Union Agency Lecture: Predicting and Managing Extreme Events

Presented by Jane Lubchenco

Wednesday, 7 December, 1230h
Moscone North, Hall E

Dr. Jane Lubchenco has been the undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) since 2009. Nominated by President Barack Obama in December 2008 as part of his “Science Team,” she is a marine ecologist and environmental scientist by training, with expertise in oceans, climate change, and interactions between the environment and human well-being.

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Public Lecture

Presented by Andrew Feustel

Sunday, 4 December, 1200h-1300h
Moscone South, Room 102

“Adventures of a (Geoscientist) Astronaut: Nuts, Bolts, and Repairs in Earth Orbit”

Feustel was aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final mission (STS-134) to the International Space Station (ISS), which launched 16 May 2011.  He served as the lead space walker and logged 21 hours and 20 minutes over three extra-vehicular activities. He will discuss this mission and his previous duties on the last mission to the Hubble Space telescope (STS-125), as well as his experiences as a Geophysicist Astronaut.

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AGU Presidential Forum: Science and Society

Presented by Simon Winchester

Monday, 5 December, 1215h
Moscone North, Hall E

British author and journalist Simon Winchester has a knack for finding fascinating people and events to write about. Fueled by curiosity, passion, and a journalist’s instinct for what makes “good copy,” Winchester has explored the obscure, arcane, and idiosyncratic, resulting in bestselling books that have been called “extraordinary,” “mesmerizing” and “both epic and intimate.”

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Union Frontiers of Geophysics Lecture: Tohoku to Tsunami: Personal Account From Science to Experience

Presented by Hiroo Kanamori, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, California Institute of Technology

Thursday, 8 December, 1230h
Moscone North, Hall E

“Bridging the Gap between Science and Practice in Seismology –Lessons from the 2011 Tohoku-oki Earthquake” (Video On-Demand)

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Bowie Lecture Series and other Named Lectures

Sessions on Demand