Archives for July 2014

Opportunity to Lead the Earthquake Monitoring Project at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA

The U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center (ESC) in Menlo Park, California is hiring a Supervisory Geophysicist to lead our Earthquake Monitoring Project.  This important and influential permanent position is at the GS-14 or GS-15 level (salary range $115,613 to $157,100).  The mission of the ESC is to reduce seismic hazard by conducting basic and applied research on earthquakes.  The Earthquake Monitoring Project operates seismic stations throughout Northern California, and strong motion stations throughout the nation, to provide real-time information on earthquake locations, magnitudes, and ground shaking.

Apply online at The advertisement for this permanent, full-time position will be posted on USAJobs on Monday, July 28.  The advertisement is scheduled to close on Friday, August 15, 2014.   Contact Earl Emerson with questions about the application process (phone: 253-552-1663, email:, or Keith Knudsen with questions about the anticipated role (phone: 650-329-5154, email:

Full USGS Job Description

10NCEE Bear Photo Contest: Learn to use a post-earthquake reconnaissance tool

10NCEE websiteLearn to use an important post-earthquake reconnaissance tool by taking a photo with a bear in Anchorage and submitting it using the Clearinghouse Field Notes Application external link icon. (Take a minute before the conference to watch an instructional video external link icon and to view the Virtual Clearinghouse external link icon for this activity.) Submit your photo by Thursday, July 24, at noon for a chance to win! The winner will be announced at the closing plenary on Friday, July 25.

To enter: 1) Use your device’s camera to clearly capture your face and a bear (EERI does not promote pictures with live bears. Please use good judgment when composing your photo!); 2) Navigate to the Clearinghouse Field Notes Application external link icon on your mobile device; 3) Enter your email in the Operator field; 4) Under Record Feature select General, and fill in the fields as follows: Site – short description of your location, Photo – select “choose” to find and select your bear photo from your device photo gallery, Notes – enter your first and last name and any other notes about your picture. 5) Click Record!

The contest is open to registered 10NCEE or SDC participants only. If you have any questions about the contest, please contact Alex Julius at

Tenth U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering Kicks off in Anchorage

EERI convenes over a thousand professionals and researchers from across the United States and around the world


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ANCHORAGE, AK, July 15, 2014 — More than a thousand academics, practitioners, students, and public officials, including delegates from nearly 50 countries, will attend the 10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (10NCEE) from July 21-25, 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska. The 10NCEE commemorates the 50th anniversary year of the 1964 M9.2 Great Alaska earthquake and tsunami.

10NCEE websiteEvery four years leaders in the field of earthquake risk reduction come together for the nation’s premier earthquake conference. The theme for the 10NCEE is “Frontiers of Earthquake Engineering,” reflecting both the location of the meeting and the technical program’s focus on research and practice that sits on the edge of what we know today, looking forward.

“The 1964 Great Alaska earthquake and tsunami, a 9.2 magnitude megathrust event, was not only the largest earthquake ever measured in North America; it also triggered major advances in our understanding of plate tectonics, and helped usher in the modern era of structural and geotechnical seismic engineering in the United States,” said Jay Berger, EERI Executive Director.

Notable regional speakers include Alaska Governor Sean Parnell, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, current Alaska State Seismologist Mike West, and former Alaska State Seismologist John Davies who will all be part of the opening session on Tuesday morning, July 22. There is a rich and diverse program looking at earthquake risk reduction research and implementation efforts in Alaska and across the globe.

The 10NCEE brings together leading experts—professionals and researchers—in multidisciplinary earthquake risk reduction fields from across the United States and around the world. Over 800 papers and presentations on issues critical to earthquake engineers, scientists, policymakers, and disaster mitigation professionals will be presented and discussed over four days.

The conference is organized by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) with support from the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES). EERI’s 2014 Annual Meeting, its 66th, is integrated into the 10NCEE program. The 11th Annual EERI Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition will draw hundreds of the nation’s brightest engineering undergraduates from 31 leading universities to present and test balsa wood models of skyscrapers on a shake table.

The 10NCEE offers a plethora of exciting speakers, presentations, exhibits, field trips, and other networking opportunities that are ideal for participants—whether they are at the peak of their professional lives or just starting their careers—who are interested in sharing and learning more about the dynamic field of earthquake risk reduction.

For conference and program details, visit the 10NCEE website at and the 10NCEE web app at

Download this press release (PDF).

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) is a US-based, nonprofit, technical society of engineers, geoscientists, architects, planners, public officials, and social scientists. Approximately one-third of EERI members are international. The objective of EERI is to reduce earthquake risk by advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering; improving understanding of the impact of earthquakes on the physical, social, economic, political, and cultural environment; and advocating comprehensive and realistic measures for reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes. EERI is a leader in earthquake investigations and in the dissemination of earthquake risk reduction information both in the U.S. and globally in cooperation with its international partners.

EERI/FEMA NEHRP Graduate Fellowship Goes to Julie Fogarty

Julie Fogarty (M. EERI, 2011), a Ph.D. candidate in Civil Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, has been selected as the 2014-2015 EERI/FEMA NEHRP Graduate Fellow in Earthquake Hazard Reduction.

Julie FogartyEERI awards the graduate fellowship each year in a cooperative program with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. The award is given to foster the participation of capable individuals in furthering the goals and practice of earthquake hazard mitigation. The fellowship provides a nine-month stipend of $12,000 and an allocation of up to $8,000 for university tuition, fees, and other related research expenses.

Fogarty was selected from a group of highly qualified applicants studying civil, environmental, mechanical, structural, and geotechnical engineering, geomechanics, public policy, and sustainable design and construction at universities across the nation. A subcommittee of EERI’s Student Activities Committee, led by UCLA Professor Scott Brandenberg (M. EERI, 2001), reviewed the application packages and made the final selection.

Fogarty’s initial research, which led to her first journal paper, focused on how steel columns lose axial capacity when parts of the flange are damaged and the load path is interrupted. The realization that cyclic bending of a column can introduce local buckling, which can create load path interruptions similar to flange damage, led her to hypothesize that such columns are vulnerable in steel special moment frame buildings in seismic zones. First floor columns are especially vulnerable because these members may undergo cyclic bending during seismic loading, leading to severe loss in load carrying capacity. This is now the topic of her dissertation. It is an area that has been rarely studied and she is one of the first people to study it using computational simulation and modeling. Based on Julie’s research findings, University of Michigan Professor Sherif El-Tawil wrote a proposal to the U.S. National Science Foundation’s NEES Planning Program. The project was funded in short order, with exceptional reviewer comments. It is rare for a Ph.D. student to be involved in writing a proposal to NSF and even rarer to help write a winning proposal.

Fogarty has a strong background in mechanics, structural engineering, and aerospace engineering that provides her with a solid base on which to build her expertise in earthquake engineering. She is president of the University of Michigan Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), and had served in the roles of vice president and treasurer in the past.

The Institute looks forward to highlighting Fogarty’s research through a presentation at the EERI 2016 Annual Meeting.

To learn more about the EERI/FEMA NEHRP Graduate Fellowship, visit the EERI website at external link icon.

10NCEE Web App and Early Access to Proceedings

10NCEE Web App
The conference program now is accessible on the 10NCEE web app at

10NCEE websiteEarly Access to 10NCEE Proceedings
Conference registrants can now access all 10NCEE papers at the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) website at external link icon. Login and password are required. Please be sure to sign up with the same email address used to register for 10NCEE. NEEShub registration is free.

After the conference, EERI will host 10NCEE papers on its public website; this information will be available later this year.

Speaker Ready Room
All presenters MUST submit their presentations and may practice their talks in advance of their session in the Speaker Ready Room located on the first floor, Idlughet 1, of the Dena’ina Convention Center. Presentations must be submitted at least four hours before scheduled talks. For onsite presentation upload details, visit: external link icon.

Speaker Ready Room hours are:
Monday, July 21: 2:00–6:00 p.m.
Tuesday–Thursday, July 22-24: 7:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Friday, July 25: 7:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception
Date: Monday, July 21, 2014, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
The 10NCEE and EERI Annual Meeting officially kicks off with a reception on the third floor in the Exhibit Area overlooking Anchorage and the mountains beyond. Food and drinks will greet you on the third floor foyer of the Dena’ina Convention Center. Weather permitting there will be access to the adjoining outdoor terrace with great views of Anchorage and the distant mountains. Take this opportunity to catch up with colleagues and check out the Exhibitors before the conference presentations begin. Note: Register first to pick up conference credentials and receive your drink tickets.

Things to Do in Anchorage
Discover AnchorageThere is plenty to do in Anchorage. Some of the more popular attractions include the Museum of History and Fine Art external link icon, the Alaska Zoo external link icon, and the Alaska Native Heritage Center external link icon. The town is also home to the largest float or sea plane base in the world, so bear viewing external link icon and fly-in fishing trips external link icon are good choices as well. If you have time, take a stroll on The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail external link icon, designated as a National Recreation Trail for its dramatic views, or go on a day hike external link icon. Check out the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau external link icon website for more activities.

Salmon Berry Tours ( external link icon) offers a large number of day tours and packages with discounts for 10NCEE attendees. Phillips Cruises has a spectacular 26 Glacier Tour in Prince William Sound. To book with external link icon, use the online discount code 10NCEE.

We look forward to seeing you soon in Anchorage for the 10NCEE!

Honors Committee Seeks Awards Nominations

EERI’s Honors Committee is charged with developing recommendations for several awards. The committee greatly depends on nominations submitted by the members of the Institute and seeks help in identifying worthy members whose contributions should be recognized.

EERI (logo)Please consider possible candidates for the George W. Housner Medal, the Alfred Alquist Special Recognition Award, and Honorary Membership, as well as authors who deserve the 2013 Outstanding Paper Award for Earthquake Spectra (vol. 29).

Submit Your Nominations
All nominations should be accompanied by a brief justification, and must be received by August 15, 2014, in order for the Honors Committee to complete deliberations and forward its recommendations to the Board of Directors. Send your nominations to the EERI office at A list of all past awardees and complete descriptions of each award are accessible from

All awards will be presented at EERI’s Awards Luncheon at the 2015 EERI Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, March 31 – April 3, 2015.

Earthquake Spectra: May 2014 Issue

The May 2014 issue of Earthquake Spectra (volume 30, issue 2) is now available in print and online at external link icon, where you may browse the table of contents for your favorite topics.

May 2014 issue of Earthquake Spectra (cover)In addition to traditional research manuscripts, this issue includes the publication of a new manuscript type: Data Papers, concisely written articles that describe publicly available data/data sets related to earthquake engineering or earthquake science. Data Papers were created to encourage data-sharing and increased collaboration between researchers from different institutions, as well as with practitioners and other stakeholders in the professional community. The three inaugural Data Papers in this issue (Albini et al. external link icon, Jafarzadeh et al. external link icon, and Reinert et al. external link icon) describe very different data sets, illustrating the broad range of publicly available earthquake-related data of interest to the earthquake engineering community.

You may order additional copies at external link icon.

If you have questions about this Spectra issue, you may contact Managing Editor Liz Stalnaker at

6th Int’l Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

2015 International Conference on Earthquakes and Structures

Location: Daejeon, Korea

7th Int’l Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure

Location: Torino, Italy