The winner of this year's alumni T-shirt design competition was Cate Fox-Lent (2003). After participating in the IRIS internship program Cate received her B.S. in Geoloical Sciences from Brown University in 2005. Currently, Cate is a high school science teacher in Austin, TX. Congratulations Cate! For her efforts, she will receive a t-shirt as well as an iTunes gift card. The second place winner, Megan Torpey (2010), will also receive a gift card.
A special thanks to the sponsor of the T-shirt design competition!
The design (above) was inspired by Cate's submission and features a record section from the Honshu earthquake that occurred on March 11th, 2011. Waveforms ( 0.01 − 0.05 Hz BHZ ) from stations between 40 and 100 degrees were aligned on the S-phase to create a visually interesting stack. This section was then used to create a seismological "spoof" of the English post-punk band Joy Division's debut album, released in 1979. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unknown_Pleasures) The time series data on the original album cover featured successive pulses from the first pulsar discovered PSR B1919+21 but I like the seismograms much better!
We will hold a t-shirt design competion again next year, so start thinking of your ideas now. You could be the winner next year!