Speaker: Michael Wysession

Speaker: Michael Wysession

Michael Wysession is a world leader in the areas of seismology and geophysical education. He has developed several means of using the seismic waves from earthquakes to "see" into the Earth and create three-dimensional pictures of Earth’s interior. Wysession is author or co-author of over 20 textbooks ranging from elementary to graduate school levels. Wysession constructed the first computer-generated animation of how seismic waves propagate within the Earth from an earthquake, creating a 20-minute movie that is used in many high school and college classrooms. He is currently lead-PI on a project installing a network of seismometers in Madagascar to better understand mantle dynamics beneath the African Plate. Wysession is the designer and instructor of a 3-day course, Earth, Moon, and Mars, which he regularly teaches at different NASA centers. He is currently an editor of AGU’s Geophysical Research Letters. He has authored an internationally acclaimed video course as part of The Teaching Company's Great Courses series (48 lectures on "How the Earth Works"), and has finished taping a second one (36 lectures on the "Geologic Wonders of the World"). Wysession is Chair the NSF-sponsored Earth Science Literacy Initiative, leader of the Earth and Space Science design team for the NRC's Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards, and team leader for Earth and Space Science in the writing of the new Next Generation Science Standards.