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9:00 am - Career Center Open House

Career Center Open House

  Start: March 3, 2014 at 9:00 am     End: March 3, 2014 at 12:00 pm
 Location:JGB 2.112
 Contact:Chelsea Ochoa, chelsea.ochoa@jsg.utexas.edu, 512-232-0893
Stop by to hear about the spring resume & cover letter contest!

12:00 pm - Soft Rock Seminar - Ben Cardenas, DGS

Soft Rock Seminar - Ben Cardenas, DGS

  Start: March 3, 2014 at 12:00 pm     End: March 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm
 Location:JGB 3.222
 Contact:Anastasia Piliouras, piliouras@utexas.edu

7:00 pm - EDGER FORUM Kick Off Dinner

EDGER FORUM Kick Off Dinner

  Start: March 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm     End: March 3, 2014 at 9:00 pm
 Location:Texas Union Building (UNB 3.502) in the Santa Rita Suite
 Contact:Margo Grace, margo@jsg.utexas.edu
 URL:Event Link
EDGER FORUM Annual Meeting & Technical Symposium
3-5 March 2014 at The University of Texas at Austin
Online registration now open: https://apps.jsg.utexas.edu/form/edger-forum-annual-meeting

2014 Edger Abstracts: http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/edger/2014-abstracts/

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8:00 am - EDGER FORUM Day 1 of Annual Meeting & Technical Symposium

EDGER FORUM Day 1 of Annual Meeting & Technical Symposium

  Start: March 4, 2014 at 8:00 am     End: March 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm
 Location:Auditorium of Thompson Conference Center (TCC)
 Contact:Margo Grace, margo@jsg.utexas.edu
 URL:Event Link
EDGER FORUM Annual Meeting & Technical Symposium
3-5 March 2014 at The University of Texas at Austin
Online registration now open: https://apps.jsg.utexas.edu/form/edger-forum-annual-meeting

2014 Edger Abstracts: http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/edger/2014-abstracts/

4:00 pm - Tech Sessions: Kimberly D. Lankford, JSG

Tech Sessions: Kimberly D. Lankford, JSG

  Start: March 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm     End: March 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm
 Location:JGB 2.324 Boyd Auditorium
Talk Title: Brine Geochemistry and its impacts on CO2 solubility and dissolution kinetics: A laboratory investigation simulating geological carbon sequestration reservoir conditions

5:00 pm - EDGER FORUM Reception with Cocktails and Appetizers

EDGER FORUM Reception with Cocktails and Appetizers

  Start: March 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm     End: March 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm
 Location:Jackson School Holland Family Student Center (JGB
 Contact:Margo Grace, margo@jsg.utexas.edu
 URL:Event Link
EDGER FORUM Annual Meeting & Technical Symposium
3-5 March 2014 at The University of Texas at Austin
Online registration now open: https://apps.jsg.utexas.edu/form/edger-forum-annual-meeting

2014 Edger Abstracts: http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/edger/2014-abstracts/

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8:00 am - EDGER FORUM Members Business Meeting

EDGER FORUM Members Business Meeting

  Start: March 5, 2014 at 8:00 am     End: March 5, 2014 at 9:30 am
 Location:Auditorium of Thompson Conference Center (TCC)
 Contact:Margo Grace, margo@jsg.utexas.edu
 URL:Event Link
EDGER FORUM Annual Meeting & Technical Symposium
3-5 March 2014 at The University of Texas at Austin
Online registration now open: https://apps.jsg.utexas.edu/form/edger-forum-annual-meeting

2014 Edger Abstracts: http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/edger/2014-abstracts/

9:30 am - EDGER FORUM Day 2 of Annual Meeting & Technical Symposium

EDGER FORUM Day 2 of Annual Meeting & Technical Symposium

  Start: March 5, 2014 at 9:30 am     End: March 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm
 Location:Auditorium of Thompson Conference Center (TCC)
 Contact:Margo Grace, margo@jsg.utexas.edu
 URL:Event Link
EDGER FORUM Annual Meeting & Technical Symposium
3-5 March 2014 at The University of Texas at Austin
Online registration now open: https://apps.jsg.utexas.edu/form/edger-forum-annual-meeting

2014 Edger Abstracts: http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/edger/2014-abstracts/

12:00 pm - iPGST Seminar: Spencer Seman

iPGST Seminar: Spencer Seman

  Start: March 5, 2014 at 12:00 pm     End: March 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm
 Location:JGB 3.222
 Contact:Michael Prior, mprior@utexas.edu

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4:00 pm - Tech Sessions: Dan Breecker, DGS

Tech Sessions: Dan Breecker, DGS

  Start: March 6, 2014 at 4:00 pm     End: March 6, 2014 at 5:00 pm
 Location:JGB 2.324 Boyd Auditorium
Talk title: Miocene Atmospheric CO2: Implications for the expansion of C4 plants, glaciation of the Northern Hemisphere and Miocene glacial-interglacial cycles

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10:30 am - UTIG Seminar Series: Michael Erb, UTIG

UTIG Seminar Series: Michael Erb, UTIG

  Start: March 7, 2014 at 10:30 am     End: March 7, 2014 at 11:30 am
 Location:PRC, 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 196, Rm 1.603, Austin, TX 78758
 Contact:Laura Wallace, lwallace@ig.utexas.edu, 512-471-0348
 URL:Event Link
"The Response of Radiative Feedbacks and Equatorial Pacific Seasonality to Orbital Forcing"

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Past changes in the Earth’s orbital properties led to dramatic changes in the Earth’s climate. To investigate the effects of this orbital forcing on the climate system, idealized simulations are conducted with the GFDL CM2.1, an atmosphere-ocean general circulation model, in which obliquity, eccentricity, and longitude of the perihelion are altered while other forcings, such as ice sheets and atmospheric composition, are held at preindustrial levels. Because only the Earth’s orbit is changed in these simulations, the climate response to obliquity and precession may be isolated, and two aspects of the response are explored in particular: radiative feedbacks and changes in equatorial Pacific seasonality. While changes in obliquity and longitude of the perihelion simply redistribute insolation without altering its global, annual-mean value, radiative feedbacks – changes in surface albedo, water vapor, lapse rate, and clouds – can lead to significant global-mean temperature response: -0.5 K in a lowered obliquity experiment and +0.6 K in an altered longitude of perihelion experiment. Additionally, in the Arctic, cloud feedbacks damp the reduction of summer insolation at times when orbital forcing should promote glaciation, perhaps presenting an additional hurdle for glaciation. In the equatorial Pacific, the seasonal temperature cycle responds strongly to precession. Part of this seasonality change is a direct thermodynamic response to changing insolation, but some of the change may be attributed to changes in strength of the subtropical anticyclones and changes in convection over the western equatorial Pacific. Such changes in equatorial Pacific seasonality could be misinterpreted as ENSO variations in proxy records which lack sufficient time resolution.

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12:00 pm - Soft Rock Seminar - Philipp Ruprecht, LDEO

Soft Rock Seminar - Philipp Ruprecht, LDEO

  Start: March 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm     End: March 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm
 Location:JGB 3.222
 Contact:Anastasia Piliouras, piliouras@utexas.edu

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4:00 pm - Tech Sessions: Meijuan Jiang, JSG

Tech Sessions: Meijuan Jiang, JSG

  Start: March 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm     End: March 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm
 Location:JGB 2.324 Boyd Auditorium
Talk Title: Seismic reservoir characterization of the Haynesville Shale: rock-physics modeling, prestack seismic inversion and grid searching

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12:00 pm - iPGST Seminar: Dr. Emily Chin

iPGST Seminar: Dr. Emily Chin

  Start: March 19, 2014 at 12:00 pm     End: March 19, 2014 at 1:00 pm
 Location:JGB 3.222
 Contact:Michael Prior, mprior@utexas.edu

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4:00 pm - Tech Sessions Distinguished Speaker: Dennis Hartmann, UW

Tech Sessions Distinguished Speaker: Dennis Hartmann, UW

  Start: March 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm     End: March 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm
 Location:JGB 2.324 Boyd Auditorium
 Contact:Liang Yang, liang@jsg.utexas.edu
Part of the Robert H. Cuyler Endowed Lecture Series. Talk Title: How much will the climate warm? The role of clouds in global and regional climate sensitivity

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10:30 am - UTIG Seminar Series: Krista Soderlund, UTIG

UTIG Seminar Series: Krista Soderlund, UTIG

  Start: March 21, 2014 at 10:30 am     End: March 21, 2014 at 11:30 am
 Location:PRC, 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 196, Rm 1.603, Austin, TX 78758
 Contact:Joe MacGregor, joemac@ig.utexas.edu, (512) 471-0411
 URL:Event Link
"Convective Dynamics in the Interiors of Ice Giants and Icy Satellites"

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Rotating convection is ubiquitous across the solar system and responsible for a wide range of phenomena, including planetary magnetic fields, atmospheric winds, and ocean currents. Here I will focus on the internal dynamics of ice giants and icy satellites.

The ice giant planets, Uranus and Neptune, have magnetic fields, atmospheric circulation patterns, and thermal emissions that are distinct from other planets in our solar system. However, no self-consistent model has been able to reproduce all of these observations. We hypothesize that the magnetic fields and surface winds are dynamically coupled and argue that their characteristics are a consequence of quasi-three-dimensional convective turbulence. I will present dynamo models that, in agreement with observations, generate multipolar magnetic fields, produce three east-west jets, and predict local equatorial peaks in internal heat fluxes. Thus, we argue that convection weakly constrained by rotation can explain the first-order geophysical observations of the ice giants.

The icy Jovian satellite Europa maintains a global liquid water ocean between a lower silicate mantle and an upper ice shell. We use state-of-the-art rotating convection theory to predict that Europa's ocean is characterized by quasi-three-dimensional convective turbulence, similar to the interiors of Uranus and Neptune. I will present a global ocean convection model and show that large-scale currents are organized into three east-west jets and two equatorial Hadley-like circulation cells. These motions transmit the satellite's internal heat most effectively in the equatorial region, which can directly influence the latitudinal thermo-compositional state and structure of the ice shell. This heterogeneity may promote the formation of chaos features, regions of disrupted ice that occur more prevalently at low latitudes, through increased melting of the ice shell near the equator and subsequent deposition of marine ice.

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7:30 am - 2014 IX Latin American Forum on Energy and the Environment

2014 IX Latin American Forum on Energy and the Environment

  Start: March 24, 2014 at 7:30 am     End: March 24, 2014 at 6:30 am
 Location:Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
 Contact:Edgar Garza, egarza@jsg.utexas.edu, 512-232-9510
 URL:Event Link
The 2014 IX Latin American Forum is a unique by-invitation-only event that addresses a critical need to bring together government and industry decision makers, scholars and scientists, to foster dialogue around geosciences, technology, and energy and environmental policy issues. The University of Texas at Austin’s Jackson School of Geosciences hosted the IX Latin American Forum on Energy and the Environment with collaboration from the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on Monday March 24, 2014. This year’s theme was Natural Gas-LNG: An Atlantic Basin Perceptive and the role it plays in the Caribbean and Latin America.

12:00 pm - Soft Rock Seminar - Josef Dufek, Georgia Tech

Soft Rock Seminar - Josef Dufek, Georgia Tech

  Start: March 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm     End: March 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm
 Location:JGB 3.222
 Contact:Anastasia Piliouras, piliouras@utexas.edu

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4:00 pm - Tech Sessions: William Parker, JSG

Tech Sessions: William Parker, JSG

  Start: March 25, 2014 at 4:00 pm     End: March 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm
 Location:JGB 2.324 Boyd Auditorium
Talk Title: "Taxonomy and phylogeny of the Aetosauria (Archosauria: Pseudosuchia) including a new species from the Upper Triasic of Arizona"

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12:00 pm - iPGST Seminar: Dr. Chris Yakymchuk

iPGST Seminar: Dr. Chris Yakymchuk

  Start: March 26, 2014 at 12:00 pm     End: March 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm
 Location:JGB 3.222
 Contact:Michael Prior, mprior@utexas.edu

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4:00 pm - Tech Sessions Distinguished Speaker: Steve Wofsy, Harvard

Tech Sessions Distinguished Speaker: Steve Wofsy, Harvard

  Start: March 27, 2014 at 4:00 pm     End: March 27, 2014 at 5:00 pm
 Location:JGB 2.324 Boyd Auditorium
 Contact:Rong Fu, rongfu@jsg.utexas.edu
Part of the Robert H. Cuyler Endowed Lecture Series

5:00 pm - Peace Corps Info Session

Peace Corps Info Session

  Start: March 27, 2014 at 5:00 pm     End: March 27, 2014 at 6:00 pm
 Location:JGB 3.222
 Contact:Maurine Riess, mriess@jsg.utexas.edu, 512-232-7673
 URL:Event Link
Meet the UT Peace Corps Recruiter:
Kristi Stillwell
RPCV, Burkina Faso, 1999-2001
The University of Texas at Austin International Office
2400 Nueces, Ste B, Austin TX 78705
Office phone: 512-232-9436
peacecorps@austin.utexas.edu

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10:30 am - UTIG Seminar Series: Brady Cox, UT Dept of Civil Engineering

UTIG Seminar Series: Brady Cox, UT Dept of Civil Engineering

  Start: March 28, 2014 at 10:30 am     End: March 28, 2014 at 11:30 am
 Location:PRC, 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 196, Rm 1.603, Austin, TX 78758
 Contact:Sean Gulick, sean@ig.utexas.edu, 512-471-0483
 URL:Event Link
"Deep Vs Profiling for Dynamic Characterization of Christchurch, New Zealand: Towards Reliably Merging Large Active-Source and Ambient-Wavefield Surface Wave Methods"

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In 2010-2011, the city of Christchurch, New Zealand was devastated by a series of powerful earthquakes, the most destructive being the 22 February 2011 Mw6.2 Christchurch Earthquake. This event resulted in 185 casualties, thousands of injuries, and widespread soil liquefaction that caused billions of dollars in damage to buildings, homes and infrastructure. Ultimately, as a result, approximately 7,500 homes have been abandoned and an estimated 80% of the structures within the Christchurch central business district have been demolished.

A network of 19 seismic recording stations in the greater Christchurch area captured an extensive and unique set of ground motions (GM) during the 2010-2011 earthquakes. Potentially, these GM can be used for back-analyses aimed at understanding the spatial variability of the ground shaking (particularly site and basin effects) during each event, followed by accurate forward-estimates aimed at quantifying the amplitude and frequency content of future design GM. However, detailed GM analyses cannot presently be conducted because little information exists on the shear wave velocity (Vs) structure of the greater-than-400-m deep interlayered alluvial sand and gravel deposits that underlie Christchurch.

My research team recently conducted deep Vs profiling at 15 strategic locations throughout Christchurch with the goal of developing a seismic velocity model for the Canterbury basin. The deep Vs profiling was performed using a combination of large active-source and ambient-wavefield surface wave testing. The dispersion estimates from the active-source and ambient-wavefield data at each site were combined to produce an inter-method composite dispersion curve with associated data uncertainty bounds. After which, the open-source software package Geopsy was used to perform a multi-mode, joint inversion of the dispersion data, the SPAC curves and the peak frequency of the mean horizontal-to-vertical (H/V) spectral ratio curve for the site. Rather than providing a single, deterministic Vs profile for each site, these inversions have been used to provide a suite of profiles that fit the experimental data equally well, given the estimated data uncertainty. While results are still preliminary, this work has resulted in Vs profiles that extend a minimum of several hundred meters and a maximum of greater than 1km below the ground surface. This research has more than tripled the available comparisons between large active-source and ambient-wavefield surface wave methods utilized for deep Vs profiling. These comparisons are needed before confidence in utilizing passive-wavefield methods independently can be achieved.


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9:00 am - Career Center Open House

Career Center Open House

  Start: March 31, 2014 at 9:00 am     End: March 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm
 Location:JGB 2.112
 Contact:Chelsea Ochoa, chelsea.ochoa@jsg.utexas.edu, 512-232-0893
Stop by between 9-Noon for bagels and coffee!

12:00 pm - Soft Rock Seminar - Maren Mathisen, DGS

Soft Rock Seminar - Maren Mathisen, DGS

  Start: March 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm     End: March 31, 2014 at 1:00 pm
 Location:JGB 3.222
 Contact:Anastasia Piliouras, piliouras@utexas.edu

      
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