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Earth and Planetary System Science (EPSS) Sessions at NSBP/NSHP January 27, 2009

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The Earth and Planetary System Sciences (EPSS) sessions have been organized at the Joint Conferences of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) and National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP) since 2006. The sessions are intended to promote Earth Sciences (geophysics and seismology) Atmospheric Sciences (atmospheric physics) and Space Sciences. These are sessions traditionally held at the American Geophysical Society (AGU) (American Meteorological Society (AMS) meetings.
The sessions are intended to expose minority physics majors to career opportunities in geosciences and show them how a strong physics background can prepare students for careers in geosciences. To meet this goals session invited speakers have been carefully selected and encouraged to show students how their training in physics can help them tackle problems in geosciences.

The need to create a new generation of students who combine a rigorous disciplinary depth with the ability to reach out to other disciplines and work in interdisciplinary teams is urgent. Interdisciplinary research preparation and education are central to future competitiveness, because knowledge creation and innovation frequently occur at the interface of disciplines. The Earth and Planetary System Science sessions will focus on issues related to land (geophysics, seismology, geomorphology, geochemistry, and hydrology), weather and climate, and space. These sessions will educate physics majors to get out of their box and work with scientists in other disciplines on interdisciplinary projects by showing them that major issues in society—energy, the environment, health, and climate change—require a collective effort of different disciplines working in interdisciplinary groups

In 2009, the following invited talks are organized:

· Earthquake and volcanic hazard mitigation in East Africa; Cynthia Ebinger University of Rochester, editor in chief: Geophysical Journal International, Editor-in-Chief

· ADVANCES AND CHALLENGES IN NUMERICAL WEATHER AND CLIMATE PREDICTIONS; Tsann-wang Yu, Howard

· GEOPHYSICS IN THE PETROLEUM INDUSTRY – DRIVING NEW TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION, Mary Feeley, Exxon

· CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE NEED FOR IMPROVED CLIMATE NORMALS; Anthony Arguez; NOAA-NCDC

· Passive Microwave Remote Sensing Theory and Applications; Hilawe Semunegus, NOAA-NCDC.

And many more. come and listen to these exciting talks.

Solomon Bililign
Professor of Physics
Director: NOAA-ISET Center
North Carolina A&T State University