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25th Annual Woodford-Eckis Lectureship Brings Prominent Geologists to Pomona College

Technology in geology research is the focus of the 25th Annual Pomona College Woodford-Eckis Lecture series to be held on February 23 and 24. Dr. Sorena Sorensen, a research associate with the Smithsonian Institute’s American Museum of Natural History, will lecture on “Jade Hunting in Subduction Zone Metamorphic Terrains and the Cathodoluminescence Laboratory.” Dr. Matthew Fouch, assistant professor of geological sciences at Arizona State University, will lecture on “Exploring Earth’s Interior from the Field through the Transportable Seismic Array Revolution.”

Sorensen, who will give her talk on February 23 at 8:15 p.m, focuses her research on rock compositions and their mineral assemblages in order to understand the transformations of both in the Earth’s crust, particularly subduction zones and volcanic arcs. One of her specialties is the geochemistry of jadeitites (jadeite jade) and eclogites (metamorphosed basalt) from subduction zone metamorphic terrains. A graduate of the Pomona Class of 1978, Sorensen is an expert in the use of cathodoluminescence, a laboratory process used to examine jade and other metamorphic rocks. She is a member of the editorial review boards of the Journal of Petrology and the Journal of Metamorphic Geology.

Fouch, who will lecture on February 24 at 11 a.m., will discuss how a seismologist can discern specific elements of the earth’s structure and composition from field research and laboratory analysis. His primary research focuses on the lithosphere (the first 60 miles below the earth’s crust) and the seismological technologies available to explore this terrain. A graduate of the Pomona Class of 1993, Fouch is the author or co-author of more than 20 papers published in peer-reviewed journals, such as Science, Geophysical Research Letters and Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

Both lectures are open to the public and free of charge. They will be held in the Pomona College Smith Campus Center, Rose Hills Theater,170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. For more information call (909) 621-8675.

The annual Woodford-Eckis Lectureship of Pomona College’s Geology Department was established in 1980, by Mr. and Mrs. Rollin P. Eckis to honor Prof. A.O. Woodford, Rollins’ mentor at Pomona. Woodford taught at his alma mater from 1913-1955, initiating the geology department in 1922. One of the greats of geology, he turned out many outstanding geologists, including Eckis, Pomona Class of 1927, who spent most of his career in the petroleum geology field, retiring as executive vice president of ARCO. Eckis also served on the Pomona College Board of Trustees from 1958-1977.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offers a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.