Mar. 21, 2011

Oceanographer to Present 'Beyond Titanic: Deepest Secrets of Neptune's Realm' at SUNY Geneseo's American Rock Salt Lecture


GENESEO, N.Y. - David Gallo, director of special projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will deliver the American Rock Salt Lecture on Geology March 24 at 7:30 p.m. in 202 Newton Hall at the State University of New York at Geneseo. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Gallo will present "Beyond Titanic: Deepest Secrets of Neptune's Realm," detailing recent discoveries from under-sea explorations and their importance to humanity. Gallo has participated in numerous expeditions to the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, and to the Mediterranean Sea. He was one of the first oceanographers to use a combination of submarines and robots to map the undersea world, and participated in an exploration of the RMS Titanic. Gallo received bachelors and masters degrees in geological science from the State University of New York at Albany and a doctorate in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island.

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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