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UT Arlington professor headed to UNAVCO

Friday, June 1, 2012

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Media Contact: Traci Peterson

Glen Mattioli, a UT Arlington professor of earth and environmental sciences, will spend the next year as program director for geodetic infrastructure at UNAVCO, a National Science Foundation and NASA-funded organization based in Boulder, Colo.

Glen Mattioli

Glen Mattioli

UNAVCO is a nonprofit, university-governed consortium with more than 100 academic members committed to furthering research and education through geodesy – the branch of earth sciences of that deals with measurements and representations of the Earth.

Among the consortium’s numerous projects are the Plate Boundary Observatory, which has given scientists vast information about plate boundary deformation in the Western U.S., and a new endeavor called COCONet, which will increase GPS monitoring of earthquake and hurricane activity in Haiti and surrounding countries.

“This is a great opportunity to work with a superb technical staff and senior management team to maintain UNAVCO’s global leadership in operating and maintaining large scale geodetic arrays and extending UNAVCO’s reach into new areas like seafloor geodesy,” Mattioli said.

Additional priorities for Mattioli include insuring continued funding for UNAVCO’s work and creating a firm establishment of the COCONet project and UNAVCO’s Africa Array, an effort to strengthen the geoscience research workforce in Africa.

Carolyn Cason, interim vice president for research at UT Arlington, said Mattioli’s selection for the UNAVCO post is indicative of the world-class researchers the University is attracting.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Mattioli play such an important role in this work that is adding so much to what we know about the Earth, its past and its future,” Cason said.

Mattioli has been researching geology and geophysics, including the processes underlying earthquakes and volcanoes, for more than 30 years. He joined the UT Arlington College of Science in 2010.

In announcing his appointment, UNAVCO President M. Meghan Miller said Mattioli “brings many assets to UNAVCO, including a long history of contributions to geodesy across the Americas.”

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