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Science, Society, Solutions
Earthquake Monitoring for a Safer America

First in the 2003 "Science, Society, Solutions" series

Everyone is welcome to attend this briefing. Learn how the USGS and its partners are meeting the Nation´s needs for earthquake monitoring.

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For information on the status of the 2/27 Earthquake Monitoring Briefing on Capitol Hill, please call 703-648-4455.

Thursday, February 27, 2003
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2325
Washington, DC

Earthquake Monitoring for a Safer America
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Refreshments will be served

Speakers:   (Speaker Biographies)

Dr. Lucy Jones
U.S. Geological Survey

Dr. Bruce Clark
Chairman, California Seismic Safety Commission

Mr. Richard Howe
Engineer, ABS Consulting

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The American Geological Institute
Seismological Society of America

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Representative Sherwood Boehlert
Representative Tom Davis
Representative James Moran
Representative Nick Smith

Directions to Rayburn House Office Building:

East on Rt. 66 over the Roosevelt Bridge; right on Independence Avenue. Follow Independence past the construction of the Botanic Gardens; right on Canal Street (2 blocks); left on D Street. Pay parking is on the right between D Street and Canal Street.

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Earthquakes pose a significant risk to 75 million Americans in 39 States. To assess seismic hazards and to reduce risk, the USGS monitors and records earthquake activity under the authority of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, which is due for reauthorization in 2003. The USGS is the only Federal agency that monitors earthquakes and provides warnings and notifications nationwide. Emergency response officials, architects, engineers, and the public rely on the USGS for timely and accurate notification of earthquakes and their effects.
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Speaker Biographies

Lucile M. Jones

Lucy Jones is Scientist-in-charge of the USGS earthquake program in southern California, where she leads the Pasadena office of the USGS and coordinates earthquake research funded by the USGS in southern California. She is a commissioner of the Seismic Safety Commission of the State of California, advising the governor and legislature on seismic safety, and is past chair of the Steering Committee of the California Integrated Seismic Network. Jones, a seismologist with the USGS since 1983, has authored over 50 papers on research seismology with primary interest in the physics of earthquakes, foreshocks and earthquake hazard assessment, and the seismotectonics (seismogenic geologic structures) of southern California. She received a Bachelor´s degree from Brown University, Rhode Island, and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a graduate student, Jones was the first American scientist to work in China after normalization of relations in 1979, and spent twelve months at the State Seismological Bureau in Beijing between 1979 and 1983. She has received numerous awards, including the Alquist Award from the California Earthquake Safety Foundation (2001), Founder´s Day Award from the La Cañada PTA (2000), Woman of the Year from the Muses of the California Science Museum (1999), and Women Making History 1993 from Senator Barbara Boxer.

Dr. R. Bruce Clark

Bruce Clark is serving his second term as Chair of the California Seismic Safety Commission and is also a Senior Consultant for Leighton and Associates, Inc., a Southern California-based consulting firm specializing in geological, seismic, and geotechnical hazards and their solutions. He recently stepped down after 17 years as President and CEO of Leighton, during which he oversaw dozens of field investigations of active faults, numerous updates of (seismic) Safety Elements for city and county General Plans, and liquefaction and landslide studies in response to the new California Seismic Hazards Mapping Act. Prior to joining Leighton, Clark was Associate Professor of Geology at the University of Michigan, where he began his studies on earthquake hazards. He received his Bachelor´s degree from Yale and his Ph.D. from Stanford. Clark chaired the Advisory Committee for the California Seismic Hazards Mapping Act from 1990 through 2000, including the early production of the maps, and the publication of Special Paper 117, the Guidelines for using the maps in development and construction in California. He received the Leadership Award from the California State Mining and Geology Board in 1998. Clark is a Director of the California Earthquake Safety Foundation and Chair of the Advisory Board for the California Integrated Seismic Network (CISN), the regional organization for the Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS).

Mr. Richard W. Howe

Richard Howe is a specialist in risk management and seismic engineering and is currently Director of Sales for ABS Consulting in Memphis, TN. His previous positions include Vice President and Regional Manager in the Memphis office of ABS Consulting (formerly EQE International). Howe attended Cornell University and the University of Tennessee, and has both a Master´s and a Bachelor´s degree in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Memphis. He has practiced and registered as a professional engineer in 42 states and has 30 years of practical experience in structural building design. He participated in drafting the Standard Building Code seismic provisions and is a frequent presenter at seismic seminars and workshops regarding Central US seismic issues and seismic risk assessment and retrofit. He is the Co-Structural Engineer-of-Record for the new Memphis NBA Arena, currently under construction, and is the Structural Engineer-of-Record for the Corporate Headquarters of AutoZone (the first seismically base-isolated building in the Central and Eastern United States), AutoZone Park (the state-of-the-art AAA baseball stadium in Memphis) and the National Civil Rights Museum Exhibition Building and seismic upgrade.

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