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Slugs & Steins

Slugs & Steins: Lectures from UC Santa Cruz is a monthly series comprised of informal discussions highlighting UC Santa Cruz’s many amazing faculty members. Talks are held on the 2nd Monday of each month with topics ranging from organic artichokes to endangered zebras, self-driving cars to Shakespeare. All are welcome, and audience participation is encouraged. We encourage you to share the link far and wide as slugs and friends from around the world may join us.

Slugs & Steins Lectures from UC Santa Cruz

June 2024

Moving Mountains: Slow Landslides in Coastal California

Professor Noah Finnegan
Monday, June 10
6:30pm to 8:00pm 

During wet winters, like California just experienced, news stories abound about slow landslide damage to infrastructure from Crescent City to Palos Verdes. In this talk, Professor Finnegan will provide an overview of what it is about California’s geology, tectonics, and climate that leads to this chronic and costly geohazard. Much of this understanding comes from 8 years of detailed monitoring of a large, slow landslide in the Diablo Range northeast of San Jose, CA.

Noah Finnegan is a professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UCSC specializing in “geomorphology,” the study of erosion and how it shapes topography. Noah teaches classes focused on geomorphology, active tectonics, and hydrology. Since starting at UCSC in 2009, Noah’s research has focused mainly on processes of erosion and sediment transport in rivers, and more recently, on the mechanics and hydrology of landslides. Before moving to California, Noah had always lived in locations in the U.S. that were covered by glaciers during the last ice age.

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Kraw Lecture Series on science and technology

The Kraw Lecture Series in Silicon Valley is made possible by a generous gift from UC Santa Cruz alumnus George Kraw (Cowell ‘71, history and Russian literature) and Raphael Shannon Kraw. The lecture series features acclaimed UC Santa Cruz scientists and technologists who are grappling with some of the biggest questions of our time.

These talks are free and open to the public and available via live stream.

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Last modified: Jun 07, 2024