<div dir="ltr"><p style="margin:0in 0.5in 0.0001pt 0in;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;vertical-align:baseline;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><a name="_GoBack"></a><span style="font-family:Arial,sans-serif;color:black">Dear UNAVCO Community: </span></p><p style="margin:0in 0.5in 0.0001pt 0in;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;vertical-align:baseline;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-family:Arial,sans-serif;color:black"><br></span></p><p style="margin:0in 0.5in 0.0001pt 0in;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;vertical-align:baseline;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-family:Arial,sans-serif;color:black">On June 16</span><sup style=""><span style="font-family:Arial,sans-serif;color:black">th</span></sup><span style="font-family:Arial,sans-serif;color:black"> and 17</span><sup style=""><span style="font-family:Arial,sans-serif;color:black">th</span></sup><span style="font-family:Arial,sans-serif;color:black">, the joint UNAVCO/IRIS negotiation committee
held its 4</span><sup style=""><span style="font-family:Arial,sans-serif;color:black">th</span></sup><span style="font-family:Arial,sans-serif;color:black"> meeting.
The meeting once again reflected the complementary perspectives
and approaches of both organizations and a commitment to solutions
that best meet the needs of the respective research communities. Meeting
outcomes included:</span><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif;color:black"></span></p>

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combined organization. </span></li><li><span style="font-family:Arial,sans-serif;color:black">Refinement of a set of merger terms,
incorporating feedback from each organization’s negotiation team and governance
bodies on the prior draft terms. The final terms will be presented to each Board at their August meeting for discussion and voting. If adopted, these
terms would then be presented to voting institutional
representatives for ratification.</span></li><li><span style="font-family:Arial,sans-serif;color:black">Discussion of opportunities to engage the UNAVCO
and IRIS communities to continue education about the proposed
merger, identify <a href="https://www.iris.edu/hq/news/story/geophysical_facility_rfi">options for facility hosting</a>, and <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdxbpf_Z0W2ggYLN_W4UAXct_ExyuptOHxmrbOBA9J6Fnb_gA/viewform">determine a new name</a>
for the combined organization. </span></li><li><span style="font-family:Arial,sans-serif;color:black">Clarification of materials needed to support Board member review and decision-making at the August meetings. </span></li><li><span style="font-family:Arial,sans-serif;color:black">Discussion of the overall timeline
to a merger, including the steps to Board and membership approval as well
as a tentative plan to implement the merger upon
approval. High-level implementation steps will be shared with the Boards and members ahead of their votes, while detailed
implementation planning will occur upon ratification by
the institutional representatives.   </span></li></ul><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif;color:black"></span><p></p>

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combined organization and look forward to sharing updates with
our members and presenting our recommendations to the respective Boards in
August for a vote.  </span><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif;color:black"></span></p><p style="margin:0in 0.5in 0.0001pt 0in;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;vertical-align:baseline;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-family:Arial,sans-serif;color:black"><br></span></p>

<p style="margin:0in 0.5in 0.0001pt 0in;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;vertical-align:baseline;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-family:Arial,sans-serif;color:black">Please contact Rebecca Bendick (<a href="mailto:bendick@unavco.org" target="_blank" style="color:blue"><span style="color:black">bendick@unavco.org</span></a>) or Bob Detrick (<a href="mailto:detrick@iris.edu" target="_blank" style="color:blue"><span style="color:black">detrick@iris.edu</span></a>) with questions. </span><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif;color:black"></span></p>

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