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The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) Program for Array Seismic Studies of the Continental Lithosphere (PASSCAL) Instrument Center and EarthScope USArray Array Operations Facility (AOF) at New Mexico Tech support cutting-edge seismological research into Earth’s fundamental geological structure and processes. The facility provides instrumentation for National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and otherwise funded seismological experiments around the world. PASSCAL experiment support includes seismic instrumentation, equipment maintenance, software, data archiving, training, logistics, and field installation.

Continued expansion of IRIS activities at New Mexico Tech via the EarthScope and other initiatives has spurred a major facility expansion, the EarthScope USArray Array Operations Facility. The AOF was officially dedicated on April 6, 2005 by the New Mexico Tech administration and the IRIS Board of Directors. The combined PASSCAL Instrument Center and AOF currently support a total of 33 professional New Mexico Tech staff, as well as a contingent of student workers.

PASSCAL and USArray Flexible Array equipment is available to any research or educational institution to use for research purposes within the guidelines of established policies. These policies provide that data collected with PASSCAL and/or USArray equipment be archived at the IRIS Data Management Center and that the data are openly available to the community. Instruments can be requested online using the PASSCAL Instrument Request Forms.

Recent News

Pre-AGU PASSCAL Users Workshop 2014

Late-stage graduate students! Postdocs! Researchers and faculty!

IRIS/PASSCAL Instrument Center would like to invite you to register for our PASSCAL Users Workshop to be held on Sunday December 14th, 2014 (the day before the beginning of the AGU Fall meeting). 

This year’s workshop will give an overview of the PASSCAL facility, the services we provide and how to access them.  We will have two special guest speakers, PIs who have successfully planned for an run international and large-scale PASSCAL projects.  This year's speakers are Anne Meltzer of Lehigh University (large-scale broadband deployments in Pakistan, Tibet, and Mongolia) and David Okaya of the University of Southern California (large active source projects in Taiwan, New Zealand and Japan).

But wait, there is more! The PASSCAL Program Manager, Kent Anderson, as well as the PASSCAL Director, Bruce Beaudoin, will be on hand for questions and discussion as well.  Ask questions and discuss ideas about current/future projects before AGU really starts and the talks, posters, dinners, and other meetings start clamoring for everybody's attention and time!

This workshop will be useful to anyone who has an upcoming PASSCAL supported experiment, or is planning to propose an experiment, and will be particularly useful to current graduate students and new investigators.

Staff Scientist/Polar Projects Field Engineer

IRIS PASSCAL Instrument Center Seeks Staff Scientist/Polar Projects Field Engineer

Job Duties:

The IRIS PASSCAL Instrument Center at New Mexico Tech is seeking applicants to fill the position of Staff Scientist/Polar Projects Field Engineer. Primary responsibility is to support Polar research both in the field and in the lab. Duties include: scheduling, preparing, and shipping equipment; field support in the Arctic and Antarctic; development of specialized equipment for cold, dark environments; produce and maintain documentation and web content related to Polar support; and user training. Hardware and wireless communications testing, repair, Maintenance, and troubleshooting.

Required Qualifications:

PASSCAL Intern Winds Up Summer With "Ultrasound" of Mt. St. Helens

Federica Lanza, a Ph.D. student at Michigan Technological University under Gregory P. Waite, spent the summer as the IRIS/PASSCAL intern. During that time, "Fede" deployed instruments with IRIS interns, presented her work at the 2014 IRIS workshop, and completed two research projects related to short period sensor responses and long period noise analysis using PSD PDFs. Fede wrapped up her summer with a couple of weeks in the field at Mt. St. Helens, supporting the iMUSH project, along with several other IRIS/PASSCAL scientists and staff. Some highlights of our intern's busy summer follow.

Remembering Jim Fowler

Jim Fowler's life was celebrated on June 27th at the PASSCAL Instrument Center. Members of Jim's family, as well as IRIS/PASSCAL team members from both the past and the present, were on hand to share memories of Jim's life and his career with the PASSCAL Instrument Center.

Image: Fowler family members visiting the Jim Fowler Seismometer Testing Observatory, located at the PASSCAL Instrument Center in Socorro, NM.

 

Staff Scientist / Seismic Projects Engineer

The IRIS PASSCAL Instrument Center at New Mexico Tech is seeking applicants to fill the position of Staff Scientist/Seismic Projects Engineer. Primary responsibility is to support Transportable Array engineering projects both in the lab and in the field.

Duties include: Design and fabrication of specialized equipment; Transportable Array field support; test, develop and apply methods for testing seismic instrumentation and ancillary scientific equipment; produce reports, and maintain documentation and web content related to testing of scientific equipment.

PASSCAL Scientist Describes Working in Antarctica for Enthusiastic Library Audience

On June 23, 2014, PASSCAL Senior Staff Scientist/Polar Project Field Engineer Dean Childs gave a talk on "Working in Antarctica" to an absorbed audience at the Socorro Public Library.

Dean's talk ran 1 hour and 45 minutes, including a followup Q&A. He discussed several topics with the 25+ attendees, who ranged in age from 7 to 70.

PASSCAL Posters at 2014 IRIS Workshop, June 8-11, in Sunriver, Oregon

There will be several presentations by PASSCAL staff at the 2014 IRIS Workshop, June 8-11, in Sunriver, Oregon.  If you can't see these posters in person in Oregon, have a look at them via the links below.

IRIS PASSCAL Instrument Center Presentations at the Seismological Society of America 2014 Meeting

Several staff members of the IRIS PASSCAL Instrument Center are making presentations at this year's Seismological Society of America Annual Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska.

Here follow abstracts for our three presentations, along with links to the posters.

 

 

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