Noontime Lectures

Noontime Lectures

All noontime lectures will take place in the Colorado Convention Center, Mile High Ballroom 2AB/3AB.

Monday, 10 Oct. 12:15–1:15 p.m.

Marjorie A. Chan
David Mogk

Culture and Ethics of Geologic Sampling Town Hall

Marjorie A. Chan, David Mogk

Co-endorsed by the U.S. National Committee on Geological Sciences (USNC-GS), American Geosciences Institute (AGI), Mineralogical Society of America (MSA) and International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG).

Description: This session will explore contemporary attitudes and practices of the geoscience community about sampling natural sites, as well as review relevant policies and guidelines that already exist from related professional societies. This session builds on liaisons with AGU-American Geophysical Union and their previous Town Hall on geological sampling at their 2021 Fall Meeting.


Wednesday, 12 Oct. 12:15–1:15 p.m.

Katie Stack Morgan

The Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover in Jezero Crater

Katie Stack Morgan

Description: The Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, NASA’s newest flagship Mars rover mission, landed in Jezero crater in February 2021. Perseverance is seeking signs of ancient life on Mars, and is the first step of a multi-mission effort to return samples from Mars back to Earth. During the first year of Perseverance’s mission, the rover explored a sequence of altered, igneous rocks on the Jezero crater floor, successfully collecting 8 rock samples and 1 atmospheric sample. Perseverance then traversed to the ancient delta deposit within the crater and is in the midst of exploring and sampling sedimentary rocks with high biosignature preservation potential. This talk will review highlights from the first year and a half of Perseverance’s mission to Mars, and discuss implications for the Mars sample return effort.