Author Archives: Callan Bentley

UMD Geology: Lewis (JHU) on Mars rover geology

2017 Geology Colloquium Series

Friday, February 24th 2017 at 3:00 pm
in PLS 1140

Kevin Lewis
Johns Hopkins University

Exploration of Gale Crater Mars with the Curiosity Mars Rover

The Curiosity Mars rover has been exploring its landing site at Gale crater since 2012. Over this time it has begun to climb the lower slopes of Mount Sharp, a 5 kilometer high mound of sedimentary rock located within the crater. In this talk, we will combine orbital and rover-based geological and geophysical tools to understand the formation of Mount Sharp, with potential implications for other crater-hosted mounds found commonly in the Martian equatorial region. The ultimate goal of this work, and one of the key objectives of the Curiosity mission, is to understand the climate information recorded in the strata of Mount sharp exposed along the rover traverse.

Save the date: 2017 VGFC in Charlottesville

Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14 – hosted by Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville

The year’s trip will focus on Precambrian geology in the Blue Ridge Anticlinorium, and will be led by Chuck Bailey, Megan Flansburg, and Tom Biggs. More information can be found on the VGFC website:

February 15 meeting of the Paleontological Society of Washington

The Paleontological Society of Washington

7:00 pm, Wednesday, February 15

National Museum of Natural History, Constitution Ave. entrance

The Natural History of Horses

Raymond L. Bernor

Professor, Department of Anatomy, Howard University College of Medicine

The Evolution of horses through the Cenozoic has drawn the attention of evolutionary biologists from the mid-19th century. A brief summary of this history is given as a background to the speakers own research on Old World Neogene equids through a number of field-based and museum based studies that span North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Systematics, biogeography, paleoecology, paleodiet and functional anatomy of 3-toed and 1-toed horses are all themes presented in the talk.

Hippotherium primigenium Bernor et al., 1997

Non-Smithsonian visitors will be escorted from the Constitution Ave. entrance of the NMNH to the Q?rius auditorium at 6:50 and 6:55 p.m. Society members will host the speaker for dinner at the Elephant & Castle (1201 Pennsylvania Ave.) prior to the meeting. Members may meet at the restaurant or inside the Constitution Ave. entrance of the NMNH at 5:00 and walk to the restaurant as a group.

GSW 1516: U.S. shale oil + climate change “alternate facts”

The 1516th meeting of the Geological Society of Washington will be on
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
featuring :

Paul Nadeau
University of Stavanger, Norway
“The US Shale Oil/Gas Revolution”

John Cook
George Mason University /
“Responding to alternative facts in a post-truth world”

30 minutes each

Refreshments at 7:30 PM; Formal program at 8:00 PM
John Wesley Powell Auditorium, 2170 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Google Geo Teacher Institute @ JMU 3/10

Here’s a great upcoming opportunity I just found out about:

Google Geo Teacher Institute:  Virginia 2017

(first one on the east coast!)

Friday 10th March – James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Google Geo Teacher Institutes are workshops focused on introducing Google Earth, Maps, Street View and their use in the classroom. The Virginia GTI is a free, one-day event open to any educators of any level.

The preferred deadline to apply is TOMORROW. All applications submitted by Feb 3rd will receive equal consideration. Applications after that date will be processed on a first come, first served basis, based on available space.


Changing Arctic: tonight

GSW 1515: Lower mantle, Proterozoic Africa

The 1515th meeting of the Society will be on
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
featuring :

 Raj Moulik
University of Maryland, College Park

Signatures of chemical heterogeneity in the lowermost mantle from Full Spectrum Seismic Tomography

Steve Olson
Legend Gold Corporation

2 billion and 20 years in 20 minutes: The Proterozoic Evolution of Africa

30 minutes each