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Here are some of the articles that have been recently posted to the PASSCAL website:

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.

Summer Student Training, IRIS/PASSCAL Instrument Center at New Mexico Tech.

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) Portable Array Seismic Studies of the Continental Lithosphere (PASSCAL) has an opening for a 2015 summer student trainee at the IRIS PASSCAL Instrument Center at New Mexico Tech. The duration of the training is flexible (up to three months).

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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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Passing of Former PASSCAL Program Manager Jim Fowler

Jim Fowler passed away on February 25, 2014 after a lengthy battle with cancer and Parkinson’s disease. Jim began his career at IRIS consortium (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) in 1985 as Chief Engineer in Washington, DC, and later became the first manager for the PASSCAL portable instrument program. In 1999, after New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology was selected to operate the IRIS/PASSCAL Instrument Center, the nation’s sole lending library for research seismological instrumentation, Jim moved back to his home state of New Mexico. Jim stepped down as the PASSCAL Program Manager in October 2010 after 25 years in that position, but continued as Senior Advisor for Engineering and Instrumentation until he retired in February 2013 and moved back to Maryland.

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Transantarctic Mountains Deployments

 

Audrey Huerta, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at Central Washington University, has graciously provided some videos of recent installations and deployments in the Transantarctic Mountains. They include footage of using a chain saw to deploy solar panels in the ice, a time lapse of a polar seismic system installation, and thermochronology sampling while rappelling.

(Photograph courtesy NSF)