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  • IRIS Internship Program - The Ups and Downs
    and incredibly useful tool Tedious Yes A bit confusing at times Sure Did I mention tedious It s moments like this though that make me smile and reassure me that this is the field I want to work in Another great example of good moments Literally all of the field work I have done thus far and I m sure all of the work still to come Nothing makes me feel more accomplished than standing on top of a steep 80ft bluff after just having helped lug hundreds of pounds of equipment up and install a seismometer station in the midst of Devil s Club and a swamp Glorious feeling right there especially knowing that the climb down was going to be infinitely lighter and easier Or thinking that my data wasn t turning out so great because I was looking at individual stations but then when reviewing the big picture it all works out quite nicely there my not be a ton of results for a particular area but when the results that ARE there actually match up that s a pretty great feeling I m actually really proud of myself for coming in to this with the small amount of programming and coding experience I had and picking it up as quickly as I have I have acheived some personal goals and already done more than I even anticipated I would be able to do by now It s the little wins that can feel the most rewarding honestly Personally I think it s good for me to have a good ballanced amount of both very difficult and successful experiences In fact usually it s the challenging ones that turn out to be the most successful in the end Those infuriating frustrating ones are what make this all

    Original URL path: http://www.iris.edu/hq/internship/blogs/entry/the_ups_and_downs (2015-11-11)
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  • IRIS Internship Program - On My Own
    I know I know don t worry I am working on that While living on my own isn t a new development in my life staying here alone in a strange place incredibly far away from friends and family and dog has been an adjustment Not to mention not having my own car Talk about an attack on the independence Relying solely on public transportation to see all I want in Alaska Not gonna happen But there is hope I made a friend who has a car yay He even took me to see the Alsaka pipeline This is one of the largest in the world and is primarily above ground It runs from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez Alaska See the center part that the pipeline is sitting on It moves In the case of an earthquake the part below the pipeline is not actually attached to the posts on the ground It is fit on there so that the ground can move beneath it while the actual pipeline stays in place How cool right So yeah making friends has it s many benefits aside from fun company of course the buses definitely don t run to this area of town It s been great exploring on my own but I am also realizing that sometimes it s okay and necessary to ask for help Whether it s with frustrating data or just getting to the ice cream shop on the other side of town sometimes there is just no way around it you gotta ask for help On another note this weekend is the solstice and you know what that means in Alaska The Midnight Sun baseball game The Alaska Goldpanners begin their game at 10 30 p m and the game continues straight through the hour of midnight

    Original URL path: http://www.iris.edu/hq/internship/blogs/entry/on_my_own (2015-11-11)
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  • IRIS Internship Program - Getting the Hang of it and Expanding Horizons
    new stations will be installed this summer This is data that has not been extensively examined by anyone and so I may actually work on it also as a preliminary study to our current project SALMON This Alaska data set is sure to have plenty of shear wave splitting and will thus give me even more information to put into an abstract by the end of the summer I will be using a variety of tools this summer First and foremost I mainly work in Splitlab through Matlab and SAC I think I m finally getting the hang of these two especially Splitlab my mentor is fairly new to this particular program as well so some parts have been a bit trial and error but I think things are smoothing out well now I use Antelope sparingly but only for viewing one or two things in my data set I don t foresee using it in abundance throughout the semester Later as I have processed more data I will use GMT a bit more for map making and such but as of right now I have not started that So that s pretty much where I am at right now Hopefully by the next post I will have some good results starting to accumulate Until then thanks for reading Also Geology still rocks NealeyS Comments By Michael on June 10th 2015 Sounds like things are starting to settle out for you work wise and that you are beginning to make progress with he data I don t know much about puffins but they certainly have the cute factor going for them By Nealey Sims on June 12th 2015 Don t they though Biology was never my subject so I am sure I mostly like them for purely aesthetic reasons anyway

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  • IRIS Internship Program - In the beginning…
    learned how to edit the blogs YAY So here goes entry 1 This is Day 5 of orientation week and what a fun week it has been I have already learned so much this week and I think all of the other interns are just grand Also Michael Rob and Matt you guys are pretty fantastic as well I am super stoked to continue my internship in Alaska this summer

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  • IRIS Internship Program - The End is Nigh!
    to spend all day Tuesday letting it run Monday though I went and did some field work with Hunter and her husband James down in Socorro I m pretty surse it was a crosshole sonic logging test but I could be wrong I learned how to pull and I did some of the calculations and helped with measurements We were racing against the monsoon storms though and so I didn t really want to slow us down with my 30 seconds of experience vs James 10 years Regardless we had to get off the mountain early because of lightning Right now I ve just run ReMi on all my shots and I just went through them all yesterday to make sure none of them look crazy weird or anything they don t which is wonderful Yesterday I also did all the fundamental mode picks and today I m organizing them to create a massive dispersion curve graph just to see how it s looking I have to figure out how to grab out 20 m and 2 km offsets today and then set it up to do just that I ll probably sort the code today and tomorrow and let it run over the weekend I might even come in on Sunday to make sure it didn t fail This weekend is my first weekend in Albuquerque since the weekends surrounding orientation and you know it s kind of nice I m going to an Isotopes baseball game on Saturday with two of the graduate interns David and Stephanie and I intend to spend most of the weekend making my CV and starting to reach out to potential graduate advisors First though I need to add to my very short list of people who interest me so I ll be

    Original URL path: http://www.iris.edu/hq/internship/blogs/entry/the_end_is_nigh (2015-11-11)
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  • IRIS Internship Program - Chugging Along
    a pretty big improvement on previous data mostly just because I could actually do ReMi on this Plus because once I compared all my dispersion curves they actually formed something of a pattern These particular curves go from North to South in Indigo to Red rainbow order These weren t evenly distributed shots but random ones that John had sent us to check out I m going to be doing something very similar with the actual data once I get it all But this is good There s a vague pattern And Rob did a quick run with stacking and it looks even better then I spent all day yesterday QCing the data that is going through images that David had produced of the plots and determining which ones are terrible and which ones are definitely usable Each shot point is supposed to have about 32 files but some had more and that s usually because a double hit accidentally occurred or something basically they were aware something had gone slightly awry and had done some more hits This gives us wiggle room to get rid of some of the uglier ones As for my poster and abstract Hunter had wanted me to have my abstract done by this week but she s unfortunately out sick I have most of it done but I ve never written anything technical or similar before so I m a little scared of how badly she s gonna tear it apart I ve been told that there s a poster template that I ll be following which is something of a relief Based off the posters around the office here though I imagine I m going to be going with a system very similar to what Nealey mentioned in her blog Left most column

    Original URL path: http://www.iris.edu/hq/internship/blogs/entry/chugging_along (2015-11-11)
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  • IRIS Internship Program - Mid-Summer’s Blog Post
    I ve been continuing bits and pieces to improve my GMT map Still not completed but this is what I have so far I ve also been exploring other ways of organizing my data at the suggestion of Rob but with how the data is currently being presented it s a little difficult due to inconsistencies Also late last week I had something pointed out to me I don t really fully understand what I m doing I mean that s not surprising I have geophysics and two general physics courses under my belt so I really shouldn t expect to be at the same level of understanding as a graduate student But I was so focused on trying to learn the code and the how to do the inversions that I didn t stop to think why Like I know what the dispersion curve is supposed to look like and the velocity model but if you asked what kind of information I could glean from it I wouldn t be able to tell you on the fly without some serious thought first Just a slight jab at my pride So I ve been assigned some literature and I ve been working on getting a better understanding The intro to seismology book that I m using isn t very simple though and I will admit that I ve fallen asleep reading it Luckily I have the internet so I m going to try to continue to explore my options in expanding my knowledge As always I have to update you on my Western exploration This weekend I stayed more local I think I mentioned I had planned on going to the Caverns and White Sands as well as rock hounding Well the girls who were going to go with us

    Original URL path: http://www.iris.edu/hq/internship/blogs/entry/mid-summers_blog_post (2015-11-11)
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  • IRIS Internship Program - Wild, Wild West
    should expect at those intersections Unfortunately the site where those files are kept appears to be down this week so that might be a Monday project Probably the most frustrating thing about this whole thing has been the data or rather lack thereof Trying to come up with code using other data sets which are often rather different or whose headers are incomplete to the point of uselessness has certainly made things interesting There is a bright silver lining though man am I learning to be patient And to not panic which Hunter keeps telling me I like having my stuff done ahead of time especially for something as big as this Things don t always go the way that I want though and learning to accept that this early on will help me when I do my own research I think The cool thing out of all of this is that I came into this without much knowledge of coding and now I ve written my own rudimentary code I can t really write functions but I m comfortable with loops and two or three weeks ago I didn t even know what the heck they were That and I LOVE GMT Even if it s pain in the you know what I love the functionality of it Armed with bash matlab and gmt I think I m a far cry from where I was 5 weeks ago when I left home There s a lot more to learn but I m really happy with my progress Okay now that you re updated on my research adventures it s time for my outdoors adventures The title of my post probably gives you a hint but this past weekend myself and Danielle my faithful adventure partner headed Northwest and landed ourselves in Utah First though here s some stuff from my previous weekend s foray into Petrified Forest National Park Trees scared stiff O Storms at the badlands Lots and lots of lightning but I only got videos no pictures And this weekend we went through Petrified Forest again and had intended to go to the Grand Canyon but it was like 105 so we decided to just go right to Lake Powell which was beautiful Doesn t do it justice Sunset and sunrise at Lake Powell Okay just one more the sunrise from the tent So we headed further into Utah where the gas prices are about 0 90 higher than in Albuquerque it s horrifying I m telling you but the landscape is insane Danielle climbing a crazy cross bedded rock at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in Southern Utah The hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park The natural bridge among many others I m sure that aren t on the main road also at Bryce Our campsite at Kodachrome State Park where the sand was much more comfortable than at Lake Powell The Colorado River in Marble Canyon as seen from the Navajo Bridge I didn

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