Fwd: SIP OF SCIENCE January 14th: Volcanoes and Our Past
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Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2015 11:06:03 -0800 (PST)

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Date: Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 10:16 AM
Subject: SIP OF SCIENCE January 14th: Volcanoes and Our Past
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     Mount Vesuvius in Eruption (JMW Turner's 1817 painting)

*A SIP OF SCIENCE* bridges the gap between science and culture in a setting
that bridges the gap between brain and belly.  Food, beer, and learning are
on the menu in a happy hour forum that puts science in context through

No cover; food and drink available for purchase.

*January Sip of Science - Volcanoes and our Past*
*Kent Kirkby, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota*

*January 14th, 2015; 5:30 pm River Room, Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main St.
Minneapolis, Minnesota RSVP for Sip of Science

Volcanic eruptions are among some of the most spectacular events in our
shared human experience. All too often though, eruptions are treated as
historic oddities - unusual events of limited importance in the greater
scheme of things. When typically volcanism does make it into history books,
the mention is brief, focusing on the eruption and its immediate death
toll. This myopic approach grossly underestimates the long term impacts
volcanism has played in human history and how it has shaped our society.
Join us for the January Sip of Science as geology professor Kent Kirkby
presents the opportunity to acknowledge, perhaps even celebrate, the roles
volcanism has played in human history.


A gift of three plastic dinosaurs at the age of seven sparked a career path
for Kent Kirkby -- and graduate research undertaken while living in a
mountain lion’s cave in the southwest confirmed it.  Kirkby, now a teaching
professor at the University of Minnesota, worked for more than a decade in
the oil fields of Colorado and Alberta, Canada before returning to
academia. Since coming to the university twenty years ago, he’s focused on
developing more effective teaching methods often interwoven with
storytelling. While his courses have touched on topics ranging from natural
disasters and dinosaurs to the geology behind landscape paintings at the
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, all have focused on the intersection of
human history and Earth processes. A native Wisconsinite, who has yet to
develop a taste for Minnesota hot dishes, Kent has two sons who have fled
the nest, and currently lives with his wife (also his best friend), three
cats and a decent-sized green aluminum Brontosaur.

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