Geosciences to host scientific symposium on Earth surface processes

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — “Slingfest,” a scientific symposium featuring talks on landscape evolution, sedimentary processes, geomorphology and quantitative sedimentology, will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, in 26 Hosler Building. The symposium is hosted by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ Department of Geosciences and is free and open to the public.

The symposium talks will include the following:

  • Peter N. Adams, University of Florida, "Quantitative Geomorphology of Tidal Inlets: 'Then and Now' Insights from Two Autonomous U.S. Atlantic Coastal Inlets”
  • Merri Lisa Formento-Trigilio, Deep Time Media LLC, “From Pediments to Impediments: How to communicate the poetry of science to a West Texas Libertarian”
  • Timothy R. Keen, Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center (retired), “Twenty-five years of collaboration on the origin and characteristics of storm beds on continental shelves”
  • Sean D. Willett, Department of Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, “Where Geodynamics meets River Dynamics”
  • Jim Best, Departments of Geology, Geography/GIS, Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois, "All scoured out: the importance of big holes in alluvial channels”
  • Doug Edmonds, Department of Geological Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington, “Developing scaling relationships for fluvial avulsions”
  • Liz Hajek, Department of Geosciences, Penn State, “Connecting process-based understanding of river avulsions to the stratigraphic record”
  • Scott Miller, University of Michigan, “The Rivers and Valleys of Pennsylvania: A 21st Century View of Neogene Topographic Rejuvenation“
  • Chris Paola, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota, “Equations in the sand: following in Rudy Slingerland’s footsteps from sediment sorting to basin stratigraphy”
  • Niels Hovius, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Germany, “Seismological constraints on geomorphic processes”
  • Gregory E. Tucker, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder, “Lowering the barrier to computational modeling of Earth’s surface”

Symposium talks will be given by former students and colleagues of Rudy Slingerland, professor emeritus of geosciences, to honor his 44 years of research and service to Penn State.

Last Updated October 23, 2015