USGS Evening Public Lecture Series
The USGS Evening Public Lecture Series events are free and are intended for a general public audience that may not be familiar with the science being discussed. Our speakers are encouraged to thoroughly explain the subject matter being presented, and to define any words or terms that may be unfamiliar to those not having a background or familiarity with the material being presented.
Lectures are held at the USGS Menlo Park Campus in Building 3, 2nd floor conference room A, Menlo Park, California. Click on Campus Map for building location and directions.
The U.S. Geological Survey is cancelling its March 28th Evening Public Lecture "Preparing for California Climate Change," due to travel restrictions the agency has implemented because of the federal budget sequestration.
The scheduled speaker had planned to travel to Menlo Park from La Jolla, Calif. to meet with USGS Menlo Park staff and give the presentation, but the new restrictions prohibit all but mission-critical travel.
In addition to the travel restrictions due to the sequestration, the USGS has implemented a hiring freeze; eliminated or significantly reduced participation in all scientific conferences; cancelled all non-mandatory, non-mission critical training; directed a review of contracts and grants to determine which should be delayed, re-scoped, or terminated; and may have to furlough employees for an undetermined amount of time.
Established in 1990, the USGS Evening Public Lecture Series in Menlo Park is usually held on the last Thursday of every month, and provides an opportunity for the public to meet scientists and learn first hand about USGS research and how it affects our daily lives. The lecture series provides the public with relevant, accurate, but non-technical scientific information to create a better understanding of the importance and value of "Science for a Changing World."
The last time a lecture in the Menlo Park USGS series was cancelled was September 2001, immediately after the terrorist attacks. Prior to that, the USGS canceled a lecture in November 1995 when the federal government shut down and employees were furloughed.
The USGS will re-evaluate the future of its public lecture series in Menlo Park as the budget picture becomes more clear. Please continue to check the USGS Evening Public Lecture website for updated information about the status of future lectures.
(This schedule is tentative and subject to change. Check back later for details.)
April 25th -- Has been canceled due to the sequestration.
May 30th -- Canceled
June 27th -- Canceled
July 25th -- Canceled
August 29th -- Canceled
September 26th -- Canceled
November 21st --In recognition of "National Native American Heritage Month". Navajo Land-Use Planning Project that incorporates satellite imagery to track sand dune movement on the Navajo Reservation by Geologist Margaret Hiza
December 12th --Methylmercury in the environment and concerns posed by concentrated amounts being present in various landscapes. By Ecologist Collin Eagles-Smith
USGS Public Events Calendar (Recorded Message) --- (650) 329-5000. For additional information OR if you would like to be added to the email notification list for future USGS Evening Public Lecture Series lectures, please email Amelia Barrales or call (650) 329-5136.