Lectures to highlight Earth Science Week In an effort to increase the awareness about the earth sciences, The University of South Dakota will host a series of events in celebration of National Earth Science Week Oct. 11-17.
The lecture presentations will include:
USD Law Professor John Davidson, who will present "Voyage of Recovery" in the Akeley Science Center Room 125 on Tuesday, Oct. 13, beginning at 4:30 p.m.;
Louis Jacobs, director of the Shuler Museum of Paleontology at Southern Methodist University and president of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, will give a lecture, "Lone Star Dinosaurs and Snakes with Legs: A Global Saga for Earth Sciences" at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 13 in Farber Hall of Old Main;
Joy Hood, science department manager for Raytheon STX in Sioux Falls, will deliver "Earth Science Activities and Employment Opportunities at the EROS Data Center, Sioux Falls" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 in the Akeley Science Center Room 125;
Todd A. Heitkamp, warning coordination meteorologist and National Weather Service forecast officer in Sioux Falls, will discuss "The Spencer Tornado," at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16 in Akeley Science Center Room 125.
An understanding of geology and the earth sciences can help citizens make wise decisions for land management and use and is crucial to addressing environmental and ecological issues and provides the basis for preparing for and mitigating natural hazards.