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Geologist With The Smithsonian Speaking At Concord University

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,


ATHENS, W.Va. – Dr. Elizabeth Cottrell with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. is scheduled to speak at Concord University on Thursday, Nov. 29. Her lecture, “Oxidation State Heterogeneity and Related Processes in the Earth’s Mantle,” will begin at 5:15 p.m. in Room 400 of the Science Building.

Her lecture is part of Concord University’s 2012-2013 Seminar Series and is brought to campus by the COMPRES Distinguished Lecturer Series.

There is no admission charge and the community is invited to attend.

Cottrell is a curator and research geologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and is director of the institution’s Global Volcanism Program.

“In this lecture I will discuss microanalytical techniques for assessing oxidation state and their application to experimental and natural samples,” Cottrell said. “The talk will explore the oxidation state of the mantle as well as the geochemical, petrological and tectonic processes that generate redox heterogeneity”

Cottrell received a bachelor’s degree in geochemistry from Brown University. She spent a year in Paris on a Fulbright Fellowship at L’Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris before obtaining a Ph.D. in petrology from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution, prior to accepting her current position.


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