Communication, Education and Outreach (CEO)
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USGS provides scientific and outreach support through an annual contribution of NEHRP funds.
Numerous USGS Scientists hold positions in SCEC (Board of Directors, Steering Committee, Advisory Council, Research Utilization Council, etc.)
1992: Site visit report stated, ""USGS has come to depend on SCEC as a partner in carrying out its earthquake-related mission in southern California.""
2000: Verbal cooperative agreement and meetings held to establish closer ties with Outreach personnel in Pasadena and Menlo Park on education activities such as resource lists on the WWW, presentations to civic groups and schools via the SCEC RMOSR Series and USGS speaker series, joint summer interns, museum exhibit development, a post-earthquake response plan, southern California fault guides, school partnerships, review of ""Seismic Sleuths"" revised curriculum, and other education-related projects.
Meetings and Field Trips:
1996: US-Japan National Resources (UJNR) Panel on Earthquake Research, Earthquake Disaster Mitigation Partnership: Convenors: USGS/SCEC Attendance: ~30 SCEC scientists and ~30 Japanese representatives.
October, 1996: City of L.A. Microzonation Workshop; Attendance: 183.
October 1996: Progress Report on the Southern California Fault and Fold Database- for Association of Engineering Geologists; Attendance: 50 scientists, 75 engineering geologists from industry.
April 1996: Rate of Earthquakes in So. Calif. and Insurance 101; Attendance: 75 scientists and 150 insurers.
1997: SCEC's Science Director D. Jackson and Outreach director Andrews conducted a seminar on SCEC research and outreach to ~40 scientists at USGS Golden, CO.
1997-2000: City of L.A./SCEC/SEAOSC/ Joint Task Force on Ground Motion effects on Vulnerable Buildings: USGS is partnering with SCEC to produce a public booklet on vulnerable structures. USGS Pasadena office scientist Sue Hough has written the text, based on information gathered over the last 2 years by the Joint Task Force.
1998: Dan Ponti (Menlo Park) aided SCEC Outreach in writing a major proposal to the City of West Hollywood to create an innovative public-private partnership to develop an Earthquake Resistant House with an Interpretive Center and Education Facility. For several months, we explored the idea suggested by the City's Department of Community Development to develop a small-scale, jointly-sponsored earthquake interpretive center that could provide a focus for research and outreach. The project has been shelved while the City Council debates the idea.
1999: SCEC/USGS Workshop to form an Earthquake Response Plan, Attendance: 40
1999, 2000: SCEC/USGS Joint agreement to collaborate on specific CEO projects such as fact sheets, speaker series, media training, Websites, and a revision of "Putting Down Roots."
2000: RMOSR workshop on regional eq hazards and risks for schools
2000: Plate boundary Observatory Workshop.
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Phase I & II Reports (1991, 1995). Reviewed by NEPEC and CEPEC.
Ongoing: EqIP members; contributors to EQNet
1999 - Present: Earthquake Studies & the Civic Scientist: Fact Sheets, Info packets for the Media, web-based products. The objectives of the Earthquake Studies and the Civic Scientist project are to 1) provide information and resources to the media so that they are well-prepared to report about earthquakes, 2) conduct workshops for the media to explain the information (purpose and how to use); and 3) educate earth scientists, earthquake engineers and Public Information Officers on how to better communicate with reporters, writers, and the public.
1999: Gary Fuis: USGS: Video tapes-The Los Angeles Region Seismic Experiment (by SCEC and USGS); Imaging the Earth beneath Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Region Seismic Experiment (by SCEC, CSU Dominguez Hills, and USGS)
1995: Release of Phase II Report
LARSE I & II, 1997 and 1999: Public Awareness, Education, Permitting and Siting process: Mark Benthien spent 20% of his time overseeing the permitting process in coordination with USGS. He developed and produced publications and coordinated dissemination and press releases and media advisories. With USGS scientists, he made numerous presentations to local government officials, civic groups, concerned citizens, media reporters and writers.
Gary Fuis (U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park): Press release-Three years after Northridge, scientists have a better 'picture' of what is beneath part of the Los Angeles basin (with P. Jorgenson, R. Clayton, and T. Henyey), 1/16/97.
- Media interviews-on LARSE (Good Morning
America, KCBS and other radio stations; Los Angeles Times, various
2000: Joint agreement between SCEC and USGS to host a media briefing immediately following the release of FEMA's HAZUS report on National Risk (what the report means for us in So. California; how to reduce losses through preparedness and mitigation; etc.)
Formal and Informal Education:
John Galetzka (U.S. Geological Survey, Pasadena): While installing GPS sites for SCIGN at southern California area schools, John spends time making presentations to teachers and students about the instruments and how the research conducted with them is helping us solve unanswered questions about earthquakes.
Gary Fuis, USGS: Mentoring-N. Magnutsky, Palo Alto High School (Amplitudes of LARSE Explosions as a Function of Distance, Shot Size, and Geology)
USGS Pasadena Scientist-in-Charge Lucy Jones is a member of the SCEC Interns Advisory Group and Selections Committee.
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