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  • IRIS Internship Program - Independence
    to make unrelated post titles but this one is actually relevant With the fourth of July rapidly approaching ugh which means summer s like half over independence becomes a much more commonly thrown around word Personally I can t say I ve developed into the independent person that I am today but that I ve always been this way This is great when you re 25 and trying to wade your way through the wonderful world of science but I m pretty sure it was extremely exasperating for my mom and for teachers throughout my life Or at the very least interesting Being an independent person has been really awesome in doing research at the undergraduate level I just assumed that I was supposed to do the work and figure it out myself until I would go to update my research advisor Dr Tindall and she would marvel at that very fact I m not even sure what I d be doing out here if I wasn t well independent I can t just sit around and wait for people to join me and actually I d much rather not because I d never get anywhere and I d be bored I mean you can t always wait for people to hold your hand like when it comes to research or grad school But in that same boat you also don t want to be so independent that you insist on creating your own path through the most difficult forest possible I m a pretty stubborn person so I completely understand that there s a balance Don t depend on people for everything but heeding words of wisdom from those before me has never hurt me And sometimes it s a little nerve wracking tackling big challenges alone like my 30 hour drive out here I do have to say though even if it s a little scary it feels really great to have completed something like that I mean you just did this whatever your challenge may be that you obviously triumphed over so you can definitely do the next thing this internship for example and so on Alright that s enough out of me I m not actually qualified to give solid advice so you ll have to take this viscous advice instead Later days Tori Comments By Nealey Sims on June 20th 2015 I love reading your blog because there s just so much character in it I can understand the being frustrated about data I am having the same problem but with my actual data right now I know this frustrating test data will only serve to prepare you well for the real thing though I could tell from being around you during orientation that you are very much independent I get a strong awesome I can take on the world vibe from you Keep it up And keep up these awesome blogs I love reading about all of your adventures and seeing pictures By Michael

    Original URL path: http://www.iris.edu/hq/internship/blogs/entry/independence (2015-11-11)
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  • IRIS Internship Program - The Waiting Game and How Much I Love Colorado
    get more comfortable with MatLab no matter how difficult I can be He s been super great I have also been doing more work on understanding ReMi and trying to figure out how to express what I m doing in a non scholarly way since I can then use that as an outline and express it in a scholarly way ideally anyway So obviously I m working with MatLab and as I ve previously mentioned I ve also worked with GMT on my maps which hey I can show you This is the Nevada Test Site The next step is to throw in some more labels and a legend and do the same thing for the other two maps I have one of Nevada so you can see where the test site is and then a close up of that orange line our field site The orange line actually isn t a line it s all the shots of the piledriver but they re so close together 200 m spacing that it ends up looking like a line no matter what I do That dataset has had a few delays due to surprise technical difficulties But once we get it our team will be some of the first people to look at it So I ll be doing or running the code for depending on your view to do the initial event picking for the Rayleigh waves I ve also been talking to everybody I can about grad school and trying to narrow down what I want to do and who I want to do it with and where Everybody has been very willing to give advice and share personal stories good and bad so I m really thankful for that Okay I think that s enough for today Hope

    Original URL path: http://www.iris.edu/hq/internship/blogs/entry/the_waiting_game_and_how_much_i_love_colorado1 (2015-11-11)
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  • IRIS Internship Program - Week 2 (sort of)
    I actually have another one that I should be working on now but I decided to get this done right away so I wouldn t forget I also spent this morning trying to fine tune my GMT maps but sometimes read often things don t like to cooperate Also I m working with my own limited knowledge and google so it s probably my own fault if we re being honest here I m supposed to have some goals related to this internship so I guess I should post those on here Probably the most prominent goal which isn t exactly quanitifiable nor unavoidable is becoming comfortable with basic coding This is happening already but I want to drive home to PA with the confidence that I can work with matlab or unix without having a meltdown That s my biggest goal and it s for the whole summer For the first third of the summer I just want have a level of understanding of my project and my role in it that I could explain it to somebody completely unfamiliar with seismology The second third of the summer will be dedicated to data processing so I really really want to have all of the processing done by the second third Maybe not a complete structural understanding yet but I want that part done By the final third of the summer I really want to have my poster done I know it s not always possible and it s sort of out of my control in some respects but I m going to have a very busy fall between getting ready for grad school and flu season I work at a pharmacy not to mention mental preperation for AGU so I don t really want to have to worry about that as much I mean there s a lot more that I want to do but the gist of it all is that I want to learn as much as possible while I m here and walk out of here as prepared as I possibly can be for AGU The people here are very nice and very good at giving advice so I also want to glean as much as I can about grad school That s another goal by the final third I want to have reached out to at least 3 different potential grad school advisors and discussed research with them I ve already got a list started so it s just a matter of sitting down and writing the emails Naturally my life doesn t revolve around work and being from Pennsylvania I was tripping all over myself to explore the high desert The Saturday before orientation I took the beautiful drive down to White Sands National monument which is about 3 hours South of ABQ Unless you get really excited and pull over a lot to check out the rocks or take pictures of the sunset then it takes a bit longer White Sands was awesome

    Original URL path: http://www.iris.edu/hq/internship/blogs/entry/week_2_sort_of (2015-11-11)
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  • IRIS Internship Program - Generic testing blog title
    to say I love it I am especially enjoying all the messages from my friends complaining about the humidity in Pennsylvania Yes life is sweet That being said this week has been a complete whirlwind of learning and adventure but I am looking forward to going back to Sandia on Monday and continuing with my work Luckily I think I have a slightly better grip on what I m doing

    Original URL path: http://www.iris.edu/hq/internship/blogs/entry/generic_testing_blog_title (2015-11-11)
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  • IRIS Internship Program - Looking Ahead (VI)
    summer has gone by Looking ahead I only have about two weeks left so I ve been testing the last few variables in my hypocenter programs By Friday I m going to present Dr Kohler with what I ve discovered to be the optimal values for the 6 or so variables I ve been testing which started out as just 2 variables Furthermore I m also preparing my abstract for

    Original URL path: http://www.iris.edu/hq/internship/blogs/entry/looking_ahead_vi (2015-11-11)
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  • IRIS Internship Program - Frustration and Success (IV)
    m using It s extremely rewarding to look back now and see how far I ve come though My biggest success so far has been finding an actual error in the hypocenter program that we re using I m still figuring out how to fix it but it s exciting to know that I ve been able to make strides to make these programs better Jordan Comments By Rob on

    Original URL path: http://www.iris.edu/hq/internship/blogs/entry/frustration_and_success_iv (2015-11-11)
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  • IRIS Internship Program - You Know What’s a Good Show?
    productive last few days but otherwise I ve also watched many movies I ve discovered classics such as Underworlds I and II and to feed my inner volcanologist movies that stretch the imagination Yellowstone Just Bad Airplane versus Volcano Laughably Bad Volcano A decent movie and Dante s Peak a good movie and not that bad geologically Still the thing that I ve enjoyed the most is the show The Cosmos hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson It s exciting to see how various scientists throughout history have shaped the way we view the world Edmond Halley and his publishment of Newton s Principia Mathematica Michael Faraday and his lines of force with James Maxwell s description of them and geochemist Clair Patterson s 4 55 Billion year calculation of the age of the Earth and subsequent campaign against industrial lead use Clair Patterson s case was particularly interesting to me because through his research where he had to learn all he could about lead for U Pb Dating he found that lead levels in the environment had been rising since the industrial revolution He then campaigned for years to remove tetraethyl lead from gasoline I think it s exciting and I wonder about what my research can be used for and in a sense what legacy I can leave behind food for thought Happy Belated 4th of July Jordan Comments By Michael on July 13th 2015 Bummer on the wisdom teeth Hopefully it wasn t too bad of an experience Whether it was the pain meds or the videos your reflection on legacy is interesting Do you think that Clair Patterson was aware of the legacy while working on it or do you think it is something that can only be revealed much later after the work has been done

    Original URL path: http://www.iris.edu/hq/internship/blogs/entry/you_know_whats_a_good_show (2015-11-11)
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  • IRIS Internship Program - Independence
    so I can show her all I can accomplish without our consistent meetings On a slightly different level I just had surgery to get two wisdom teeth removed After a day and a half of constant drooling I m now feeling much better Two weeks ago I started having jaw pain After an appointment with the local dentist sure enough I needed my bottom two wisdom teeth removed This was a new experience in itself as I had to find an oral surgeon in the area and arrange travel to and from the surgeon s office Furthermore this summer I ve figured out what I want to do for grad school as well as a few possible places that I want to apply I am really excited to work with computers now a first for me Through my project I have also gained more experience with Python Linux and more general computing knowledge As a result I want to apply for graduate programs in applied mathematics and computational science These programs all have numerical analysis numerical linear algebra techniques and numerical partial differential equation solving and optimization techniques Linear Programming Least Squares techniques and Convex Optimization at their core so I know I will have a blast My top choices right now are Stanford MIT and Cambridge I m still not 100 sure what I want to do as a career so I want to obtain a Master s Degree first Furthermore many of the programs I m looking at are tracks or concentrations in a larger field so I could usually retain my geoscience concentration A possible future goal of mine is possibly obtaining a PhD and working for the USGS This summer has also gotten me excited in hazard management and I think working in the natural hazards

    Original URL path: http://www.iris.edu/hq/internship/blogs/entry/independence2 (2015-11-11)
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