Buffalo Geological Society Meeting – Seismography- September 4, 2015

The Buffalo Geological Society Meeting on September 4  at 7:30pm features Mark Castner who will speak on Seismography at the Parkside Lutheran Church at Depew and Wallace Streets in Buffalo (near the Buffalo Zoo off Parkside). He will discuss seismology in general and the Canisus station in Buffalo. FREE and open to the public.

Seismology in Buffalo: since 1909 and still today

Seismology in Buffalo goes back to the very early days of the science when commercially manufactured seismographs first became available and one was installed at Canisius College. From then through the 1950’s, most seismology in the US was accomplished through cooperative agreements among mostly autonomous stations. After World War II, funding from the US government turned seismology into “big science” based on larger and larger networks of stations, but some independent stations like Canisius defied the odds and survived, while adapting to the changing needs of the community.

The Braun-Ruddick Seismograph Station at Canisius  emphasizes Earth science education at a variety of levels and through a range of media formats. New instruments give us excellent sensitivity to both local and distant quakes, while our older, lower sensitivity equipment makes for great demonstrations.

Mark Castner’s first work in seismology was in the 1960’s as a student at seismograph station SPO at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. In 1995 he began working with Fr. James Ruddick, S.J., Director of the Braun Seismograph Station, BUF, at Canisius College. Through the Physics Department, in 2003, Mark began offering an introductory course in seismology at the College. The course emphasizes the dynamic and sometimes destructive processes that are active within the Earth and how societies cope with living in earthquake prone areas of the world.

Mark became the director of the seismograph station in 2007 and he continued to teach the seismology course through 2014. He retired as Director of Academic Computing and User Services in Information Technology Services at Canisius College after 23 years.

mark castner - braun ruddick seimograph station at canisus


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