Seminars for Scientists

Fall 2012 Schedule:

Magnetic Reconnection: Ionospheric Consequences and In-Situ Observations Compared with Simulations

Speaker:   Stefan Eriksson
Date & Time:   9/20/2012 ,  4:00 PM Location: SPSC N100 (note alternate room)


Magnetic reconnection is an important process that changes the topology of magnetic fields, accelerates the plasma in two opposite jets, generates magnetic islands, and drives large-scale convection in the Earth’s magnetosphere. The first half of this seminar presents an overview of some of the consequences that magnetic reconnection at the Earth’s magnetopause has on ionospheric… Read more »

Evolving Views of Regoliths on Airless Planetary Bodies: The Moon as a Paradigm

Speaker:   Larry Taylor, University of Tennessee
Date & Time:   10/4/2012 ,  4:00 PM Location: LSTB-299 (note alternate room)


The formation and evolution of regolith, including soil and dust, on airless bodies presents a different collection of processes to bear than those present on Earth. Meteorite and particularly micro-meteorite impacts provide the majority of the energy that causes several processes of weathering and erosion.