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Keynote Speaker 2014

Dr. James Karner ’94 (Geology), University Heights, OH

Likely the first Beaver to blog from Antarctica, James “Jim” Karner developed an interest in planetary geology while studying at BSU. After graduating as the Student of the Year in 1994, he went on to study planetary mineralogy at the Institute of Meteoritics at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. He earned his M.S. in 1997 and his Ph.D. in 2003.

Now a senior research scientist at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, he has authored numerous scientific papers and is Co-PI of the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) program. Each year, Jim and a team of ANSMET scientists sets out in November, travels through New Zealand, trains at McMurdo Station (the largest U.S. base in Antarctica) and embarks by small plane to remote ice sheets where they spend 45 days (weather permitting) searching for meteorites. The samples they collect are curated by NASA Johnson Space Center and the Smithsonian Institution as part of the US Antarctic Meteorite Collection and are made available for research and public education around the world.