Geoscientist to Assess Recent Haiti Earthquake During American Rock Salt Lecture on Geology

GENESEO, N.Y. - Paul Mann, an expert in seismology and the geology and geophysics of plate boundaries from the University of Texas, will assess the recent Haiti earthquake during the State University of New York at Geneseo's seventh annual American Rock Salt Lecture on Geology April 29 at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is in Newton Hall Room 202 and is free and open to the public.

Mann, senior research scientist at the University of Texas at Austin's Jackson School of Geosciences, will address "When Science Intersects Society: The Haiti Earthquake." He will present what is known about the earthquake fault and what efforts were made by scientists to inform government officials and the public of the seismic hazard prior to the event. He also will examine scientific "rapid response" to better understand the event and possible future events that could affect the same area.

In addition to the lecture, Mann will speak with students about his research, graduate school, career options and other topics of interest.

Mann has numerous publications and presentations to his credit. He earned his doctorate at the State University of New York at Albany. His dissertation focused on tectonics in the northern Caribbean.

American Rock Salt Company LLC and Geneseo's department of geological sciences formed a partnership in 2003, and the first American Rock Salt Lecture on Geology was held in the spring of 2004. The educational partnership is a model program offering a mutually beneficial relationship between the company and the college. As a result of the partnership, Geneseo students intern at American Rock Salt and tour the expansive mine; the company provides support for undergraduate research; and company executives and other experts deliver talks on campus, including the annual lecture.

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