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WWU's Jackie Caplan-Auerbach to discuss Hawaii's Kilauea eruption in pair of talks Oct. 4 and 9

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 10:29am

Western Washington University's Jackie Caplan-Auerbach will discuss her summer work at sea performing offshore monitoring of Hawai'i's Kilauea volcano in a pair of on-campus presentations on Oct. 4 and Oct. 9.

Both presentations are free and open to the public.

The first presentation, "Ocean-Bottom Seismology and the 2018 Eruption of Kilauea Volcano," is at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4 in Academic West 204, and is part of the Huxley Speaker Series.

WWU's Melissa Rice Spends a Week Teaching Space Science to Kids from Rio's 'City of God' Favela

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 10:39am

On the edge of Cidade de Deus, or City of God, one of Rio de Janeiro’s most infamous neighborhoods, Western assistant professor of Geology and Physics/Astronomy Melissa Rice spent a week this summer teaching young students about space exploration and the importance of science and education.

During the middle of one teaching session, automatic gunfire crackled through City of God, just a few blocks away. This isn’t like any classroom at Western.

Geology's Jackie Caplan-Auerbach Spends Week at Sea Dropping Instruments Offshore of Kilauea Volcano

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 11:21am

Requesting funding from research grants via the National Science Foundation (NSF) is usually a painstaking, yearlong process.

But when an extreme event occurs – such as the opening up of huge new vents in the southeastern flank of the Kilauea volcano on the big island of Hawaii, and the subsequent lava flows that have destroyed hundreds of homes in the communities of Leilani Estates and Kapoho south of Hilo – the NSF can bring funds to bear quickly, if scientists can be nimble enough to present a sound proposal.