March 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings from your focus group officers. In this newsletter:

  • Nominations for SEDI Graduate Research Award
  • Congratulations to the SEDI OSPA winners from the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting
  • SEDI on Social Media
  • We need a student volunteer for the SEDI Executive!
  • Proposing sessions for the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting
  • Welcome/Thank you’s for incoming/outgoing SEDI officers
  • Consider supporting SEDI through donations

Best regards,

Sabine Stanley
AGU Focus Group President, Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior


Nominations for SEDI Graduate Research Award

Nominations for the SEDI Graduate Research Award are due by 15 April 2015.   The award includes a $500 cash prize and recognition at the joint SEDI/MRP reception at the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting. The award is given in recognition of advances that contribute to the understanding of the deep interior of the Earth or other planetary bodies using a broad range of observational, experimental, and/or theoretical approaches. Eligible candidates must be (1) current M.S. or Ph.D. students (or highest equivalent terminal degree) or have completed the degree requirements for a Ph.D. (or highest equivalent terminal degree) within the same calendar year in which the award is presented (1 January 2015 – 31 December 2015).

If you know of a deserving candidate, please take the time to nominate them. It will be greatly appreciated by the candidate and help to recognize important work by graduate students in our field. If you feel you are a deserving candidate, consider asking a professor familiar with your work to nominate you.

For more information on how to nominate someone, please visit the Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior webpage or email the Award Committee Chair: Allen McNamara.

Awards such as this and the Outstanding Student Papers Awards at the Fall Meeting are supported through your donations, so please consider donating, as detailed at the end of this newsletter!

Congratulations to the SEDI OSPA Winners from the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting

The Outstanding Student Paper Awards (OSPAs) are awarded to promote, recognize and reward students for quality research in the geophysical sciences. SEDI would like to congratulate the 2014 SEDI OSPA winners:

Miles Bodmer, University of Oregon, Shear wave splitting observations across the Juan de Fuca plate system: Ridge-to-trench constraints on mantle flow from 2 years of Cascadia Initiative OBS data.

Joseph Byrnes, University of Oregon, Structure of the lithosphere-asthenosphere system beneath the Juan de Fuca plate: Results of body wave imaging using Cascadia Initiative data.

SEDI on Social Media

The SEDI officers are working on increasing SEDI’s presence on social media. Please check us out, follow us and suggest content on:

Facebook: AGU.SEDI

Twitter: @SEDI_AGU

In addition, the AGU SEDI webpage has received a major upgrade. Check us out at:

We need a student volunteer for the SEDI Executive!

SEDI would like to add a graduate student to our Executive Committee. If you are interested in acting as a student representative and liason between the SEDI Executive and our members, then please email Sabine Stanley and include a short description (2-3 sentences) of why you are interested in this position. You can also include a copy of your CV. Enthusiasm for the position is more important to us than experience in similar roles.

Proposing sessions for the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting

Please consider proposing a SEDI session for the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting. The submission deadline is fast approaching: 22 April 2015, 11:59 P.M. EDT.

Welcome/Thank you’s for incoming/outgoing SEDI officers

The beginning of 2015 marked a change in the SEDI leadership. The SEDI officers would like to thank Mark Panning (Past President) and Catherine Cooper (Past Fall Meeting Program Committee Rep) for all of their hard work. In addition, we would like to welcome Laurent Montesi as the new SEDI Secretary, Nicholas Schmerr as the SEDI web editor and Jessica Irving as the Fall Meeting Program Committee Representative. Allen McNamara and Sabine Stanley will remain on the Executive in their new roles as President-elect and President, respectively.

Donate to SEDI

SEDI continues to need your help! We’d like to request everyone with SEDI as a primary or secondary affiliation to consider donating to the focus group. To support the awards we’d like to make for our community, including the Graduate Research Award and the Outstanding Student Paper Awards at the Fall Meeting, we need donations specifically earmarked for SEDI. AGU does not give us any direct budget, and if we would like to continue offering these awards we need your support. Also, if you are in contact with partners who may be interested in sponsoring SEDI events, please contact SEDI officers.

Please also consider making SEDI your primary affiliation if you haven’t already.

To donate to the SEDI focus group:
•   Visit the AGU Voluntary Contribution Campaign page
•   Under the “Other Donation Fund” section, click the drop-down box
•   Select “Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior Fund” and enter the donation amount in the “Dollar Amount” box|
•   Enter your email address and password
•   Click the “Next Step” button and follow the instructions