Well, I've now spent my first full week at my internship, and things are starting to fall into place for the summer. I've found myself in yet another place that will be confusing to explain to people; I go to school in the state-within-a-state town of Indiana, PA, and now I'm at the school that's supposed to be in Florida (Miami), but is in fact in the slightly less exotic locale of Oxford, OH. I admittedly wasn't excited about still being in Ohio (my home state) for the summer, especially after spending last summer in Minneapolis, but I'm very happy with my project here. My advisors are great, and I've met a lot of the grad students here already. The town of Oxford is amusing similar to Indiana in some ways, although perhaps even more of a backwater geographically, complete with the train running through one side of town. The gritty Appalachian feel is gone, replaced by a decidedly more upscale finish, although the college-town culture (or maybe lack thereof?) is still here. On the plus side, I was able to drive since Oxford was (relatively) close to home, I was able to bring my mountain bike with me, and will be trying out the local singletrack. Some other interesting weekend trips should be in the works as well. Also, on the work side of things, there is the prospect of a trip to Oaxaca sometime this summer for some broadband deployments. It seems the equipment is in limbo somewhere in Europe at the moment though, so it's still up in the air. The only real thing to complain about so far is my apartment still being off the grid, since Time-Warner is taking their time shipping my internet equipment.
As far as my actual project is concerned, I have largely spent the week plowing through literature and working on Mike's Unix tutorial. There will definitely be a learning curve with Unix, as I never used before orientation, but it seems relatively straightforward so far. My semester of Java last fall wasn't completely irrelevant at least. Getting comfortable with Unix and RSQSim, the main program I will be using, will be probably the biggest thing for me the next few weeks. RSQSim is a long-term earthquake and slow-slip simulator that can produce hundreds of thousands to millions of events on a fault segement, allowing us to generate much larger datasets of recurrence intervals than what is available from actual seismic records. I will be dealing with recurrence intervals of slow slip events in Cascadia, via RSQSim, and hopefully later getting into the geological controls on this. I haven't actually used it yet, so I don't have anything original to post yet data-wise. Besides moving forward with my project this summer, I will be getting my AGU abstract ready sometime later next month, and also at least outlining a paper. We are hoping to publish in Geophysical Research Letters with our results from this summer.
That's all for now. Tune in again next week, when I use RSQSim for the first time!
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