Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Grace Anne Stewart Speaker Series

Celebrating Diversity in the Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Department

Cratonic surface histories, kimberlites, and mantle dynamics

The Grace Anne Stewart Speaker Series is excited to announce Dr. Rebecca Flowers as our distinguished speaker for the fall of 2017. Dr. Flowers will be visiting the department Oct. 26-27, with her keynote address at noon on Friday the 27th.

Research Interests: Dr. Flowers focuses on understanding how deep Earth and surface processes are coupled over hundreds of millions of years. She employs field observations, geochronology, and thermochronology to address a wide variety of research problems. In particular, she has recently employed (U-Th)/He geochronology to the study of kimberlite emplacement ages, the age of formation of the Grand Canyon, and the reconstruction of large impact basins.

Biography: Dr. Flowers is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She completed her Ph.D. at MIT and a postdoc at Caltech, before serving as a Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Tubingen, Germany. She has received various awards, including the prestigious NSF CAREER award for junior faculty, and has served on both the EarthScope and Mineralogical Society of America Distinguished Lecturer programs.


About the Speaker Series

The Grace Anne Stewart Speaker Series connects students and faculty of the Earth and Atmospheric Science (EAS) department to a greater diversity of female scientists by inviting two female scientists to visit the department each year. The program is designed to expand the professional networks of faculty and students, foster discussion about gender equity, and provide students with more female role models/mentors.

Grace Anne Stewart Speakers are invited to participate in several events during a 1-2 day visit:

  • A one-hour research talk presented as part of the ATLAS talk series. These talks are coordinated by the EAS department’s graduate student society and are attended by department students (graduate and some undergraduate), post-doctoral researchers, and faculty members.
  • A ‘Behind the Scenes’ informal question and answer session where graduate students can learn more about the speaker’s career path.
  • A wine and cheese social event with department faculty and graduate students.
  • Additional small group or one-on-one meetings with faculty or students with shared interests. These might include lab tours or class visits.

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