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14 Jan 2022

Expanding RESESS to Engage Students from Groups Underrepresented in Geosciences

New for summer 2022 is the diversification of the Research Experiences in Solid Earth Science for Students (RESESS) internship program, which will now include a Satellite program in addition to the traditional Boulder program. For 2022, UNAVCO is partnering with faculty from the University of Washington Department of Earth and Space Sciences. We retain the RESESS Boulder program in collaboration with the University of Colorado. 

5 Jan 2022

New action plan aims to improve safety for field staff from underrepresented groups

Supporting a diverse and multi-talented engineering staff is extremely beneficial to any geoscience-focused institution. Unfortunately, the geosciences are one of the least diverse of the academic fields. One significant factor is that many fieldwork environments are not safe or welcoming to members of underrepresented groups.

21 Dec 2021

UNAVCO Community Election Results

UNAVCO, as a university-governed consortium, elected new members to the Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. New members serve 3-year terms beginning January 2021.

15 Dec 2021

Catching an Antarctic solar eclipse with GNSS data

Antarctica got a rare treat on December 4—a total solar eclipse. The last time that happened was 2003, and we’ll be waiting until 2039 for the next one. This wasn’t just an opportunity for lucky viewers, though. An eclipse near the pole is also an exciting opportunity for science.

18 Nov 2021

Geo-Launchpad receives new NSF award

Thanks to the generous support of the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Geo-Launchpad program will continue to serve community college students through 2024!

25 Oct 2021

UNAVCO building geodetic architecture of ShakeAlert®

UNAVCO recently wrapped up a two-year project upgrading and installing geodetic stations to better serve the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System, but the work contributing to ShakeAlert is far from over. As a result of a new interagency agreement with the National Science Foundation and the United States Geological Survey, UNAVCO will build and operate the new geodetic data architecture of ShakeAlert.

16 Sep 2021

New and upgraded geodetic stations will serve ShakeAlert®

The ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system is much more than the alert message on your phone. Detecting earthquakes, characterizing them, and determining the appropriate warning area takes a tremendous amount of infrastructure. With the completion of a recent Cooperative Agreement with the USGS, UNAVCO has improved West Coast geodetic infrastructure so it can be fully integrated into ShakeAlert.

8 Sep 2021

Supporting the science response to the 2021 Haiti earthquake

On August 14, a devastating magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit Nippes, Haiti, causing thousands of deaths and widespread damage to homes, churches, schools, and other infrastructure. In the midst of this humanitarian crisis, geoscientists are working to understand exactly what happened on the fault (or faults) responsible—which is critical to understanding future risk.

14 Aug 2021

Alaska Field Blog: Network Repairs

This is one post in a series on the Alaska Amphibious Community Seismic Experiment blog following a field campaign in response to the magnitude 8.2 Chignik earthquake. (You can find the UNAVCO event response page for this earthquake here.) We are reprinting posts contributed by UNAVCO staff here but you can follow along on the blog to read the rest. This post comes from UNAVCO Project Manager Ken Austin.

11 Aug 2021

Intern Spotlight: Lucia Bellino (USIP)

This summer we’re introducing interns in the RESESS, Geo-Launchpad, and USIP programs to shine a spotlight on the projects they are completing throughout these 11-week internships and on their interests in geoscience. Lucia Bellino is a recent graduate of Rutgers University, earning a B.S in Geology, specifically Planetary Science. Before finishing school, she was involved … Continued

9 Aug 2021

Intern Spotlight: Courtenay Duzet (USIP)

Courtenay Duzet is a geoscience master’s student at the University of Montana. Although she had enjoyed geology and collecting rocks since she was a kid, Courtenay feared that there were no viable career options in the field. She entered her bachelor’s degree at Portland State University as a pharmacy major, but disliked the chemistry courses she needed to take for the program. This led Courtenay to switch majors to physics—specifically astrophysics. She transferred to Oregon State University and took a number of classes on volcanoes, ultimately causing her to change her major again to environmental science with a focus in geology.

6 Aug 2021

Intern Spotlight: Jordan Mazur (USIP)

Jordan Mazur is a recent graduate of Skidmore College, where she studied math and computer science. This September, she will be joining the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a post baccalaureate student. An Earth science field study program sparked Jordan’s interest in geology because there are so many mathematical and programming applications of Earth science. Jordan has loved math since preschool, so when she entered Skidmore College as a first-year student, she knew that she wanted to study math. She initially resisted studying computer science, but was required to take an introductory course for her math major.