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Wood Documents Experience Studying Mexico Earthquake

Civil engineering professor Clint Wood traveled to Mexico City and Puebla, Mexico, last week to study the recent earthquake’s impact on buildings and infrastructure. He was chosen to participate in a Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance, or GEER, mission sponsored by the National Science Foundation. As a geotechnical earthquake engineer, Wood focuses his research on dynamic soil characterization. He uses broadband seismometers to measure low-intensity stress waves. By measuring the frequency and wavelength of these waves as they pass through arrays of seismometers, he can estimate the shear-wave velocity and layering of the soil underneath the arrays. Understanding the shear-wave...

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Civil Engineering Professor Wood Reports From Mexico City

Civil engineering professor Clint Wood is in Mexico City this week studying the recent earthquake’s impact on buildings and infrastructure in the area. Wood was chosen to participate in a Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance, or GEER, mission sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Wood’s research focuses on the dynamic characterization of soils. He uses broadband seismometers to measure low-intensity stress waves. By measuring the frequency and wavelength of these waves as they pass through arrays of seismometers, he can estimate the shear-wave velocity and layering of the soil underneath the arrays. Understanding the shear-wave velocity of the soil helps...

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Student Shares Experience in Romania’s Oltet River Valley

University of Arkansas anthropology graduate student Caitlin Yoakum spent part of her summer doing paleo-anthropological research in Romania. Accompanying her advisor, Claire Terhune, assistant professor of anthropology, Yoakum was part of an international team trying to identify evidence of early humans and their environments in Eastern Europe. Below is Yoakum’s account of her experience. More about Yoakum’s experience and the Oltet River Valley Paleontological Project can be found at terhunelab.uark.edu. Yoakum’s research partner, Ashly Romero, also wrote about her experience in Romania. Romero’s account can be found in the Field Notes section of Research Frontiers, the home of research...

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