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Watson Lecture - Voices of the Ice: A Seismic Odyssey to the South Pole

Wednesday, April 24, 2024
7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Beckman Auditorium
  • Public Event

Forecasting global sea level rise hinges on understanding how the Antarctic ice sheet behaves at its base, a region that is challenging to study because of the thick ice layers above. In December 2022, Zhongwen Zhan (PhD '13), professor of geophysics, embarked on a monthlong research expedition to Antarctica to explore an innovative method for investigating this crucial area. In this talk, Zhan will share the story of his transformative journey, detailing the scientific discoveries and the profound personal experiences that reshaped his perspective not just on geophysics but on life as a scientist.

Evening Schedule

6 p.m. — Activities and music. Food, drinks, and books available for purchase

7 p.m. — Doors open

7:30 p.m. — Talk and Q&A

8:30 p.m. — Post-talk concessions and conversation


The live event is in-person and a recording will be made available on our Youtube channel.

About the Series

For more than 100 years, the Watson Lectures have brought the wonder of Caltech research and discovery to the public.

Free and open to the public, the Watson Lecture Series offers a unique and accessible opportunity to learn more about cutting-edge science directly from Caltech's premier researchers. Come early to mingle with your neighbors over food, drink and music, as well as interactive displays related to the evening's topic. Then head inside to hear a stimulating talk and stay to ask your burning questions.

Many past Watson Lectures are available on YouTube.

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