Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Events

Friday, February 28, 2020

Geoscience Seminar: “Energy, Climate, and Geoscience”

Weyandt Hall, Rm. 006

Geoscience students and those interested in geoscience are welcome to attend Dr. Fred Zelt’s talk.

Zelt’s first geology class was at Bethel Park High School south of Pittsburgh. This was followed by undergraduate work at MIT, a dissertation on marine shale sedimentology and stratigraphy at Princeton, and 30 years as a geologist and manager with ExxonMobil in Houston, Norway, London, and New Orleans. Accomplishments include geologic evaluation of the $1.7B ExxonMobil acquisition of shale gas assets of the Indiana, Pa.-centered Phillips companies in 2011. A certified league cycling instructor, Zelt leads geology-and-cycling excursions; speaks publicly about geology, climate, and energy; and plans to develop a 2021 STEM and Cycling summer camp for grade 8-12 students. In 2020, Zelt plans to pedal 11,400 miles around the perimeter of the US with four Bike the US for MS groups. Zelt and his wife of 38 years, also a Bethel Park native, have four children and three grandchildren.

This is part of our regular Geoscience Seminar Series.

Free Planetarium Show: Astronomy and Calendars

Weyandt Hall Planetarium (Rm 134)

Leap day is a good time to reflect on the complexity of the calendar. What does astronomy have to do with calendars? Come find out.