Author Archives: Laura Fattaruso

About Laura Fattaruso

Science (esp. geology

Summer of science reporting at King 5 News in Seattle

This summer I had the incredible good fortune to spend 10 weeks in Seattle working as a science journalist through the AAAS Mass Media Fellows Program. This program has been around for 45 years and they place scientists (undergrad, graduate, … Continue reading

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New podcasts all about earthquake science

Hello! I’m back after a long hiatus because I’m excited to share a fun new two-part episode of my podcast Lab Talk with Laura. Last September I went to the Fall meeting of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), an … Continue reading

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How deep is your methane lake?

There’s a good chance you’ve heard of Lake Ontario. You may know that it’s one of the five Great Lakes, and you may even know that it’s the easternmost Great Lake. But did you know that Lake Ontario has a … Continue reading

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My new radio show: Lab Talk with Laura

I’m excited to share that this semester I have started a weekly STEM talk show on the UMass Amherst radio station WMUA, 91.1 FM in Amherst. The show will feature interviews with people engaged in STEM research at UMass Amherst … Continue reading

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Simulating crustal fault growth in a lab

The UMass Geoscience Dept. is home to a very cool lab that uses clay to simulate crustal faulting. I recently made this video to show how the lab works and explore the results of several experiments generating strike-slip faults, the … Continue reading

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At the 2017 Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) meeting

I’m currently in Palm Springs, CA enjoying the 100+ degree weather and the annual meeting of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC). This is a great meeting that brings scientists and engineers across disciplines together to share their research, engage … Continue reading

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Field work: Vancouver Island (Part 1: Prep)

I had the pleasure of going to Vancouver Island this August to collect some samples which I’ll be processing in the Paleomagnetism Lab at UMass this fall. I’ve got a lot to share from my trip, but let’s start at … Continue reading

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My first earthquake!

About a month ago I went on a trip to Guatemala to visit my friend Sabrina who is living there for 2 years while volunteering with the Peace Corps. It was my first time traveling to a country where the … Continue reading

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Art in science, and my anti-biology roots

One thing that I love about science is that in order to communicate one’s observations, it is sometimes necessary to make beautiful drawings. Artistic renderings haven’t been part of the research I’ve worked on myself and I am glad for … Continue reading

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I’m coming back…

…to the blogosphere. It’s been a couple years since I updated this blog. I’ve been out in the world trying on different professions, but I’m excited to share that I’m returning to geology and to school to pursue a PhD … Continue reading

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