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Active Message Threads for June 2017
Dear colleagues, On Saturday evening on the 17th of June, 2017, a large landslide occurred in NW Greenland, around 20km from the small fishing village of Nuugaatsiaq. Shortly afterwards, waves inundated much of the village, producing widespread destruction - 11 houses were swept out to sea, and 4 people are missing; in total 200 people have been evacuated from 3 villages in the region. The slide generated seismic energy visible across the globe, and lit up all stations from the GLISN seismic n… [more]
Dear IRIS members, I just wanted to introduce myself as the new chair of the PNSC (Polar Networks Science Committee) - a joint UNAVCO/IRIS committee. Our charter is appended below. As we get ready for our annual meeting (June 22), I wanted to reach out to the community so 1) you know we exist and 2) to solicit feedback or discussion items. If you have a polar-related topic or concern that you'd like us to address, please let me or one of your other PNSC committee members know. Our meetin… [more]
IRIS President’s Message on FY2018 Budget Request Last month, the Trump Administration released the details of the President’s budget request to Congress for fiscal year (FY) 2018. As you know, this budget includes severe cuts to research and development (R&D) across the majority of federal agencies. White House budget data indicates both basic and applied research would be reduced ~17% from estimated R&D in the FY 2017 omnibus appropriation bill. According to the AAAS, this would drop inf… [more]
The David Simpson Fund for Innovation was established in 2014 to provide the IRIS Consortium with a source of un-restricted funds that the IRIS Board of Directors can designate to support new initiatives or activities, increase community outreach, or leverage development of new resources for Consortium programs. The Board is soliciting proposals for the use of Simpson Innovation Funds for one or more of the four potential areas: • Supporting activities for student and early career scientist… [more]