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Title: Education starts here

Education starts here
Where Julie lives
Peace Corps is a social organization, and isnt
everyones cup of tea
The social focus of the Peace Corps is one key to
our programs successit means we listen a lot.
Social Geology Oral Histories Community
Hazards/Risk Mapping Percepcion and
Vulnerability studies Building local
awareness/observations 2 years in the field, in
a social context
A developing discipline? Social
Geology Volcanic risk perceptions in Pacific
Latin AmericaKate Graves, Social Sciences MS,
2007 Community Participatory Hazards
Mapping in El SalvadorLuke Bowman, RPCV Peace
Corps Response
Julie Herrick Smith College BS Now in Calabazal,
New Class Intercultural Hazards Communication
provide a vehicle for community-level linkages
between technical government agencies and people
at risk
Volcano Seismology Teaching Initiative
  • Abundant seismic equipment now installed on
  • Little research using this data
  • Limited by lack of access to volcano seismology
  • Small class at any one university
  • Class sharing across graduate community
  • Greg Waite and Jeff Johnson, NMT

Data collected in January used in class
(Feb-April) Class tools shared with students at
the Volcanoes
Curriculum Changes
  • Intercultural Hazards Communications
  • Volcano Seismology
  • Computational Geosciences
  • Global Geophysics
  • Hydrogeology, Volcanology
  • Remote Sensing
  • Natural Hazards
  • Ethnographic Studies

EHazUniversity Exchange Program in Earth Hazards
Dept of Education-- North American Mobility
FIPSE McGill, Simon Fraser, Buffalo, Michigan
Tech, UNAM, Colima 2004-2008 (renewal applied
for VHaz) Student exchanges, field trips,
workshops, multi-university classes Dozens of
students travel each year (8 of our students now
in Mexico)
  • Experts 16 invited, 14 accepted!

Lee Siebert, Global Volcanism Network,
Smithsonian Institution Dave Clague, Monterrey
Bay Aquarium Research Inst Paul Seagull,
Geophysics, Stanford University Hugh Tuffen,
Environmenntal Science Dept, Lancaster Univ,
UK Eliza Calder, Geology, University at
Buffalo Corey Froese, Alberta Geological
Survey Benjamin van Wick de Vries, OPGC
Clermont-Ferrand, France Gerardo Carrasco Núñez,
UNAM Querétaro Sylvie Vergniolle, Institut de
Physique du Globe de Paris, France Jeff Johnson,
University of New Hampshire Oleg Melnik,
Institute of Applied Mechanics, Lomonosov Moscow
State Univ, Russia Falk Amelung, Marine Geology
Geophysics, University of Miami Mike Ramsay,
University of Pittsburgh John Pallister, Cascade
Volcano Observatory, USGS, Vancouver, WA
Each expert reported on current work focused on
an important element of the overall topic, using
the latest data (which they had ready !).
Field Trips have complemented each of our
web-based classes
  • Field trips last two-three weeks
  • Calderas (Yellowstone, Long Valley)
  • Collapsing mountains (Cascades)
  • Mexican Volcanic Belt
  • Field camping--half to all day hikes, outdoor
    educational focus

This Spring
  • Jan-April Advanced Volcanology Class Convergent
    Plate Boundary Volcanism
  • May Field Trip to Mexican Volcanic Belt--Tepic
    to Orizaba
  • We expect gt60 graduate students to take the class
    from all over the world
  • We will use the expert of the week approach

Remote Sensing Seminar Series?Fall Semester 2007
Oleg Melnik, Moscow St Univ Fernando Muñoz
Carmona, Proyecto Multinacional Andino Peter
Webley, Arctic Supercomputing Center Joy Crisp,
NASA JPL Jonathan Lees, UNC Jim Walker, N Ill
Univ Kurt Roggensack, ASU Paul Wallace, Univ
Oregon Eliza Calder, U Buffalo Simon
Carn,UMBC Glyn Williams-Jones Simon Fraser
The Remote Sensing Institute (RSI) is aimed at
facilitating and promoting research and education
in remote sensing and related areas by bringing
together individuals and groups separated by
departmental and/or college boundaries.
Aqua Terra Tech
  • Undergraduate Enterprise
  • Allows unique curriculum path for developing
    technical and business skills
  • Watershed study on Native American Land
  • Water quality project in Nicaragua, in
    association with Remote Sensing for Natural
    Hazards and Resource Protection in Pacific Latin
  • Funds from NSF, EPA, KBIC Thrivent Foundation

On Campus Links, Impacts
  • MTU is largest PC University in US gt80 students
  • Iarge cohort group on campus, 5 active PC
  • Sharing classes, Latin Movie group
  • International Profile Certificate
  • reduced tuition, support for credits in
    continuing enrollment--More

Dual MS degree for Volcanology
  • MTU and UBP Clermont Ferrand
  • UBP is a leading Volcanology Program in EU
  • Has strong petrology group which complements our
    remote sensing
  • Has strong ties with rest of EU groups, access to
    Reunion and French West Indies
  • Can attract funding from EU-Atlantis program of
    US Dept of Education
  • Buffalo will be a US Partner program

New PC locations and working relationships
  • Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica, Philippines
  • Africa (Tanzania, Benin)
  • Bolivia, Peru, Eastern Caribbean possible
  • Mexico (with Ph D level students?)
  • Developing ability to select prime research sites
  • Peace Corps Responses El Salvador and Philippines

Outgrowths starts here
Outgrowths of PIRE
  • New Faculty attracted
  • Greg Waite
  • Simon Carn

Observation point 3770 m
  • Accessibility to prime observation points,
  • Dependable weather in dry season mornings,
  • Daily diverse activity

Observation point, 2500 m
The outstanding accessibility and activity at
Santiaguito is a huge research advantage. This
attracts researchers who want to do coordinated
experiments. Santiaguito has had many visitors
since 2000.
Active vent, 2500m
Observation point, 1200 m
PC students become a base for field activities.
Collaborators visit students in field
  • John Stix, McGill Univ
  • Jeff Johnson, New Mexico Tech
  • Nick Varley, Universidad de Colima
  • Jonathan Lees, North Carolina
  • Jim Walker, N Illinois Univ
  • Guillermo Alvarado, Univ Costa Rica
  • Chris Newhall, USGS
  • Andy Harris, Univ Hawaii
  • Alan Whittington, Univ Missouri

DeMets type links
Hi Bill,  Basil Tikoff, my collaborator here on
Salvadoran research,  and I had a discussion
today of the status of our GPS work  in El
Salvador. We wanted to pull you into our
discussion  of Ilopango.  The continuous GPS
station SSIA on the edge  of the caldera has now
been operating since 2001 and has  experienced
steady uplift for the past 7 years, now
amounting  to 6 centimeters. The horizontal
station motion is also  suspicious and appears to
point radially outward from the  caldera. In our
view, the evidence suggests inflation  and merits
further study for obvious reasons.  We are
considering installing a differential network
around  the rim of the lake, but have no funds
specifically meant  for such a project. We could
approach NSF for a supplement  or see whether
Douglas Hernandez views this as a high
enough  priority to do the installation and
initiate measurements  similar to Hans's Santa
Ana network.  Before we do anything,  we want to
get your input.  Thanks, Chuck
Ilopango Caldera, El Salvador
San Salvador, 3 million people
New Equipment
  • Seismic equipment (MTU)
  • FLIR Thermal Camera from NSF Equipment grant
  • New FTIR instrument (MTU)

OEDG Initiative
  • Expand Internships for Puerto Rican students
  • Develop Caribbean hazards sites
  • Attract more Latino students
  • Lizzette Rodriguez now on UPR faculty
  • Probable proposal in 2009 time frame

Central American Workshop Remote Sensing and
  • PASI funding to be sought Jan 2009
  • Two week workshop for all of Central America

CRUSA Initiative With Guillermo Alvarado, UCR
CRUSA is a way to get field funds to support
Alvarados work with us. Costa Rica is the only
country we work in with a support program like
this. It is vital because otherwise they pay out
of their pockets.
We are fortunate to be working with many local
experts in every country, Alvarado is the senior
geologist in Costa Rica, and he helps with
students in Panama and Nicaragua, arranged our
workshop and helped us indentify a site for a
Peace Corps MI student at Volcán Tenorio.
Research Outgrowths
Fine Volcanic Ashfate and transport
  • A 35 year long research path which has been the
    core of my research, continues to attract useful
    and diverse collaborations
  • Adam Durant, recent Ph D graduate, is doing
    important work applying remote sensing of
    silicates to dust transport (Bristol, UK)
  • NERC-UK Natural Dust Health Network workshop in
    Cambridge on 14 March 2008research directions on
    health/ash studies
  • USGS led Eruption Source Parameters (ESP) effort
    for improving Volcanic Ash Cloud/ Aircraft Hazard
    Mitigation efforts

Indonesia and West Pacific Initiative
  • Partnership growing between MTU and VDAP/USGS
  • Synergystic academic science effort balances
    their equipment aid to developing volcano groups
  • Help develop research capability in volcanic
    countries by using, with them participating,
    their new equipment for high level research
  • Series of workshops aimed at remote sensing
    focused on W Pacific, where there are many active
    volcanoes, and little research

Proposal for planning visit and Volcano R S Mini
  • Bandung Indonesia Mini workshop Feb 2009
  • Proposal to OISE NSF 04-035 Int Res Educ
  • MTU group will travel with VDAP, do mini-workshop
    with Indonesians and Filipinos
  • Then will travel to Java and North Sulawesi for
    field work together and design of research plans
  • Tentative idea Build larger US collaborative
    academic science group (Several universities) and
    expand scope to Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu,
    with an Advanced Asian Science Group at
    Singapore. Big Workshop 2010 or 2011
  • Collaboration with VDAP could grow and mimic the
    university participation in Cascade, Alaska,
    Hawaii, Yellowstone Volcano Observatories

Future of PIRE
Future Funding for our PIRE Reapply to NSF Seek
USGS/VDAP link Investigate NGO link?
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