After five and a half years as President of IRIS, I am announcing my retirement which will be effective next Summer. The IRIS Board of Directors will be establishing a Search Committee this Fall to begin the recruitment process.
Member Representatives are encouraged to contact the Nominations Committee to provide suggestions for candidates for the open positions (Board Chair and two Director positions, each with a term of three years).
IRIS is currently establishing a new pool of portable instrumentation for magnetotelluric (MT) studies at the PASSCAL Instrument Center as part of the NSF-funded SAGE facility and plans to procure prototype units in the second half of 2019.
In response to interest in the earthquakes that occurred in Central California on July 4 and July 5, 2019 (PDT), the IRIS Data Management Center has created a Special Event web page that provides direct links to and images of data and materials available from IRIS programs and preliminary research results from the seismology community.
The first data from the Mars SEIS (Seismic Experiment for Internal Structure) instrument is now available from the IRIS Data Management Center, in parallel with the NASA’s Planetary Data System and the IPGP’s Mars SEIS Data Service.
The Spring 2019 issue includes features about Jerry Carter, the new Director of Data Services; the first release of data recorded by the Mars InSight seismometer; and ROVER, a new tool to access data sets.
IRIS has begun the procurement of 460 Fairfield nodes for general PASSCAL pool use. The new nodes should be ready for general usage starting in February 2019 (bringing the general node pool to 533 units).
IRIS is an independent, non-profit corporation and not part of the government, therefore IRIS employees can continue to work during a shutdown. Nevertheless, we cannot draw down additional funds from NSF to pay our operating expenses and currently have enough funds to operate our “core” facilities through about the end of February.
IRIS Seismologist Dr. Kasey Aderhold and Dr. Natalia Ruppert from the Alaska Earthquake Center discuss the Alaska Transportable Array and related topics with Kachemak Science, a monthly program on public radio station KBBI in Homer, Alaska.
IRIS Data Services created a Special Event page following the Mw 7.0 earthquake that occurred north of Anchorage, Alaska, that provides direct links to and images of data and materials available from IRIS programs and preliminary research results from the seismology community.
The IRIS Nominations Committee has announced the slate of candidates to fill several positions on the Board of Directors. Information about the candidates and the upcoming Annual Membership Meeting of the IRIS Consortium is available here.
Whether you were able to participate in person or not, download a summary of the 2018 IRIS Workshop prepared by the Science Planning Committee and the leaders of the plenary sessions and the Special Interest Groups.