Geophysics, its meaning and application, was the focus of a lecture given by Dr. S.K.G. Krishnamacharyulu on the 11th floor of JSU’s Houston Cole Library on November 13.
Geophysics is the study of the Earth using quantitative physical methods. What that really means is studying what’s beneath the ground using various different kinds of equipment.
It involves using tools such as ground penetrating radar, electromagnets and several others.
“[Krishna] just came from presenting a paper to the Geological Society of America, and was kind enough to come here and give a talk at the university,” said Dr. Joe Morgan of JSU’s Physical & Earth Sciences Department.
An introductory lecture for non-geophysicists, the focus of Krishna’s lecture was on what exactly geophysics is and what it is used for. He also presented several of his own case studies, explaining some of what has been done, and continues to be done in the field.
But that wasn’t the only thing unveiled at Krishna’s presentation. Currently, JSU and Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University in India, the institution that Krishna calls home, are working on their own exchange of information.
“We have a memorandum understanding already in place between the two universities. Which means that we want to work, but now we have to figure out what mechanism we’re going to use, how we’re going to fund it, things of that sort,” Morgan said.
“When Dr. Joe came to SRTM University as a Fulbright Fellow, he stayed around six months there teaching our students electrical information systems. Then the idea came to us, why not go for an exchange? And we are processing it,” Krishna said.
“For Jacksonville State, it’ll be similar to a program that’s already in place, we have the Wuhan, with China, Exchange Program. And we’re hoping that it’s going to develop into some sort of program like that. With faculty exchanges and international research back and forth between the two universities, as well as student exchanges,” Morgan said.
“Yeah, if the opportunity comes [to teach at JSU], and it’s there, I’d love to teach,” Krishna said.
Krishnamacharyulu is the Department Director of the Physical and Earth Sciences Department at SRTM University in Nanded, India. He has 24 years of experience in the field of geophysics.
He has authored 27 peer-reviewed journal articles, presented academic papers at more than 40 conferences, has authored and co-authored books, and has guided numerous Ph.D dissertations.

John Sterling
Staff Reporter

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