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February 2013: Michael Steckler continues his blog on the Columbia University Earth Institute's State of the Planet: Geohazards in Bangladesh feature. These posts describe our BanglaPIRE team fieldwork and meeting in Sylhet, Bangladesh.
February 2013: Graduate student Ellie Ferguson (Columbia University) once again blogs about fieldwork in Bangladesh and NE India for the 8th graders she works with at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School as part of an NSF fellowship program.
Nano Seeber, Ellie Ferguson and Humayun Akhter are in the field again. This time joined by Dhiman Mondal (Dhaka U), Antje Lehnert (Bremen U) and Cecilia McHugh (Queens College). After a week together in Sylhet, northern Bangladesh, most of the team crossed the border to continue their work in India, while Cecilia headed south along the Bangladesh coast with Dhaka University students to search for geologic records of past earthquakes.
During the trip, Ellie Ferguson is blogging for her 8th grade Earth Science students. Read it here at msfergusoninthefield
After a great field season last winter, we had an extraordinary opportunity this fall, a research cruise on the Bangladeshi rivers collecting geophysical data. We are using the same technique that Lamont uses on its ship, the R/V Marcus Langseth, but a mini version.
Learn more by reading Michael Steckler's Blog:
Joining the Kokilmoni, 9/14/2011
July 13, 2011:
A new article
and a documentary
describing our research project and the hazards facing Bangladesh.
Kevin Krajick, senior science writer for Columbia's Earth Institute, joined our team in Bangladesh to learn about our research questions and to observe our field methods.
July 7, 2011:
New joint USAID-NSF PEER (Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research) program launched in Washington, D.C. PEER will fund research in developing countries, providing crucial funding to local scientists collaborating with U.S. scientists.
Our PEER pilot project provided training for Bangladeshi scientists at the first ever seismology and earthquake workshop and transformed a seismic data processing center at Dhaka University into a state-of-the-art seismology and geodesy laboratory.
NSF Director Subra Suresh said "This is a win-win partnership, the U.S. scientific community benefits from more robust international partnerships and an increased awareness of how research can be used to address global development challenges. Our foreign partners benefit from the expertise and enthusiasm of the U.S. scientific community, the engagement of U.S. universities, and an understanding that science can build bridges."
BanglaPIRE principal investigators Michael Steckler and Humayun Akhter attended the program launch and described our project and the successes of our PEER pilot program.
Participants at the first seismology and earthquake workshop included scientists from various institutions in Bangladesh.
New state-of-the-art seismology and geodesy laboratory at Dhaka University.
An article in Science Magazine featuring our work in Bangladesh!
See attachment for full pdf version.
The fieldwork include three major activities as shown on the map at right. One team lead the drilling of the first on many well transects. A second team installed two sets on compaction meters. A third team undertook geologic fieldwork. Finally, several members of each team did a joint field trip to explore the various environments of Bangladesh. More details are available in the previous posts, with pictures and video in the Gallery.
American and Bangladeshi students in the field with professors from the University of Minnesota and Vanderbilt University. Students participated in each component of the fieldwork. Professor Humayun Akhter (Dhaka University) examines organic rich sediments near the northern border of Bangladesh.