Come See TX/BC-ESP’s Poster at Society of Exploration Geophysicists’ National Conference in San Antonio, Sept 18, 2019

Come See TX/BC-ESP’s Poster at Society of Exploration Geophysicists’ National Conference in San Antonio, Sept 18, 2019 !

Texas Educational Seismic Project (TXESP), together with the Boston College Educational Seismological Project (BCESP), share a mission to take real world events and turn them into “Teachable Moments”.  In pursuit of our mission, both TXESP and BCESP use seismology as an exciting medium for inviting students into the world of scientific monitoring; we are highly motivated to promote inquiry-based learning through investigation of earthquakes recorded by seismographs in classrooms. It is truly fascinating that it is possible to record earthquakes that occur across Texas and New England using a new, simple seismograph – the Raspberry Shake seismograph. Seismographs record many types of ground motions: earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, human-made explosions, and even local traffic! Historically, real-time earthquake monitoring and analysis required very large, high cost, and professional laboratory quality instruments.  However, very recently the Raspberry Shake seismograph revolutionized citizen science capabilities.  The question we ask is “Can the Raspberry Shake seismograph provide high quality data similar to other educational and laboratory seismographs?”  Raspberry Shake offers a simple “plug-and-play” affordable seismograph which offers great flexibility for users.   Affordability and flexibility expands opportunities for low to median income (LMI) students – giving them research experiences investigating what is recorded on their classroom seismograph and promoting a valuable positive step in the direction of inquiry-based science education and college readiness.



NASA’s High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) applications are now open!

NASA’s High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) applications are now open!

HAS is an authentic learning experience for Texas high school juniors to engage with NASA’s mission to become the next generation of explorers.  Students are able to learn about different STEM related fields of study they might want to pursue in college.  Following a series of online lessons, highest achieving students will be invited to an all-expenses-paid, week-long visit to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston during the summer. Selected participants will plan a mission to Mars while being mentored and receiving guidance from NASA scientists and engineers. Both the online and onsite portions are free to participants.

Applications are available for students beginning September 10, 2019 through October 23, 2019 >>> Please encourage students at your school to visit our website at:

Attend this Upcoming Women’s Diversity STEM Conference

“Building Bridges: The Power of the Sisterhood” will convene diverse women leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) who have shown expertise in supporting the longevity and advancement of women within their fields. This conference in and of itself presents a groundbreaking framework for bringing white women and women of color together in an intentional and novel way for transformational change, thus providing the catapult for lasting collective action that impacts current power systems and structures in the STEM arena. Brought together as a diverse group of women representing all STEM disciplines, and with direct programmatic design and input from women of color in these fields, participants will be empowered in their home environments to impact on how we as women interface with each other so as to cultivate necessary change.

In order for women in STEM to affect leadership and representation at the highest levels of STEM fields, meaningful relationship-building among women and across racial-ethnic and cultural groups will need to occur.

Day 1:
Women separately gather in interdisciplinary groups of 50 professional women of color and 50 white women. Each group will be responsible for sharing authentic perspectives and generating ideas on how to cultivate camaraderie with their women colleagues across racial-ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

White women will meet at the below address for a workshop moderated by Dr. Laura Bottomley, Dr. Christie Sahley, and Dr. Martha Williams:

Bluebonnet Room
Communities Foundation of Texas
Mabel Peters Caruth Center
5500 Caruth Haven Lane at Central Expressway
Dallas, Texas 75225-8146

Women of color will meet at the address below for a workshop moderated by Dr. Valeria Chapman, Dr. Rashele Yarlborough, and Dr. Joycelyn Elders:

Top Floor Meeting Center, Fiori on Vitruvian Park
3990 Vitruvian Way
Addison, Texas 75001

Day 2 will take place at the address below:
UT Southwestern Medical Campus
T. Boone Pickens Biomedical Building
6001 Forest Park Rd
Dallas, TX 75235

This program blends both groups comprising a large interracial gathering of up to 80 of these women in STEM who will grapple with differences and commonalities in their experience and inform key aspects of a research agenda related to facilitating support among diverse women, thus lending to a stronger impact among women to reimagine the STEM agenda.

Objectives: Toward advancing women in STEM professions: (1) Develop a forum through which a multicultural, cross-disciplinary group can consider pragmatic solutions; (2) Disseminating results to a wide audience; and, (3) Forming a facilitated, virtual work group to continue the work of the conference.

Please RSVP here –

For questions and information contact: or 203-389-7466.

Hurricane Dorian is Staying Close to the Eastern US Shore

Hurricane Dorian UPDATE #14 – 09/06/2019 at 00:16hrs UTC – **NOW** the hurricane’s eye is passing Myrtle Beach and will be near Wilmington in hours; most of North Carolina is experiencing very heavy rainfall (see AccuWeather’s image, below). 

Compare Aug 30 to Sept 5 on the seismograph in New Hope, SC – note that it appears almost entirely black.  The amplitude of the seismic traces are so large that the signal overprints itself at each hour of time.  Dorian’s 100+ mph winds and high storm surge are causing the dramatic increase in ground motion recorded on the seismograph.  At approximately 13:00hrs UTC (9:00 am EDT), the eye of the storm was passing by Charleston, SC.


Aftershocks Shake Offshore Oregon

Following the #magnitude M6.3 #earthquake main shock off the coast of #Oregon on August 29, 2019, a preliminary M5.9 aftershock earthquake has occurred this morning, September 5, 2019 at 15:02hrs UTC, there is no tsunami risk. #RaspberryShake Station RAD87, operated by Texas Educational Seismic Project (#TXESP), recorded the event.  In the image below, a 1.0 Hz low-pass filter has been applied to the #seismogram.


Hurricane Dorian Is Lashing Out on Georgia and the Carolinas

HURRICANE DORIAN UPDATE #12 – 09/05/2019 at 00:39hrs UTC (8:39 pm EST)- Tropical Storm winds are lashing the #Georgia and #Carolina shores tonight; Dorian’s projected track falls very close to #Charleston, SC on Thursday afternoon/evening – the #seismograph in #NewHope, SC shows a corresponding sharp, **dramatic** amplitude increase.  The Weather Channel’s projected storm path is also shown below.




Tracking Hurricane Dorian (Aug 30 to Sept 2)

Hurricane Dorian and an Earthquake UPDATE #9 – 09/03/2019 at 00:00hrs UTC – captured on the #seismograph in #NewHope, SC… a #magnitude 5.9 #earthquake occured in the North Atlantic Ocean. #Dorian continues moving northward 1 mph heading up the FL coastline – compare the seismograph images from Aug 30 to Sept 2!  The increase in “noise” is the recording of increased ground motion caused by the increasing wave height and frequency pounding the shoreline.  

Tracking a Hurricane Using a Seismograph in New Hope, South Carolina

Tracking a Hurricane Using a Seismograph in the Disney Wilderness Preserve, Orlando, Florida

**Current** Radar Map of Hurricane Dorian, courtesy of The Weather Channel