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EERI is teaming with Centro Nacional de Investigación para la Gestión Integrada de Desastres Naturales (CIGIDEN) of Santiago, Chile, to offer the first ever Learning from Earthquakes Travel Study Program, January 14-18, 2017.
The program will be held following the 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Santiago, January 9-13, 2017, and offers members a unique opportunity to learn directly from local experts in the field. While any EERI or CIGIDEN member may participate, the program is targeted at graduate students and early career researchers or early career practicing engineers.
The Learning from Earthquakes Travel Study Program is designed to share information and insight on earthquake risk mitigation, preparedness, and planning, and inspire participants to apply the lessons learned upon their return home. Program registration fee is $1,000 USD, and the deadline to apply is August 1, 2016
Application form to participate is at http://goo.gl/forms/twJFd8b8VnEPQ6iv1
More information on the program at the EERI website: https://www.eeri.org/2016/06/apply-now-lfe-travel-study-program-to-chile/
The William B. Joyner Memorial Lectures were established by the Seismological Society of America (SSA) in cooperation with EERI to honor Bill Joyner's distinguished career at the U.S. Geological Survey and his abiding commitment to the exchange of information at the interface of earthquake science and earthquake engineering.
Joyner Lecturers are chosen on the basis of their work at this interface, whether they are contributions from earthquake science to earthquake engineering or from earthquake engineering to earthquake science. The nomination deadline is 5:00 p.m. Pacific time, August 1, 2016.
The sponsor of the nominee, with help from others, must clearly document the accomplishments of the nominee that foster and enhance communication at the earthquake-science/earthquake-engineering interface, and why their work makes a difference. The sponsor must prepare a written proposal providing a brief summary of the candidate’s professional history. It may include honors and awards, professional affiliations, lectures and publications, and professional service and experience that address the intent of the Joyner Award.
More information on previous lecturers is at http://www.seismosoc.org/awards/joyner/william-b-joyner-memorial-lectures/ .
As a thank you to EERI members, every item in the EERI Knowledge Center and Online Store is now on sale at a 33% discount for a limited time. This members-only discount will be applied to all sale and regular-priced items at check-out. Many PDFs are downloadable at no charge.
Browse the EERI Knowledge Center and Online Store by visiting the EERI website at https://www.eeri.org/store-landing-page/
School Earthquake Safety
On July 12, 2016, EERI’s School Earthquake Safety Initiative (SESI) committee presented a webinar on its activities in school seismic safety screening in Alaska and Washington schools. A recording of this webinar is now available for viewing:
Briefing content included the various aspects of safety screening of school buildings, FEMA’s Rapid Visual Screening methodology and its implementation of large-scale school seismic evaluations, as well as advocacy for safe school buildings throughout the United States. Cale Ash (M. EERI, 2002), Principal, Degenkolb Engineers, presented on Thurston County (Washington) school seismic safety evaluations, and Laura Kelly from the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission spoke on "Partnering to Perform Rapid Visual Screenings of Alaska’s Schools."
Learn more about EERI's School Earthquake Safety Initiative at https://www.eeri.org/projects/schools/
Watch the SESI Webinar and download presentation a PDF version of the webinar at https://www.eeri.org/2016/07/eeri-school-earthquake-safety-initiative-webinar-recording-now-available/
"‘We should be screaming’ with outrage: State does little to protect schoolkids from earthquake, tsunami"
A July 13, 2016, Seattle Times article castigated Washington State for lack of disaster planning for school buildings: "Seismic Neglect: Tens of thousands of Washington students attend schools in tsunami and earthquake zones. But the state, ignoring the advice of safety experts, doesn’t require seismic evaluations or upgrades."Back to top >
News of the Profession
Ten recent stories, reports, or opinions from around the Web:
China's first earthquake insurance starts sale (CRI) Homeowners can buy insurance policies with a maximum payout of 1 million yuan ($150,000). english.cri.cn
Architects say this 3D-printed house in China can withstand earthquakes (AsiaOne) Made in just 45 days from concrete and able to withstand an 8.0 earthquake? asiaone.com
Victim blaming: why donors care less about wars than earthquakes (CivilSociety) Why are people less likely to donate to victims of "human-caused" disasters? civilsociety.co.uk
European and Asian scientists take to the sea to fathom the '2012 Great Earthquake' (EurekAlert) Indian Ocean investigation on the cause of the largest intraplate earthquake ever recorded in an ocean. eurekalert.org
Megathrust earthquake: Ticking time bomb threatening Bangladesh (New Zealand Herald) Decade-long study of the area detects massive fault beneath Bangladesh, parts of India and Myanmar. nzherald.co.nz
At least 20 Portland schools likely to fall apart in an earthquake (The Orgonian) City Council considers enacting mandatory earthquake retrofitting standards. oregonlive.com
Portland Public Schools plans to seek $750 million construction bond (The Oregonian) "If we do have this earthquake in the next five to 10 years, it's our kids, our teachers, our faculty..." oregonlive.com
Gurgaon to get hi-tech earthquake warning system (Hindustan Times) System will alert citizens in Indian city within 30 seconds of initial seismic waves. hindustantimes.com
‘Geologic Detective’ Unearths L.A.’s Seismic Secrets (University of Southern California) Earthquake geologist studies subtle clues for hidden faults in an urban landscape. usc.edu
The 'Holy Grail' for earthquake scientists has been accidentally destroyed (Los Angeles Times) Iconic offset sidewalk curb on California's Hayward Fault unwittingly repaired. latimes.comBack to top >
2017 EERI Annual Meeting
A reminder to mark your calendar with EERI's 69th Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, March 7-10, 2017. There will be an enticing program, workshops, and tours with a focus on the Pacific Northwest. Look for the meeting website in the fall with all the information, but make sure to save the dates
For 2018, planning of the 11th United States National Conference on Earthquake Engineering is already underway. In addition to the full slate of Annual Meeting activities, the National Conference will feature robust technical programs and tours. The 10th National Conference in Alaska was EERI's most successful meeting in attendance, enthusiasm, and attendee interaction in years. We look forward to an even more rewarding experience for the 11NCEE. Plan now to join us in Los Angeles, California, June 24-29, 2018.
The Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen (The Netherlands) has an opening for a new position of Professor in Earthquake-Resistant Construction/Buildings at its Centre of Applied Research for Built Environment - NoorderRuimte.
Groningen has experienced recent increased seismic activity, and this professorship will focus on applied research concerning the relation between the subsoil and its effect on the topsoil in Groningen and the consequences for the built environment and the quality of life in the area.
Full job announcement (PDF)
Two preprint manuscripts have been posted to the Earthquake Spectra website prior to formal publication. The papers to be published are:
- "Analytical Model for Segmented Pipe Response to Tensile Ground Strain" by Michael O’Rourke and Tatiana Vargas-Londono
- "Empirical Terrain-Based Topographic Modification Factors for Use in Ground Motion Prediction" by Manisha Rai, Adrian Rodriguez-Marek (M. EERI, 1999), and Brian S. Chiou
To read all current preprint manuscripts posted, visit Earthquake Spectra preprints.Back to top >
EERI welcomes the members who have recently joined the Institute. If you wish to connect with your fellow members, you can locate their contact information in the EERI online membership directory, which requires logging in to the Member Resources Area of the EERI website.
Amit Dutt, CH2M Hill Inc, Structural
Ganesh Gaud, Delhi College of Engineering
Santosh Kathe, Santosh Kathe & Associates, Structural
Gholamreza Sobhaninejad, Insurance Australia Group, Risk Analysis
Seda Gokyer, Geocomp Corp, Geotechnical
Catalina Yepes-Estrada, GEM Foundation, Risk Analysis
Sergio Vera, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Civil