing population, and has several of the world's fastest-growing economies. The time is ripe for developing STEM partnerships between Africa and the rest of the world, and a more diverse global scientific community will benefit everyone.With the above motivations in mind, we developed the Coastal Ocean Environment Summer School in Ghana. Following an exploratory trip in 2014, during which we met potential partnering institutions, we have been running the school for one week every August since 2015. The hosting Ghana institution alternates between Regional Maritime University (RMU), which trains West Africans for careers in shipping, port management, and other marine sector careers, and the University of Ghana (UG), which has a marine and fisheries sciences department. Over time the school curriculum has grown to include hands-on labs, a boat trip, instrument deployments, field trips to beaches and ports, and short research projects, in addition to lectures. From 2016-2019, about 100 West Africans participated per year. The school has a regional impact; an increasing number of participants come from Nigeria and other countries outside of Ghana. Instruction is done by resource persons from Ghana, the US, and Europe. Global north participants have included undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and professors/research scientists.We will briefly discuss school success stories, our experience running the school virtually in 2020 (for about 60-70 participants), funding challenges, and our vision for the future of the school.

Recording link:
Passcode: 2&?xhDWK

Sept. 29, 2020 -Coupling the Petrology and Geodynamics of Mantle Magmatism;
Lucy Tweed
, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Recording link:
Passcode: 8*5i7my7

Sept. 22, 2020 - Deciphering Insights into the Past Carbon Cycle Using Calcifiers;
Rosalind Rickaby, University of Oxford;

Recording link:
Passcode: Q58s$JYF