Archived Schedule

This is an archived schedule from a previous year's series. Click here for this year's seminar series schedule.


Geoscience and Society Spring 2021 Seminar Series

This year's seminar will be taking place virtually via Zoom.

To access the webinars during the scheduled times, use this link.

Public lectures: Fridays 1:00-2:00 pm

Student workshops + discussion follows the lectures: 2:00-2:30 pm

Students: Get credit by registering for GEO 4990 (SUS) CRN 31031, 2 credits. Counts as an upper-division elective.

Seminar Series Schedule

Speakers and topics are subject to change due to cancellations or other rescheduling needs.

Date Speaker & Affiliation Topic or Title Flyer
Jan 15 Dr. Carie Frantz Dr. Carie Frantz
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Weber State University
Introduction to geoscience & society
Video recording
Geoscience and Society
Jan 22 Dr. Stephanie Mills Dr. Stephanie Mills
Senior Geologist
Metals Mining
Utah Geological Survey

Utah's mineral resources
Video recording

Dr. Stephanie Mills - Utah's Current and Future Mineral Resource Landscape
Jan 29 Dr. Jani Ingram Dr. Jani Ingram
Professor, Analytical and Environmental Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Northern Arizona University
Environmental health studies on Navajo lands
Video recording
Ingram Flyer: Environmental Health Studies on Navajo Lands
Feb 5 Michael Vanden Berg
Energy and Minerals Program Manager
Utah Geological Survey
Utah's changing energy landscape
Video recording
Michael Vanden Berg Utah's Changing Energy Landscape
Feb 12 Justin Owen Justin Owen
Energy Manager
Weber State University
Weber State University's progress toward carbon neutrality
Video recording
Justin Owen - Weber State's Progress Toward Carbon Neutrality
Feb 19

Katherine Standefer
Author, Teacher

Lightning Flowers - The environmental and human costs of saving a life
Video recording
Katherine Standefer - Lightning Flowers
Feb 26 Dr. Anne Nigra

Dr. Anne Nigra
Environmental Health Scientist, Superfund Research Program
Columbia University

Public health, environmental justice, and arsenic in prison drinking water
Video recording

Dr. Anne Nigra - Public Health, Environmental Justice, and Arsenic in Prison Drinking Water
Mar 5 Jeff Bousson Jeff Bousson
Climate Program Manager
Utah Clean Energy
Climate change and Utah's future
Video recording
Mar 12   Spring Break, No Seminar  
Mar 18-19 Intermountain Sustainability Summit

Intermountain Sustainability Summit
2021 Virtual Conference

Various talks and workshops
Events on Thursday 3/18 are free for Weber State University faculty and students. Workshops on Friday 3/19 require paid registration.

Mar 26 Dr. Derek Mallia Dr. Derek Mallia
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
University of Utah
Climate change, wildfires, air quality, and the Intermountain West
Video recording
Dr. Derek Mallia - Climate Change, Wildfires, and Air Quality in the Intermountain West
Apr 2 Dr. Peter Homyak Dr. Peter Homyak
Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences
University of California, Riverside

Drought effects on trace and greenhouse gas emissions from soils
Video recording

Dr. Peter Homyak - Drought effects on trace and greenhouse gas emissions from soils
Apr 9 Dr. Ben Holtzman Dr. Ben Holtzman
Research Professor
Division of Seismology, Geology and Tectonophysics
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

IRIS/SSA Distinguished Lecture Series
Seismology with your ears: listening to patterns in tectonic, volcanic, and human-induced earthquakes
Abstract & Bio | Check out the Seismic Sound Lab
Video recording

Dr. Ben Holtzman: Seismology With Your Ears: Listening to patterns in tectonic, volcanic, and human-induced earthquakes
Apr 16 Dr. Robin Craig Dr. Robin Craig
Distinguished Professor
S.J. Quinney College of Law
University of Utah
Environmental law and regulations
Video recording
Dr. Robin Craig - Environmental Law and Regulations
Apr 23   Student Presentations Geoscience-related policy summaries