Kevin Gaastra in the South Atlantic Ocean

Data from beneath the South Atlantic Ocean

Graduate student Kevin Gaastra aboard JOIDES Resolution Jan. 16, 2022
Photo by Maya Pincus/IODP

Rice graduate student Kevin Gaastra is in the South Atlantic Ocean this week, working to process and inspect samples on the scientific drill ship JOIDES Resolution. Gaastra is part of JOIDES Expedition 391 to the Walvis Ridge, an unusual chain of underwater mountains more than 500 miles off the southwest African coast. Gaastra is looking for evidence that true polar wander — a shift in the whole Earth relative to its axis of rotation — occurred when Walvis Ridge was forming. His findings could have important implications for understanding mantle dynamics and changes in Earth’s magnetic field over time.

Jonathan Ajo-Franklin, is co-editor of a new book ‘Distributed Acoustic Sensing in Geophysics: Methods and Applications’

‘Distributed Acoustic Sensing in Geophysics book cover

Distributed Acoustic Sensing in Geophysics: Methods and Applications (AGU/Wiley)

Professor Jonathan Ajo-Franklin is co-editor of a new book, ‘Distributed Acoustic Sensing in Geophysics: Methods and Applications,’.  Information about what Distributed Acoustic Sensing in Geophysics is and its various applications can be found  in the Eos article, ‘Using Sound and Vibration Signals to Understand the Subsurface,’ co-authored by Jonathan Ajo-Franklin.

Kelsey Murphy one of three Ken Kennedy Institute Awards in high performance computing

The Ken Kennedy Institute Awards $45,000 to Three Fellows

Program aims to attract graduate students to Rice in the fields of high performance computing, computational science & engineering, and data science

2021-2022 Industry Fellowship Graphic

The Ken Kennedy Institute is awarding $45,000 in Computational Science and Engineering Fellowships to three graduate students at Rice, two of them in the George R. Brown School of Engineering.

The fellowships are funded by the Ken Kennedy Institute, through its annual Energy High Performance Computing Conference, and the nominating departments. The goal of the program is to attract graduate students to Rice in the fields of high performance computing, computational science & engineering, and data science, with special consideration given to students with research interests in the energy industry.

Each enhancement fellowship comes with a $15,000 stipend paid in monthly installments over four years. The graduate students receiving fellowships for 2021 are:

 

Author: PATRICK KURP