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  • IRIS Internship Program - From Earthscope to field work
    of fun to met other seismologist My project is Earthscope funded so by attending I was able to learn more about my project and also got to practice talking about what I am doing At the beginning of the conference I was pretty worried I did not know many people there and everyone was much more educated then I was I pretty much clung to my mentor the first dinner but slowly started to gain more independence and branch out This really helped develop my networking skills and gave me more confidence in talking about my research and learning about other s At the end of the conference I felt very confident in the miniature introductory speech I would give to introduce my research I am working on the mid lithospheric discontinuity which is in the Grenville Front in the grano rhyolite province I am examining the MLD because it s a low velocity zone This is unusual because the continental lithosphere is very old and stable so there should not be a change in velocity I am using receiver functions to analysis the area So far we have think this might be due to anisotropy It took me 3 days to final pronounce anisotropy right an I sought trophy I had repeat this little speech at least 100 times when talking about my research This makes me excited because if I were to read what I just wrote 3 weeks ago I would have no idea what any of it means I feel like I ve made so much progress in so little time I m extremely exited to start my fieldwork Tuesday and will be traveling half way across the country installing and repairs seismic stations for 10 days Wish me luck Comments By Rob on June 21st

    Original URL path: http://www.iris.edu/hq/internship/blogs/entry/from_earthscope_to_field_work (2015-11-11)
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  • IRIS Internship Program - Nature and Technology
    the view was worth it It s amazing how quickly the scenery can change from the city to forest here in New Haven For my reseach this summer I will be working with a variety of programs So far I ve used 3 diferent programs PQL II SAC and SOD I ve started of with raw data that I acquired through the IRIS page and downloaded using SOD I then used SAC to reorientate the data into radial and transverse components and also to filter the data so the waveforms would be easier to analysis quickly in PQL II I ve spent a majority of my time working with PQL II It can was frustrating at first constantly crashing on me however I found if I load less waveforms max 5 at once then it won t crash This makes it take longer to analysis but once I got into the grove of things I became quicker and quicker I ve been working with a lot of data some older than I am from 1994 However I know the more data I look at the better my results will turn out Next week I will be heading out to the Earth Scope Conference I am very excited to attend and I know it will be a great opportunity to meet other seismologist Comments By Michael on June 10th 2015 Glad to hear you were able to get out and do some exploring That definitely looks like a pretty cool hike I won t be going to Stowe but I there will certainly be lots of other IRIS folks and internship alumni there I look forward to hearing what you think of the meeting By Jordan Bishop on June 11th 2015 Hey Lauren I m using PQL II also I was

    Original URL path: http://www.iris.edu/hq/internship/blogs/entry/nature_and_technology (2015-11-11)
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  • IRIS Internship Program - My First Week at Yale
    I know all my work will pay off soon when I start creating receiver functions to display my findings During this internship I hope to accomplish a lot A few things I really want to do are learn the terminology seismologist use so I can sound professional learn networking skills and also be published My first 2 goals I ve already stared working on Through the papers I have been reading I ve learned more and more key terms As for networking practice my department has tea time everyday at 3 30 and although I m just talking to mostly graduate students it has helped me feel more confident and relaxed discussing my research and learning about theirs Lastly it will not be easy to be published in the short 12 weeks I am here Hopefully I will have enough of a start that I can continue writing up draft papers while I start classes in the fall All in all it has been a great start to my internship and I can t wait to see what will happen next Here is a picture of a program I ve been using to analysis my data Comments By Rob on

    Original URL path: http://www.iris.edu/hq/internship/blogs/entry/my_first_week_at_yale (2015-11-11)
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  • IRIS Internship Program - From Orientation To New Haven
    the brim with fun activities I would never been able to get this kind of field experience at my home university Besides the number of hikes we took I learned to set up a seismometer and geophones I ve learned so many new things in my first week of the internship I can t wait to see what Yale has in store for me Here s me in New Mexico

    Original URL path: http://www.iris.edu/hq/internship/blogs/entry/from_orientation_to_new_haven (2015-11-11)
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  • IRIS Internship Program - Orientation Week
    your host university there is an orientation week at New Mexico Tech During this week we have a chance to meet other interns go on hikes learn geophysics and other computer skills and have fun with the company of other geologist Everyone comes from a diverse backgrounds and experiences making the orientation more exciting and more meaningful It has been a great time and I m not sure the last

    Original URL path: http://www.iris.edu/hq/internship/blogs/entry/orientation_week7 (2015-11-11)
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  • IRIS Internship Program - Saved the Best For Last
    I have pictures I didn t realize how loud helicopters were until I had to stand right next to one and unload gear while it was still running No wonder we wear these Star Wars looking helmets I can t explain how exhilarating it is to fly through mountians and over snow capped ridges and glaciers Truly an amazing experience Redoubt volcano We even flew right up to the side and I could see steam coming from the top My favorite flight by a longshot The scarebear as Doug put it as opposed to scarecrow that I built to protect our station close to Redoubt He was pretty chill This was on my very last flight My last station install of the summer This is Mt Iliamna the volcano next in line to Redoubt I will definitely never forget this amazing experience and I hope I will have more in the future This internship has given me some of the most exciting moments of my entire life Before this summer I had never even been on a plane now I ve been in large planes small planes float planes helicopters and boats of varying size I am so very grateful for such an amazing opportunity to get out and work in such a beautiful state I have learned so much this summer as well I am confident I could even install a seismic station by myself I ve had plenty of practice in field work this summer that s for sure I ve also gained much experience in the computational side of research Before this summer I had never even tried to write code or a program or work with something like Matlab Now I feel more confident than ever though I know I have A LOT to learn still working in this environment As you guys know the computational side and the field work side of my research this summer do not exactly go together In the field I have been assisting in the setup of the SALMON seismic network in Alaska but on the computer I am working with data from Uturuncu volcano PLUTONS seismic network The summer started off a bit rocky but things are finally coming together and I am getting much better at working with Splitlab I feel like every time I get through the data set I find some more useful information about how to filter or which method works best for certain backazimuths that I end up going back through and making more improvements There s always more to learn and room for improvement I ve noticed So here s a glimpse into what I have been working on this summer still always a work in progress of course A map of the seismic stations set up around Uturuncu volcano in Bolivia the volcano is located under the station in the center PLCM The red lines represent the fast polarization directions determined from the shear wave splitting results gathered using the sofware Splitlab

    Original URL path: http://www.iris.edu/hq/internship/blogs/entry/saved_the_best_for_last (2015-11-11)
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  • IRIS Internship Program - Glaciers, Planes, and Posters
    it It was so smooth I could not even tell when we took off or landed This plane was built in 1956 and undergoes refurbishing every few years Isn t she a beauty We were so close to the ground the entire time and I saw more moose than I have the entire rest of the trip I even spotted another bear I was convinced it was a brown bear due to its size and not black color but my fellow passengers were not positive which it was It s really tough to beat the picturesque scenery of Alaska I gotta say Well there are some of my highlights from the last couple of weeks Starting tomorrow my mentor and I are heading out into the field yet again This time we re going down to Port Alsworth around Lake Clark Apparently remote is a good description of this place Doug even tells me that I might not even have cell phone service How exciting But the even more exciting news I ll get to ride in my first helicopter For a little over a week we will be installing stations by helicopter around Lake Clark and Redoubt volcano Every trip into the field I get to do something new I just can t wait Even my mentor Doug who has lived in Alaska for 30 years or so has never been to this place or in a large helicopter or in a float plane I think he s having just as much fun as I am I ll definitely keep you guys posted though As for my research portion of the summer It s great The results are coming along and we are able to build a nice story with them as Doug often says He always says that you should work toward being able to tell a story with your data seriously every time I tell him some results he says Good it sounds like we can make a story out of all of this I think we can get a good story I ve already started writing my abstract and hope to have it done by the end of the next week or so Doug and I have even started discussing the poster and I have already picked some figures that I will be including not all yet because there is still work to be done of course As a rough outline I can tell you what will be on it I don t have the means to put something together just yet due to some technical difficulties At the top will be my title along with the UAF NSF and UNA symbols The poster is essentionally organized into three collumns In the left hand collumn will be my abstract followed by the maps I ve made using GMT of the Uturuncu area and the station locations Perhaps even a photo of the volcano and a desciption of the area In the middle collumn I will have

    Original URL path: http://www.iris.edu/hq/internship/blogs/entry/glaciers_planes_and_posters (2015-11-11)
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  • IRIS Internship Program - 4th and Field work!
    ve been from Fairbanks to Seward to Kenai and we ll soon be in Anchorage where we will be flying in a float plane So many new experiences I am having Today we installed a station in the rain and if any of you have ever used a Clie A palm computer used with the Q330 and Baler you know it s not supposed to get even a drop of water on it Our solution I know I know don t I look great The good thing about that tarp though was that it kept out so many mosquitos a major annoying problem here in Alaska In rain or sunshine this summer fieldwork has been some of the most fun I ve ever had On top of all the fun of installing these stations Alsaka is just absolutely beautiful We get to set up in such remote spots that it s hard to find a place that isn t gorgeous I may cut this blog short unfortunately We are still out in the field and the internet here at the house we re renting isn t always the fastest or most reliable Hope you guys have a wonderful 4th of

    Original URL path: http://www.iris.edu/hq/internship/blogs/entry/4th_and_field_work (2015-11-11)
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