Don't Panic Geocast

It's not an exact science.

About the show

John Leeman and Shannon Dulin discuss geoscience and technology weekly for your enjoyment! Features include guests, fun paper Friday selections, product reviews, and banter about recent developments. Shannon is a field geologist who tolerates technology and John is a self-proclaimed nerd that tolerates geologists.


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    Episode 29 - "Dear NASA, these are a few of our favorite things”

    August 7th, 2015  |  54 mins 29 secs

    The Orbital Mechanics highlighted how little we know about planetary formation, so let’s talk about Pluto and what we’ve learned from the New Horizons Mission.
    Pluto Basics

    Officially a dwarf planet in the
    About 0.18 the...

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    Episode 28 - "You can tag your abstract with emoji. Wait, what?"

    July 31st, 2015  |  44 mins 24 secs

    This week we get ready for conference abstract deadlines and talk about how we prepare abstracts. Everyone is finally back in town, but not for long!

    Pluto show next week!
    Abstract deadlines: AGU 8/5, GSA 8/11
    GSA, new topical abstracts (search...

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    Episode 27 - "They are terrifying" a volcanic road trip

    July 24th, 2015  |  25 mins 53 secs

    Shannon hits the road again, so we talk about volcanics, earthquakes, and other disasters that can occur in the pacific northwest. We even talk about native stories of earthquakes and tsunamis.

    Fun Paper Friday
    When could...

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    Episode 26 - "Can I speak to your online librarian?" Top 10 Google Tips

    July 17th, 2015  |  37 mins 7 secs

    Top 10 Google Search Tips

    Use the tabs
    Use quotes
    Exclude results with -
    Google Scholar
    Broaden the scope of your search by removing words
    Think like the person writing the article
    Search for a filetype:
    Use Google Books
    Use the...

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    Episode 25 - "Scientists studying scientists" with Dr. Elizabeth Seiver

    July 10th, 2015  |  35 mins 50 secs

    Join John and special guest Dr. Elizabeth Seiver of PLOS (Public Library of Science) in Austin, TX at the scientific Python (SciPy) conference to talk open science and geek tools! Sorry for the slight echo in the room, we did what we could with the...

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    Episode 24 - "Are you staying with Doc Brown?"

    July 3rd, 2015  |  26 mins 57 secs

    John is on the road headed to the SciPy conference and Shannon is done with field camp. Join us to hear the wrap up and talk about how geology was used strategically in the Revolutionary War on this fourth of July weekend episode.


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    Episode 23 - "If there's one glacial feature, everything is named after it"

    June 26th, 2015  |  29 mins

    This week Shannon summarizes her field trip and John talks about rock slides and his coming travel. We also talk about organized patterns of dripping syrup.

    John will be at the
    has caused a lot of problems!

    Shannon found a unique use for...

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    Episode 22 - "It was like two Volkswagens Battling" National Parks

    June 19th, 2015  |  25 mins 41 secs

    Join us this week as we talk about our favorite national parks while Shannon is on the road. Then we’ll talk about kinetic energy of empty and full beer bottles as part of Fun Paper Friday!

    Fun Paper Friday
    Have you ever...

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    Episode 21 - "Think of an anticline, that's what you're thinking of"

    June 12th, 2015  |  22 mins 18 secs

    This week we catch up with Shannon’s field adventure and John’s poster and pitch competition.

    John participated in a 2 minute pitch contest as part of . sponsored the event and it was a great success!

    Fun Paper...

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    Episode 20 - "It was like 1.5 Cores plus a Twister" San Andreas Movie

    June 5th, 2015  |  25 mins 6 secs

    This week we talk more about your field photos, the movie San Andreas, mining country in Colorado, and chocolate blooming!
    Your Photos!

    Last week we talked about the instead of the Jordan slide that Mark sent photos of. Sorry...

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    Episode 19 - "The whole office is batteries"

    May 29th, 2015  |  19 mins 46 secs

    Listener Mark sent in field photos from the

    Fun Paper Friday
    This week we learn about pressure. Pressure has to be generated for Penguins to poo outside of thier nest. How much pressure? We know the answer!

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    Episode 18 - "I remember having to buy a sweatshirt" Canon City, CO

    May 22nd, 2015  |  26 mins 51 secs

    This week Shannon talks about the cold weather at field camp, we discuss the Jacob’s staff, and methane rain. You’ll want to listen to this fun summer short!

    Fun Paper Friday
    What could cause dunes on Titan to migrate...

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    Episode 17 - "What's your summer manifesto?"

    May 15th, 2015  |  50 mins 41 secs

    Summer is an ideal time to learn new things and explore new ideas. This week we discuss what we want to learn over the summer and how we are going to accomplish these goals. What’s your summer manifesto? Also we get showered by cosmic rays and...

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    Episode 16 - "We are scared" Nature Calls

    May 8th, 2015  |  1 hr 17 secs

    This week John and Shannon discuss going outside and how important it is to our learning processes. Are we suffering from “nature deficit disorder”? We follow up the discussion with a #FunPaperFriday about playing...

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    Episode 15 - "If it didn't, that seismometer probably wasn't working" The Nepal Earthquake

    May 1st, 2015  |  42 mins 45 secs

    This week we are joined by a guest co-host in Shannon’s absence. Matt Herman talks to us about the recent earthquake in Nepal. We had to record in an empty classroom, so sorry about the audio quality. We’ll be back to our normal location...

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    Episode 14 - "I basically need a holodeck"

    April 24th, 2015  |  59 mins 54 secs

    Taking notes is an essential part of your job, no matter what you do. This week we discuss note taking strategies, supplies, and how we work. Also don’t miss out on a sticky #FunPaperFriday!

    Note Taking Systems

    Don’t bother...