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Geoscience Student Watkins Presents Slow Slip Earthquake Poster at State Capitol

David Watkins, an undergraduate Geology major, was one of two students selected to represent IUP at the Undergraduate Research at the Capitol – PA Poster Conference, held March 11, 2014, in Harrisburg. 

David presented his research related to simulations of slow slip earthquake events to learn about mechanisms that might cause the observed variability found in these events. Working with researchers from Miami University in Ohio, David found that much of the variability in seismic events was related to changes in convergence rate, fault propagation speed, and effective normal stress (related to frictional properties), but that length of the fault zone had little impact on these events.

URC-PA is an educational event allowing the undergraduate students enrolled in Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities to showcase their research talents to the Commonwealth’s key decision-makers. All fields of research are encouraged. Participants spent the day in the Pennsylvania Capitol Building, shared experiences and ideas with their counterparts from other schools, and enlightened state legislators on the topics that are important to them and our society. Students were also recognized on the floor of the State Legislative Assembly.

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