2012 Foster Hewett Lectures
100 Years of Continental Drift
This is the 100th anniversary of Alfred Wegener's classic work on continental drift. The idea of continents in motion was dismissed in North America for over half the 20th century, but plate tectonics, the direct descendant of continental-drift theory, is now the unifying paradigm for the Earth sciences. In 2012, the D. Foster Hewett lecture series explores the history of this complex scientific revolution and current research towards understanding our dynamic planet.
Program and Schedule (February 9 & 10, 2012)
Along with EES, cosponsored by the Department of History and the Science, Technology and Society Program
Thursday, February 9th, 2012 (Sinclair Auditorium)
- 3:30 pm: Refreshments
- 4:30 pm: Professor Henry Frankel, University of Missouri-Kansas City
- "Why mobilism was accepted in the mid-1960s"
- 5:30 pm: Professor Rob van der Voo, University of Michigan
- "Developments in paleomagnetism: Continental drift, paleolatitudes, paleolongitudes"
Friday, February 10th, 2012 (101 STEPs Building)
- 12:00 pm: Dr. Rob McCaffrey, Portland State University
- "Great subduction zone earthquakes"
- 1:00 pm: Professor Joann Stock, California Institute of Technology
- "Plate tectonics of the Antarctic region"
Wegener in Greenland conducting meteorology research