AMERICUS (Feb. 22, 2013)--Heather DeShon, Ph.D., of Southern Methodist University (SMU) will be coming to Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) on Wednesday, Feb. 27 to give two lectures on earthquake and tsunami hazards. 

GSW to host leading Earthquake Scientist Feb. 27

AMERICUS (Feb. 22, 2013)--Heather DeShon, Ph.D., of Southern Methodist University (SMU) will be coming to Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) on Wednesday, Feb. 27 to give two lectures on earthquake and tsunami hazards. The first lecture, “Great Earthquakes and New Insights into Subduction Seismogenesis”, will be in Jackson Performance Hall at 11 a.m. This lecture will be for a general audience and is free and open to the public.DeShon.jpg

A technical lecture, “Using Seismic Tomography to Image Subduction Systems: Applications to Costa Rica-Nicaragua and Sumatra”, will be in Roney 301 at 3:30 p.m.

DeShon is sponsored in part by the National Science Foundation’s GeoPrisms Distinguished Lecture Program. The GeoPrisms program supports scientific research into major geological processes that occur at plate boundaries, in particular rifting and subduction.

DeShon’s research focuses on understanding earthquake initiation and rupture complexity within subduction systems, such as those responsible for major earthquakes and tsunamis including the Sumatra-Andaman Islands earthquake and tsunami of Dec. 2004, and the more recent offshore Japanese earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in geophysics and mathematics from SMU in 1999 and her Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2004

In addition to her appearance at GSW, DeShon has recently lectured at the University of Alabama and will lecture at the University of Washington on March 4 and Central Washington University on March 8.

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