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Saul Krasner Memorial Science Lecture Series
LCDR Michele Fitzpatrick (ret.), USCG

“Nuclear Detection Using Seismology” 

Abstract: The signatories of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1996 agreed to stop all testing of nuclear weapons. The U.S. government and international organizations use seismology as one of the tools to determine whether nations are testing weapons in violation of the ban. LCDR Fitzpatrick will explain these techniques. 

Biography: LCDR Fitzpatrick retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after 20 years of active service. In the first class of women to attend the USCG Academy, she received her bachelor’s degree in Ocean Engineering and a master’s degree in Physics from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1988. Her tours of duty included student engineer on the USCG icebreaker Polar Sea (1980-1982), USCG Headquarters Arctic and Offshore Oil Spill Research Project Manager (1982-1986), USCGA Physics instructor (1988-1992), and Research and Development Center Pollution Prevention Project Manager (1992-2000). After retirement in 2000, she taught Physics at the USCG Academy for three years and currently works as a part-time contractor at the USCG Research and Development Center. She is also a doctoral candidate in geophysics at the University of Connecticut.