News

Emily Brodsky and Thorne Lay discussed earthquake and tsunami mechanics and triggering with the California Office of Emergency Services during this year's Tsunami Preparedness Week. More information and bonus videos can be found on their site.

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We are proud to announce that our postdoc alumni, Heather Savage, will be receiving the 2016 Mineral and Rock Physics Early Career Award at the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting this December in San Francisco.

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We welcomed a lot of new students and visiting researchers this Fall, including our new graduate students, Andrea Rhode, Heather Shaddox, and Megan Kelley, and visiting scholars Bo Feng, Liqin Zhang, Wenquan Liang, Pan Zhang, Xiangbo Gong, Weilin Haung, Yuqing Wang and Jiachun You.

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KION News reporters interview Professor Emily Brodsky about the two magnitute 4.0 earthquakes that struck the central coast around the town of Paicines, CA onTuesday, July 17th.

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We are excited to announce that Professor Susan Schwartz has been named a 2016 AGU Fellow. We look forward to honoring her, and the other new AGU Fellows at the upcoming 2016 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco. Information about the award, along with a complete list of 2016 Fellows can be found on the AGU website.

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Professors Emily Brodsky and Thorne Lay discuss the future possibility of earthquake prediction and forecasting in the LiveSciene article Migrating Earthquakes Could Make Prediction Possible.

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Congratulations to Stephanie Taylor! She has been selected to receive the $1,500 Zhen and Ren Wu Memorial Fund Award in Geophysics to support her research in 2016. .

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Professor Emily Brodsky comments on increased seismicity in areas around geothermal power plants in Northern Nevada.

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Postdoc Thomas Göebel discusses new findings linking California oil and gas operations to earthquakes.

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Professor Susan Schwartz comments on recent findings suggesting the regularity of slow-slip events in Japan.

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This September we welcome incoming post-docs Nadav Wetzler, Shalev Siman-Tov, and Thomas Göebel, and graduate student Ricardo Garza-Giron to Emily Brodsky's group.

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Ru-Shan Wu's group welcomes Guihua Li, a visiting scholar from Shandong University of Science and Technology, Huamin Zhou, a visitng graduate student from Zhejiang University, and Yangting Liu, a visiting graduate student from China University of Geosciences (Beijing).

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Emily Brodsky discusses possible causes of distant aftershocks following September's magnitude 8.3 earthquake in Chile, in the article How earthquakes can trigger copycat quakes 1000 kilometers away, published in New Scientist on Sept. 21, 2015.

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UCSC Ph.D. graduate, Yingcai Zheng, has won the 2015 SEG J. Clarence Karcher Award by unanimous decision. This is the highest honor for a young geophysicist working in exploration geophysics.

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Patrick Fulton received the 2014 Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Geophysical Research Letters.

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Thorne Lay discusses the implications for quake risk in Cascadia in the UCSC NEWSCENTER October 21, 2014 story A global surge of great earthquakes holds clues to future quakes covering his presentation at the 2014 Geological Society of America (GSA) meeting in Vancouver.

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Thorne Lay's report from the 2014 GAS meeting in Vancouver was discussed in the October 25, 2014 NBC News story Worldwide Surge in "Great" Earthquakes Seen in Past 10 Years
          
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Thorne Lay's earthquake risk in Cascadia presentation at the GSA meeting in Vancouver was covered in a October 22, 2014 Nature News Blog titled, Outbreak of great quakes underscores Cascadia risk.
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Emily Brodsky, Thorne Lay and Susan Schwartz contributed to the UCSC NEWSCENTER October 13, 2014 story Orders of magnitude, which discussed the Loma Prieta earthquake and what we've learned about earthquakes in the 25 years since it occured.

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Ru-Shan Wu and Thorne Lay were made Honorary Professors of Geophysics at Xi'an Jiaotong University in September 2014.
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Patrick Fulton is the 2014 recipient of the Jason Morgan Award. This is the AGU tectonophysics section early career award that recognizes outstanding contributions to the field.
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Thorne Lay was named as the winner of the 2014 Inge Lehmann Medal of the American Geophysical Union, which is awarded for "outstanding contributions to the understanding of the structure, composition, and dynamics of the Earth's mantle and core."
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Lian Xue was selected to receive the Zhen and Ren Wu Memorial Fund Award in Geophysics to support her research in 2014
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The perspective article, published May 15 in the journal Science, titled Recognizing Foreshocks from the 1 April 2014 Chile Earthquake by Emily Brodsky and Thorne Lay incited thoughtful media attention. livescience discussed the publication in their online article Migrating Earthquakes Could Make Prediction Possible, KQED Science considered it in their online article Progress in Earthquake Forecasts May Come from Studying Foreshocks, and The Seattle Times examined it in their article Scientists say some quakes may be predictable.



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Lingling Ye has been chosen to receive the Chancellor's Dissertation Year Fellowship for 2014-15.
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Professor Thorne Lay was elected to the National Academy of Sciences on April 29, 2014. UCSC press release

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The Seismological Society of America just announced that Thorne Lay will be the recipient of the 2014 Harry Fielding Reid Medal. This is the highest honor the society bestows. UCSC press release

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Our graduate student, Erin Todd, received a 2014-15 Achievement Rewards for College Students (ARCS) Fellowship

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Our seismology graduate students Lingling Ye and Han Yue were among three UCSC graduate students to receive "the 2013 National Award for Outstanding Self-financed Chinese Students Study Abroad" scholarships from the China Scholarship Council. This program has existed since 2003, and awards "outstanding performance in their PhD studies" for "no more than 500 young talents... each year all over the world". They were feted in a formal celebration in San Francisco last Tuesday.
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Emily Brodsky and Thorne Lay were interviewed by NBC News on April 21, 2014 in an article titled, Spike in Earthquakes? An 'Illusion' Raises New Questions

This chart from the U.S. Geological Survey shows where earthquakes measuring magnitude-4.5 or greater have been reported over the past 30 days. The size of the circle indicates the strength of the quake. Orange dots indicate quakes that have occurred over the previous 24 hours. Yellow dots indicate quakes over the past week.