SIXTH SANTA FE CONFERENCE ON ROCK MAGNETISM

St Johnís College Santa Fe, New Mexico June 3-6, 2004
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, USA
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Focus

Magnetism of "Dirty" Systems In environmental magnetism and sedimentary paleomagnetism, the signal often originates not only in "textbook" carriers like stoichiometric magnetite, but also in complex, metastable fine-grained mineral assemblages, which involve a rich set of additional physical phenomena: weak antiferromagnetism of surficial iron oxides and oxyhydroxides; nanoscale structures and nanoparticle assemblages; core-shell dynamics in partially-oxidized magnetite; etc.(/p)

Interdisciplinary Applications and Integration of Magnetic and Non-Magnetic Analytical Techniques Analytical microscopy and spectroscopy can contribute substantially to understanding the nature and origins of the magnetic particle assemblage in natural materials and synthetic analogs. What are the best ways to integrate magnetic and non-magnetic analysis for interdisciplinary applications, e.g., paleoenvironmental reconstruction?

Critical Evaluation of Rock-Magnetic Data Protocols Data are the currency of scientific exchange. A full-day session will be devoted to data acquisition and experimental methods; processing and analytical approaches; interpretation and uncertainty; intralab and interlab calibration; and effective community archival for continuing usability.


Format

The Santa Fe Conference on Rock Magnetism features an open, informal, discussion-oriented format, and serial session arrangement (i.e., no concurrent sessions). Three keynote presentations, featuring speakers from outside of rock-/paleomagnetism or with broad interdisciplinary expertise, introduce the major confer-ence themes, with an emphasis on large-scale context and opportunities for magnetic research to contribute to wider geoscience issues. Working sessions begin with a limited number of short invited talks, designed to set the stage for in-depth discussion. The emphasis is not on formal presentation of completed research; rather it is on recognition of present problems and opportunities for future progress. Approximately two hours are allotted for the post-presentation discussions, under the guidance of a session coordinator who initiates the process with a constructive critique. There is no formal scheduling of contributed presentations, but all conference participants are encouraged to be prepared to contribute to discussion of the major themes.


Venue, Travel and Check-In

All conference sessions are held in the Junior Commons Room of the Peterson Center at St. John's College in Santa Fe. IRM personnel will be in the Junior Commons room for check-in starting at noon on June 3; The first session will begin after dinner at 7:00 pm. The conference will end at noon on Sunday June 6.

St John's College is about a one-hour drive from the Albuquerque airport. Map and driving directions. A shuttle service is also available; Sandia Shuttle Express will take you from Albuquerque International airport to St. Johns College, it would be a good idea to schedule in advance:
Telephone Number 1-888-775-5696
(in Santa Fe) (505) 982-4311
Sandia Shuttle Web Site

Alternatively,you can coordinate with others coming to the conference to share a rental car.


Additional Attractions

Nestled at 7,300 feet above sea level in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the 250-acre Santa Fe campus offers both spectacular scenery and cultural attractions. Santa Fe is the capital city of the state of New Mexico. It has been a Spanish colonial town, a frontier town, and was and still is a center for indigenous culture. For further information on the city of Santa Fe, see:
Georgia O'Keeffe museum
Institute of American Indian Arts
Santa Fe Scene
Santa Fe Always Online (www.sfol.com)
Santa Fe Conventions and Visitors Bureau (www.santafe.org)