Posted on | August 12, 2011 | Comments Off
Mānoa Associate Researcher Milton Garcés was named to PopTech’s 2011 class of Science and Public Leadership Fellows. PopTech is the global social innovation incubator and thought leadership network.
Garcés, a researcher at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, works with very low frequency atmospheric sound, or infrasound, which is generally produced by large things that blow up. Infrasonic sources include volcanoes, meteors, tsunamis, high surf and severe weather—geophysical processes that may pose a threat to life and property.
Garcés studies how the continuous streams of deep sound from stations distributed across the world can provide early warning of geophysical and geopolitical hazards. His work has been featured on PBS, National Geographic and Discovery Channels, as well as Wired, New Scientist and Free Surf magazines. Garcés work with infrasound underscores our global connectedness, and contributes to enhancing our situational awareness at large scales.
Designed to address the critical need for scientists to be collaborative and socially engaged public communicators, the Science and Public Leadership Fellows program acknowledges the significant role science plays in improving society. Committed to accelerating the positive impact of world-changing people, projects and ideas, PopTech identifies and nurtures rising scientists to collaborate among their peers and to become visible leaders within both the scientific and public realms. The 2011 class of Science and Public Leadership Fellows includes 10 dynamic scientists hailing from diverse areas of study, including cognitive neuroscience, materials science and computer science.