Exhibit Opening and Presentation: Getting to the Core: The JOIDES Resolution

The JOIDES Resolution6:00 PM

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, in cooperation with the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) proudly presents Getting to the Core: the JOIDES Resolution, from February 2, 2012 – April 28, 2012. 

The exhibit opening on February 2nd is free and open to the general public.  It will feature a presentation at 6 pm by Dr. Bradford Clement entitled Science in Search of Earth’s Secrets, followed by a reception and gallery viewing. 

This fascinating exhibition takes visitors "out  to  sea" through images and information from the ship, the JOIDES Resolution.   “JOIDES” stands for Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling. The name reflects the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program's (IODP) commitment to the science of exploring what lies beneath the ocean floor.

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Science in Search of Earth’s Secrets: A Presentation by Dr. Bradford Clement

Dr. Bradford Clement has been the Director of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program at Texas A&M University and a professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics since 2009. From 1988 to 2009 he was in the Department of Earth Sciences at Florida International University, where he served as Chairman from 2004 to 2009. During 2001-2003, he took a break from FIU to serve as Associate Program Director of the Ocean Drilling Program at the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC. His ocean drilling experience started with his participation on Deep Sea Drilling Project Leg 94 as a graduate student and then continued as he served as Staff Scientist with the Ocean Drilling Program at Texas A&M University from 1984 to 1988.

Dr. Clement's research has focused on polarity reversals of Earth's magnetic field. By collecting paleomagnetic records of the geomagnetic field as it undergoes polarity reversal, he has documented how the field behaves during polarity transitions. This in turn helps us understand what causes the field to change polarity. Clement’s passion for his groundbreaking investigations on polarity reversals of the earth’s magnetic field fuels his interests in ocean drilling research and the JOIDES Resolution. His research has been based on landbased studies as well as Deep Sea Drilling Project expedition 94 and Ocean Drilling Program expeditions 105, 114, and 172.

At  IODP, Dr. Clement directs a staff of 110 scientists and support personnel both on campus and on the drilling ship, the JOIDES Resolution. He leads this program on behalf of the U.S. Implementing Organization (USIO), which oversees United States branch of this program supported by 24 countries. He works closely with the ocean drilling community to tackle research opportunities in subjects such as climate change, energy security, and rising sea levels.

Getting to the Core: the JOIDES Resolution was funded in part through Hotel Tax Revenue from the City of College Station through the Arts Council of Brazos Valley, through underwriting provided by the William Knox Holt Foundation, the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, and by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, Texas A&M University.