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Important Hardware/Software Notes for Researchers Using PASSCAL Equipment

This page includes important Hardware/Software Notes for Researchers Using PASSCAL Equipment.

RefTek GPS Alert

This note is to alert all past and current users of RefTek RT130 hardware that these instruments have been experiencing GPS failures in-field. To date, the failures are geographically confined to East Africa and symptoms include intermittent or total loss of timing.

Staff Scientist/Polar Projects 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 Engineer. The positions primary responsibility is to support Polar research both in the field and in the lab. Duties include: engineering, building, scheduling, preparing, and shipping equipment; field support both 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.

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Employment Opportunity at IRIS PASSCAL: Data Specialist

The IRIS PASSCAL Instrument Center at New Mexico Tech solicits applications for a professional Staff Scientist/Data Specialist for seismology support operations. The PASSCAL Instrument Center supports both controlled and passive source seismology worldwide with end-to-end experiment support services, state-of-the-art portable seismic instrumentation, and advanced field and database management tools.

Ensemble Cast Supports Socorro Magma Body Experiment

During February 2015, PASSCAL staff assisted Principal Investigators Sue Bilek, Rick Aster, Brandon Schmandt, and Lindsay Worthington with the installation of numerous single-channel nodes in conjunction with seven PASSCAL broadband stations (data) to image the Socorro Magma Body (SMB) beneath the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in central New Mexico. 

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RT130 ALERT - Issue when using two 4GB CF cards

Jan. 5, 2015

PASSCAL recently received reports of RT130’s failing when using two RefTek 4G CF cards at moderately low temperatures during an Antarctic experiment. We have duplicated the failure in our lab and in our testing the failure was associated with a specific version of RefTek well board (RT526D). Although we have not had failures in our testing with earlier or later versions of the board, our sample set is small and we cannot rule out problems with these boards when using two 4G CF cards. We have communicated with RefTek about the issue and at this time they are in agreement with these findings.

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Conviction of Italian Seismologists Overturned in Appeal

Angus Mackinnon of phys.org reported on November 10th, 2014 that

"Seven Italian scientists who faced jail for failing to predict a deadly 2009 earthquake were cleared Monday of manslaughter convictions that had sparked international outrage.

The seven men were sentenced to six years in jail in October 2012 after a court in the medieval town of L'Aquila found them guilty of causing multiple deaths by having negligently downplayed the risk of the town being hit by a major earthquake just days before the killer tremor struck in April 2009."

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