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2 December 2013
It’s that time again! Less than a week until AGU’s Fall Meeting in San Francisco and my schedule is already full with a whole slew of great sessions, events and activities. As is my annual tradition, I’ve collected a list of various social-media-related items for you to peruse.
17 December 2012
This week’s benchmark is an interesting one that I happened across during AGU’s Fall Meeting in San Francisco. The Fisherman’s Wharf area along the Bay is one of my favorite spots, and I usually take a little time to go walking down there. This time around, I was taking in the little beach near the Maritime Museum when I saw this benchmark.
12 December 2012
As always, I’m behind on my AGU updates (possibly because I didn’t have a chance to breathe until Wednesday!) There’s so much to do, and Tuesday was the first day that the exhibits were open, which is always a time sink. Wednesday was really the first day that I had a chance to get into the science side of things and listen to some talks and visit posters. I find talks are interesting but somewhat unsatisfying in that you don’t necessarily get much time to ask questions or discuss the topic. Posters, on the other hand, pretty much guarantee that you’ll have a chance to chat about the work with the PI.
5 December 2012
I’m forgoing my day-by-day posting this year because my schedule has been nuts – I’m hardly able to finish a meeting before I have to move on to something else!
On Sunday afteernoon I arrived to happily clear skies and a relaxing ride into San Francisco. Naturally, this meant I had to immediately start going to meetitngs – training for moderrating my first oral session, and our annual student representative meeting. (Students, watch out for new developments in your sections, including webinars, mentoring programs, and new volunteer opportunities throughout AGU! The Union Council has already added three studeent and three early-career seats, and they’re looking to get students involvedd in even more ways.)
31 December 2011
It’s time for my yearly recap of travels geological and otherwise, and it looks like Chris and Anne at Highly Allocthonous have started up the meme again. This year had a few highlights (and a little more excitement over the summer than I would have liked), but I also got to spend more time at my home base in Buffalo. So let’s start there in January…
6 December 2011
AGU’s Fall Meeting is always a full-time job, and the beginning of the meeting is no exception. My week actually started Sunday night: I attended the first gathering of AGU’s student representatives, where we discussed our roles and how we will be developing them along with our sections’ Executive Committees. The Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology section (which I am the new student rep for) meets on Wednesday, and I hope …
26 November 2011
In between not doing any Black Friday shopping (yay for my wallet!), spending time with my family, and trying to fit in a little bit of research time, blogging has taken a hit this week. So I thought I’d do something that I did last year in preparation for AGU’s Fall Meeting, and give you a roundup of all the social-media-related activities you can partake in this year! You can keep involved even if you’re not attending the meeting itself, and there are sure to be plenty of posts, Tweets and other conversations by geobloggers during and after the meeting.
27 April 2011
Last year I wrote about the February 2010 dome collapse deposits of the Soufriere Hills lava dome, and this year at the SHV: 15 Years On Conference I had the chance to revisit some of the very same spots. These deposits are mainly pyroclastic material (ash, dome rock and pumice), left behind after pyroclastic flows, surges, and a 50,000 ft (~15 km) high ash plume were created during a major collapse of the lava dome. These deposits extended the eastern coastline of Montserrat almost a km in the area of the old Bramble Airport, and surges were even observed flowing out over the ocean on the eastern side of the island. Here are a few before-and-after shots of the deposits:
12 April 2011
If you’re wondering where I’ve been for the past week or so, the answer is attending the recent Soufriere Hills Volcano: 15 Years On conference, held from April 4-8 on the Island of Montserrat. (I gave a talk, which hopefully goes a little way toward justifying a trip to a Caribbean island in the last weeks of the semester!) The conference was fantastic, and I learned so much about lava dome eruptions (in addition to my own research) that I’ll probably be slotting whole chunks of new material into my dissertation.
19 December 2010
Sorry for the delay in posting about my last day at the conference – I had planned to spend my time at the SF airport writing my last post, but instead I spent four hours waiting in line to get on a Southwest flight that dead-ended in Chicago. Spending the night on the Midway airport floor is not something I’d recommend for a post-meeting relaxation technique! At any rate, Thursday …
16 December 2010
Another AGU update! Wednesday was a bit of a break for me – in the morning, I presented a poster of my research in Guatemala (V31C-2335, “Alteration minerals on the Santiaguito lava dome complex, Santa Maria volcano, Guatemala”). It went very well; despite the feeling I always have of being back at high school science fair, I had some great conversations with the folks who stopped by, and even made a few professional contacts).
15 December 2010
What a day! After pulling my attention away from the hassles of actually getting to AGU, I dove right into the meeting with some posters in the Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology session.
14 December 2010
Well, I’ve learned my lesson not to book flights through the Midwest in December, although I made my reservations a few months ago (and of course had no way to predict a darn blizzard). Still, I missed Monday’s sessions, which was disappointing (lots of neat talks!), as well as the Social Media Soiree. I wish I could have been here just a little earlier!
10 December 2010
If you’re getting ready to head out to San Francisco soon (or if you’re already there!) you’ve probably heard at least something about the geoblogging activities that will be going on at this year’s Fall Meeting. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s going on:
26 October 2009
Apparently my post on the Steve Austin field trip at GSA caught the attention of quite a few people, although it was already an issue that had come to the attention of the GSA field trip organizers. I chose not to go on the trip myself (for monetary and scheduling reasons, mostly) but have heard from one geoblogger who did (Pascal of Research at a Snail’s Pace). He has kindly …
24 October 2009
I always head to GSA with good intentions (i.e., actually writing about things the day they happen), but I usually end up joining the ranks of those catching up with their writing instead. (There’s nothing wrong with this, since I’m not getting paid to write on a schedule or anything, but it annoys me when I do it.) Tuesday at GSA was another great chance to see talks; lots of …
20 October 2009
The last few day shave been absolutely crammed for me. Sunday was taken up by the short course I attended, but yesterday was the first day I had time to attend talks, and I’ve forgotten how easy it is to go into talk overload. Still, I was thrilled by the wealth of volcanology-related sessions there are at this meeting; here are a few of the talks I managed to catch: …
19 October 2009
Starting a slightly cloudy day in Portland with volcanology talks and the Geology in Government Mentors lunch – because what grad student will pass up a free lunch? (Or free anything, given what this trip is going to end up costing…) Yesterday was all short course for me – “When Worlds Collide”, where the subject of interest was communication between emergency management officials and scientists. Since I’d eventually like to …
16 October 2009
Since it seems there are going to be quite a few of us at GSA, I thought I’d put together a post with information on some of the talks and posters your favorite geobloggers are going to be giving. (Sadly, I won’t be presenting anything this meeting, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to finally meet some of the folks I only know from the interwebs.) This is a …
11 October 2009
Wow, it would be nice to have more time to blog…unfortunately, three math-heavy courses this semester are not leaving me with much time to work on my own research, much less any other writing. So here’s a bulleted update of a few things: Earth Science Week is this week! I’ve got my toolkit, although lack of free time mostly means that I’ll be putting up posters instead of sponsoring an …