October 2016

Dear Colleagues,
Greetings from your focus group officers. In this newsletter:
  • SEDI Graduate Research Award Winners
  • SEDI at AGU Fall Meeting
  • Joint AGU-JpGU Session Proposals
  • SEDI Early Career Initiatives
  • SEDI on Social Media
  • Consider Supporting SEDI Through Donations
Best Regards,
Sabine Stanley
President, Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior Focus Group, AGU

Congratulations to Harriet Lau and Joseph O’Rourke, 2016 SEDI Graduate Research Award Winners

Harriet Lau, of Harvard University, and Joseph O’Rourke, of the California Institute of Technology, have been selected as the 2016 SEDI Graduate Research Award winners. The award includes a $500 cash prize and recognition at the joint SEDI and Mineral and Rock Physics focus group (MRP) reception on Tuesday evening, 13 December 2016, at AGU Fall Meeting. Please join us at the reception to congratulate Harriet and Joseph.

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

SEDI at AGU Fall Meeting

The 2016 AGU Fall Meeting is just around the corner, and we look forward to seeing you there. We encourage you to attend the exciting SEDI oral and poster sessions. Information on SEDI sessions can be found by clicking HERE.

Please consider volunteering to judge student presentations at SEDI sessions and help identify the 2016 Outstanding Student Presentation Award (OSPA) recipients.

In addition, SEDI will host a joint reception with MRP on Tuesday evening, 13 December, at the Marriott Marquis, and all SEDI members and friends are invited.

Joint AGU-JpGU Session Proposals

AGU and the Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU) will organize a joint meeting in Japan on 20–25 May 2017. We would like to encourage you to propose an interesting session. To do this, please visit https://meetings.agu.org/jpgu-and-agu-partnership/.

The session proposal deadline is 13 October 2016, 5:00 p.m. (Japanese Standard Time).

SEDI Early Career Initiatives

This year, SEDI introduced two initiatives for early career members: (1) The Student/Postdoc Session Convener Mentorship Program and (2) travel awards for recent graduates/postdocs who are invited first authors in SEDI sessions. We received a lot of interest in these initiatives, and we hope that they provide support and professional development for our early career members. If you have ideas for other initiatives for early career members, please contact Sabine Stanley at sabine@jhu.edu. These initiatives were made possible by funding from AGU specifically earmarked for early career initiatives at the Fall Meeting.

SEDI on Social Media

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 Web page has received a major upgrade. Check us out at

Donate to SEDI

SEDI continues to need your help! We’d like to request that everyone with SEDI as a primary or secondary affiliation consider donating to the focus group. In order to support the awards we’d like to make for our community, including the Graduate Research Award and the Outstanding Student Paper Awards at Fall Meeting, we need donations specifically earmarked for SEDI. 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 website.
Under the “Focus Groups” section, click the drop-down box.
Select “Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior Fund” and choose one of the preset amounts or enter the donation amount in the dollar amount box.
Enter your email address and password.
Click the “Next Step” button and follow the instructions.