EES Christmas Party 2005
December 11, 2005 -- EES members reveled at Pat Mills' house.
Hydrology Research Featured
November 26, 2005 -- Hydrology graduate student Craig Altare and hydrology professor Rob Bowman are researching ways to clean up water used in the petroleum extraction process. NMT article. El Defensor Chieftain article.
November 22, 2005 -- A group of juniors and seniors from Cobre High School in Bayard, NM, visited New Mexico Tech today as part of the MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) program to learn more about hydrology and nanotechnology.
Rob Bowman hosted the hydrology portion of the program and discussed groundwater pollution and the means to detect and prevent it. Jan Hendrickx and Enrique Vivoni talked about evaporation, water and energy balances, and remote-sensing algorithms used to estimate actual evapotranspiration rates over the state of New Mexico.
EPSCoR provided funding for the visit as part of its outreach program for K-12 students. -- S.D.
October 29, 2005 -- A few minutes before 9 on Saturday night, a small (magnitude 2.4) earthquake was felt by numerous Socorroans. The quake's epicenter was about 3.4 miles west of the city, and the depth was a little under 5 miles. Details.
I was in my house watching a movie when I thought I heard someone bound across my roof in 2 or 3 heavy strides. After running outside to check my roof and finding no one, I called my neighbor, Noel Barstow, who happens to be a seismologist at IRIS PASSCAL. We hooked up to the Internet, looked at the near-real-time seismicity plots from the NMT Geophysics Program, and determined that it was a fairly close earthquake--not a burglar! -- S.D. (NMT article)
M-Mountain Run 2005
October 23, 2006 -- Roger Renteria documented the M-Mountain Run this year. EES members again had a strong showing.
October 18, 2005 -- Geophysics undergraduate Kyle Jones will be heading to Antarctica in late November to assist in an NSF-sponsored geologic field study. He will be joining geochemistry professors Philip Kyle and Bill McIntosh to study Mount Erebus in Antarctica. Jones was featured in a recent NMT article about his trip to Antarctica.
September 30, 2005 -- Associate Professor of Geophysics Harold Tobin spent the day being filmed by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) for an upcoming documentary about the NanTroSEIZE Expedition. The filming took place at the trench on the Socorro Canyon Fault, just off US 60 west of Socorro (pictured above), as well as on the NMT campus.
The picture above was taken while Tobin (middle) was expounding on plans to drill into an underwater earthquake fault. On the left is Nancy Light, Director of Communications at IODP, and Film Director Rich Field of Richfield Productions is on the right.
Tobin is the co-Chief Project Scientist of the NanTroSEIZE Expedition which will be conducted by IODP. The expedition will drill in waters off Japan to learn more about how earthquakes and tsunamis occur. Drilling will begin in the summer of 2007 and will continue for several years.Photo by Clay Wright, Desert Gem Productions. -- S.D.
September 19, 2005 -- The E&ES awards committee has selected six students for a scholarship award from Chevron-Texaco. Shannon Archer, Shari Houston, and Ariel Dickens, each have been awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Jayme Margolin, Michael Iacoboni, and Melissa Dimeo, each have been awarded a $500 scholarship. Congratulations!
Large Earthquakes and Tsunamis
May 14, 2005 -- Congratulations to the 26 EES students who received degrees at Commencement 2005. Hydrology pic. Congratulations to Bill McIntosh for receiving the Distinguished Research Award at this year's commencement.
Congratulations, Rick! -- S.D.
NMT and Italian Universities Collaborate
May 13, 2005 -- New Mexico Tech and the Honors Center of Italian Universities recently signed an agreement to collaborate on research and education in hydrological sciences, including student exchanges between the institutions. Hydrology assistant professor Enrique Vivoni facilitated the collaboration. New Mexico Business Weekly article. -- S.D.
The Student Appreciation Awards were created in 1999 by a group of staff and faculty who wished to provide an additional process for honoring some of the extraordinary, non-academic contributions that our students make. Nominations are solicited from the faculty and staff of NMT. The criteria for nomination include: the student must be in good academic standing, have benefited other students or the community, and most importantly, demonstrates the generosity of spirit and performance above and beyond the call of duty. NMT article. -- submitted by Elaine DeBrine-Howell
According to Alex's advisor, Enrique Vivoni, the funding from Alex's winning proposal will help with the costs of the summer field campaign in the Valles Caldera. -- S.D.
Rob was one of the show's scientific experts among a bevy of speakers that included former U.S. Secretary of Interior Stewart Udall of Santa Fe. The decision to always picture Rob speaking against a backdrop of a muddy and swollen Rio Grande was an interesting contrast with the show's drought theme. Rob's quantification of New Mexico's drought situation was lively, including clever remarks such as how aquifers in the state that took hundreds of thousands of years to form aren't going to be recharged by turning off your tap for a year. -- S.D.
EES at NMGS Meeting
April 15, 2005 -- Many EES faculty and students presented talks and posters at the NM Geological Society's Annual Spring Meeting held April 15th on the NMT campus. -- S.D.
April 3, 2005 -- Harold Tobin was recently on talk radio KKOB-AM on the morning show called "High-Tech New Mexico" along with Randy Normann, a geothermal researcher from Sandia National Laboratories. Their talk was about the placement of geothermal sensing equipment in very deep and harsh conditions to collect seismic data before and after large earthquakes occur.
Tobin says that they "need instruments that can withstand 150 to 180 C, which are are well up the range normal electronics don't work." Sandia National Labs has developed instruments that can withstand high temperature and harsh conditions and are using the same technology and applying it to seismic equipment.
Currently they are looking to place these instruments in the fault zone in SW Japan to monitor the seismic activity and learn the physics of the subduction zone and better understand the precursors of earthquakes. Harold Tobin and Randy Normann's talk was based on this Sandia National Labs news article. -- R.R.
Young Investigator Program
March 22, 2005 -- Assistant Professor Enrique Vivoni is the recipient for the Department of the Army's Young Investigator Program (YIP) award from the Environmental Sciences Division. His three-year award is from 2005 to 2008 and will fund one graduate student in the EES Department. -- R.R.
The Lone Paleoclimatologist
February 26, 2005 -- Professor Fred Phillips was quoted in an Albuquerque Tribune article about the record setting rains in New Mexico that have occurred in the beginning of the year. Phillips said that it is anybody's guess
The Albuquerque Tribunemistakenly referred to Fred Phillips as an overnight paleoclimatologist, but in reality he is a hydrology professor and the director of the Hydrology Program at New Mexico Tech. -- R.R.
Rio Grande Rift stretches like taffy
February 24, 2005 -- Alumnus Dave Wilson and Rick Aster et al. were recently published in Nature for their work on the Rio Grande Rift system. In the Albuquerque Journal article, Aster describes the rift formed by being gently stretched like taffy. The rift has been stretching for over 30 million years, and this is why the Sandia and Manzano Mountains are to the east and volcanoes to the west of the Rio Grande Valley.
Mt. Taylor Quadrathlon
Newly Published Books
Kent Condie's Earth and an Evolving Planetary System presents an overview of key topics and questions about the evolution of the Earth's crust and mantle over the past four billion years. He explains the various components of Earth and these interactions that have affected the history of the biosphere, oceans, and atmosphere.
Parameter Estimation and Inverse Problems was co-written
The Planet Within
Showcase of Promising Scientists
Distinguished JOI/USSSP Lecturer
February 3, 2005 -- Harold Tobin has been selected as a distinguished Joint Oceanographic Institutions/U.S. Science Support Program (JOI/USSSP) lecturer for the 2005-2006 academic year. He has been a shipboard scientist on five ODP expeditions to the Cascadia, Barbados, Costa Rica, and SW Japan. His latest study is NanTroSEIZE, which stands for Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment. NMT Article. -- R.R.
January 24, 2005 -- Brian McPherson co-convened the Chapman Conference on the Science and Technology of Carbon Sequestration on January 16-20 in San Diego. The goal of the conference was to bring together scientists, engineers, and others who study long-term natural and deliberate sequestration of carbon. A particular focus was on methods and prospects for verification and assessment of sinks for anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2). Brian and hydrology grad student Jason Heath gave presentations at the conference. -- S.D.
4.5 Million-Year-Old Fossils
McIntosh, Associate Professor of Geochemistry in the NMT's Department of Earth & Environmental Science, is a volcanologist and geochronologist at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources. He also is the co-director of the NMGRL. The NMGRL dated the fossil samples to be about 4.5 million years old. NMT Article. Nature Magazine Paper (PDF 427 KB). -- R.R.
Global Mantle Plume Presentation
Magnitude 4.9 Earthquake
August 10, 2005 -- A magnitude 4.9 earthquake near Raton, NM (New Mexico-Colorado border), occurred on August 10, 2005. It was the largest earthquake in New Mexico in 13 years. More.
Powerful cosmic-ray particles are the focus of this project because they only penentrate a few feet below the Earth's surface, so deeper rocks are shielded from cosmic rays. The number of new atoms produced by cosmic rays can reveal the amount of time that has passed since geological events occurred. This can shed light on past climate cycles to reconstruct and analyze environmental changes of the Earth.
The project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for five years, and the goal is to improve the accuracy and reliability of geochronology methods. The research project is intended to establish a benchmark of parameters and models to provide geochonologists with precise estimations of dating on geologic timescales.
Dr. Phillips says that the CRONUS-Earth Project will be managed using a layered, coordinated consortium approach. The U.S. arm of the project spans 12 other research institutions, including the University of Arizona, University of Washington, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the PRIME Lab at Purdue University. -- R.R.
June 14, 2005 -- The Southwest Regional Partnership
The goal is to carry out a technology validation program tailored for the southwestern U.S. by doing geologic pilot tests in Utah, New Mexico, and Texas for carbon sequestration. Each sequestration test will include an injection of a minimum of 75,000 tons per year of carbon dioxide to test reservoirs that may host larger carbon sequestration operations in the future. These tests also will demonstrate a broad variety of carbon sink targets and multiple benefits such as testing of deep saline sequestration, enhanced oil recovery, and enhanced coal bed methane production.
The research is part of the President’s Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI), which has the goal of reducing the amount of greenhouse gas intensity by 18% over the next ten years, while sustaining economic growth with new and clean energy technologies. Partners in the SWRP for carbon sequestration consist of state and federal government agencies, universities, industries, and groups including the Western Governors Association.
June 8 , 2005 -- Fred Phillips has been
June 1, 2005 -- Penny Boston was featured in theAlbuquerque Journal article on the Snowy River cave in
Federal protection is planned for the cave because of the unique formations that are found inside. The protection effort is being led by Senator Pete Domenici to conserve and preserve the caves. Dr. Boston participated in an early follow-up expedition in the cave formation that is part of the Fort Stanton Cave near Capitan, NM. Boston says that going into one of these caves is "like [taking] a trip to fairyland."
May 31, 2005 -- Imagine that all of a sudden there is a roaring sound and everything starts shuddering, pattering, and bouncing around due to the shock of tremors. New Mexico is used to feeling light quakes that cause minor damage. Unlike the ones in California, they can happen here too.
Rick Aster and Allan Sanford were featured in the June issue of New Mexico Magazine in the article titled, "Quakes," and they talked about the past earthquakes and what may be projected for earthquakes in New Mexico.
Notable earthquakes in the area have happened in Socorro, but hardly cause a stir. In 1887 an earthquake in Mexico caused rocks to tumble and minor damage throughout New Mexico. The shock even hit the new courthouse in Albuquerque. Light earthquakes soon followed. Socorro is home to several light quakes because the town is positioned above a magma chamber 12 miles below the surface.
May 23, 2005 -- Congratulations to alumna Michelle Walvoord (MS Hydrology '99, PhD Hydrology '02) on winning the GSA-Subaru Outstanding Woman in Science Award for 2005. The Woman in Science is an award that is awarded to a woman who has greatly impacted the field of geosciences based on their PhD research. The award will be presented at the GSA annual meeting in Salt Lake City and is sponsored by the car manufacturer, Subaru. Michelle is currently a research hydrologist for the USGS in Denver, Colorado.
May 23, 2005 -- Rick Aster and Sue Bilek were part of a team who contributed to the article in this month's issue ofScience Magazine titled "The Great Sumatra-Andaman Earthquake of 26 December 2004." They talked to theAlbuquerque Journal about their article in Science. In the article, they explain that a plate about the size of California shifted 50 feet underwater. This caused a tsunami that killed nearly 300,000 people who lived near the Indian Ocean.
Dr. Bilek mentioned that there was a difference in earthquake activity before and after the quake. The area where the earthquake occurred is a subduction zone, and the two moving plates "locked" and then released their energy causing a seven-minute burst of movement.
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