GPS Division-Seismo Lab Welcomes Zhongwen Zhan, Assistant Professor of Geophysics
Zhongwen Zhan, Assistant Professor of Geophysics, will be joining the division in August 2015. Zhongwen obtained his Bachelor degree and Master degree in geophysics from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). While pursuing his Ph.D. at Caltech, he studied a variety of seismological problems including ambient seismic noise, earthquake rupture processes, fault zone and subducted slab structures, deep earthquake physics, and glacier structures. As a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, San Diego he recently concentrates on supershear rupture and dynamic triggering in deep earthquakes.
Hiroo Kanamori Receives Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star
On November 3, 2014 the Government of Japan announced the recipients of its Fall 2014 Decorations. Hiroo Kanamori, John E. and Hazel S. Smits Professor of Geophysics, Emeritus, will be receiving the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star for his contributions to education and research.
Dr. Kanamori's research on clarifying the source process of massive earthqaukes in order to quantify the physical process of the epicenter based on the seismic record was a breakthrough in the study of seismology. These research results have led to the development of systems to help reduce seismic disaster and also contributed to the spread of earthquake early warning and earthquake alarm systems in Japan.
Congratulations Dr. Kanamori!
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Hiroo Kanamori Receives Marcus Milling Legendary Geoscientist Award
The American Geosciences Institute has named Hiroo Kanamori, John E. and Hazel S. Smits Professor of Geophysics, Emeritus, as the recipient of the Marcus Milling Legendary Geoscientist Medal for 2015.
The Marcus Milling Legendary Geoscientist Medal is given to a recipient with consistent contributions of high-quality scientific achievements and service to the Earth Sciences having lasting, historic; who has been recognized for accomplishments in field(s) of expertise by professional societies, universities, or other organizations; and is a senior scientist nearing completion or has completed full-time regular employment. Prior to 2007 it had been called the AGI Legendary Geoscientist Award.
Congratulations Dr. Kanamori!
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IHS Global, Inc Awards Dr. Joann Stock the Renewal of a Kingdom Software License
Caltech Seismological Laboratory professor Joann Stock has been awarded a renewal of a KINGDOM Software Educational License from IHS Global, Inc.The amount of this 3 year grant is valued at $3,798,900.
The additional three-year license will allow continued interpretation of active source seismic data available from several locations (Antarctica, Mexico, Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and Southern California).
In addition, a student training class in marine geophysics on board ship in spring 2016 is in the initial planning stages. The cruise will collect multichannel seismic data in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. (See course description for Ge211, Applied Geophysics 11).
IHS Global, Inc's KINGDOM® software is an intuitive, cost-effective geoscience software solution. Kingdom combines simplicity and sophisticated science to provide basin-wide capabilities, advanced field evaluation, seismic and geological interpretation to well site identification and planning.
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Hiroo Kanamori Receives William Bowie Medal from American Geophysical Union
Hiroo Kanamori, John E. and Hazel S. Smits Professor of Geophysics, Emeritus, will be receiving the highest award of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the William Bowie Medal, at this year's Fall AGU Meeting on December 17, 2014, in San Francisco.
The medal was established in 1939 to honor William Bowie, the first president of AGU (1920-1922), and is given in recognition for "outstanding contributions to fundamental geophysics and for unselfish cooperation in research."
Congratulations Dr. Kanamori!
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Congratulations to the 2014 GPS Division Graduates in the
Congratulations to the Geological & Planetary Sciences Division graduates! In particular, we would like to recognize the Seismological Laboratory's Geophysics doctoral graduates pictured with Dr. Ken Farley (from left to right) Yihe Huang, Sara Dougherty, and Zhongwen Zhan.
Victor Tsai Awarded 2014 Charles F. Richter Early Career Award by the Seismological Society of America
The Seismological Society of America awarded Victor Tsai the Charles F. Richter Early Career award at the Annual Meeting held April 30 - May 2, 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska. The presentation of the award will take place during the 2015 Annual Meeting, April 21-23, 2015 in Pasadena.
The Charles F. Richter Early Career Award honors outstanding contributions to the goals of the Society by a member early in her or his career. No more than one Richter Award may be given each calendar year. The Richter award is presented at the annual meeting following the year of the award.
Rachel Miller Selected to Receive a 2014 NDSEG Fellowship
Rachel Miller, 2nd year graduate student in geophysics, has been selected to receive a 2014 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship. The NDSEG Fellowship is sponsored and funded by the Department of Defense. This fellowship is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering.
Dongzhou Zhang Recipient of the 2013 National Award for Outstanding Self-financed Chinese Students Studying Abroad
Dongzhou Zhang receives the 2013 National Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Studying Abroad, sponsored by the China Scholarship Council (CSC).
This award was founded by the Chinese government in 2003 with the purpose of rewarding academic excellence of self-financed Chinese students studying overseas. Only those with outstanding performance in their Ph.D. studies are considered for the award, and 518 students from all over the world were granted the award this year.
Jean Paul Ampuero selected by IRIS/SSA as 2014 Distinguished Lectureship Lecturer
Jean Paul Ampuero selected by the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) and the Seismological Society of America as one of two speakers from the Earth science research community for the tenth annual IRIS/SSA Distinguished Lectures Series. The general goal of the program is to increase the general public's awareness of the relevance of Seismology through increased exposure.
The title of Dr. Ampuero's lecture: Earth's Cocktail Party: Deciphering the Physics of Earthquakes With Networks of Seismic Arrays.
Click here to learn more about the IRIS/SSA education and outreach program.
Jennifer Jackson named Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America
Jennifer Jackson has been named Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America. Members who have contributed significantly to the advancement of mineralogy, crystallography, geochemistry, petrology, or allied sciences and whose scientific contribution utilized mineralogical studies or data, may be designated as Fellows upon proper accreditation by the Committee on Nomination for Fellows and election by the Council. Congratulations Jennifer!
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