October 14-20 is Earth Science Week!

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Since 1998, the American Geosciences Institute has organized this international event to promote understanding of Earth science and encourage stewardship of the Earth.

The department is hosting an Open House of the new Introductory Geology Teaching Lab in Morrill 3, and an unveiling of our new 470-million year old pillow lava in the Morrill Courtyard, in addition to our regularly scheduled Friday Professional Seminar and Guest Lecture Series.

Earth Science Week was formally recognized in a resolution passed on October 5th, 2018, by the U.S. House of Representatives. The resolution, introduced by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), alongside Reps. Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), and Ryan Costello (R-PA) designates the week of October 14-20, 2018, as Earth Science Week.

The resolution reads, in part:


"[...] the Earth sciences provide the basis for mitigating natural hazards such as droughts, earthquakes, fires, floods, coastal erosion, landslides, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, space weather, and other hazards."


"[...] Earth and space sciences include geologic mapping and remote sensing technologies which provide the foundational knowledge of Earth's natural systems that is integral to the discovery, development, and conservation of natural resources, such as energy, water, and minerals, and to the safe disposal of waste products."


"[...] Earth and space science researchers and educators drive creativity and passion for the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields among students of all ages through diverse and innovative education and public outreach efforts."


Read the full text of the resolution here.


"We need to do everything possible to get students excited about learning about the sciences — that's why I'm proud to champion top-notch STEAM education for all students," said Polis. "Now more than ever, we have to rely on science as we adapt and attempt to reverse the consequences of climate change. We must challenge ourselves to discover and innovate, as is our American tradition."

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Department of Geosciences
627 North Pleasant Street
233 Morrill Science Center
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9297

Phone: (413) 545-2286
Fax: (413) 545-1200