COMPRES Announces Distinguished Lecture Series for 2012-2013

published Jul 12, 2012 12:02pm

COMPRES, the Consortium for Materials Properties Research in Earth Sciences supported by the National Science Foundation Division of Earth Sciences, announces the speakers for its 2012-2013 Distinguished Lecture series in the field of Mineral Physics.

The talks feature topics that emphasize the exciting high-pressure geoscience research being conducted within the COMPRES community and its significance for understanding fundamental Earth and planetary processes.

The primary target audience for these lectures is undergraduates in departments of geology and related sciences at non-PhD granti ng institutions, but applications from all academic institutions in the U.S. are welcome.

We are pleased to announce that the COMPRES Distinguished Lecturers for 2012-2013 are Liz Cottrell of the Smithsonian Institution and Jim Tyburczy of Arizona State University. Their lecture titles are given below, and their titles, abstracts and bios may be viewed on the COMPRES Home Page at: We invite you to request a visit of a COMPRES lecturer to your institution during the next academic year by following the instructions below.

COMPRES will fund all travel costs for the speaker, including transportation, accommodation and meals. There is no cost to the hosting institution. The host colleges or universities will be expected to arrange the talks and provide local logistical support.

If your institution is interested in requesting a visit, please send your request to Jay Bass, President of COMPRES with a copy to Jim Van Orman.

The Lecture Program is designed to run from September 2012 through May 2013. Lecturer requests received by July 31, 2012 will be given priority. Later applications will be considered on an as-available basis. In making your request please include:

  1. The name of a contact person at your institution for the months of June to August. This is when schedules will be assembled.
  2. Contact e-mail addresses and phone numbers.
  3. Lecturer preference and flexibility.
  4. Preferred semester and/or month for the visit, including flexibility. Also, if this is to be part of a regular lecture series, tell us the day of the week and time of the series.
  5. Airport proximity and travel time to your institution
We hope that your Department will be interested in hosting one of these mineral physics lecturers in this academic year.

The COMPRES Distinguished Lecturers for 2012-2013

Liz Cottrell, Smithsonian Institution. A Galvanizing Talk About Mantle Redox Heterogeneity.

Jim Tyburczy, Arizona State University.(1) Tales of the Deep Earth: A look at the history and future of mineral physics and high pressure experimental research in the geosciences; (2) From Earth's Crust into the Mantle: Using electrical conductivity and magnetotellurics to study minerals, melts, and fluids in the Earth's interior.