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Here is a listing of PASSCAL News items from the last 6 months. If you want to look up something older, you should check the News Archive.

PASSCAL pre-AGU Workshop

PASSCAL Workshop: Data Archiving and More!

Sunday, December 13, 2015
San Francisco - Zelos Hotel

An IRIS PASSCAL workshop will be offered prior to the 2015 AGU Fall meeting in San Francisco. This workshop will cover the topics of SEED data archiving using Antelope, instrument responses and what they mean, and active-source data with PH5 in the field and from your desktop.  It will also serve as an opportunity to help PIs and archivers familiarize themselves with the PASSCAL Data Group and the support they provide, and the software utilized in the archival process.

The GeoGirls Program in the News

The GeoGirls program is getting some great publicity, thanks to the efforts of the USGS, The Mt. St. Helens Institute, and even comedienne Amy Poehler.

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Employment Opportunity at IRIS PASSCAL: Staff Scientist/ Hardware Engineer

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology Program for Array Studies of the Continental Lithosphere (IRIS PASSCAL) Instrument Center ( at New Mexico Tech is seeking applicants to fill the position of Staff Scientist / Hardware Engineer.


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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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