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since 1957


Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2004
Location: Steven’s Steak House, 5332 Stevens Place, Commerce, California
Time: 6:00 p.m.-Social Hour; 7:00 p.m.-Dinner; 7:45 p.m.-Presentation

Cost: $25 per person with reservations, $30 at the door, $12 for students with a valid Student ID
Reservations: Call (949) 253-5924 ex 564, or email Brian Villalobos,
By 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 7, 2004

SPEAKER: Dr. Tanya Atwater, U.C.S.B
TITLE: Plate Tectonics of Western North America


Dr. Tanya Atwater will illustrate in vivid images and computer animations, the tectonic development of western North America. Come and learn the tectonic origins of our favorite landscapes. See the San Andreas fault unfold before your eyes!


Dr. Tanya Atwater is a professor at U.C.S.B. She was educated at M.I.T., U.C. Berkeley and Scripps Institute of Oceanography, earning PhD in 1972. She was a professor at the M.I.T. before joining the U.C.S.B. faculty.

Dr. Atwater’s research in tectonics has taken her to the bottoms of the oceans and to mountains on many continents. She is especially well known for her works on the plate tectonic history of western North America and the San Andreas fault system. At UCSB, Dr. Atwater teaches geology and tectonics at all levels. She is also deeply involved in public education, writing with the media, museums, and teachers to bring Earth information to all.

Dr. Atwater serves on numerous national and international committees and panels. She is a fellow of various professional societies, a co-winner of the A.A.A.S. Newcomb Cleveland Prize, a winner of the NSF Director’s Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars in 2002.