So, I guess I could start off with some things about myself. I am not sure how these blog things work but I guess I will give it a go! I am a geophysics major at Michigan Tech. I am from Kansas City, Missouri and this is my first time living on the West Coast. I studied abroad in Germany for a summer. I am a woman of few words... I think that is the boring stuff anyway, now onto the good stuff...
Palo Alto = FANTASTIC! There are not enough words to describe my first week. In summary, I have had some of the best and freshest food of my life and have met some incredibly talented people (fellow roommates and geophysicists). USGS is an amazing place in itself, where its corridors are filled with the elite of the field. I just try to absorb every word I hear and take in what I can because everything I am seeing, hearing, and doing is something new and exciting. Surprisingly, my week has not been completely comprised of reading papers nonstop on my research project, it has been filled with government paperwork, trying to figure how to login onto the government computers, and trying to find my way to work. There is one thing I should be clear on: bike riding in Palo Alto. This is no trip in the park (pun intended...). I thought I have experienced road biking, but things are pretty different between the Midwest and California. Getting to and from work every day is an adventure itself. There have been many wrong turns, a failing GPS on my Android phone, and plenty of poor dead squirrels. So, yes, it is like a horror film for small mammals. Hopefully, by the end of the summer, my bike ride to work will be more like a ride in the park.
Other than concerning myself with getting around and eating fantastic food, I have actually begun work on my research. There are two other interns who are working with me on this project, but we are all focusing on something different. I am mainly focusing on the installation of a new digitizer, called the Jerrattizer! This project will require quite a bit of signal analysis in order to compare the signal with the previous system's digitizer. Apparently, analog to digital converters are expensive, so Jarrett (a cool dude from Berkley who I have not met yet) designed a converter just for our ULFEM stations. A large portion of my research will be to help test the Jerrattizer, which actually won't happen until later this month. The first couple weeks of my internship will be pretty chillax because I will be focusing on cataloging the signals from the five ULFEM stations. You can actually look at some cool squiggles at https://pangea.stanford.edu/research/groups/crustal/ulfem/ (also, I don't think our research has anything to do with Pangea...).
Or if you are lazy, here are some cool squiggles!
Apparently, my computer's security will not let me post an image directly from ULFEM stations. My blog will allow cat pictures to be uploaded, but not ULFEM data. Oh well, please enjoy this cat while I try to figure out how to post pictures that pertain to my research!
Till next time!
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