April 22: Earth Day Celebration to Feature Area Scientists, Student Demonstrations
The Sioux Valley Section of the American Chemical Society will celebrate Earth Day with a panel discussion by area scientists and a team from the Sioux Falls Sustainability Program, and a demonstration by Augustana students from 4-6:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, in room 101 of the Gilbert Science Center.
The panel discussion will feature Dr. Jihong Cole-Dai, professor of chemistry at South Dakota State University, Dr. Brennan Jordan, associate professor of earth sciences at the University of South Dakota, and Shaun Feilmeier of Millennium Recycling, a Sioux Falls-based processor of various recyclable commodities serving residential and commercial generators throughout the upper Midwest.
Cole-Dai's research interests include environmental chemistry, ice cores and climate change. By evaluating snow and ice core samples from Antarctica and the Artic, his team discovered a major volcanic eruption in the early 1800s that contributed to global cooling and also uncovered the fact that chemistry of the stratosphere is altered by extraordinarily large volcanic eruptions.
Jordan's teaching areas include mineralogy, petrology, structural geology and meteorology. His research interests include igneous petrology, tectonics.
The event is free and open to the public.