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Physics Colloquium, "Stewardship of the Biosphere IQP," by Steve Thuo, Physics Department Undergraduate Student

Science / Technology - Colloquium

Monday, November 26, 2012
4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Olin Hall
223

We are part of Earth's biosphere, the thin and fragile living layer whose beauty inspires us and whose resources succor us. The environment of the biosphere consists of the lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere, in simple words the land, sea and sky. What physical conditions of this cosmic cocoon enable life to develop and flourish? As exploiters of Earth's resources, what is our impact on these conditions? How might we manage our industry and consumption to promote a healthy, robust biosphere? This IQP explores answers to these and other questions, employing perspectives spanning the sciences from physics to biology to global affairs, to understand the foundational physical conditions and the relationships between these "parameters of life" and our ubiquitous conduct. The answers are presented in the form of online museum exhibits: web applets, videos and demos that illuminate our findings and advance our mission of teaching "stewardship of the biosphere".

Refreshments will be served in Olin Hall 118 at 3:30 P.M.

Cost: Free

Suggested Audiences: College

E-mail: physics@wpi.edu
Phone: 508-831-5258

Last Modified: November 20, 2012 at 10:51 AM

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