ESCI 114: COURSE SYLLABUS
Course-level objectives and learning outcomes
Students will …
- Learn about the problems and questions related to the Earth and other planets, as well as the environment that motivate research at Rice’s Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences (EEPS).
- Learn through discussions with graduate students and faculty about the broad range of research done at EEPS.
- Meet graduate students and faculty in EEPS.
- Read and discuss with EEPS graduate students research articles, including some written by Rice students and faculty.
- Tour labs at EEPS.
- See demonstrations of computer simulations related to the environment, atmosphere and planetary interiors.
ESCI 114 – Discoveries in Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences
Helge Gonnermann (firstname.lastname@example.org; Office KWG 219; ext. 6263). For office hours make an appointment or come by my office.
Tu 1:00-1:50 PM
The course is graded as Satisfactory (S) / Unsatisfactory (U). A ‘satisfactory’ grade will require attendance as well as the preparation of a brief report at the end of the semester.
Presence and participation during all classes is expected. Excused absences require that the student contact Prof. Gonnermann in order to be excused.
Statement of expectations regarding course work and the Rice Honor Code
Throughout it is expected that students adhere to the Rice Honor Code
Students with disabilities
Any student with a disability that requires accommodation should contact both the course instructor during the first week of classes and also Disability Support Services in the Allen Center.
The course will meet on Tuesdays between 1:00 and 1:50 pm and will be subdivided into modules, each typically spanning one or two weeks. During a given module students will meet and interact with graduate students, postdocs and faculty from a specific research group at EEPS. Each module will be assigned to best represent the motivating problems and ensuing research done by the given research group. Any reading assignments will be provided during the prior week and the assigned reading will be discussed in class the following week. The following modules will be covered during the Fall 2019 semester.
Professor Helge Gonnermann
PhD candidate John Cornthwaite
Learn about the seismic search by Prof. Alan Levander’s group for magma chambers beneath America’s most notorious volcano, Mount St. Helens.
PhD candidate Ben Belzer & Professor Melodie French
Learn how rocks break to cause earthquakes. See a demonstration of how earthquakes are generated in Prof. Melodie French’s lab.
PhD candidate Sahand Hajimirza & postdoc Thomas Jones
Learn how tiny bubbles drive volcanic eruptions. See a laboratory demonstration of how hot magma flows and viscosity is measured in Prof. Helge Gonnermann’s lab.
PhD candidate Michael Thorpe
Learn about the Mars Rover Mission and the processes that have shaped the surface of Mars. Participate in a demonstration how Prof. Kirsten Siebach’s students explore Mars using the 3D Visualization Lab at the EEPS department.
PhD candidate Jun Hu and Professor Sylvia Dee
Learn how Prof. Sylvia Dee’s students use sophisticated computer models to learn about the Earth’s climate.
PhD candidates Asmita Banerjee and Boda Li
Learn how Prof. Yeung’s students use ice cores to reconstruct Earth’s climate. Take a tour of Prof. Yeung’s ice and isotope labs.
PhD candidate Kevin Gaastra
Learn how Prof. Richard Gordon’s group uses the shape of magnetic striping on the seafloor to explore how Earth’s orientation has changed relative to its spin axis, and how that has affected Earth’s tectonics and climate.