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2008.05.14 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO to Host Training for Seismic Recording Stations

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Department of Geography and Geology will host 16 students from four states who will receive training on how to find sites for seismic recording stations in those states. This array is part of a deep geophysical investigation that spans the entire North American continent and which is funded by the National Science Foundation. The four-day introductory workshop on the Transportable Array starts May 19 and provides students an opportunity to participate in a national research project.

Robert Shuster, associate professor of geology, serves as the principal investigator for the project at UNO. Harmon Maher, UNO’s interim director of research and creative activity, is co-principal investigator. Four UNO undergraduate students will be part of the sixteen students receiving training. The other institutions involved include the University of North Dakota, the South Dakota School of Mines and the University of Kansas.

“This is a terrific project. The Transportable Array is a network of 400 high-quality, portable broadband seismometers that are being placed in temporary sites across the U.S,” Shuster said. “The four day introductory workshop will teach the students how to identify locations for seismic stations and how to approach and work with landowners who will host the equipment on their property. They will also learn how the equipment and software are used and how seismic data can tell us something about the make-up and structure of the Earth’s crust below the Midcontinent region.”

The seismic study is part of EarthScope (www.earthscope.org), a large research project funded by the National Science Foundation. This summer’s work will involve more than 300 sites in six Midwestern states. After the UNO workshop, the students working on the 10-week project will receive a weekly stipend and travel expenses and will be provided equipment including laptops, cameras and GPS units.

The array was started in 2004 along the west coast and will eventually occupy about 2,000 locations across the continental United States and Alaska over a 10 to12 year period. The seismic stations are placed about 45 miles apart in a grid-like fashion and remain on site for two years. Sites near the Omaha area will include one near Fremont and another closer to Lincoln. In total, there will be more than 40 sites in Nebraska.

“The stations are not terribly big and are not intrusive,” Shuster said. “They transmit the data they record in near-real time and are operated remotely.” He added that the students will be allowed to use data collected from the Transportable Array for their own research. For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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