Earthquakes! at next Earth and Space Open House

October 19, 2015

Earthquakes affect nearly every part of the world, and several times a year, large ones cause great human, social, and economic damage. Yet these powerful natural events also give geoscientists their best way to probe into the structure of our planet as they seek to understand the forces that are continually at work to change it.

Come join ASU geology professor Dr. Steven Semken on Oct. 23 as he gives a popular-level talk on Earth's extensive seismological history, as well as a focused discussion on earthquakes right here in Arizona. GPS crustal monitoring instrument at Canyon de Chelly, Arizona A GPS station monitors crustal movements on a scale of millimeters per year at Canyon de Chelly, Arizona. It belongs to the Plate Boundary Observatory, part of EarthScope. This helps scientists understand how the crust of the Southwest is deforming and where we might expect earthquakes. Photo by UNAVCO/EarthScope Download Full Image

The free talk will be given at 8:15 p.m. in the Marston Exploration Theater at the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB 4) on ASU’s Tempe campus.

Before and after the talk, planetarium shows (in 3-D) will be shown at 7:15 and 9:15 p.m., also in the Marston Exploration Theater. (Seating is first-come, first-served, and the theater will be cleared after each event.)

Telescopes will be set up for sky viewing (weather permitting) from 8 to 10 p.m. next to the James Turrell Skyscape art installation (follow the signs).

As usual, there will be many exciting demonstrations and activities in the state-of-the-art ISTB4 Gallery of Scientific Exploration by experts in astrobiology, geology, cosmology, planetary science, and more.
The monthly open house is sponsored by the School of Earth and Space Exploration, GeoClub, AstroDevils: ASU Astronomy Club, Icarus Rocketry, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), the Center for Meteorite Studies (CMS) and others.

For more information, visit or visit the Facebook event page. There will be two more open houses this academic year: February 5, 2016 and April 8, 2016.

The School of Earth and Space Exploration is an academic unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Robert Burnham

Science writer, School of Earth and Space Exploration


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Year One: Life at ASU – Kaitlyn's super experience

October 19, 2015

"Year One: Life at ASU" is a periodic photo series following five freshmen navigating their first year at ASU. This installment checks in on Kaitlyn DiLorenzo as she settles in and learns how to juggle homework and time to have fun.

Arizona State University freshman Kaitlyn DiLorenzo says she didn't quite know what to expect during her first year as a student in Barrett, The Honors College at ASU's West campus. But the Prescott, Arizona, native says, "I kind of love college." Among the surprises is her appreciation for the Human Event, a Barrett class focusing on the development of humanity. "We read books such as Gilgamesh, the Tao Te Ching, and Plato's Symposium and discuss them in class. My roommate and I love the class so much that we bought a bamboo plant and named it Lao Tzu."