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Happy new year, EGU deadline

Happy new year !

new year 2014 digits on ocean beach sand

After all the extra food and booze the holidays bring along, many by now would have returned back to their desks planing the new year targets and deadlines. First on the list is probably the EGU abstract submission deadline on the Thursday 16 January, 13:00 CET.

A session you might find of interest is SM1.7/EOS17: Seismological and Geophysical Apps. This session focuses on the use of mobile phones and computer tablets in the educational and scientific fields. If you already make use of such devices for your research you are invited to submit an abstract and share your experience during the session.

Old and new composite pictures of San Francisco highlighting the impact of the 1906 earthquake

Old and new composite pictures of San Francisco highlighting the impact of the 1906 earthquake

How would San Francisco look like if a similar 1906 earthquake had to strike again? Despite the many predictions and models, this is a good hint to help our imagination.

Check the photos here:
http://pixtale.net/2012/09/composite-then-and-now-photos-of-the-1906-san-francisco-earthquake/

A women opens the door to her Mercedes on Sacramento Street while horses killed by falling rubble lie in the street. (Shawn Clover)

AGU … are your presentations ready?

Many European Earth and space scientists who attend the annual American Geophysical Union Fall meeting are probably glued to their computers right now finishing off their oral or poster presentations. It amazes me how – from personal experience – it is always at the very last week (or day) that some scientific breakthrough is made. But that is just the beginning.

AGU registration

AGU registration

For Europeans attending AGU it could be a ‘stressful‘ experience. After the sigh of relief that you have something interesting to present you need to have a look at the abstract you had submitted months ago and see how you will combine what you had written back then with what you have just discovered, make (nice) figures, and put everything together. All has to be done in time to go for a few rounds of festive drinks with your peers who you would not see until mid-January the next year, buy some season gifts for loved ones, close-off your luggage, grab your passport, and head to the airport all set for the long-haul, twelve-hour flight! Once there you need to adjust to the time difference and wait until the time of your 15 minutes show-case.

Traveling back could be a nightmare if mother nature decides to throw a blanket of snow on the northern hemisphere. Getting stuck in the US is the last thing on everyone’s mind but it is a possible nightmare! Starting right from finding an alternative flight, sleeping at the airport because nearby hotels are fully booked, and hoping your return flight is not diverted mid-flight due to an airport closure back home.

If you may think that all this is an exaggeration, that was a personal experience account. Nonetheless it is worth all the adventure; sharing your work with the community and catching up with friends and colleagues from the US. AGU is a great experience and participation is recommended as much as is the EGU General Assembly.

Safe flights to all of those going to AGU !

Movember seismologists

Movember is the new November when men grow and proudly show their defining moustaches. Have you grown your moustache? I have done so for the last month as evident in the introductory vid. Now, that I am close to return to my smooth-shaven chin and upper lips, I was wondering which famous seismologists had nice fluffy moustaches. I headed on to Googling some portraits. Here is what I came across:

Robert Mallet

Robert Mallet

Robert Mallett: Ireland’s ‘father of seismology’

John Milne

John Milne

John Milne: Famous for inventing the horizontal pendulum seismograph.

It seems that having a moustache was the trend a century ago, irrespective of the shape and style; from “Handlebar” to “Horseshoe”, “Imperial” and “Mexican” (check out wikipedia). Look at this Meeting of world seismologists at the California Institute of Technology, Seismological Laboratory in 1929.

Meeting of world seismologists at the California Institute of Technology, Seismological Laboratory in 1929.

Meeting of world seismologists at the California Institute of Technology, Seismological Laboratory in 1929.

Andria Mohorovicic

Andria Mohorovicic

My favourite Mo Bro is none other than Andrija Mohoroviči, known for the Mohorovičić discontinuity and is considered a founder of modern seismology. That’s right, if you want to portray yourself as a modern seismologist he is your moustache model man.

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