Rock-Eating Microbes? Melting Polar Caps? Life on Mars? Understanding Planetary Systems through Interdisciplinary Science at National Science and Technology Centers

Saturday, October 18, 2014: 3:45 PM-5:15 PM
LACC 406AB (Los Angeles Convention Center)
Nievita Bueno Watts, PhD, Director of Academic Programs, Oregon Health & Sciences University and Cynthia Joseph, MEd, Diversity Director, University of Southern California

Description: Geosciences represent interdisciplinary opportunities for scientists. Come hear how these women of science, in different career stages, combined traditional disciplines in biology, chemistry, physics, and computer sciences with geoscience to answer questions at the frontier of science through opportunities available at National Science and Technology Centers.

3:45 PM
Introductory Remarks
3:50 PM
Little critters with a big impact: identifying the causes and consequences of algal blooms using new observational tools
Tawnya Peterson, PhD , Assistant Professor , Oregon Health & Science University
4:10 PM
Eating Rocks! Microbes that utilize minerals, and/or electrodes as food
Annette Rowe, PhD , C-DEBI Postdoctoral Fellow , University of Southern California
4:30 PM
Investigating the Habitability of Paleolake Basins on Earth and Mars
Kennda Lynch, PhD , PhD Candidate , Colorado School of Mines
4:50 PM
Arctic Feedbacks in a Changing Climate
Melissa Burt, MS , CMMAP Education and Diversity Manager , Colorado State University, Fort Collins