Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Earth's constant movement subject of Olan Kruse Lecture Nov. 8

KINGSVILLE - October 25, 2006

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

Audience will participate in seismic wave presentation

Earthquakes, impacts and explosions are just a few of the reasons why there is always movement registering through the Earth.

Dr. Charles R. Hutt, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, will talk about the seismic waves produced by disturbances like these and the instrumentation seismologists use to record those waves, in this year’s Olan Kruse Lecture, “Feeling the Earth Move Under Our Feet.”

The public is encouraged to attend this free presentation, featuring interactive demonstrations, offered by the physics/geosciences department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in Room 119 of Lon C. Hill Hall.

This lecture series is named in honor of Dr. Olan Kruse, who provided more than 50 years of service to the physics department and the university.  Kruse received his bachelor’s degree in physics in 1942 from Texas A&I University, and taught at the university while completing his graduate work in physics at the University of Texas at Austin. After receiving his doctorate in 1951, he worked for a short time at Stephen F. Austin University before returning to Texas A&I University as chair of the physics department.  

Kruse helped design the Lon C. Hill Building still in use today, chaired the committee that created the Faculty Senate and served in that assembly each time he was eligible. He chaired the physics department until 1987 and continued to teach at the university until 2000. Along with his wife Lucy, he established the Olan Kruse Science Faculty Award, which recognizes outstanding accomplishments in the sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences. He died in March 2004.                                                                                                                                

Hutt was involved in the installation and maintenance of seismic stations at the Albuquerque Seismological Center under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from 1971-1974. In 1974, he joined the U.S. Geological Survey and its Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory, where he remains to the present. Prior to 1971, Hutt was a station operator at South Pole Station, Antarctica, with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey.

Hutt holds a B.S. from Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico.

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