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Six announcements from the SCEC Community

Date: 01/23/2023

Dear SCEC Community,

Please see below for the following six announcements, two involving deadlines/events THIS WEEK:

  • Stress Drop TAG Workshop - January 26, 2023 (Zoom) - Register Now!
  • Upcoming deadlines for 2023 GAGE/SAGE Community Science Workshop (January 24)
  • 2 Computer Scientist Openings with the USGS Volcano Science Center
  • 2023 Outstanding Publication Award, Structural Geology and Tectonics Division of the Geological Society of America
  • Honoring the Contributions of J. Douglas Yule: Submit your abstract for the 2023 GSA Cordilleran Meeting in Reno, NV
  • Instrument Specialist at UC Santa Cruz


On behalf of Annemarie Baltay, USGS

Stress Drop TAG Workshop - January 26, 2023 (Zoom) - Register Now!

Hello Stress Drop Friends! 

You may now register for our next SCEC Stress Drop Validation workshop which will be held in Zoom this Thursday, January 26, 2023, 9am - 3pm Pacific, by clicking this link

The aim of this workshop is to provide an update to the community on what the Stress Drop Validation group has been doing, discuss recent results, and get broader community feedback. We invite students or those new to stress drop to come along and learn. https://www.scec.org/workshops/2023/stress-drop

We welcome contributions for Session 2 1-minute lightning talks. We’re looking for folks to share specific ideas for the future of this study and stress drop, as well as broader impacts, or new ideas and questions for discussion. Please indicate your interest and topic in the registration. 

Brief agenda: 

  • 9:00 -  9:30 am   Introduction
  • 9:30 - 11:00 am  Session 1: Discussion on uncertainties and trade-offs, with focus on 8 events- led by presentations from submission contributors.
  • 11:00 am - 12:00  Break
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm   Session 2: 1-minute lightning talks session for anyone doing anything they want to share. Both specific future ideas and broader impacts.
  • 1:00 - 1:30 pm  Break
  • 1:30 - 3:00 pm  Session 3: Broader community invited talks. Wrap Up. 

As always, we will dedicate lots of time for discussion, and welcome broad community participation. Look forward to seeing many next week!

Rachel, Shanna and Annemarie




On behalf of Beth Pratt-Sitaula, EarthScope

Upcoming deadlines for 2023 GAGE/SAGE Community Science Workshop

Dear Community,

There are two items with January 24 deadlines related to the 2023 GAGE/SAGE Community Science Workshop which is being held March 27-29 in Pasadena, CA.


  1. Student/postdoc Travel Support Application - up to $1000 travel stipend for students from US institutions (https://tinyurl.com/mr3zunus)
  2. Special Interest Group proposals - for running 1.5-hour community discussion sessions during the workshop (https://forms.gle/V5kiAYHYzes3PsE26)

Workshop registration will also open January 24.

The Geodetic Facility for the Advancement of Geoscience (GAGE) and the Seismological Facility for the Advancement of Geoscience (SAGE) are run by EarthScope Consortium, through cooperative agreements with NSF. EarthScope Consortium was formed through a merger of IRIS and UNAVCO.



On behalf of Jeff Marso, USGS

2 Computer Scientist Openings with the USGS Volcano Science Center

Computer Scientist to support team of international volcano-response and volcano-data professionals 

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Volcano Science Center (VSC) seeks two Computer Scientists to oversee and conduct software development and IT management. Both positions will be based at the Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO) in Vancouver, WA.  One position will be with the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program (VDAP, https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/projects/VDAP/), a group co-funded by USAID that supports volcano observatories worldwide.  The successful candidate will work with other scientists and engineers to develop a wide variety of software products to support VDAP’s crisis response and capacity building activities in the developing world.  

The second position will be with the Cascades Volcano Observatory and will be primarily engaged with developing software applications and hardware integration for US domestic volcano monitoring projects, especially at Mt. Rainier (For background on CVO see https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/cvo).  

Both positions are full-time permanent. Applicants must be US citizens and will be hired at the GS-13 level with promotion potential to GS-15. Duty station for both positions is Vancouver, WA and requires frequent in-office functions. This is not a remote job. Relocation expenses will be available for the successful candidates.  

All applicants are encouraged to read the application details carefully. All supplementary materials must be submitted before the closing date. You must apply through the USAJOBS portal. For further details and to apply for one of these openings, see: 




On behalf of Alexis Ault, Utah State

2023 Outstanding Publication Award, Structural Geology and Tectonics Division of the Geological Society of America

Dear colleagues –

I am writing to request nominations for the 2023 Outstanding Publication Award for the Structural Geology & Tectonics Division of the Geological Society of America. Congratulations again to last year’s winner:

Hansen, L. N., Zimmerman, M. E., & Kohlstedt, D. L. (2011). Grain boundary sliding in San Carlos olivine: Flow law parameters and crystallographic‐preferred orientation. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 116 (B8).

The Outstanding Publication Award is given annually for a published work (paper, book, or map) of exceptional distinction that clearly advances the science of structural geology or tectonics. This award is not limited to members of the Division or the Society, and awardees may be single or multiple authors, with no restrictions as to nationality, citizenship, publisher, or publishing agency. The award may not be given posthumously unless the decision to give the award is made before the death of the awardee(s).

This award is important because it serves to recognize exceptional science and creativity while also inspiring others. The nomination process is simple and comprises three components:

(1) A full citation.
(2) Nomination (as short as a paragraph; letters or reviews may also be included).

Nominations might address these questions:

  • Why is the publication exceptional?
  • How has the contribution changed your work?
  • What are specific advances made by the publication?
  • How has the work influenced the work of others?

(3) Name and address of nominator.

Nominations are due on March 1st, 2023. Please send nominations (or questions) to me at: alexis.ault@usu.edu

More information on the Outstanding Publication Award, including a list of past winners, can be found on the SGT Division webpage.

Thank you,

Alexis Ault (Chair, Utah State University)
Kevin Mahan (committee member, University of Colorado, Boulder)
Phil Resor (committee member, Wesleyan University)



On behalf of Andrew Meigs, Oregon State

Honoring the Contributions of J. Douglas Yule: Submit your abstract for the 2023 GSA Cordilleran Meeting in Reno, NV

Dear Friends and Admirers of Doug Yule, 

You are invited to join us in Reno, Nevada in May for a session focused themes in geology pursued by the late Doug Yule (1961 - 2022) at the 2023 GSA Cordilleran section meeting scheduled for May 17-19th. Please consider submitting an abstract to the session honoring Doug’s contributions to our lives and science (see below).  Cal Barnes and Michele Cooke have agreed to be invited speakers, and we would love to hear from others.  Please feel free to distribute others that might join us.

Session information is below, but abstracts are due Feb. 14th. You can submit yours Here!

Andrew Meigs, Kate Scharer and Whitney Behr

T31. From High Grade to Low Grade: Honoring the Contributions of J. Douglas Yule Towards Understanding the Growth and Active Deformation of Western North America

Andrew Meigs, Whitney Behr, and Kate Scharer.
Description: Doug Yule (1961 – 2022) led a vibrant teaching and research career that sought to understand the long- and short-term character of continental deformation. His interest in continental growth and deformation evolved from work in the West Indies (MS), the Klamath Mountains (PhD) and the San Andreas fault system (Postdoc and beyond).  A consummate field geologist and inspirational teacher, Doug shared his excitement and curiosity with colleagues and students alike. We welcome talks that span the range of Doug’s interests – from processes of continental deformation, to the growth and reorganization of Western North America, to the fostering of the next generation of scientists through inspirational teaching.



On behalf of Heather Savage, UC Santa Cruz

Instrument Specialist at UC Santa Cruz

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, invites applicants for an Instrument Specialist. This person will work with faculty to ensure departmental instrumentation (including a broad range of lab-based analytic and field research equipment) are in optimal working condition. The position will also involve instrument design/development in collaboration with faculty based on the applicant’s capabilities and qualifications.
For additional information and to apply, go to:  https://recruit.ucsc.edu/JPF01409



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