Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Professor Laurie Brown

March 11, 2013
4:00 pm

Mullins Center

Room: Massachusetts Room

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission

Professor Laurie Brown of the Department of Geosciences will be presenting the prestigious Distinguished Faculty Lecture.  Her talk entitled, "Magnetic Field Reversals: The Ups and Downs of Earth's Dipole, as seen from South America". 

While studying an active volcano in the Chilean Andes, Laurie Brown discovered lava flows that gave evidence of the most recent reversal of Earth’s magnetic poles. Paleomagnetism, the study of how Earth’s magnetic field is recorded in rocks, suggests that when the field reverses itself, it reduces to a low intensity. Since this field shields us from harmful solar rays, lessening it has the potential to have profound environmental effects.  Professor Brown will relate how her findings will help predict with more accuracy reversal processes and how future reversals may affect human activity.

Professor Brown will be presented with the Chancellor's Medal, the highest recognition bestowed to faculty by the campus, at the conclusion of the lecture. 

The lecture is free and open to the public.

 


Directions:

From the North: Route 91 South to Exit 25 - At the end of the ramp turn left and follow the road to the intersection - turn right onto Routes 5 & 10 South - go 1 mile, then left onto 116 South, then eight miles to UMass exit - Left at the end of the ramp onto Massachusetts Avenue. Take left at second set of lights and follow directions for parking.

From the South: Route 91 North to Exit 19 (Northampton/Amherst) - Right onto Route 9 and go approximately five miles. Take a left onto Route 116 North (across from Staples) and follow for one mile to UMass exit. Take a right off the ramp on to Massachusetts Avenue. Take left at second set of lights and follow directions for parking.

From the East: Mass Pike (Route 90) West to Exit 4 (West Springfield) onto Route 91 North to Exit 19 (Northampton/Amherst) - Right onto Route 9 and go approximately five miles. Take a left onto Route 116 North (across from Staples) and follow for one mile to UMass exit. Take a right off the ramp on to Massachusetts Avenue. Take left at second set of lights and follow directions for parking.

From the West: Mass Pike (Route 90) East to Exit 4 (West Springfield) onto Route 91 North to Exit 19 (Northampton/Amherst) - Right onto Route 9 and go approximately five miles. Take a left onto Route 116 North (across from Staples) and follow for one mile to UMass exit. Take a right off the ramp on to Massachusetts Avenue. Take left at second set of lights and follow directions for parking.