GEON Newsletter : August 2006
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GEON Holds Third Annual Cyberinfrastructure Summer Institute for Geoscientists

CSIG 2006 Group Photo Thirty-six researchers attended the third annual GEON-hosted Cyberinfrastructure Summer Institute for Geoscientists (CSIG 2006) held at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) on the campus of UC San Diego. The attendees included graduate students, postdocs, and researchers in geoscience and information technology from a number of agencies and more than 30 institutions across the U.S. as well as from Turkey, Japan, and Mexico. This popular one-week educational program, held from August 14-18, introduced participants to topics such as Web Services, Workflows, Knowledge Representation, and Geographic Information Systems. The detailed course program, along with archived webcasts and presentations slides, are available at


iGEON Involved with Efforts to Assess North China's Seismic Risk

China Grapples With Seismic Risk in Its Northern Heartland The article "China Grapples With Seismic Risk in Its Northern Heartland", which was featured in the August 4th edition of Science magazine, told of ceremonies held to mark the 30th anniversary of the deadliest earthquake in 400 years: the Tangshan earthquake, which killed at least 244,000 people in China's Hebei Province. More importantly, however, it brought to the foreground an enduring scientific puzzle: The magnitude-7.5 temblor struck along a fault that no one knew existed.

To help shed light on this tectonic anomaly, the Deep Earth Lightening project--involving the Chinese Earthquake Administration (CEA), the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and National Science Foundation China (NSFC) is wiring north China with nearly 800 portable broadband seismometers. The array will image the crust and upper mantle to map faults and explore craton evolution and dynamics. The initiative is setting up a data center modeled after the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) consortium in Washington, D.C., says Chen Yong of CEA's Institute of Earthquake Science in Beijing.

Complementing that effort is NSFC's Great North China Initiative. GNCI, a top priority in NSFC's strategic plan, evolved from discussions between top Chinese geoscientists and a U.S.-based association of Chinese expatriates, the International Professionals for the Advancement of Chinese Earth Sciences. Dr. Mian Liu, Professor of Geological Science at University of Missouri-Columbia and GEON PI, has been involved with these discussions as part of iGEON and is workinging to create further collaborations and contributions to these efforts.

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Mian Liu, GEON PI, Receives Excellence Award from University of Missouri-Columbia

Prof Mian Liu The University of Missouri-Columbia recently announced its first set of Woodhouse Awards, granted to five professors in the College of Arts and Science who have shown exceptional achievements in teaching, research and service. Included in this group was GEON PI Mian Liu, Professor of Geological Sciences at MU.

According to Richard B. Schwartz, MU professor of English and former Dean of the College of Arts and Science, "These awardees are examples of the level of accomplishment that one regularly encounters in the College of Arts and Science. We take great pride in their achievements and equal pride in the distinguished faculty of which they are a part." Dr. Liu was described as "the cornerstone of the geophysics and active tectonics research group, an internationally recognized group doing cutting-edge work in continental dynamics".


NSF This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0225673 (GEON). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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