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Devendra Lal Memorial Symposium

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Monday, May 6, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM (PDT)

Devendra Lal Memorial Symposium

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Devendra Lal Memorial Symposium

May 6, 2013

at the Robert Paine Scripps Forum for Science, Society and the Environment


Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego cordially invites you to a one-day memorial symposium in honor of the life and science of the late Professor Devendra Lal, FRS.  The symposium presentations will cover the broad range of research impacted by Professor Lal's contributions in cosmic ray geophysics, isotope geochemistry, oceanography, climate, terrestrial erosion and terrestrial magnetism.  There will also be personal remembrances from Professor Lal's international community of friends and colleagues.

8:00 to 9:00 a.m.


9:00 to 9:15 a.m.

Opening remarks

Professor Ray Weiss, Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Professor Charlie Kennel, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Lal’s Contributions to SIO

 9:15 to 9:40 a.m.

Friends, Colleagues and Science

Louise Arnold

The Arnold-Honda-Lal Early Years

Professor Gerald J. Wasserburg, California Institute of Technology

Science and Spirit - Remembrances of Devendra and Aruna Lal

10:25 to 10:45 a.m.

Cosmic Ray Products and Applications

Professor Robert C. Reedy, University of New Mexico

Over Five Decades of Studying and Modeling the Products Made by Cosmic Rays

Professor Mark Thiemens and Dr. Subrata Chakraborty, University of California, San Diego

Decades of Interactions with Lal and Reminiscences

Professor Catherine Constable, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Interactions of Cosmic Ray Studies with Geomagnetism

10:45 to 11:40 a.m.

Lal’s Influence at TIFR, PRL, SIO and Beyond

Professor J.N. Goswami, Physical Research Laboratory

Lal and Planetary Science at PRL

Dr. K. Gopalan, NGRI, Hyderabad

Reminiscences of Devendra Lal at TIFR

Professor J. Doug Macdougall, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Lal as Scientist, Teacher, and Colleague

Professor John T. Wasson, University of California, Los Angeles

Cosmogenic Nuclides in the Atmosphere, Tektites, and Sampling Space Particles with a Balloon

 11:40 to 12:30 p.m. 

Geoscience by Accelerator Mass Spectrometry and Neutron Detection

Professor A. J. Timothy Jull, University of Arizona

Studies of Cosmogenic 14C with Lal, from Ice to the Moon

Dr. Robert Finkel, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

From Decays to Atoms – A Half Century of Ever Increasing Sensitivity

Professor Marek G. Zreda, University of Arizona

Measuring Water at the Land Surface with Cosmic-Ray Neutrons

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.


1:30 to 2:40 p.m.

Diverse Interests: Meteorites and the Moon to Oceans, Ice and Archeology

Professor P. Buford Price, University of California, Berkeley

Friendship and Collaborations with Lal

Professor Wallace S. Broecker, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Lal and Ocean Science

Professor Jeffrey Severinghaus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Cosmogenic Carbon-14 Production in Glacial Ice by Spallation on Oxygen Nuclei

Dr. Elisabetta Boaretto, Weizmann Institute of Science

Cosmogenic Isotopes in Archaelogy:  The Mining of Flint in the Prehistoric Time

 2:40 to 3:20 p.m.

Cosmogenic Nuclides in Earth Science

Professor S. Krishnaswami, Physical Research Laboratory

Lal and Isotope Geosciences at TIFR and PRL

Professor Kenneth A. Farley, California Institute of Technology

What Alphas, Protons, and Particle Capture tell us about the Carving of the Grand Canyon

3:20 to 3:40 p.m.

Coffee Break

3:40 to 4:30 p.m.

Cosmogenic Radionuclides for Land and Sea

Professor Peter A. J. Englert, University of Hawaii

A Mauna Kea Experiment

Professor Pavel Povinec, Comenius University, Bratislava

Lal and Cosmogenic Isotope Research in Slovakia

Professor John Stone, University of Washington

Chlorine-36 in Seawater

 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. 

“Open microphone” session

 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.

Closing Reception


Have questions about Devendra Lal Memorial Symposium? Contact Scripps Institution of Oceanography

When & Where

Scripps Seaside Forum
8610 Kennel Way
La Jolla, CA 92037

Monday, May 6, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM (PDT)

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