Samuel C. Spevack
PhD Student in Cognitive and Information Sciences
University of California, Merced
HOBBIES Food, the Japanese language, music, and the occasional audiobook.

FOOD I am a very big foodie! But, as I am attending graduate school in Merced, I live in an area relativly devoid of quality resturants. Should you, however, ever visit San Diego, I highly reccomend going to the Dumpling Inn.

JAPANESE 高校時代から、日本語を勉強しています。大学時代、言語学に専門した理由でした。この頃大学院生で、認知科学の研究に日本語の興味を組み合わせるのが大切です。今年の夏、異文化の注意の研究をしに日本にいきます。Now, in English: I have been studying Japanese since I was in high school. It was the reason I decided to major in lingusitics when I was and undergrad, and now that I am a PhD student, it is important for me to bridge my interests in Japanese with my studies in cognitive science. This summer, I am in Japan to work on experiment that looks at cross-cultural attention.

MUSIC I have always enjoyed music. When I was in 4th grade, I started the clarinet, picked up the bass clarinet and the violin in middle school, and dabbled a little with the piano when I was in college. My favorite aspect of music, however, has always been music composition. You can here a song that a wrote a long time ago by clicking here.

BOOKS Some books that I have read lately and enjoyed include: Seveneves by Neal Stevenson, Dawn by Octavia Buttler, and Wool by Hugh Howey.

The Victoria Island Structure

The Victoria Island Structure is a ~5 Kilometer wide circular geologic structure that is burried beneath the ground just southeast of Stockton, California. It likely formed during the mid-Eocene. When I was in high school, I came across this previously unknown geologic feature when I was given the oppertunity to look at seismic data from the area. I thought that it looked like a meteor impact crater, so I devoted much of my high school carrer to mapping its structure and analysing rock samples drilled from the structure for signs shocked quartz, a widely accepted indicator of an impact event. Many science fairs later, it is now listed as a possible impact crater in the impact database.

Spevack , S. C., Morrow, J. R., Spevack, B. Z. (2007). 3-D seismic and well log analyses of the Victoria Island Structure, a Potential Buried Impact Crater, San Joaquin County, California. Lunar and Planetary Science Conference XXXVIII.