Daily Archives: January 11, 2013

Piecing together Kingston’s Tectonic Puzzle

An update from Cliff, a first-year master's student in Earth Sciences: Cliff collecting seismic data in northeast corner of Kingston Harbor. Today was the last day of fieldwork in the Kingston Harbor, and I got to spend it surrounded by blue ocean and lush green mountains.  At 8 a.m., our trusty driver, Mr. Stewart, arrived at our hotel, ready to haul us over to the UWI Marine Laboratory again. We loaded all of our seismic gear onto the boat and headed out for a long day of data collection in the harbor.  Today, we were focusing on mapping out what we believed to be a strike-slip fault running northeast-southwest through the harbor, along the southern edge of the city of [...]

2013-01-14T18:39:25+00:00 January 11th, 2013|Earth Sciences in Jamaica|

Una experiencia Toledana

This past Wednesday through Friday was orientation and our group trip to Toledo. Due to jetlag and my late night arrival to Madrid, I woke up at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday "morning" and couldn't fall back asleep. Needless to say, I didn't have to worry about being late to meet everyone at 9 a.m. My host mom (whom I adore...it's official) walked me to the foundation, where I'll be going to every day for class, and HALLELUJAH I am only a five-minute walk away from school. It's like the program knew I was directionally challenged and housed me in the most perfect location for me. There, I met the rest of the SMU-in-Spain students, and we all said our goodbyes to [...]

2013-02-27T21:49:38+00:00 January 11th, 2013|Stephanie in Madrid|

El Mozote: We must never forget

The memorial to the villagers represents that entire families lost their lives in the massacre. An update from Emily, a junior majoring in human rights and political science: Woke up to a beautiful morning in the mountains of Morazan, El Salvador. Today is the day that we visited the site of El Mozote, where in December of 1981, around 1,000 men, women, and children of the village were massacred by the Atlacatl Battalion army in the span of three days. It's an eerie feeling to see so much beauty in contrast with the atrocities of the past. Only one women, Rufina Amaya, managed to escape the massacre, and she is the only voice that brought true testimony to [...]

2013-01-16T22:16:07+00:00 January 11th, 2013|Human Rights in El Salvador 2013|

Coring in East Kingston Harbor and a visit to Giddy House

Our group at the University of the West Indies' marine campus building at Port Royal. An update from Gwen, an engineering and Spanish major: Gwen (left) and Emma on an anchor at Fort Charles Port Royal Museum. Today, I woke up and rolled out of my super-cushy new bed at 7 a.m. Bleh! The earliness of the morning was quickly ameliorated by the delicious Blue Mountain coffee that was served at breakfast in the hotel, along with fresh papaya and a salted fish dish. The 11 of us packed up the seismic chirp gear, the surveying gear, and the multiple strange long rods, kits, etc. into the bus. We then headed out to one of the [...]

2013-01-11T16:37:31+00:00 January 11th, 2013|Earth Sciences in Jamaica|