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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the School of Geosciences

Recent events, coupled with the long history of anti-black racism in the U.S., motivate the School of Geosciences to redouble our efforts to address issues of systemic racism. Our faculty and staff are committed to ongoing education and dialogue focused on removing historical barriers for underrepresented communities.

As our Director, Dr. Lynn Soreghan, reiterated this week, she and others in the School of Geosciences are committed to “listening to those who have endured systemic racism and all manner of discrimination, to leading our department in reading and learning about the issues, to working with our students, staff, and faculty to cultivate an inclusive and encouraging environment, and to creating a diverse geoscience program poised to lead us into a better future on planet Earth.”

The School is dedicated to offering the equitable educational experience that all students deserve. In addition, the Mewbourne College has a dedicated website highlighting initiatives focused on furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the College. For more resources please visit: MCEE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Welcome Dr. Junle Jiang


Junle Jiang is a geophysicist whose research is driven by his curiosity about the ever-changing, dynamic processes of the Earth, and a keen interest in understanding the societal impacts of natural hazards. He studies the deformation and seismicity in the Earth’s crust that are associated with human activities or tectonic processes, which include microseismicity, fault creep, major earthquakes, ground uplift and subsidence, and their potential interactions in geothermal fields, crustal faults, and subduction zones.

Dr. Jiang’s research utilizes analyses of high-resolution geodetic data—primarily from the Global Positioning System (GPS) and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR)—and seismicity catalogs, along with physics-based computational modeling. He uses the combination of these tools to study geophysical processes over multiple time scales (from seconds to centuries and longer) and their behavior under transient or steady environmental forcing. A unique advantage of this data-driven, computation-intensive approach is the capability to bridge insights from laboratory-scale rock mechanics experiments and field observations from seismology, geodesy, and geology. Through such interdisciplinary efforts, Jiang hopes to better understand the multiscale complexity of crustal dynamics and improve the assessment of natural hazards, as well as the monitoring and mitigation of induced hazards during geo-energy explorations such as hydraulic fracturing and geothermal energy production.

Dr. Jiang received his B.Sc. in Physics at the Peking University in Beijing, China, and Ph.D. in Geophysics and a Ph.D. minor in Computational Science and Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, followed by postdoctoral work at the University of California San Diego and Cornell University. With a multicultural educational background and as a first-generation college student in the past, he is appreciative of different experiences and perspectives, and committed to teaching and mentoring students of diverse backgrounds and career aspirations and promoting inclusion and equity in Earth Science.

Dr. Jiang will be joining the School of Geosciences as an Assistant Professor in geophysics in Fall 2020. His personal website can be viewed here:  https://jjle.github.io/

New Grad Field Trip

In September, The School of Geosciences held a new graduate student field trip to introduce 16 new graduate students to Oklahoma geology, and to each other. The trip stops included basement outcrops of Oklahoma, structures, sedimentation and hydrogeology in the Arbuckles, igneous rocks and structures in the Wichita Mountains and finally Permian red beds in western Oklahoma. Faculty members Heather Bedle, Brett Carpenter, Andy Elwood Madden, and Lynn and Mike Soreghan were along to discuss local geology at the stops, and Dr. Jon Price (an OU alum and now the chair at MSU Texas) also led the students through the Wichitas.  PhD students Fola Kolawole, David Duarte, and Emilio Torres also provided insight at stops related to their dissertation work.  We hope to continue the tradition on a yearly basis and are already planning the 2020 trip. If you are interested in supporting this trip, please contact us.  

OU Field Camp Video