Volcano Views and Brews
This popular lecture series about volcanic topics began in 2007 and continues every month. Fascinating topics, lively speakers as well as excellent food and libations make for an enjoyable and horizon-widening evening.
Major Dynamic Floods in the Portland-Vancouver Area w/ Dr. Scott Burns
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
A special Volcano Views and Brews… VANCOUVER ONLY... special location
Water Resources Education Center
4600 SE Columbia Way
Presentation starts at 6:30pm. Arrive early for dinner and drinks - food and beverage for sale.
Suggested donation $5.
All ages welcome
Major Dynamic Floods in the Portland-Vancouver Area: the Missoula Floods, the Vanport Flood of 1948, and the Flood of 1996 with Dr. Scott Burns
The Portland-Vancouver area has been shaped by many floods over the past couple of million years. The majority of the landforms were formed in a series of 40 floods that brought water into the area at velocities over 50 mph and shaped the area. Major erosional valleys, pendant bars of sediments, and deposits owe their origin to these floods called the Missoula Floods. The majority of the talk will be about these events which are some of the greatest geological happenings in North America’s history. In 1948 an incredible flood caused the flooding of Oregon’s second largest city, Vanport, which was in the Columbia River Flood Plain. And finally, in 1996 the area had another rain on snow event that caused a huge set of floods in the area. Come hear Prof. Scott Burns of Portland State University talk about these three major floods.
Scott is a Professor Emeritus of Geology and Past-Chair of the Dept. of Geology at Portland State University where he just finished his 25th year of teaching. He was also Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at P.S.U. from 1997-1999. He has been teaching for 45 years, with past positions in Switzerland, New Zealand, Washington, Colorado and Louisiana. He is a 6th generation Oregonian who grew up in Beaverton and is very happy to be “home” after a 25 year hiatus! Scott specializes in environmental and engineering geology, geomorphology, soils, and Quaternary geology. In Oregon, he has projects involving landslides and land use, environmental cleanup of service stations, slope stability, earthquake hazard mapping, Missoula Floods, paleosols, loess soil stratigraphy, radon generation from soils, the distribution of heavy metals and trace elements in Oregon soils and alpine soil development. He has been active in mapping landslides in the Pacific Northwest since his return to Portland. Scott has won many awards for outstanding teaching with the most significant being the Faculty Senate Chair Award at Louisiana Tech University in 1987, the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Portland State Alumni Association in 2001, and the George Hoffmann Award from PSU in 2007. He has authored over 100 publications and has had over 25 research grants. His first book, Environmental, Groundwater and Engineering Geology: Applications from Oregon, came out January of 1998. His second book, Cataclysms on the Columbia, the Great Missoula Floods came out in October of 2009 and is co-authored by Marjorie Burns, a friend and professor at PSU. Scott has been the president of the Faculty Senate at three different universities: Louisiana Tech University and the American College of Switzerland and Portland State University. He actively helps local TV and radio stations and newspapers bring important geological news to the public. For the past 43 years he has been studying wine and terroir – the relationship between wine, soils, geology and climate.
He has BS (Chemistry) and MS (Physical Science) degrees from Stanford University in California, plus a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is has memberships in over 20 professional organizations and is most active in the Association of Engineering Geologists, Geological Society of America, National Association of Geology Teachers, and the Soil Science Society of America. He is past president of the Oregon Society of Soil Scientists and the Oregon Section of the Association of Engineering Geologists. He was national chair of the engineering geology division of the Geological Society of America (GSA) in 1999-2000. . He was national president of the Association of Engineering Geologists from 2002-2003. He was vice president of the International Association of Engineering Geologists (IAEG), and in September, 2014 became the first American president of IAEG in the 50 year history of the organization. He was chosen a fellow of the Geological Society of America in 2004. Scott was chosen a fellow with the Kellogg National Fellowship Program from 1990 - 1993 based on his national leadership performance. He was president of the Downtown Rotary
Club of Portland, Oregon’s oldest and largest Rotary club in 2009.
He has won some national awards in geology: distinguished practice award from the engineering geology division of GSA in 2012, the Richard Jahns Award for engineering geology (top engineering geologist in the U.S.) from GSA and AEG in 2011, the Shoemaker Award for Public Service to the US (GSA) in 2011, and on the state level, the “Outstanding Scientist for Oregon for 2014” from the 73 year old Oregon Academy of Sciences.
He has been active working with youth as a basketball coach. Scott enjoys all sports, especially basketball, running, skiing, hiking, swimming, tennis, and golf. He has been married for 40 years to Glenda, and they have three children: Lisa (37), Doug (34) and Tracy (31). The Burns family lives in Tualatin, Oregon.
Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens
Tuesday, March 15, 2015 - Loowit Brewing - Vancouver, WA
Thursday, March 17, 2015 - Hop -N- Grape Smokehouse Pub - Longview, WA
Presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. - Join us anytime after 5:00 p.m. for food and drink. $5 suggested donation.
Shedding new light on the cataclysm, author Steve Olson interweaves the history and science behind this event with page-turning accounts of what happened to those who lived and those who died. Powerful economic and historical forces influenced the fates of those around the volcano that sunny Sunday morning, including the construction of the nation’s railroads, the harvest of a continent’s vast forests, and the protection of America’s treasured public lands. The eruption of Mount St. Helens revealed how the past is constantly present in the lives of us all. At the same time, it transformed volcanic science, the study of environmental resilience, and, ultimately, our perceptions of what it will take to survive on an increasingly dangerous planet. Rich with vivid personal stories of lumber tycoons, loggers, volcanologists, and conservationists, Eruption delivers a spellbinding narrative built from the testimonies of those closest to the disaster, and an epic tale of our fraught relationship with the natural world.
Steve Olson is a writer in Seattle who grew up in eastern Washington before living on the East Coast for 35 years. He is the author of Mapping Human History (which was nominated for the National Book Award), Count Down, Anarchy Evolution, and many other books and magazine article on science and science policy. Simon Winchester has said of Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens: ““A first-class, meticulously crafted piece of reportage that is as exciting as it is informative—and will long stand as a classic of descriptive narrative of the biggest American volcanic eruption of all our lifetimes—or so we all hope!”