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RESESS NEWSLETTER - Spring 2015

2015 RESESS COHORT HAS ARRIVED

Welcome to the 2015 RESESS cohort! This is the 11th group of RESESS interns and we have had a fantastic kick-off to the summer. On May 17th, the RESESS interns joined the SOARS (Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science) protégés and NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network) interns for a joint meet and greet and welcome reception on the University of Colorado - Boulder campus.

RESESS interns relaxing during the Welcome Reception at the University of Colorado. (Photo credit: Beth Bartel)

The RESESS interns again joined the SOARS and NEON students on May 19th to participate in a day-long workshop to build leadership skills and practice communication strategies for the summer and beyond.  The students and staff had a great time playing games and doing exercises that identified strategies to maximize effective communication as well as facilitate identification and development of individual interns’ strengths.  Local experts from 5.12 Solutions facilitated the workshop.

Leadership and orientation concluded with group tours of UNAVCO, NCAR (the National Center for Atmospheric Research), and NEON on May 20th. Students and staff were able to explore terrestrial laser scanning at UNAVCO, 3-D data visualization at NCAR Mesa Lab, and engineering for ecological observatories at NEON.

The interns’ first day of work was Thursday, May 21, 2015, and as they settle in with their research projects, writing workshop, and communications seminar, we are looking forward to a rewarding summer full of learning and new experiences.

Interns from RESESS, SOARS, and NEON participate in a team building ice breaker challenge during Leadership Training at Chautauqua Park, Boulder, CO. (Photo credit: Melissa Weber)

Participant reflection footprint activity during Leadership Training at Chautauqua Park, Boulder, CO (Photo credit: Melissa Weber)

RESESS Interns (l to r) Molly Anderson, Garth Ornelas, Brandt Scott, and Enrique Chon “Touch a Tornado” during the facilities tour at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Mesa Lab, Boulder, CO. (Photo credit: Melissa Weber)

MEET THE 2015 INTERNS

 

ALUMNI UPDATE:

RESESS ALUMNI EARN DOCTORATES

Lennox Thompson (2006, 2007, 2008) defended his dissertation, titled “Development of a 3-D Shear Wave Model Using a Multi-Objective Optimization Scheme” at the University of Texas – El Paso on March 3rdEmanuelle Feliciano (2007, 2008) defended his dissertation, titled "Multi-scale remote sensing assessments of forested wetlands: Applications to the Everglades National Park" at the University of Miami on April 2nd. Congratulations to Lennox and Emanuelle on a fantastic job!

RESESS ALUMNI EARN NATIONAL RECOGNITION IN THE GEOSCIENCES

Calvin Johnson (2011, 2012), Gina Oliver  (2013), and Joshua Russell (2014) were all recently awarded Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation. Jenny Nakai (2012) earned a Best Student Presentation Award at the 2015 Seismological Society of America Annual Meeting in Pasadena, California. Wesley Weisberg (2014) earned a Geological Society of America Rocky Mountain Section Undergraduate Research Grant, which funded a continuation of the research he started during his 2014 RESESS summer internship.


In April 2015, Wesley Weisberg (2014) collects samples in the Wet Mountains of Colorado to continue the research project he started during his first summer as a RESESS intern. (Photo credit: Aisha Morris)

Alumni, do you have updates for us? Please send them to resess@unavco.org.

FROM THE DIRECTOR'S DESK

Aisha Morris

Are you aware that UNAVCO provides support for your Broader Impacts activities? We offer assistance with including interns from the RESESS internship in your research proposal, as well as support with developing curriculum materials for K-12 or undergraduate or graduate education. For more information, please visit http://achaia.unavco.org/public/newproject/supportform.aspx

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM

RESESS is a summer internship program dedicated to increasing the diversity of students entering the geosciences. The goal of the RESESS internship program is to broaden participation by increasing the number of students in the geosciences from groups that have been historically underrepresented.

INTERESTED IN SUPPORTING RESESS?

We are always looking toward future opportunities for collaborations and sponsorship. Help us keep this amazing program on track and moving forward, and serving both our young scientists and our science community as a whole. For potential partnerships, please contact us at resess@unavco.org.

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