News of the Institute
Have you registered and booked your travel for 12NCEE yet? Flights are filling up quickly, and EERI will begin releasing unbooked conference-rate hotel rooms at the end of the month. Make reservations now so you don’t miss out on the discount!
EERI strongly urges participants to book rooms at one of the below conference hotels in order to take full advantage of the networking opportunities at 12NCEE, particularly the evening social events. By doing so, you are supporting EERI and helping us make the national conference possible.
- Hilton Salt Lake City Center: book via this link for EERI's special group rates.
- Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek: book via this link for EERI's special group rates.
To help you plan your time at the conference, a full Online Session Guide is now available, featuring abstracts and speakers for all special and technical sessions. Governor Spencer J. Cox has accepted an invitation to speak at the Opening Plenary on Tuesday, June 28th, which will feature a special roundtable discussion on advancing seismic safety in Utah. Additional plenary sessions include the 2022 Distinguished Lecture by Ken Elwood and the 2022 William B. Joyner Lecture by David Wald.
12NCEE will also feature the 2022 EERI Annual Meeting and EERI’s Annual Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition. Learn more about the conference—including our COVID-19 precautions and policy—at the 12NCEE website.
On May 4, EERI held the 2022 Annual Business Meeting via a Zoom webinar open to all members. EERI Board President David Cocke and Secretary-Treasurer Lucy Arendt presented highlights from the 2022 Annual Business Meeting Report. Executive Director Heidi Tremayne joined the presenters to respond to questions from members.
The presentation provided an update on EERI’s Strategic Plan, reported on programs, activities, membership, and finances during 2021, recognized EERI leaders and awardees, and remembered members who have passed away in the last year. Some 2021 accomplishments highlighted in the report include:
- The first ever Virtual Annual Meeting and Virtual Seismic Design Competition in 2021
- 18 technical webinars with 3,631 attendees
- 31 virtual Friedman Family Visiting Professional lectures for EERI Student Chapters
- A new mission statement and 2021-2025 Strategic Plan
- A new, more user-friendly website
- 4 policy position statements and 3 legislative positions from the Public Policy and Advocacy committee
- Australia and Haiti Virtual Earthquake Clearinghouses
- Four regular issues and one special issue of Earthquake Spectra
- Three Oral Histories published
The financial report covered EERI’s revenues and expenses, and also provided an overview of the status of the LFE Endowment Campaign, which is making robust progress towards the $4 million goal—not least due to last year’s profoundly generous gift from the estate of Clarence Allen.
When outlining EERI’s plans for 2022 and beyond, David emphasized the Board’s effort to enhance member engagement opportunities in alignment with our new member-centric mission. He encouraged members to attend the 12NCEE to learn from and connect with many friends and colleagues. He thanked members for their feedback on the recent survey that is being used to evolve and enhance the Learning From Earthquakes program. As EERI continues to advance its 2021-2025 Strategic Goals, members can expect to see new opportunities to participate in LFE and future surveys to solicit their input on other topics of importance to the Institute.
Members are encouraged to review the report in pdf form here.Back to top >
Nominate a fellow member for one of EERI’s prestigious awards! The EERI Honors Committee depends on your nominations to identify members whose contributions should be recognized. The committee considers all nominations and provides recommendations to the Board of Directors.
Nominations are being accepted for the following awards:
- George W. Housner Medal
- Alfred E. Alquist Special Recognition Medal
- 2022 Distinguished Lecture Award
- EERI Honorary Membership
- Outstanding Paper Award for Earthquake Spectra
The recipients of these prestigious awards and honors will be announced in fall 2022. They will also be recognized during the 2023 EERI Annual Meeting.
View a list of past award recipients here.
The EERI Honors Committee is seeking applications from younger members who would like to be considered for the annual EERI Younger Member Award.
The award recognizes early-career members who have made outstanding contributions to EERI and the pursuit of its objectives—especially contributions that have improved opportunities for and increased the impact of younger members.
Apply using this form! The application deadline is July 10, 2022 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.
The recipients will be announced in fall 2022. They will also be recognized during the 2023 EERI Annual Meeting. Learn more about this award here.
Do you know a young academic or professional making a difference in reducing global earthquake risk? Nominate them for the 2022 Shah Family Innovation Prize! The award recognizes a combination of past accomplishments and future potential, emphasizing creative and innovative thinkers. EERI membership is not required for either the nominator or candidate, although it is strongly encouraged. Candidates must be born on or after January 1, 1988 to be eligible.
EERI thanks the Haresh C. Shah family of Stanford, California for making the substantial gift to the EERI Endowment Fund that established the Shah Family Innovation Prize. We also extend our appreciation to the Shah Family Innovation Prize Selection Committee.Back to top >
Wednesday, May 18 (12:00-2:00 PM PT)
You are invited to attend a workshop to learn more about the California Earthquake Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse facilitates the gathering and dissemination of post-earthquake information collected by scientists, engineers, sociologists, and economists conducting field investigations in the affected area. The Clearinghouse was most recently activated following the 2019 Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence.
This two-hour virtual workshop will include presentations from the California Geological Survey, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. By attending this workshop, you will learn:
- How the clearinghouse works and when it is activated
- Who is involved in the Clearinghouse
- How field investigation information is collected and shared
- How the Disaster Service Worker Program applies to Clearinghouse volunteers
- What the Safety Assessment Program (SAP) is and how its mission differs from the Clearinghouse
- Cynthia Pridmore (CGS)
- Heidi Tremayne (EERI)
- Kate Thomas (CGS)
- Yvette LaDuke (Cal OES)
- Donald Glueckert (Cal OES)
- Gurbir Singh (Cal OES)
Tuesday, June 7 (4:00-5:00 PM PT)
The EERI Northern California Regional Chapter is hosting a FREE webinar on the M7.4 earthquake that struck offshore Japan on March 16, 2022. The earthquake’s epicenter was in the same general area as the great Tohoku earthquake of 2011. The mainshock had reverse faulting with a 57 km (40 mi) source depth. Surprisingly intense ground shaking occurred over a wide area onshore. Peak ground acceleration of 1230 gal (1.2g) was reported in Kawasaki, Miyagi Prefecture. A Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train had 16 cars of a 17-car train derailed. Fortunately, all 78 passengers and crew members aboard were unharmed. The quake damaged rails at 10 locations and approximately 90 electric poles, while severing overhead power lines at two locations. There were also 60 cases of structural damage to other facilities such as stations and viaducts. Rapid repairs were enacted and the train system resumed service 6 weeks after the earthquake.
The webinar will feature two speakers from Japan:
- Dr. Hirioyuki Goto of the Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, who will present on the strong ground motions observed from the earthquake.
- Dr. Keita Uemura of the Department of Civil and Earth Resources Engineering, Kyoto University, who will present on damage to railway facilities of the Tohoko Shinkansen Line.
The webinar will include time for participants to ask questions of the speakers.Back to top >
The May 2022 issue (Volume 28, Issue 2) of Earthquake Spectra is now available online!
This issue features research papers on the NGA-Subduction research program, the US National Seismic Hazard model for Hawaii, site response analysis in Alaska, risk communication in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a financing model for post-earthquake housing recovery, and much more—as well as data and engineering practice papers. As an EERI member, your full-access subscription to Earthquake Spectra allows you to stay abreast of the latest developments in earthquake engineering practice, codes and regulations, public policy, and investigation reports.
To view the rest of the May 2022 issue, visit the Earthquake Spectra website here.Back to top >
Subscribing Member Spotlight
Computer and Structures, Inc. (CSI) is EERI’s Visionary-Level Subscribing Member. CSI has been a longtime supporter of the Institute and our student activities, including the Student Leadership Council. CSI is a underwriter and poster-session sponsor of 12NCEE and the 2022 Annual Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition. Together with FEMA, CSI made funds available for over 100 registration grants to help students and early-career academics and professionals attend 12NCEE. Additional generous support from CSI provided travel stipends to each registration grant recipient.
Founded in 1975 by company president and CEO Ashraf Habibullah (M.EERI,1999), CSI is recognized globally as the pioneering leader in software tools for structural and earthquake engineering. Software from CSI is used by thousands of engineering firms in over 160 countries for the design of major projects, including the Taipei 101 Tower in Taiwan, One World Trade Center in New York, the 2008 Olympics Birds Nest Stadium in Beijing and the cable-stayed Centenario Bridge over the Panama Canal.Back to top >
Kinemetrics is offering a free webinar on May 25 at 9:00 AM (Pacific Time) on “Earthquake Resilience in Hospitals: OasisPlus Cases Studies."
When an earthquake strikes, the focus of concern quickly turns to critical infrastructure and services. Chief among these is access to healthcare facilities and the services they provide. It's imperative that these regional hubs remain in operation as the community's need for hospitals increases during and after a seismic event. In this informative webinar + Q&A, Dr. Derek Skolnik will review how two hospitals in areas with high seismic activity have implemented the use of real-time earthquake response systems and procedures. He will outline how these organizations have built resilience into each aspect of their respective implementations to ensure access to critical decision-making information before, during, and after an event. Suggestions on how similar critical organizations can learn from these implementations will also be provided.
Register for the webinar here.
The Consortium of Organizations for Strong Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS) will be holding an online workshop on June 7-8, 2022, focused on developing international guidelines and standards for archiving and disseminating simulated ground-motion data.
The workshop will be a mixture of presentations and directed discussions to summarize examples of simulated ground-motion data sets; assess the needs of users of simulated ground-motion data in terms of mechanisms for searching and accessing data and what metadata is needed to describe the simulated data; assess what existing strong-motion data center standards and tools might be useful for simulated ground-motion data; and outline steps for developing international guidelines and standards for archiving and disseminating simulated ground-motion data.
COSMOS is also collecting information about user needs related to accessing simulated ground-motion data. The survey is open to everyone and available here, and should only take a few minutes to complete.Back to top >
The California Strong Motion Instrumentation Program (CSMIP) of the California Geological Survey requires the services of a contractor to interpret and analyze strong-motion data. There are three different projects, each focusing on either buildings, lifelines, or ground response. The RFPs for these projects can be found at the below links:Back to top >
News of the Profession
- NASA’s InSight lander has recorded the largest Marsquake yet (Science News)
- A new earthquake warning system will prepare Canada for dangerous shaking (The Conversation)
- An Elusive Gravity Signal Could Mean Faster Earthquake Warnings (Wired)
- First responders use gigantic map to practice for potential 9.0 earthquake in Washington (King5 News)
- Hundreds of deficient dams across US remain 'ticking time-bomb', records show (WTHR)
- Tonga’s historic volcanic eruption could help predict when tsunamis strike land (Popular Science)