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Peter Plumley will present Random Walk through the Geomagnetic Field. Paleomagnetism is the fossil record of the earth’s magnetic field. Rocks can record the magnetic field of the earth, which tells us where those rocks were located when they formed 10s of millions of years ago. This magnetization that is recorded in the rocks documents the travel history our continents and associated terrains. This talk discusses what we know about the behavior of the geomagnetic field over the last 10 million years, including directions, intensity and reversals. 

People interested in learning more about Paleomagnetism are invited to attend the free Sweet Science Series presentation on Thursday, March 8th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Space Gallery meeting room at the Museum of Science & Technology in Syracuse's Armory Square. Admission is free and open to the public. Light snacks will be served. Walk-ins are welcome, but we ask that people RSVP by emailing by March 7th, 2018. We apologize for the late notice of this event, but we had a cancellation of the originally planned program that took time to fill. 
Dr. Peter W. Plumley is currently the Chief Programs Officer at the MOST, and a Research Associate Professor in Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Dr. Plumley is an earth scientist with an extensive background in computers and technology. Dr. Plumley’s research has been in the areas of plate tectonics and application of paleomagnetic techniques to regional tectonics. He studied geophysics and tectonics from 1977-1997. His most recent and active research is focused on educational issues of secondary students related to motivation and the Science of Learning. Dr. Plumley was responsible for development and implementation of K-12 outreach for the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University. Students impacted by his outreach programs number approximately 2,000 students from middle schools per year, and 2,100 high school students per year. Dr. Plumley was honored as the TACNY 2003 College Educator of the Year and was a recipient of the 2011 Post-Standard Achievement Award. 

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