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AGU 2009 Fall Meeting Blog

2009 Fall Meeting Blog

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Education & Outreach

Films at Fall Meeting

TARA: Journey to the Heart of the Climate Machine

The crew of the small research ship Tara strand their vessel on the Arctic pack ice to study the region’s atmosphere, ice and underlying sea. Oceanographer and AGU member Jean-Claude Gascard leads the project for which the expedition collected data. The documentary chronicles the expedition during more than a year of scientific work in face of cold, darkness, bears, and damaging waves, while drifting some 2000 kilometers. Each showing will be introduced by David Carlson, Director, International Polar Year 2007-8 (and also in the film).

TARA SCREENINGS:
Sunday, 18:30h–20:00h, Moscone Center South Room 302
Tuesday, 18:30h–20:00h, Moscone Center South Room 301

HUBBLE'S AMAZING RESCUE

Seismologist, AGU member, and astronaut Andrew Feustel and his shuttle crewmates star in this new PBS NOVA documentary about the crew’s successful repair of the Hubble Space Telescope last spring. The film follows the seven astronauts from their training on Earth through five dangerous space walks that were needed to fix the Hubble’s aging instruments.

HUBBLE SCREENINGS:
Monday, 12:30h-13:30h, Moscone Center South Room 302
Tuesday, 12:30h-13:30h, Moscone Center South Room 302

Geophysical Information for Teachers (GIFT) Workshop

Earth's Surface: Where Biology and Geology Interact

When: Thursday and Friday, December 17–18, 2009 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM)
Where: Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco

In December 2009, more than 15,000 Earth and space scientists from around the world will convene in San Francisco to attend the AGU Fall Meeting and you can benefit from this scientific gathering! The GIFT workshop registration is now closed.

Exploration Station — A Family Science Event

Sunday, December 13
1200h–1600h
Moscone Center South Room 309 and 310

Will you bring family members with you to the meeting? Do you have friends or family in the San Francisco area? Would they like to discover new things about Earth and space? If so, please let them know about Exploration Station, a family science event and part of AGU's outreach program during the AGU Fall Meeting.

Visitors will do hands-on science activities and experiments at exhibits run by NASA, NOAA, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, and others. You can download a flyer [pdf] and pass it on to everyone you think will be interested in joining in the fun!

FYI, SFKids.org has designated Exploration Station a 'best bet' for that day! Check it out!

Student Breakfast

Tuesday, 15 December
0645h–0745h
Intercontinental Hotel Grand Ballroom

All students registered for the meeting are welcome at a complimentary breakfast. Take advantage of the opportunity to meet AGU leadership and staff and learn about the future course of the Union and its programs. Meet fellow students and future colleagues. This program has been made possible by generous support from Chevron, ExxonMobil Corporation, and Swiss Reinsurance. Seating is strictly limited to the first 500 people who arrive.

Career Opportunities Networking Lunch

Wednesday, 16 December
1230h–1330h
InterContinental Hotel Grand Ballroom

Sharpen your networking skills and win a Flip camera! Discuss career possibilities with scientists and employers in sectors other than academia. Seating is limited; the first 250 students to collect a ticket from the Career Center beforehand will be admitted. This program has been made possible by generous support from Chevron, ExxonMobil Corporation, and Swiss Reinsurance.

Public Lecture & Reception

Thursday, 17 December
Lecture: 1900h–2000h, Reception: 2000h–2130h
Exploratorium at the Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon Street
Near-Earth Comets and Asteroids: Finding Them Before They Find Us
Donald K. Yeomans
Manager, NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office (JPL/Caltech)

Several known asteroids shot closely past Earth in the last year; another, small asteroid was spotted just hours before hitting the atmosphere above Africa. Dr. Yeomans is a leader of NASA's program to discover near-Earth objects and track them to insure that we humans don't go the way of the dinosaurs, which perished in a huge impact 65 million years ago. Recent spacecraft investigations have revealed much about these objects, which are key to understanding the origin of the solar system—and life itself.