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 36 - "We're looking at something the size of Connecticut" with Prof. Charles Ammon

    September 25th, 2015  |  43 mins 32 secs

    This week special guest Prof. Charles Ammon joins us to discuss the recent magnitude 8.3 Chile earthquake. We then talk about coffee and how it can move your body clock around.
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    Fun Paper Friday


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    Episode 35 - "So often we disconnect these things" Why study geology?

    September 18th, 2015  |  51 mins 22 secs

    This week we discuss how geoscience can enrich anyone’s life. Join the discussion and then learn about how much cosmic dust falls on us every day!

    John was on talking about SMAP.

    Why Learn Geology


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    Episode 34 - "The Earth isn’t a big bar magnet"

    September 11th, 2015  |  53 mins 4 secs

    Join us to talk about the Earth’s magnetic field. It protects us and has complication on more levels than you think. It produces the aurora and helps us date rocks and structures!

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    Episode 33 - "Where's that little nerdy guy?"

    September 4th, 2015  |  39 mins 53 secs

    This week we thought we would go through our every day carry (EDC) essentials for braving the academic jungle. As most of us go back to the academic year, it’s important to fine tune what we carry to do our job anywhere.

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    Episode 32 - "I mean, they still make rulers with inches too"

    August 28th, 2015  |  49 mins 37 secs

    Classes are back in session, and we’re back to normal episodes. Join us to talk about Brunton pocket transits, argue about strike and dip, and discuss the zombie apocalypse.

    Windows 10 isn’t supporting external USB microphones right...

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    Episode 31 - "Galveston just gets it" Pt.2

    August 21st, 2015  |  36 mins 6 secs

    We continue our quest form last week to hit the most interesting mechanisms of catastrophic sedimentation, talk about a new notebook, and learn how to give cosmic CT scans.

    Oklahoma this year!


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    Episode 30 - "YouTube is rife with turbidite videos"

    August 14th, 2015  |  31 mins 29 secs

    This week we start an accidental two-part show on catastrophic sedimentation, John’s drone experiments, and a revisit of some stories from the past. Don’t miss this not so short summer short!


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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
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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
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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
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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.

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    has caused a lot of problems!

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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
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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!

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