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Conference 2019

October 8-11, 2019

Michael Meyers

Assistant Professor of Earth System Science,
Environmental Science and Sustainable Processes,
Harrisburg University

I started my journey through academia at the community college near where I lived in the Chicago suburbs. I had wanted to be a Paleontologist since I was little, but Harper only had one geology course and a world class Anthropology Department so I started out as an Anthropology major (with a focus on Meso-America and North American archeology). After getting my A.A. I then transferred to Beloit College in Beloit, WI where I got my B.Sc with a double major in Geology and Anthropology. After doing my bachelor’s thesis on a project in southern Florida I then went to the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL; getting my M.Sc in Geology. I expanded by analytical background while a worked on Ph.D at Virginia Tech. There I got into Earth Systems, material science, and the beginning of the statistical techniques that have led to my interest in ‘Big Data Geosciences’.


Unearthing Impact Ejecta in the Caribbean Region
10 October 2019 09:45 AM–10:30 AM

Tropical and sub-tropical deposits are well known for their fossil-rich beds, but not for its extraterrestrial material. Newly found tiny silica-rich micro-spherules from Florida (USA) are the first known microtektites found in the region. The majority of micro-spherules are glassy and translucent in reflected light with some displaying ‘contact pairs’ (equal-sized micro-spherules attached to each other).

(F2): Earth, Space, Life: Exploring Mars
10 October 2019 02:30 PM–03:00 PM

Integrated Big Data Science of Evolving Systems Big data has already become an integral part of many fields, driving prediction and discovery in such diverse fields as drug design, financial investments, the spread of diseases, city planning, and the most effective lineups for sports teams.