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Sixth graders from Assumption and St. Juliana Falconieri Schools visit Caltech - Grad students Junle Jiang, Kristel Chanard, Renata Cumins, and Marion Thomas give presentations on "Earthquakes", "Plate Tectonics Today", "What are Fossils Used For?", and "Why Study Geology?"
Grad student Renata Cummins serves as judge at an Elementary Science Olympiad Tournament - the tournament was hosted by Pasadena Unified School District's afterschool program, LEARNS, and included events such as "grab-a-gram" where students had to estimate the weight of an object, building bridges from spaghetti and clay, and a three-story egg drop
Grad student Ajay Limaye leads a Caltech Science Saturday - Ajay spoke on "Far From a Cold Case: Solving the Riddles of Ice on Planet Earth." Using icecream and graham cracker crumbs, he demonstrated the formation of glacial landforms such as lateral and terminal moraines, till deformation, and a sub-glacial stream. More...
Caltech's Take Our Children to Work Day visits GPS - Liz Boyd led 4th graders in a rocks and minerals activity. Much thanks also goes to Mark Garcia, for preparing the rock samples.
Boy Scouts visit Caltech - Renata Cummins led the troop in a hands-on activity about continental drift, while Erin Burkett gave them a tour of the Seismo Lab
High school juniors from Med Tech Academy visit Caltech - Adam Booth talked about simulating real landslides with math and a computer, and Kirsten Siebach spoke about the exploration of Mars.
Graduate students Erika Swanson and Kirsten Siebach visit four 6th grade classes, at Eliot and Washington Middle Schools - Erika spoke to the classes about earthquakes - what causes them and how to prepare for them, while Kirsten spoke about Volcanoes, both on Earth and other planets
Graduate students Renata Cummins and Kirsten Siebach give presentations to visiting middle school students from the Blair LEARNS after-school program - Renata led hands-on activities on "Fossils! What they tell us about the Earth," and Kirsten gave a presentation on "What's so special about the Earth?"
Graduate student Nina Lin has been awarded a Li Ming Scholarship for the 2012 - 2013 academic year
Scientists Nina Lin, Kirsten Siebach, & Laurie Kovalenko lead presentations for visiting 4th graders from Hamilton Elementary School, with help from Renata Cummins, Chris Rollins, Jen Hamon, Christophe von Hagke, Ajay Limaye, & James Maloney - Nina led activities with "Rocks and Minerals," Kirsten gave a presentation on "Rock my World: the power of Volcanoes," and Laurie led activities on "Shocking Science: Static Electricity"
Graduate students Thomas Ader and Marion Thomas lead presentations for visiting 6th graders from Holy Angels School in Arcadia - They both led hands-on activities with an earthquake machine, Thomas presenting "When continents collide: working in the highest mountains of the world," and Marion "Why Study Geology?"
Grad student Caj Neubauer serves as science fair judge - at Pasadena Unified School District's district-wide science fair, held at JPL
Professor Joann Stock leads professional development workshop for science teachers - on "Plate Tectonics & the Geology of Southern California," organized by Sherry Tsai, Oak Crest Institute. Thirty-one teachers participated.
TO scientists serve as science fair judges - Professor Victor Tsai and outreach coordinator Laurie Kovalenko served as judges for Sierra Madre's 8th grade science fair.
Postdoc Katie Snell and grad student Janet Harvey visit 6th and 7th grade classes at Holy Redeemer School in Montrose - Katie gave a presentation to the 6th graders on "Mountain Building and Plate Tectonics," leading hands-on activities with play-doh, and Janet gave a presentation to the 7th graders on "Fossils and the Age of the Earth," leading activities with a Geiger Counter.
Professor Nadia Lapusta gives a Watson Lecture for the general public on "Under the Hood of the Earthquake Machine" - Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 8:00 pm, Beckman Auditorium [Watch video on iTunes U - scroll to #33]
Graduate students Thomas Ader and Kirsten Siebach lead presentations for visiting 6th graders from St. Bedes School in La Canada - Thomas spoke about "When continents collide: working in the highest mountains of the world," and Kirsten spoke about "Rock my World: the power of Volcanoes"
Beyond Rocks - By identifying the isotopic arrangement of atoms in naturally occurring molecules, Eiler and his group can learn about the conditions under which the molecule formed.
Caltech E&S article
Earth's core may be hotter than scientists thought - Jennifer Jackson's group squeezed samples of iron to tremendous pressures using diamond anvil cells, while using infrared laser beams to heat the samples further. They found that at pressures found at Earth's core, iron needs a higher temperature to melt than previously thought. Press release | Advanced Photon Source |
Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Creeping fault segments, may, in some cases, contribute to massive earthquakes - as shown by new earthquake fault models developed by Nadia Lapusta and Hiroyuki Noda. They hypothesize that this is what occurred in the 2011 magnitude 9.0 Tohoku-Oki Japan earthquake, which was unexpectedly large.
Graduate students Luca Malatesta, Steve Skinner, Renata Cummins, and Caj Neubauer visit a 6th grade class at Blair Middle School - to help the students plan their science fair projects
Forty-three 4th-graders from Mirman School tour Tectonics Observatory - Graduate student Nina Lin gave a presentation on "The Biggest Wave," while graduate student Thomas Ader led an activity on "When
continents collide: working in the highest mountains of the world"
TO scientists participate in workshop at the Armory for the Arts, for artists who teach in the "Children Investigate the Environment" program - Graduate student Erika Swanson gave a presentation on her research and showed how she uses drawing and visualization