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From the sea to the sky

Carol Kiely, a visiting research scholar in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, will present a talk entitled The Microscopic World Of Lunar Dust as part of the Fall 2016 seminar series.

Kiely, an accomplished expert in the use of photography and stereoimaging to help explain scientific phenomena, will discuss the techniques she and her colleagues have used to reveal the internal and external structure of lunar particles, of which few optical micrographs exist.


Kiely first began examining these dust particles in 2008 with samples taken from the Apollo lunar missions in the 70s. Using a technique developed by colleague Gary Greenberg, author of “A Grain of Sand: Nature’s Secret Wonder,” she was able to take high-resolution light micrographs of the lunar particles. Her fascination with nature’s tiny sculptures culminated in her co-authoring The Secrets of Sand: A Journey into the Amazing Microscopic World of Sand in 2015 together with Greenberg and Kate Clover.

“Whether you are walking along a beach, climbing the dunes of a scorched desert, or making a ‘giant leap for mankind,'” says Kiely, “you are treading on millions of years of geological history.”

The Microscopic World Of Lunar Dust
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
4:10pm in WH 203
Refreshments at 3:45pm in WH 349 (Student Lounge)

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