Austin ESW Summer Lecture Series
An Austin Earth Science Week Lecture
Presented by Troy M. Kimmel, Jr., and John Curchin
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for John Curchin's PowerPoint Presentation
Click here for Troy Kimmel's Clouds and Precipitation
Texas Department of Transportation Auditorium
at 200 Riverside Drive, Austin, Texas
Thursdays, June 10 and July 15, 2004
7:00–8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Sponsored by the Austin Earth Science Week Consortium
and TxDOT
Thursday, July 15, 2004

Space Rocks!

Presented by
John Curchin
U.S. Geological Survey
Lakewood, Colorado

Share the evening with a visiting meteorite expert, and learn all about these fascinating rocks from space. Well over 100 worlds are sampled in our meteorite collections, including rocks from the Moon, Mars, the asteroid Vesta, and even comets. Many of these rocks come from deep within their parent bodies, displaying features unseen in Earth rocks. But how do we know where they came from, and how did they get here? Why are they so important—and so expensive? These questions and others will be addressed, and a variety of meteorites will be on display for public inspection. Maybe you have a meteorite—bring it along, and find out whether it's a meteorite or a meteorwrong!

Additionally, the latest results from the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn will be discussed. The numerous moons of Saturn compose a miniature solar system, and its largest moon, Titan, even appears to have an ocean and an atmosphere. The very first results from this 4-year mission should be stunning and will no doubt leave scientists with more questions than answers.

After a brief overview of meteorites and the Saturn mission, the floor will be open to the audience to raise questions, discuss issues, and look at space rocks!

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Wild Weather
South Central Texas Severe/Inclement Weather Hazard
  Presented by
Troy M. Kimmel, Jr.
Chief Meteorologist, KVET/KASE/KFMK Radio (Clear Channel Radio/Austin)
Lecturer, Studies in Weather and Climate, Department of Geography,
University of Texas at Austin

We’ll take a look at the various types of severe and inclement weather that affect south central Texas, including tornadoes, hail, flash flooding, and damaging thunderstorm winds. In addition, weather safety rules will be discussed, along with how well the general public understands those safety rules.

A question-and-answer session will conclude the session.

About the Authors


Teachers will receive 1.5 hours of SBEC certification.
Location of the Texas Department of Transportation Auditorium
The auditorium is located at 200 Riverside Drive on the north side, one block east of South Congress Avenue across the street from Thundercloud Subs (click here for a map). Free parking is available after 5 p.m. in the Texas Department of Transportation parking lots surrounding the building. Please use the public entrance on the west side of the building that faces the private driveway to the Austin American-Statesman parking lot.

For more information, please e-mail Sigrid Clift or call 512-471-0320

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