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  • IRIS Internship Program - Rebekah_Lee
    I ran the code it asked me if I wanted to override the previous parameters file I tried running the code without a parameter file and this problem went away but we weren t totally sure what parameters Geopsy was actually using So Rob brought another programming language out called EXPECT As you may infer it expects to get an interactive question and answers that question according to what you tell it to do I needed to run basically the same code over and over again and just change a number at the end in a couple of places We decided to go with the easy choice in tis case and just write out all the commands we needed to run I used excel to do this in just a few minutes since excel is smart at recognizing counting patterns Then I saved it as a text file and we had our commands Now we just needed expect to go through and run each line one at a time This was a little more complicated but with help from an expert coder Thank you Kim we finally got the code to run As I write this it is just finishing up the last couple lines Now that we have a code that works we can reuse this again as we tweek the parameters and use it for all the stations Now I just need to import into matlab and plot it For some reason there doesn t seem to be a way to save the image that you would get if you went through the interface The documentation is rather sparse We ve also been getting ready for our big trip up to Alaska I am so excited We ll be there all next week collecting data Hopefully I ll be able to give quick updates since we wont be camping out in the wilderness Just hope the weather holds up as there is a forecast for cool weather and rain We ve got a contingency day built in but I am hoping everything will go well and we ll get to do a little site seeing I still can t believe I get to go to Alaska Link to Post Comment on this Post 1 Comments Week 3 RMR Conference June 24th 2014 Wow last week was a whirlwind ride for sure I went to a conference right here in Albuquerque and then took a crazy trip to the Grand Canyon and a few other places over the weekend I was fortunate to be able to attend the Review of Monitoring Research RMR for Ground Based Nuclear Explosion Monitoring last week This was my first experience at a conference It was mostly poster sessions with a plenary sessions in the mornings and workshops on the last day of the review This was not conference but a review and so was not open to the public I was glad to have the opportunity to attend Since I am just beginning to learn about seismology I think the most valuable aspect of the review was the exposure both to the review and to different aspects of seismology I think I had vaguely heard about the Nuclear Test Ban treaty but knew nothing about it The review was geared for people who already knew a lot about it but I did learn a few things The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty was adopted in 1996 but has not yet been ratified As I understood it there is a lot research going on to try to identify a nuclear weapon test and establish procedures for a possible on site investigation Reading the posters was a challenge since there were so many terms and techqniques I either haven t heard of or don t understand yet However being able to talk to the author really helped to be able to understand the gist of the posters and was really interesting There were a lot of posters on developing better velocity models for various regions mostly in Asia and one on a technique to be able to easily recognize a bolide meteorite through a technique that honestly went way above me but was cool to see the results The workshops were rather difficult to grasp but I did learn a little bit about the Source Physics Experiment SPE and the different phases It s crazy to think about but I could have a PHD in time for phase 3 when they will drill down to where an earthquake occured and set off an explosion to be able to directly compare the two kinds of events I think that s the most exciting part of the experiment My goal this summer is to both work hard and play hard so now here s a little bit of the play part I had met another Sandia intern outside of SNL at a meetup hike who also wanted to go visit the Grand Canyon She also had a conference last week but because of my schedule this past weekend seemed to be the best time for me to go before things really get crazy with my project when we collect the data in July We scrambled friday to switch gears and get packed and on the road to the south rim We got a late start but managed to see so many things This trip was an exploration more than a vacation to a particular place I am still amazed at everything we managed to pack into the weekend I ll just put a bulletined list of everything we did here Saw the Petrified Forest and saw some nearby ruins saw the Grand Canyon for the first time ever by helicopter Saw a small elk Camped in the national forest in a random spot Visited the South Rim on foot and took a very short hike into the canyon Saw a Condor Visited Desert View Watchtower Mary Colter was the architect and modeled it after traditional Hopi construction

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  • IRIS Internship Program - Khalia Payton
    out necessary information for an accurate fault plot and over all statisic plot for the given data So I had to delete all output files and start over I now know that each run takes a few hours not seconds Now I m in the process of contrasting my models without tremor to my models with tremor hopefully we ll see some sort of difference The programming is going fine I would say navigating around with unix gets easier everyday My living situation is beautiful I m not sure if I mentioned it before but my apartment has the most beatiful courtyard with several flowers palm trees and pool It s like an oasis when I go back home Link to Post Comment on this Post 3 Comments Week 3 Update June 23rd 2014 On Tuesday 6 17 my mentor and I took a trip to UC Riverside There was a group meeting that included a number of people working with the earthquake simulator RSQSim It gave me a chance to meet some of the other people working with the earthquake simulator and learn about their projects I spoke with with Jim Keith and Kayla specifically about my work this summer On Wednesday I wasn t feeling too well so I was able to work for home on tweaking my shear and normal stress parameters for the simulation I think I m getting the hang of creating the scripts I m also in the process of applying for the AWG scholarship Link to Post Comment on this Post 0 Comments Week 2 June 13th 2014 This summer I will utilize the RSQSim which is used to study the effects of both small and large scale fault system geometry on recurrence statistics in a idealized but complex fault system The team

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  • IRIS Internship Program - Shane Cooper
    when the earth tides are at their peak which makes sense intuitively because peak times are when earth tides exert the greatest force on faults The Geysers catalog I m using is from 2012 2014 and includes over 40 000 earthquakes in a small area around the Geysers geothermal field The colored lines show different tidal periods at different times and if there is any correlation between induced seismicity and earth tides the periods at the colored lines should see a spike The most important line is the black line M2 and represents the strongest tide at about 12 4 hours The M2 does pass the 99 confidence interval so according this this graph earth tides can trigger earthquakes For some reason the colored lines change back to gray after they pass the 99 confidence interval so I need to still figure out why that happens Link to Post Comment on this Post 2 Comments Week 5 July 3rd 2014 This has been a good week so far Writing code in matlab is becoming an easier task and I can do most of it on my own now I am also learning how to make plots very neat so when the time comes for making my AGU poster I will be ready for that The 4th of July is tomorrow so I will probably see what my roommates are doing and plan something for the weekend Last week I went to Newberry and saw an awesome shield volcano Pics http i imgur com rDEaLDq jpg http i imgur com 0dMPzk8 jpg http i imgur com qqA9YCj jpg http i imgur com Td3IYYC jpg Link to Post Comment on this Post 2 Comments Success and Challenges June 26th 2014 Rounding out the 4th week I have made progress analyzing the earthquake data in MATLAB So far the coding has been challenging in some respects but I think I am getting the hang of it This coding includes plotting the data on lat lon maps creating Schuster plots filtering the data with respect to space and time and filtering the data with respect to other earthquake locations The project overall coming along pretty well I am spending extra time organizing data so I can quickly remember what exactly I did over the summer when time comes for AGU In addition the way I am organizing data is useful because I can create a loop in MATLAB that filters out all the data locations at once I am studying different places around the country This is a good way to save time when it comes to long coding blocks that can take hours to complete My living situation is great There is a convenient Safeway only four blocks away from where I live That store has surely been a life saver Link to Post Comment on this Post 2 Comments Week 3 June 18th 2014 This week I met some other REU students for the materials science physics and chemistry Monday was their

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  • IRIS Internship Program - Ivan Kurz
    in the model Here is a random example of a ParaView snapshot visualizing the velocity distribution in a two layered rheology of double the strike slip velocity relative to the mantle s velocity comparing a mesh of 100 km thickness to 400 km thickness My greatest trouble toward the latter half of this week was in calculating the plane of zero velocity magnitude where we do not expect motion of the crust and the velocity tensor Conceptually both are simple to address but the task of converting a vtu visual file into an ASCII file for MATLAB use has worn thin A slight adjustment to the old Perl code produced a file of irregular dimensions importing the file in turn produced bugs Based on today s meeting the optimal route may be to convert the vtu file to a spreadsheet within MATLAB before proceeding The coming week will take me to Stanford for the Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics PyLith workshop and I am nothing less than thrilled to have the chance to be there The subject matter covers geodynamic modeling as well so the ideas addressed there while not directly relevant to the assignments at hand should be close enough to prove useful More on this in several days Link to Post Comment on this Post 3 Comments 2 Let s Explore the Wonderful World of Ubuntu June 9th 2014 I concluded that my aging laptop would not remotely suffice for my internship purchased a brand new one and through a coup d etat replaced Windows 8 with Ubuntu Diving head first into UNIX has been like ripping off a bandage painful in the short term but a relief in the long term Furthermore in my quest to find the perfect hardware last weekend I wound up walking around Albuquerque in a continuous eighteen hour trek But what an adventure As soon as I m able to tunnel into the physics department s computer and solve some configuration issues progress should arrive Because I model no data or instruments are required I rely on FEniCS and ParaView to solve differential equations by finite element methods and plot the evolution of a theoretical geodynamic system These software packages are universal among the theorists particularly at Brown and Columbia Other students and I also toy around with GMT for example in group meetings and a seminar later this month involves extensive PyLith usage One more point on my last blog entry in order to study seismic anisotropy we often use SKS phase waves reflected off the core mantle boundary How come At the boundary compressional waves convert into shear waves We know the initial polarization of these waves so given the final polarization of the split shear wave we can speculate on the anisotropy of the material through which the wave passed Link to Post Comment on this Post 2 Comments The Anisotropy Rhapsody June 6th 2014 I suppose I should verify the understanding of anisotropy I gleaned over the first week

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  • IRIS Internship Program - Tierney Larson
    There was a lot of hiking in search of perfect sites but we used each day to the fullest and found some great areas Just as our work was finishing up that week though I started to have terrible sensitivity to the sun I had been taking malaria pills all month which my travel nurse told me that I may experience the side effect of increased sensitivity to sunlight Each day it got worse and worse I was putting on sunscreen 3 times a day and wearing long sleeves and still looked like a tomato I decided to stop taking the pills so let s hope I don t get malaria but not before I got some terrible third degree burns on my hands But hey maybe they ll turn into badass scars I feel like I was gone much more than a month with how busy we were each day There is so much more I could say about the experience but now it s time to get back to my IRIS internship and the work I have left to wrap up in the next three weeks before school starts again In my next post I ll share some images I meant to share before I left I m finally to the point where I m working on drawing conclusions from my data which is super exciting It s a little overwhelming how much I have to do in the coming weeks but after climbing through thorns up the side of a mountain carrying a rock drill I think I can handle it Link to Post Comment on this Post 1 Comments THE Last Week July 5th 2014 Wow sorry just realized none of that post saved for some reason let s try this again I guess now this is my fourth attempt using the 30 minutes of free wifi in the Johannesburg airport while I can Here s what I meant to post yesterday I wrote this awesome last post yesterday afternoon then as soon as I hit submit the webpage locked up and I lost the entire post So I re wrote the whole thing super quick before heading off to a Fourth of July barbeque but as I hit submit I lost internet connection and lost the entire post Here s my third attempt at telling you guys how this past week went Right now it s 4 45 am and I m sitting in the Raleigh airport for the 6th time this summer on my way to New York to make my flight later this morning to Johannesburg South Africa I m running on 90 minutes of sleep and so excited and nervous and in disbelief that I m leaving for an entire month This last week was crunch time for me because I needed to get as much done as possible before taking off and totally forgetting where I m at with my project It was a long week but I broke some serious ground so I feel like I m leaving at a good spot One of my biggest goals for this summer was to have a preliminary abstract for AGU before leaving and that got accomplished this week I finally got my codes de bugged so they produce some data that makes sense Now I have quantitative details about infrasound in the area that I can actually use to start drawing conclusions which is awesome I feel like I ve finally gotten through the hardest part of my project but Danny and Jonathan have been giving me some good advice on moving forward from here which they both say is actually the most difficult part Now like a real scientist I have to figure out what my data signify in order to draw an important conclusion I have to investigate the interesting or questionable signals and try to come up with the story of where they came from and why they arrived at the array at the time they did I ve been doing a lot of reading about infrasound propagation in the atmosphere which is really complicated but very interesting Just before I left I started grouping events in clusters to start thinking about possible sources in the area and calculate azimuth ranges to put in my AGU abstract When I get back I hope to look into this more to see if I can credit some of the high inclination angles to refractions reflections in the stratosphere or higher Outside of lab this week was humid It has been so hot and the humidity is just stifling I find myself looking forward to going to the desert which is sad But I m still managing to enjoy my summer while I can On Thursday Jonathan Rebecca and I went to Occaneechee Park which Jonathan calls The Yellowstone of North Carolina It was really gorgeous and great to get out in the morning and hike before work We were so ridiculously afterward though Then yesterday I went over to Jonathan s for a pre fireworks barbeque Classic Lees lab why waste a good explosion After work on Thursday we set out a seismometer a geophone station and three infrasound sensors to see what kind of signals we pick up The fireworks were awesome not quite the same as detonating a shockwave producing TNT explosion but still cool smiley So this is it I don t know when where if I ll have internet in the coming month but I will try to sneak in an update if I can I tried to add pictures to this post the previous three times I submitted it but I think that s why I was having problems so I had to cut them out Other than that see you in August Link to Post Comment on this Post 1 Comments Last Week July 1st 2014 Better late than never right Last week was kind of a blur My days were so full that they seemed to just fly by I got back from Buffalo last Saturday then woke up Sunday morning with a terrible cold I think all of the traveling finally caught up to me I was almost expecting to get sick with how busy and exhausted I ve been So I was pretty miserable Sunday and it only got worse on Monday so I came home from the lab a little early and slept all afternoon Apparently sleep was exactly what I needed because I felt much better Tuesday back to the lab All week I worked on my project with the New Mexico data while everyone else scrambled to organize the massive amount of data we collected in the field It was kind of cool because last week for the first time I felt not only independent but capable While Jonathan and Danny and Rebecca worked on their own projects I found myself solving my own problems and figuring things out by myself Coming in I knew pretty much nothing about programming or analyzing infrasound signals but last week I realized that I finally know enough to not have to ask for help every time I m stuck It s not like I don t get stuck anymore let s just say it s a bumpy road where if I don t run into a problem I get suspicious but I have the tools to figure out what s wrong with my code or where I need to tweak my equations Sure sometimes it takes me a long time to find that one little bug in my code that s messing everything up and I m tempted to go ask Jonathan how to fix it because I know he could find it in minutes but it feels so satisfying when I find it myself and get things working on my own Last week I was able to finalize the code that sorts my signals pulls up only the good ones for me to make arrival time picks saves those picks to run through my celerity code and spits out azimuth inclination and celerity for each event That s huge But of course there s much more to do because now I have to decide how I m going to use the results and what conclusions I want to draw from them Life was pretty busy outside of the lab last week as well I had to write and turn in my senior thesis prospectus which is super exciting but also difficult when I ve been thinking about my project here so much There s also a lot to organize for the big trip to Namibia so I ve been running around taking care of boring last minute details We found out that we won t be able to get an invitation into Angola which means we can t get our visas and won t be able to go Namibia will be fantastic though so I m still just as excited and anxious and nervous as before Thursday I went out to lunch with Rebecca to watch the sad USA vs Germany loss I don t follow soccer at all but every one of the guys I live with watches religiously so I ve been getting into it Then Friday night we had a girls night and just hung out drank champagne in pajamas and binge watched Orange is the New Black which is SO ADDICTING do not start it if you have a big project you need to finish or start it anyway like me and watch the whole first season in three days I also cooked an artichoke for the first time in my life Let s just say it was an interesting experience Link to Post Comment on this Post 1 Comments Pictures June 26th 2014 Well sorry guys I tried All my pictures are either too big or the wrong format and I can t get any videos to upload either so there won t be any field pictures on the blog HOWEVER I made an album on Facebook hopefully it s accessible with this link https www facebook com media set set a 771242439594039 1073741826 100001248691367 type 1 l a20f2491ae I m really not good at posting my pictures but I ll try my hardest to keep it updated all summer Link to Post Comment on this Post 1 Comments Fire in the Hole June 23rd 2014 Sorry for getting behind with updating the blog the past couple of weeks have been insanely busy in the lab Last Saturday we traveled to Buffalo New York to take part in an international volcanological initiative which was absolutely awesome So leading up to last week there was little time to work on my project as the whole team was needed to test our equipment before the trip We tested everything outside of the geology building on campus and then loaded it all into a car and drove to a farm outside of Chapel Hill where we set off some dry ice bombs to collect infrasound and seismic data Did you know you can buy dry ice at the grocery store Anyway the tests were successful so we packed our microphones and seismometers very carefully for a week of observing some real TNT explosions We hauled all of our infrasound and seismic equipment up north to participate in a week long field campaign where groups of researchers from around the world came to collect data and collaborate The bulk of the field work was done in a rural open field in Springville New York which is about a half an hour away from Buffalo We had a few days to set up and two official blasting days to collect data It was hectic with so many different groups all collecting different things at the same time but also very exciting Over 20 explosions were detonated ranging in size and burial depth strategically placed amongst 5 separate blasting pads I think our group brought the most equipment so our setup was pretty extensive We had a far array of 3 infrasound microphones and a seismometer connected to a Reftek data logger which we placed about 50 meters from the blasts in the middle of some tall grass It was a nice surprise each morning coming out to put batteries in each of the microphones and finding slugs and grasshoppers crawling all over them there are some weird bugs living in Springville NY and they obviously didn t like me because I left each day covered in bites On the first day I got stung by something weird and my whole hand swelled up It looked like a balloon or like one of those cartoon Mickey Mouse hands Pretty gross We also had a near array of 5 infrasound microphones that we set on the ground closer to the explosions Then in order to observe the vertical propagation of sound waves the microphones that will fly on the NASA project at the end of summer were placed in soft sided lunch boxes and mounted to a 25 foot flagpole in three locations top middle bottom to create our flag array It was kind of a crazy setup something no one had ever tried before but it ended up being super successful As if we didn t have enough equipment we were given accelerometers and another seismometer from PASSCAL to observe the explosions so we had to collect data from these as well The two accelerometers that PASSCAL gave us were super nice and expensive so we had to be careful with them but we were curious to see how the ground accelerates really close to the explosion site We decided to build two cheap accelerometers of our own which could be blown up without consequences I hadn t used my knowledge of circuits and electricity from freshman year physics since the class ended and suddenly I was using my hands to solder things to a circuit board I loved the hands on aspect of electronics and I feel like I actually gained some practical knowledge I don t think I will ever find myself soldering in a hotel room ever again quite an adventure After a few long days in the field and lots of sunburn we packed up our equipment and celebrated with ice cream and cold beer Then on Thursday we took some time to be tourists and trekked over to Niagara Falls which was gorgeous We had perfect weather and spent the day walking around and enjoying the falls But of course in a group full of scientists everything becomes an experiment so we took one array with 6 microphones with us to collect some infrasound from the falls Two other groups came with us one brought an infrared camera to do thermal imaging of the falls and the other brought a high speed camera I was walking around with a Reftek shoved in my backpack as we moved between three different sites within the park We definitely got some weird looks when we laid out all of our equipment I m sure some people thought we were crazy It was a great day though and produced some cool data Also that night we went out for buffalo wings in Buffalo which turned into a challenge of who could eat the hottest wings seriously hilarious adviser intern bonding Although the week was unbelievably exhausting I had such an amazing time meeting people from around the world and learning more about other types of volcanological research I was by far the youngest person there but I loved being able to get to know scientists from different backgrounds and hear their advice and perspectives on going into a career in geophysics The week was extremely valuable to me in so many ways The blasters let me detonate not just one but two of the biggest explosions on the last day which pretty much made my week But even better than that I made connections with an amazing group of researchers while experiencing all the stress hard work and reward of being in the field P S I have so many cool pictures and videos I want to share so hopefully I can figure out how to get them on here next entry should be way less words way more pictures Link to Post Comment on this Post 3 Comments My Computer and Me June 11th 2014 We ve really gotten to know each other over the past month Back in May two large side by side screens welcomed me into the lab and provided me with a workspace of my own for the rest of the summer What started as intermittent flirting has flourished into a full fledged commitment We went from seeing each other occasionally throughout the week to spending entire days face to face cultivating an intimate relationship that makes us nearly inseparable Except when my butt back and neck get sore from sitting in this stupid chair and I get sick of working on fixing the same few lines of code for four hours straight and I start staring out the window wondering how loud the crash would be if I threw one of these screens out of it I believe I ve hit the stage in my internship where now that I have a full grasp of what I m doing and have jumped into the real work for the summer things are getting a little rough My computer and I are definitely out of our honeymoon phase and as in all successful relationships we ll have to get past our rough patches if we want to become a strong dynamic power couple Okay reading that back just now I realize how weird it is that I referred to myself and my computer as a power couple I guess what I m trying to say is that a huge portion of my work this summer will be

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  • IRIS Internship Program - Mackenzie Fannon
    of my internship I presented my poster to the group of graduate students and undergraduate students that my mentor advises They gave me some feedback and it was also good practice for me before AGU I can definitely say that I have learned and gained so much experience this summer from meeting new people and networking at the IRIS workshop in Oregon to completing seismological research to learning how to cook healthy and balanced meals for my housemates and myself Link to Post Comment on this Post 1 Comments Weeks 3 and 4 June 24th 2014 Now that I am approaching the midpoint of my internship I am finally getting into the swing of things Right now I am processing my data for earthquakes greater than magnitude 5 5 in my study area along the Mexican subduction zone in order to compute the source time functions I will later analyze these source time functions to figure out the duration of each earthquake From that said analysis I hope to find some slow slip earthquake events which have longer than average rupture durations I have been using Unix and SAC to edit already existing scripts so that I can process the waveform data I downloaded from WILBER off the IRIS website I have been using vi editor to edit the specific event time location and focal mechanism information for each earthquake I have around 52 events from 1990 to the beginning of June for my analysis The commands and scripts that I have been using are used to extract the waveforms from the seed file I downloaded from WILBER perform initial corrections on the waveforms and source deconvolution using theoretical Green s functions I am happy to say that I am now more comfortable and confident using Unix commands and SAC I have come to realize this when an undergrad student started working for my mentor last week She was in the same boat I was in when I started my internship she knew nothing about computers or seismology So as she was going through some tutorials that my mentor gave her to do I was able to help her with any questions that she had and also pass along some helpful hints that a few graduate students gave me Link to Post Comment on this Post 1 Comments Week 2 June 17th 2014 Sorry about posting this blog entry late I was away most of last week to attend the IRIS workshop in central Oregon The workshop was a great opportunity for me to meet many graduate students and learn more about IRIS and current seismological research So far what I have been using for my internship is GMT I have already made one map of magnitude 5 5 for the area that I will be studying along the Mexican subduction zone Also included in the same map are the focal mechanisms for these earthquakes My mentor is also having me learn how to use vi editor in Unix Some

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  • IRIS Internship Program - Ryley Hill
    sigh of relief was felt throughout the room We got power back and everything went back to normal sort of Within a few hours of the incident we had changed course Instead of going to the next deployment site we were now heading toward the port in Eureka California for an emergency docking Of course this path brought us directly through a stormy area No one really told me why and you don t really ask questions when you re in that situation but you definitely don t feel comfortable knowing whatever the issue is requires an emergency docking My shift had me used to staying up to 3am and I decided to stay up I was hanging out in the galley when the chief engineer came in to grab some coffee We had talked a little bit before about music and jazz and he was a really nice guy He looked a little tired and I asked him how everything was With some added four letter words he made it clear things were not going well He told me that they were not sure what the problem was and had been up trying to figure it out for the longest time something you always want to hear on your first cruise While we re talking in walks one of my favorite members of the crew Dave If you have ever seen Jaws the boatman Quint played by Robert Shaw could probably be a close representation of Dave yet probably Dave was harder to understand Dave had this amazing phrase that he would use nearly everywhere he went Ohhhh yaaaa just like the Kool Aid Man but add on 20 years of habitual cigarette smoking Anyway he mentions to the engineer that it would be really bad if the power went out again The stormy seas we were going through if we had lost power again would leave us without being able to steer the ship into the waves and possibly a capsize GREAT I m now kicking myself for being awake and hearing this However Dave probably noticed my face go white while hearing this and in an effort to console me talks about how even if that happened it wouldn t be the worst he has seen and goes on to tell me stories of all the crazy things he has seen For better or worse his stories chipped at the time and gave me some reassurance that it could be a lot worse One of my fondest memories during those stories was when one of the veteran scientists came out of bed to grab some rope and straps I asked him What are those for and he just gave me a casual Oh to strap myself into the bed Just to paint a picture of how much we were rolling during that stormy night to Eureka We spent the following day in Eureka while the engineers worked to fix the problem I had a much needed call

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  • IRIS Internship Program - Mason Phillips
    feel that I am moving much more freely and am able to function on my own Although I have previous MATLAB experience I am learning a lot of new things that I m sure will help me in the future One thing I definitely feel that I could improve on is time management I spend a fair amount of time waiting for code to run and about half of the time is spent reading about upcoming NBA free agency on the Internet This time could and should be used to do other things but I m not entirely sure what yet Hopefully this bad habit will be eradicated sometime next week Link to Post Comment on this Post 1 Comments Blog 3 June 23rd 2014 Sorry I am a little late Week three was definitely an interesting week here at SMU One of the biggest things I have learned about my project is that the conclusions will perhaps have a larger political and social impact than scientific This project is getting a lot of publicity in the area because seismicity is directly affecting people and the local economy My advisor was invited to be on a discussion panel including reporters politicians and an energy industry representative The event was sponsored by NPR and StateImpact There was an audience and the discussion was broadcasted on the radio as well Throughout the discussion the panelists were generally met with hostility from the crowd which consisted of citizens of Azle Reno and other nearby towns being shaken by small magnitude earthquakes People were angry that the temporal correlation between oil and gas activity in the area and unprecedented seismicity is not enough to scientifically prove that oil and gas activity caused the seismicity Although this may seem obvious to a scientist they are not to blame for having such strong feelings This event was certainly eye opening and in a strange way inspiring It made me feel like what I am doing could really help people On a different note the following day Heather my advisor and I returned to Azle to help teach kids about earthquakes at a science camp and the local library I was tasked with building an earthquake machine that was interactive and would help kids understand earthquakes better Not being much of a craftsman I was not very confident in my ability to make such a machine Fortunately I was able to put something together It wasn t too impressive but it worked and was a hit at the science fair I think the kids really enjoyed it Now I am beginning to cross correlate data in GISMO a MATLAB based waveform analysis toolbox I expect to be doing this for the next few weeks as this is the bulk of my project I am very glad that I have experience with MATLAB I could not imagine how much harder my work would be if I was learning MATLAB throughout these first few weeks I expect that week

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