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Prominent Scientist to Present Carleton’s Chesley Lecture

March 28, 2012

Biogeochemist Thure Cerling will deliver the Carleton College 2011-2012 Frank G. and Jean M. Chesley Lecture on Tuesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Entitled “Iso-Forensics, or NCIS (Never Contest Isotope Science),” Cerling’s presentation is free and open to the public.

Biogeochemist Thure Cerling will deliver the Carleton College 2011-2012 Frank G. and Jean M. Chesley Lecture on Tuesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Entitled “Iso-Forensics, or NCIS (Never Contest Isotope Science),” Cerling’s presentation is free and open to the public.

Cerling is a biogeochemist at the University of Utah, where his research focuses principally on the use of isotopes to study biological and geological processes occurring near the Earth’s surface. He has done extensive fieldwork in North America, East Africa, and Pakistan, as well as biological studies in Argentina, Australia, Western Europe, and Antarctica. His studies include such subjects as the use of cosmic ray-produced isotopes to study geomorphology, the chemistry of lakes and lake sediments, and radiochemical studies of rivers and sediments. He has served on the US Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, and is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences.

The Chesley Lectures are made possible by a gift to Carleton’s endowment by Frank ’36 and Jean ’37 Chesley. The Chesley Lectures allow Carleton College to bring outstanding teacher-scholars from various scientific disciplines to give public lectures, as well as classes, faculty seminars, and meetings with students.

This event is sponsored by the Carleton College Department of Geology. For further information and disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4407 or contact ehaberot@carleton.edu. The Weitz Center for Creativity is located at 320 East Third Street in Northfield.

Written by Alex Korsunsky '12