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UW-Eau Claire Earth Science Seminar
Series Continues with Two Presentations

RELEASED: April 5, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — The next two presentations in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Earth Science Seminar Series will feature Bianca Pedersen and Jill Ferguson. Pedersen's presentation will be at 4 p.m. today, Thursday, April 5, in room 117 of Phillips Science Hall. Ferguson's presentation will be at 4 p.m. Friday, April 13, in room 281 of Phillips Science Hall.

Pedersen is from the department of geology and environmental sciences at Northern Illinois University and will be giving a talk titled "Microbial and Geochemical Investigation of a Deep Sulfide-Rich Cenote, Mexico." Pedersen will discuss research on redox reactions of carbon and sulfur that she conducted in the water column of a deep sinkhole in Yucatan, Mexico.

Ferguson is from the Materials Science Center at UW-Eau Claire and will talk about "Ultra-Trace Elemental Analysis by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass — Spectrometry." Ferguson will explain her position with the Materials Science Center and the role it plays in the university and community. Ferguson will also introduce the audience to her academic specialty, which is inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry. She will discuss both the basic theory behind the instrument as well as some of the applications of this cutting-edge technology.

For more information on the Earth Science Seminar Series, contact Dr. Harry Jol, associate professor of geography and anthropology, 715-836-3472.

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