FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 25, 2022
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Dr. David Applegate, newly appointed director of the U.S. Geological Survey, will present a lecture November 28 at Indiana University Bloomington. The talk is part of the annual lecture series, the Tudor Commemorative Lecture, and is free and open to the public. The lecture will take place at 3:30 PM at the Indiana Memorial Union’s Frangipani Room, followed by a reception with Dr. Applegate. The 18th director of the U.S. Geological Survey, Applegate leads the nation's largest water, Earth, biological science and civilian mapping agency, whose mission is to provide the scientific data that enable decision-makers to create sound policies for a changing world. "Dr. Applegate's visit to IU offers an extraordinary opportunity for our faculty and students," said Michael Hamburger, professor of geophysics in the IU Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. "He is not only a highly respected scientist, but as the director of the U.S. Geological Survey, he is one of the government's leading experts on energy policy, environmental issues and natural hazard mitigation."
Applegate's talk at IU Bloomington is The Tudor Commemorative Lecture on "Science in Service to Society: The Evolving Role of the U.S. Geological Survey" at 3:30 p.m. in the Frangipani Room of the Indiana Memorial Union, followed by a reception.
Dr. Applegate will also give a more informal lecture on geologic hazards to students and faculty in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Applegate, in his Tudor Lecture, will review the role of the U.S Geological Survey to inform decisions on some of the most consequential issues facing our nation. The talk will emphasize the role of the USGS in providing information on safe and abundant water resources, critical minerals for our energy future, healthy ecosystems that foster our quality of life, and disasterresilient communities prepared to thrive despite the natural hazards faced in a warming world.
The annual Tudor Commemorative Lecture was established by a 2000 gift in honor of Daniel S. Tudor, an IU alumnus and former president of Chevron Geosciences.
Applegate is the 18th Director of the U.S. Geological Survey, sworn in by Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland on Aug. 15, 2022, following a term as interim USGS Director since January, 2021. He previously served as the Associate Director for Natural Hazards, leading USGS emergency response activities and overseeing the bureau’s geologic hazards and coastal and marine programs. He co-chairs the interagency Science for Disaster Reduction working group and chairs the interagency Civil Applications Committee. Applegate has a B.S. in geology from Yale University and a Ph.D. in geology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the USGS in 2004 as the first Senior Science Advisor for Earthquake and Geologic Hazards, following eight years with the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) federation of geoscience societies, where he directed science policy and served as the editor of the journal Geotimes. Applegate also served with the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources as the American Geophysical Union's Congressional Science Fellow and as a professional staff member. He has taught at Johns Hopkins University and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah. Applegate is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Geological Society of America and is a past president of the Geological Society of Washington.
His visit to IU is sponsored by the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. Details about the event are posted here: https://events.iu.edu/bloomington/event/709943-eastudor- commemorative-lecture-dr-david-applegate
For additional information, contact Michael Hamburger, IU Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences,.