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When: November 9, 2017
5:30 PM
Where: Marriott Denver West, Monarch Room
1717 Denver West Dr
Golden, Colorado  80401
United States

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Our November speaker will be this year's Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Applied Geology, Dr. John Wakabayashi, on "Attempting to bridge the growing gap between academic and applied geology: A personal odyssey." Dr. Wakabayashi is Professor of Geology in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Cal State Fresno. His abstract is below. Full bio and information about the Jahns Distinguished Lectureship are here

Please plan to join us for Dr. Wakabayashi's talk on Thursday, November 9 at the Marriott Denver West, 1717 Denver West Drive, Golden CO 80401. We will be in the Monarch Room. There will be a cash bar (credit cards also accepted). So that we may provide an accurate head count to the Marriott, please submit your reservation as early as possible and no later than noon on Monday, November 6. Here is a link to the reservation page. 

Meeting details:
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Marriott Denver West, Monarch Room
1717 Denver West Drive, Golden, CO 80401
Social hour begins at 5:30 pm
Please note that the meeting cost will increase by $10 after the reservation deadline at noon on Monday, November 6, 2017.

Meeting sponsors needed! Meeting sponsorships help reduce the meeting cost for all attendees. If you or your company would like to sponsor the November meeting, or any upcoming meeting, please visit our meeting sponsorship page. Meeting sponsors will be recognized in meeting announcement and reminder emails, on the website, and at the meeting.

Attempting to bridge the growing gap between academic and applied geology: A personal odyssey.
John Wakabayashi, Ph.D., 2017-2018 Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Applied Geology
Professor of Geology, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences California State University, Fresno  

Here I will tell a few stories from my days as an engineering and environmental geologist as well as some other stories from the academic world.

Some of these stories may include: 1. Mélanges and Bimrocks: updates (details in talk no. 1 here) 2. Recollections of an earlier time in paleoseismologic studies in which structural geology experience was not often incorporated into interpreting trenches. The asymmetric fabric of fault gouge as an indicator of shear (movement sense) is an example.  3. experience with metals of environmental concern in rock and soil and work to try to show that the average concentration of many of these metals in a number of common rock types routinely exceeds various clean up goals.  4. Naturally-occurring asbestos. Mismapping of rock types (many rocks are misidentified as serpentinite) countered by issues of serpentinite detritus in otherwise siliciclastic sedimentary rocks (related to topics 1 and 2).  5. Complex structural geology and its application to engineering geology: (a) overturned folds with shallowly dipping axial surfaces influence slope failure at a well-known project in the northern Sierra Nevada; (b) complex accommodation mechanisms of post-excavation heave at a dam abutment in the San Francisco Bay Area.  6. The evolution of strike-slip fault step-overs and implications for seismic hazard. Whereas my models for step-over evolution (see below) have been of great interest in petroleum exploration they have important implications in seismotectonic evaluations including strategies in siting fault trenches and explanations for areas with ill-defined faults when relatively high slip rates may be expected. The causative of the Napa earthquake may be examples of faults related to such step-over evolution and I have had an interest in these faults dating back to the late 90's.

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