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Eleven speakers are visiting campus this semester to provide insights for the Geology Brown Bag Series.

The talks will be held noon Fridays in Van Wickle Hall room 108. Lunch will be provided to students at no cost; others can purchase lunch for $3.

Paul E. Olsen, professor of earth and environmental sciences at Columbia University, will speak on “Mass Extinctions, Asteroid Impacts, and Giant Volcanic Eruptions — The Beginning and the End of the Age of Dinosaurs” tomorrow.

Jay Parrish of the Pennsylvania Geological Survey will present a lecture entitled “Employment Opportunities with the Pennsylvania Geological Society” Feb. 8.

Alex Gates, department of geological sciences, Rutgers University, Newark, will talk about “Evidence for the Assembly and Break-up of the Supercontinent Rodinia in the Reading Prong” Feb. 15.

Ken Kodama, department of earth and environmental sciences, Lehigh University, will speak on “Paleomagnetic Inclination Shallowing — Implications for Central Asia, Baja British Columbia, and Coastal California Terrains” Feb. 22.

Rich April, department of geology, Colgate University, will present a lecture entitled “Acid Rain: Effects on Surface Water and Forest Ecosystems” March 1.

John Wilson, laboratory coordinator in the Lafayette department of geology and environmental geosciences, will talk about “U/Pb Zircon Ages of Plutons from the Central Appalachians, with Comments on their Regional Tectonic Significance” March 8.

Hilary Wyche ’98 of Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP, will speak on “Bridging the Gap: A Geologist’s Introduction to the Law” March 15.

Brad Turner ’97, science department, Upper School, Morristown-Beard School, Morristown, N.J., will present a lecture entitled “From Consulting to Grad School to Teaching, Reflections From a Recent Graduate” April 5.

Charles Ver Straeten, Center for Stratigraphy and Paleontology, New York State Museum, will talk about “Mud, Sand, and Mountains: Looking at Sedimentary Rocks, Seeing Tectonics” April 12.

Greg Herman, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Science, Research & Technology, New Jersey Geological Survey, will present a lecture entitled “Fractured-Bedrock Aquifers of the Newark Basin” April 19.

MaryAnn Malinconico, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, will speak on “Thermal History of the Newark Basin” April 26.

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