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Volcanoes and the JASON Project in Hawaii topic of
Friends of Oceanography Breakfast Lecture

Narragansett, R.I. -- October 18, 2000 -- The public is invited to attend a free Community Breakfast Lecture, sponsored by Friends of Oceanography, to be held on Wednesday, November 1, at 9 a.m. in the Coastal Institute Building on the URI Bay Campus. The lecture is part of a series featuring the research of URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) students.

The November 1 lecture, "Volcanoes and the JASON Project in Hawaii," features geological oceanography Ph.D. candidate Ben Jordan and Rhode Island JASON Project Coordinator Maryann Scholl.

Jordan and Scholl will explain how volcanoes have impacted and continue to impact the Earth, its environment, and mankind and why scientists study volcanoes. They will discuss the powerful environmental changes brought about by volcanic eruptions and what dangers they pose to humans. Hawaii, this year's JASON focus, provides a valuable place to study volcanoes constantly, up-close, and with little danger relative to other volcanoes.

"We are in need of volunteers for the 2001 JASON Project: Hawaii, a Living Laboratory, which will be broadcast from Jan. 29 to Feb. 9," said Scholl, a resident of North Kingstown. "This breakfast lecture will be a great opportunity for anyone considering volunteering to get a preview of what the JASON Project is all about."

Jordan, a native of Roosevelt, Utah, received a B.S. in geology from Brigham Young University. Under the guidance of his major professor, Dr. Haraldur Sigurdsson, his research involves correlating volcanic ash layers from Caribbean Sea sediments with land deposits in Central America. He currently lives in Kingston.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Coffee and muffins will be served. For more information, call Friends of Oceanography at (401) 874-6602. More information about the 2001 JASON Project can be found at


For Information Contact:
Lisa Cugini, 874-6642,

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