Monthly Archives: January 2013

A day of collecting seismic data

An update from Zach, a graduate student in geophysics: "Cheen", our first mate for the Port Morant shallow water survey on Day 7. After a morning cup of coffee with fresh fruit at 7, we got the seismic chirp gear loaded into the car and sent off to Port Morant with Ben, Joey, Dr. Hornbach and Lyndon.  I then returned to the dining room for breakfast with the rest of the group.  The highlight of the morning was trying out the traditional Jamaican dish of Ackee and Fish. While most of the group remained at the hotel for the day to process data collected earlier in the week, Conner, Gwen, Bret and I headed to the port to meet the [...]

2013-01-15T21:11:25+00:00 January 15th, 2013|Earth Sciences in Jamaica|

The Amazing Race

I have arrived! Already within the first 48 hours of living in Copenhagen so  much has happened and I already feel like I am beginning to settle in like a real Dane.  But to recount the whole experience well, I will start from the beginning. I felt like I was leaving the United States the minute I set foot in the Airport.  Although I have traveled through LAX multiple times and feel like I know the place like the back of my hand, it was a whole new experience. The check-in personnel all had accents of different sorts, and security was full of people speaking quickly to each other in different languages.  The international terminal is VERY large.  Waiting in [...]

2013-05-29T18:49:05+00:00 January 15th, 2013|Clara in Copenhagen|

My Jamaican experience

Traveling through the jungles of Jamaica. An update from Joey, a senior geophysics major and math minor: Austen on the beach as others body surf. After several long days of hard work, we decided to play tourist for most of the day. We woke up this morning, packed up and checked out of our hotel in Kingston. We headed north over the Wagwater Fault and into the Jamaican jungle en route to Port Antonio on the Northeastern Coast. It was awesome. Around every corner a new surprise met us. As our bus driver played his CD of Bob Marley’s Best Hits, we traveled past bamboo forests, steep cliffs, giant boulders, palm trees, winding rivers, and small [...]

2013-01-15T20:55:07+00:00 January 12th, 2013|Earth Sciences in Jamaica|

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'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|

A long day collecting 15 kilometers of seismic data

An update from Austen, a junior majoring in geophysics:  Austen interpreting seismic chirp data real time in Kingston Harbor. My day started at 6:30 this morning before the sun was ready to go. After our Day 2 issues with the GPS, we were finally ready to start collecting seismic data. We headed out to meet Donald, the University of the West Indies boat captain, at the dock and set out for the southern end of Port Royal spit with all of our seismic gear on board. Upon arrival at the location, we set up the chirp system as we had the previous day, with a few modifications. The first hour was spent surveying sand deposited by long-shore drift [...]

2013-01-10T21:37:00+00:00 January 10th, 2013|Earth Sciences in Jamaica|

Voices of change

An update from Jake, a first-year transfer student majoring in human rights and minoring in Spanish: Today we traveled to Santa Ana to meet with the ASAPROSAR, a nonprofit organization that works on improving rural health. They recognize that multiple facets create health and that they need to assist the poor in multiple ways. For example, they enter into communities and educate families on the necessity of their children’s education while also providing microloans to families in need of assistance. In one situation, ASAPROSAR gave a women who fed her family from a trash dump and lived in a makeshift home a microloan that enabled her to successfully start a business and raise her family’s status of living. After we [...]

2013-01-16T17:38:52+00:00 January 9th, 2013|Human Rights in El Salvador 2013|
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