Bureau of Economic Geology

UT’s Jackson School Recognizes Outstanding Bureau Research

December 20, 2019

Alexandros Savvaidis (left; TexNet) and Peter Hennings (center; CISR) receive the Outstanding Research Award from Jackson School Dean Sharon Mosher.

Each year, The University of Texas at Austin’s Jackson School of Geosciences holds its annual Joseph C. Walter Awards event to recognize the school’s most respected researchers, faculty, staff, and teams. The Bureau of Economic Geology, one of three major units within the School, has won its share of these awards in past years, acknowledging the Bureau’s significant contributions to the Jackson School’s success. 2019 was no different.

At the recently held Walter Awards ceremony, the Bureau’s TexNet Seismic Observatory (TexNet) and Center for Integrated Seismicity Research (CISR) teams jointly received the Jackson School Outstanding Research Award. The Jackson School Outstanding Research Award “recognizes accomplishments by an individual or a team of faculty or scientists” and is presented after an extensive nomination and review process.

In just a few short years since funding was first earmarked by the Texas Legislature to create a network of seismometers throughout the state and a team of researchers to identify and study Texas earthquakes, these teams have made tremendous strides. TexNet is now one of the premier state earthquake monitoring networks, gathering seismic data from an extensive statewide array, and CISR hosts scientists and engineers from throughout The University of Texas System and the state, implementing broad research initiatives to learn about and mitigate impacts from earthquake activity. The two teams’ many papers published in 2019 have contributed greatly to our understanding of the causes and breadth of Texas seismic activity.

Please join all of us at the Bureau of Economic Geology in congratulating the CISR and TexNet teams for their significant contributions to science as they receive the 2019 Jackson School Outstanding Research Award.