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Dear IRIS Community: On June 16th and 17th, the joint IRIS/UNAVCO negotiation committee held its 4th meeting. The meeting once again reflected the complementary perspectives and approaches of both organizations and a commitment to solutions that best meet the needs of the respective research communities. Meeting outcomes included: Review of the draft bylaws of the combined organization. Refinement of a set of merger terms, incorporating feedback from each organization’s negotiation team and … [more]
Dear geoscience community, A reminder that our naming contest is open for another two weeks. See below! IRIS and UNAVCO are working towards merging to become a new entity. What should this new, combined non-profit be named? We need your suggestions! Provide us with your best, most inspired names and taglines. The strongest candidates will be shared with the UNAVCO and IRIS staff, who will vote for their favorites. The top 3 choices will be sent to the Boards of Directors for both organization… [more]
RFI: Seeking Expressions of Interest from IRIS and UNAVCO Member Institutions for Hosting Future Geophysical Facilities
The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) and UNAVCO, Inc. (UNAVCO), both university consortia, are interested in identifying member institutions that may be willing to host one or more functions of a future (post-2023) merged IRIS-UNAVCO organization (referred to hereafter as “new organization”). We are seeking expressions of interest from IRIS and UNAVCO member institutions, located in the USA, to host one or more functions of the new organization, which would support any … [more]
Dear all, Following on from the much-appreciated statement on racism in the geosciences circulated by IRIS last week, I thought the following report might be of interest. https://www.earth.ox.ac.uk/2020/06/department-of-earth-sciences-releases-report-of-ad-hoc-working-group-on-bame-issues It was put together by myself and other postgraduate colleagues at the University of Oxford, and focusses specifically on BAME EDI in the geosciences - with significant attention paid to the representation … [more]
Dear UNAVCO and IRIS community, IRIS and UNAVCO are working towards merging to become a new entity. What should this new, combined non-profit be named? We need your suggestions! Provide us with your best, most inspired names and taglines. The strongest candidates will be shared with the UNAVCO and IRIS staff, who will vote for their favorites. The top 3 choices will be sent to the Boards of Directors for both organizations to select the winner. The person who submits the winning entry will rec… [more]
We at IRIS join our colleagues from across the country and around the globe in unequivocally denouncing racism. BLACK LIVES MATTER. We also know that racism is persistent in STEM and that there are systemic inequalities in academia and particularly in the geosciences. We recognize that it is not enough to say we are committed to creating a diverse workforce or we are working on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). We must act. We must set measurable goals to improve the e… [more]
Dear Community Members: We are writing today to tell you about the progress of merger negotiations between IRIS and UNAVCO. While we certainly haven’t confirmed all of the details yet, we have made excellent progress towards developing a new organization that will leverage the expertise and knowledge of both IRIS and UNAVCO. Our positive, collaborative, and forward-looking discussions have abundantly demonstrated that while there is a long history and deep culture associated with each organi… [more]
Dear Colleagues, Using input from Early Career Investigators (ECIs) who participated in the “Early Career Investigator Virtual Workshop on a Community Vision for the Future Geophysical Facility” held April 23-24, 2020 and respondents to a follow-up survey for ECIs, we have submitted and archived three white papers that focus on instrumentation <https://figshare.com/articles/An_Early_Career_Investigator_Community_Vision_for_the_Future_NSF_Geophysical_Facility_Instrumentation_Services_Needs/1239… [more]