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Brewer-Wilson Seminar Series

The Brewer-Wilson seminar series is the EAPP group's regular Friday lunchtime seminar series. Alan Brewer was a faculty member of this department from 1962-1977 and a founding member of the Atmospheric Physics Group with interests in both atmospheric instrumentation and dynamics. His work with Dobson at Oxford from 1948 to understand stratospheric water vapour, resulted in the Brewer-Dobson circulation theory. He also developed the Brewer spectrometer for measurements of ozone, a fore-runner to the MAESTRO instrument, which underwent characterisation at our space test facilities in 2003. Over his illustrious career he supervised both John Houghton and Tom McElroy. J. Tuzo Wilson was a faculty member of this department from 1946-1993 and is credited as the "father" of plate tectonics theory. He pioneered the use of air photos in geological mapping, was responsible for the first glacial map of Canada, was the 2nd Canadian to fly over the North Pole, and was a leader in the research of glaciers, mountain building, the geology of ocean basins and the stucture of continents.

Seminar aims

The Brewer-Wilson seminars provide EAPP graduate students, postdocs and research associates with an opportunity to present their work to their colleagues in an informal setting. The seminars give presenters a chance to get feedback on research and presentation skills and to gain confidence for formal oral presentations. Attendees benefit by gaining a broad perspective on the theoretical and experimental work of the EAPP Group. The Brewer-Wilson series has a formative rather than an evaluative purpose: that is, it is not meant as a formal tool for evaluating students in the EAPP Group, but primarily as a means of training students in the group.

All members of the EAPP Group, especially students, postdocs, and research associates, are expected to be actively engaged in the series, by their attendance and participation. Attendance is especially encouraged if the research topic is outside your area of study! Faculty will attend as their schedules permit.

The series is held at lunchtime on Fridays, during the regular undergraduate fall and spring terms. All graduate students in the EAPP Group, apart from M.Sc. students and first year direct entry Ph.D. students are expected to regularly present in the series. About half of the weeks will consist of one student giving a 35-40 minute talk followed by 5-10 minutes for questions.  During the other weeks, two people will each give a 15-20 minute talk followed by questions.  The series will alternate between one full-length talk and two half-length talks. A short abstract for the forthcoming talk(s) will be circulated at the beginning of each week. 

The Brewer-Wilson series is convened by a student in the EAPP Group who will work on organizing the schedule in consultation with the faculty. This year's conveners are Harry Li and Joshua Guerrero.

Where and when

Seminars will be held in Room 606 of the McLennan Laboratories at 12:10 on Fridays beginning mid-September. A short abstract for the forthcoming talk will be circulated at the beginning of each week.

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