NEWS & EVENTS
On October 24th, the Honorable Vern Ehlers (R-MI), Chairman of the
House Science Subcommittee on Basic Research, and his staff from the
Committee, Eric Webster, Amy Carroll and Mike Quear, visited the
visualization laboratory. Dr. Dave Pierce, from SIO's Climate
Research Division, briefed them on the results of the Accelerated
Climate Prediction Initiative (ACPI) and Dr. Graham Kent provided a
demonstration of the vislab's capabilities.
Dr. John Louie (UNR) met with with members of the ANZA seismic group to discuss upcoming field work at select ANZA network sites (www.eqinfo.ucsd.edu). The ability to visit each site 'virtually' using the capabilities of the SIO visualization center greatly enhanced the groups productivity.
The SIO Geowall made a splash at the Teacher Gala held at the Ocean Institute, Dana Point. Atul Nayak from the SIO VizCenter demonstrated the capabilities of the passive stereoscopic system using 3D visualizations and imagery created by SIO researchers. The most popular visualizations were ones which depicted the seismicity in the Southern California region and mantle flow simulations. The event was attended by 500 high school and elementary school teachers in the Southern California region. Teachers also considered the possibility of using these datasets and the IGPP webpages related to real time earthquake information collected by the ANZA broadband array as tools to make learning for students more interesting.
The encouraging response from the audience will probably lead to a permanent exhibit of a Geowall at the Ocean Institute!
CalTrans seismologist Lalliana Mualchin visited the VizCenter to explore possible collaborative projects with SIO scientists that would benefit: (1) Our scientific understanding of earthquakes; (2) The ability to rapidly respond to earthquakes in California; and (3) Create a seamless sharing of 3D visual objects and data.
The 2003 student visualization competition was once again a great success! A total of 9 students entered from the SIO campus, with impressive and novel visualizations of their research data.