News of the Institute
Roger D. Borcherdt (M. EERI, 1973), scientist emeritus at the U.S. Geological Survey and past Shimizu Visiting Professor and consulting professor at Stanford University, is the 2016 recipient of the Bruce A. Bolt Medal. The annual award is presented jointly by the Seismological Society of America (SSA), the Consortium of Organizations for Strong-Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS), and EERI.
The Bolt medal recognizes individuals worldwide whose accomplishments involve the promotion and use of strong-motion earthquake data and whose leadership in the transfer of scientific and engineering knowledge into practice or policy has led to improved seismic safety.
Dr. Borcherdt's career is marked with "exceptional scientific contributions in the fields of seismology and engineering seismology, extraordinarily broad in scope" as noted on the Presidential Distinguished Service Award he received in 2010 as the highest honor of the U.S. Department of Interior. His contributions, evident in 200 publications, include pioneering site-response studies resulting in Vs30 site-response characterization procedures adopted worldwide in building codes and seismic-hazard mitigation maps; theoretical solutions of fundamental wave propagation problems in seismology that extend the mathematical framework for seismology to all linear anelastic media as presented in his graduate level textbook; "scientific leadership in engineering seismology" as noted on his US Department of Interior Meritorious Service award (1993), and participation on several building code committees and advisory panels.
Borcherdt is an honorary member of EERI and has served as editor of Earthquake Spectra, EERI Vice President, and Honors committee chair. He is an active member of SSA and charter founding member of COSMOS. He currently chairs the Engineering Criteria Review Board for the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission and is a past member of several advisory committees, including Federal Emergency Management Agency's Working Group for Development of HAZUS, its Provision Update Committee for NEHRP Recommended Building Code Provisions, and its ATC-58 committee for development of provisions to include advancements in performance based design.
The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute will hold its 68th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, April 5–8, 2016.
Registration and full program details are now available on the 2016 Annual Meeting website. Tour spots on the Napa Earthquake and Winery field trip, Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge boat tour, and city walking tours are already filling up with early registrants. Secure your spot and save money with the early bird rate by registering now.
For program, logistic, and registration details, visit the 2016 Annual Meeting website.
EERI would like to thank donors to the Endowment Fund and acknowledge their recent contributions. EERI’s Endowment supports innovative projects that assure the Institute’s continuing leadership in the earthquake engineering profession.
The list below reflects donations that the Institute received through the end of December 2015.
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News of the Profession
Ten recent stories, reports, or opinions from around the Web:
Recent, moderate B.C. earthquake stirred up big worries (National Post) "It was an earthquake, moderate in power but impossible to ignore." http://news.nationalpost.com
Earthquake authority offers new insurance options, rebates (San Francisco Chronicle) Less than 10 percent of homes in California have earthquake insurance. http://www.sfchronicle.com
Haiti earthquake victims still homeless (ABC News Australia) Pausing to mourn six years after disaster, while struggling to rebuild with 60,000 still in camps. http://www.abc.net.au
Anger in Haiti over misspent aid (PRI) "I really think that we missed an opportunity to transform Haiti, and to transform the way that disaster responses are done." http://www.pri.org
Crossing the Rubicon for disaster response (devex.com) Improving overseas disaster response and finding new ways to bring military veterans into humanitarian operations. https://www.devex.com
Our Big One (Kitsap Sun) A Seattle Fault earthquake could bring death and destruction far greater than anything ever seen in the Puget Sound region. http://www.kitsapsun.com
New Geological Evidence Aids Tsunami Hazard Assessments from Alaska to Hawaii (USGS Newsroom) New evidence provides geological data to aid tsunami hazard preparedness efforts around the Pacific Rim. http://www.usgs.gov
Fracking shakes the American west (The Guardian) Seismologists’ warnings divide residents, politicians and companies, while temblors increase around the region. http://www.theguardian.com
Satellites dissect Nepal quake (BBC News) Deep anatomy of last year's devastating quake in Nepal is revealed in a new analysis by scientists. http://www.bbc.com
There is no reliable method for predicting earthquakes (The Oregonian) Short-term earthquake prediction remains elusive, but modern earthquake science can improve the resilience of communities to earthquakes. http://www.oregonlive.comBack to top >
Students in the Seaside School District of Clatsop County, Oregon, have started a Go Fund Me campaign to relocate all campuses to locations safe from a tsunami generated by a major earthquake.
The effort comes after media coverage of a future Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake highlighted the vulnerability of the schools to tsunami, and a $128 million bond measure to relocate the schools failed to pass in 2013.
The campaign notes: "Our evacuation route for the high school is 1.6 miles and we have to cross the highway and a bridge that has not been earthquake retrofitted; Broadway Middle School has a mile route and they also have to cross a bridge that we hope will still be standing; Gearhart Elementary School only has to go about a quarter mile to get to their Tsunami evacuation destination, but they go towards the ocean. Their only option is evacuate to a ridge that is only 45 feet in elevation; far under the 80-100 feet scientists recommend."
The campaign has raised $2,850 of the $200 million target.
The Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Risk Reduction Division, Building Science Branch, has vacant positions available, with these announcements to close January 25, 2016.
The Risk Reduction Division works to reduce risk to life and property through the use of land use controls, building practices, and other tools. These activities address risk in both the existing built environment and in future development, and they occur in both pre- and post-disaster environments. More about the Building Science Branch
Architect MP - https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/425024300
Architect DE - https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/425023800
Physical Scientist MP - https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/425025000
Physical Scientist DE - https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/425024800
Civil Engineer MP - https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/425025300
Civil Engineer DE - https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/425025200
Opportunities for Students
In honor of the late Professor Liu Huixian, who is considered to be the founder of earthquake engineering in China, the Huixian Earthquake Engineering Foundation (China) and the US-China Earthquake Engineering Foundation (USA) are pleased to announce that approximately ten (10) Liu Huixian Earthquake Engineering Scholarship Awards are available in 2016.
Applicants must be students pursuing a master's or doctor's degree in earthquake engineering or closely related fields, who are enrolled in universities and research institutes in China, the USA, or Singapore, or are enrolled in member-organizations of the Asian-Pacific Network of Centers for Earthquake Engineering Research (ANCER).
Application materials should be submitted in electronic version to the Secretariat of the Huixian Earthquake Engineering Foundation by June 30, 2016:
http://hxeef.iem.cn/ – Huixian Earthquake Engineering Foundation, and http://www.iem.ac.cn/ – Institute of Engineering Mechanics of China Earthquake Administration (IEM, CEA).
The Huixian Earthquake Engineering Foundation, China
President: Professor Qi Xiaozhai
The US-China Earthquake Engineering Foundation, USA
President: Professor George C. Lee (M. EERI, 1983)
Secretariat of Huixian Earthquake Engineering Foundation
Add: 9 Xuefu Road, Harbin 150080, China
Liu Huixian Earthquake Engineering Scholarship Award: Description and Guidelines (PDF)
Application Form for the Liu Huixian Earthquake Engineering Scholarship Award (Word document)
Applications for the Erasmus Masters in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology (MEEES) are being accepted, with a deadline of March 30, 2016. MEEES is organized by a consortium of European university and research institutions, led by IUSS Pavia’s UME School and featuring the participation of the University of Patras (Greece), the University of Grenoble Joseph Fourier (France), and the Middle East Technical University (Turkey).
Scholarships are available to applicants from all nationalities. For details and the online application procedure, visit www.meees.orgBack to top >
The Northern California Chapter of EERI presented its 2015 Awards for Innovation and Exemplary Practice in Earthquake Risk Reduction at its December meeting. Craig Comartin (M. EERI, 1987) was selected for the individual award for his leadership and dedication in creating the Concrete Coalition and advancing the practice of performance-based engineering. Comartin was recognized as "a guiding light on innovative approaches to earthquake risk mitigation – providing focus and direction, while selflessly dedicating himself to his profession and the public." He will also receive EERI's 2016 Alfred E. Alquist Medal at the Annual Meeting in April.
The Water System Improvement Program by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) was also selected for a 2015 award. Part of the multi-year capital improvement program included designing and building seismic resilient facilities that deliver water reliably in the event of a major earthquake within the Bay Area region, including earthquakes on any one of the three major faults (Calaveras, Hayward, and San Andreas that the regional system crosses. The SFPUC performance criteria were critical for the implementation of hydraulic network modeling to assist system planning, and the integration of project designs and construction management to deliver specific water supply targets. The criteria serve as an important model of the type of system-wide lifeline system performance goals needed to support community resilience.Back to top >
Seven preprint manuscripts have been posted to the Earthquake Spectra website prior to formal publication. The papers to be published are:
- "Out-of-Plane Dynamic Stability of Unreinforced Masonry Walls in One-Way Bending: Shake Table Testing" by Osmar Penner (M. EERI, 2016) and Kenneth J. Elwood (M. EERI, 1994)
- "Out-of-Plane Dynamic Stability of Unreinforced Masonry Walls in One-Way Bending: Parametric Study and Assessment Guidelines" by Osmar Penner (M. EERI, 2016) and Kenneth J. Elwood (M. EERI, 1994)
- "Quintuple Friction Pendulum Isolator-Behavior, Modeling and Validation" by Donghun Lee (M. EERI, 2015) and Michael C. Constantinou
- "Responses of a tall building in Los Angeles, California as inferred from local and distant earthquakes" by Mehmet Çelebi (M. EERI, 1980), Hasan S. Ulusoy and Nori Nakata
- "On uncertainties in PSHA" by Mario Ordaz and Danny Arroyo
- "The Public's Role in Seismic Design Provisions" by Michael Davis and Keith Porter (M. EERI, 1998)
- "Ground Motion Model for the Vertical-to-Horizontal (V/H) Ratios of PGA, PGV, and Response Spectra" by Yousef Bozorgnia (M. EERI, 1986) and Kenneth W. Campbell (M. EERI, 1975)
To read all current preprint manuscripts posted, visit Earthquake Spectra preprints.
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.
Miguel Bernabe, UC Berkeley, Civil
Alexander Chen, UC San Diego
Jacob Darlington, Univ of WI - Madison
Andreas G. Gavras, UC Davis, Geotechnical
Marta Giaretton, University of Padova
Ellen Key, UCLA, Civil
Emre Kizilarslan, Univ of WI - Madison
Richard Lu, UCLA, Civil
Kevin Mahoney, UC Berkeley, Civil
Sunil Nataraj, Visvesvaraya Tech University
Le Pham, Univ of WI - Madison
Guillermo Riveros, University of Western Ontario, Civil
Stephen Shelnutt, UC Berkeley, Civil
Stella Te, UC Berkeley, Civil
Shuo Wang, Univ of WI - Madison Peter Weatherer, Univ of WI - Madison Loyd West, University of NV - Reno, Geophysicist
Jennifer Yasui, UC Davis
Cumhur Yilmaz, Gebze Institute of Technology (GIT)
Jin Yu, Univ of WI - Madison
Alan Yuan, University of British Columbia, Civil