2000 Fall Meeting Event Information

Social Activities and Business Meetings

Ice Breaker

Thursday, December 14
5:00 P.M.–6:30 P.M.
Moscone Center, Rooms 134–135

Complimentary Refreshments

Friday through Tuesday
9:30 A.M.–11:00 A.M.
2:30 P.M.–4:00 P.M.
Moscone Center, Hall D

Honors Ceremony

Sunday, December 17
5:30 P.M.
San Francisco Hilton
Pay tribute to the 2000 AGU medalists and fellows.

Honors Reception

Sunday, December 17
Immediately following the Honors Ceremony
San Francisco Hilton

Honors Banquet

Sunday, December 17
8:00 P.M.
San Francisco Hilton
Ticket price $45.00

Council Meeting

Monday, December 18
5:30 P.M.
Argent Hotel


Showing Sponsored by the National Science Foundation

Sony — Imax Theatre
Saturday, December 16 12:30 P.M. to 13:20 P.M.
Monday, December 18 6:30 P.M. to 7:20 P.M.
4th Street at Mission (1 block from the Moscone Center)

Every 11 years the sun's magnetic poles reverse with unimaginable violence. The peak of the storm is called solarmax. The last solarmax took place in 1989. Guess what time it is! SolarMax is a breathtaking giant-screen adventure that explores man's quest through time for knowledge about the awesome vastness and mysterious power of our closest star. For the first time audiences around the world will be able to look directly at the sun and see it as never before, through the eyes of the large-format film camera. SolarMax uses images from the SOHO, TRACE and YOHKOH spacecraft to provide audiences with a spectacular sense of actually being there.

The film makers received incredible access and cooperation from NASA and ESA, including a special high-resolution 28-day SOHO data collection to cover a whole solar revolution. The IMAX, screen presents the solar scientists with a huge canvas to display the images of their work, and an unprecedented opportunity to bring solar science to the public.

In addition, new Imax footage of the aurora borealis presents one of Nature's most spectacular phenomena. Shot from Sondrestrom, Greenland and Fairbanks, Alaska, the big screen gives a realistic feel for a phenomenon that most people will never see for themselves. These ground-based shots are supplemented with global views from the POLAR and MSX satellites, to show the aurora in global context.

Crews traveled to Peru, Bolivia, Aruba, the United States, England, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Greenland, Australia, Spain and Japan; literally trekking to 5 continents to bring the story of exploration of the sun. Portraying a star that is peaceful yet dangerous, SolarMax allows audiences to experience the story of the sun as never before.

The film was directed by John Weiley (who also directed the Imax, film “Antarctica”), and produced by John Weiley and AGU member Dr. Robert Eather, who also served as Science Advisor. SolarMax was largely filmed with an large-format camera built by Dr. Eather especially to meet the technical challenges of this project. The production of SolarMax received funding support from the National Science Foundation. SolarMax is distributed worldwide by the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.

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Section and Union Events

Union Events

Frontiers of Geophysics Lecture
Saturday, December 16
5:15 P.M. – 6:15 P.M.

Agencies Programs

Earth and Space Science Research in Europe
Friday, December 15
Co-Sponsored by COPA
5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.

Earth and Space Science Research in Europe Enrique Banda, Secretary General of the European Science Foundation, and David Southwood, former Head of Earth Observation Strategy, European Space Agency, will discuss the future directions of geophysical research in Europe within its science policy framework. Each speaker will highlight the challenges and opportunities facing Earth and space scientists in Europe from their perspectives as scientists and administrators.

NASA Town Hall Meeting
Earth Science Enterprise Research Strategy for 2000-2010

Friday, December 15
Moscone Center, Room 134
6:45 P.M. to 8:45 P.M. 

The NASA Earth Science program is driven by the recognition of the societal importance of the natural variability of the planetary environment and the realization that humans are no longer passive participants in the evolution of the Earth system. ESE aims to obtain a scientific understanding of the entire Earth system on a global scale by describing how its component parts and their interactions have evolved, how they function, and how they may be expected to continue to evolve on all time scales. The challenge is to develop the capability to predict those changes that will occur in the next decade to century, both naturally and in response to human activity. The strategic objective of the Enterprise is to provide scientific answers to the overarching question: How is the Earth changing and what are the consequences for life on Earth? A balanced research strategy in Earth system science should provide a broad enough observational basis to detect early manifestations of incipient unforeseen phenomena, and deep enough knowledge of the basic physical, chemical and biological processes involved to identify the likely causes. It is the special challenge for the NASA Earth Science strategy to cast the research net sufficiently wide (including laboratory and field studies as appropriate) to catch the unexpected, as well as respond to new contemporary science issues as they emerge.

The draft Research Strategy has recently been reviewed by the National Academy of Sciences, and will be updated by early October. The Research Strategy will be used to prioritize and structure solicitations for new measurement capabilities. A set of discipline-oriented chapters will supplement the Research Strategy with fuller descriptions of observations, research, analysis, modeling and assessment activities (including cooperative activities with national and international Earth science organizations) that will be undertaken to answer the detailed questions posed in the Strategy. The Research Strategy is a living document, and will continue to be refined with the input of the broader Earth science community and the advance of knowledge.

Ocean Sciences Agency Night
Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE)
Monday, December 18

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Ocean Sciences Division (OCE) sponsored a workshop in May 2000, in order to develop and articulate recommendations by which OCE could develop a national effort to improve and promote Ocean Sciences education. Workshop attendees, representing a full spectrum of ocean science research and education fields, were asked to examine how ocean science research can be better integrated into formal and informal ocean science education and teacher preparation, and to explore avenues for incorporating effective science education pedagogy into ducation-related endeavors of ocean scientists.

This session will present and the workshop recommendations and provide a forum for community reaction and response. The key recommendation was the establishment of a nationally coordinated Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE), consisting of regional centers. The workshop also recommended that COSEE integrate research into reviewed educational materials; assist in developing innovative curricula; foster the inclusion of traditionally underrepresented groups; encourage the sound preparation of teachers; provide opportunities for professional development of faculty, teachers, and administrators; and provide career information. As a portal to information on Ocean Science research for educators, the public, and the news media, COSEE should be the advocate for Ocean Sciences education: informal, K–12, undergraduate, and graduate. Community input and reaction to the workshop recommendations will contribute to the development of an implementation plan in anticipation of an Announcement of Opportunity for initial COSEE funding in FY2001.

Solar Planetary and Aeronomy Agency Night
Monday, December 18
5:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M.
Moscone Center

George Withbroe (NASA) and Rich Behnke (NSF) will update the SPA community on program plans and directions of their respective agencies, and the impact these have on the research community.

Section Luncheons

Saturday, December 16
12:00 P.M – 1:30 P.M.
Marriott Hotel

Ocean Sciences

Section Receptions

Light Snacks
Saturday, December 16
6:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
Moscone Center

Atmospheric Sciences
Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism
Mineral and Rock Physics and Nonlinear Geophysics
Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology

Saturday, December 16
7:00 P.M.–10:00 P.M.
Space Physics and Aeronomy and Planetary Sciences Joint
Ticket price $45.00

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Workshops of special interest for educators, teaching faculty, and scientists and engineers seeking new career strategies are planned during the meeting.

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