Category Archives: AGU

Life’s Engines: How Microbes Made the Earth Habitable

The American Geophysical Union, American Society for Microbiology, and American Academy of Microbiology invite you to attend a lecture:

Life’s Engines: How Microbes Made the Earth Habitable
Paul Falkowski, Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and Department of Geology

When: Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
Where: American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009
Free to attend

For almost four billion years, microbes had the primordial oceans all to themselves. The stewards of Earth, these organisms transformed the chemistry of our planet to make it habitable for plants, animals, and us. Speaker Paul Falkowski will take attendees deep into the microscopic world to explore how these marvelous creatures made life on Earth possible–and how human life today would cease to exist without them.

The lecture will examine the actual working parts that do the biochemical heavy lifting for every living organism on Earth. And Falkowski will explain how these miniature engines are built–and how they have been appropriated by and assembled like Lego sets within every creature that walks, swims, or flies.


AGU Fall meeting: two-year-college social hour

Please join us on Wednesday 12/5 for the GEO2YC social gathering at this year’s AGU meeting in San Francisco.

Who? All two-year-college faculty, students, and their collaborators — whether you’re attending AGU or not — venue is outside the meeting facilities.

What? Dinner, drinks, socializing — everyone’s on their own dime

When? Wednesday 12/5 — 6 pm onwards

Where? Chevy’s Restaurant — 201 3rd Street  San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 543-8060

RSVP: If joining us, please email Katryn Wiese ( with an estimate of how many of you will be coming, so I can make sure we get a big enough space.

Which Hazards Are in Your Backyard? briefing

via @volcanojw, from here

Which Hazards Are in Your Backyard?
A Showcase of NSF-Funded Hazards Research

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Hart Senate Office Building 902
Open House Exhibitions: 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Official Welcome: 10:45 AM
Luncheon Presentations: 12:00 PM

Invitation Flyer
List of Participating Researchers and Universities by State

In Cooperation with the Congressional Hazards Caucus – Co-Chairs: Senators Mary Landrieu, Lisa Murkowski, and Ben Nelson and Representative Zoe Lofgren

Each year in the United States, natural and man-made disasters cause hundreds of deaths and cost billions of dollars by destroying homes and critical infrastructure as well as disrupting commerce. This event will showcase NSF-funded basic research in recognition of National Preparedness Month in September and in light of the recent East Coast earthquake and hurricane. Special guests include Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senator Bill Nelson, and Members and staff representing the Congressional Hazards Caucus.

Interactive demonstrations will illustrate the power and potential of new tools that enable policymakers and response teams on the federal, state, and local levels to better predict, prepare for, mitigate and respond to hazards that affect human life and property.

More than 30 exhibits will demonstrate research on tornados, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanos, oil spills and hurricanes as well as the human response to these events.

Lunch will provided courtesy of the American Geophysical Union at noon on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please contact the NSF’s Office of Legislative and Public Affairs at 703-292-8070 for more information regarding the event.

Contributed by Wilson Bonner, AGI Government Affairs Staff.

Posted September 2, 2011

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