Communication, Education and Outreach (CEO)
|Member SCEC Institutions|
|Joint Participation and Cooperation Agreements||
1992: A SCEC GIS lab was established by Steve Park (UC Riverside) to produce SCEC GIS products.
Ongoing: USGS Pasadena - Coordination / joint facilitation of selected CEO Projects
1992-Present: SCEC Data Center, Caltech/USGS: established 1992 to serve as a link between SCEC and its community of data users.
1998-Present: Caltech Office of Earthquake Programs. Post earthquake planning and cooperation (Andrews, Benthien, de Groot, Marquis); co-location agreement.
1998-Present: TriNet (Caltech, USGS, CDMG partnership for development of a digital seismic network)
Meetings and Field Trips:
1991-Present: SCEC researchers have conducted more than 90 workshops & seminars from 1991-present on a wide variety of earth science and engineering-related topics. Each focuses on a Center-related theme and is hosted by one of the SCEC Core institutions. Seminars target member institutions' and affiliated institutions' science faculty, post-doctorals, graduate students and undergraduate students.
1994-1995: A series of three (October, November, June) end-user workshops (Research Utilization Council) involving over 100 people from a wide variety of user communities were conducted in 1993, 1994 and 1995. End result: the Education and Outreach Plan that served as the basis for the current program. Quality control for SCEC products was provided by intense scrutiny (and independent) peer review from CEPEC, NEPEC, and USGS, as well as by critical review from independent scientists. The formats for review included both written and verbal (ie, committee, workshop, symposia) feedback. Both OES and CDMG, who have earth science expertise and extensive state policy experience, worked closely with SCEC.
1994 and 1996: -Two workshops, ""Exploring Options for Seismic Zonation in the City of Los Angeles,"" were conducted by SCEC Outreach and scientists in collaboration with (and co-sponsored by) the City of LA departments of Planning, Public Works, Water and Power and Building and Safety. Purpose was to begin defining a common agenda for seismic mitigation planning based on new findings and recent scientific research. 200 Participants were from the City and County of LA, other state, federal and local agencies, and the private sector. Participants examined feasibility of seismic zonation given current knowledge.
-First Insurance Industry Workshop, SCEC Knowledge Transfer, established dialogue among scientists, insurance industry leaders, risk modelers, and public officials. 200 people attended.
-"One Year After Northridge" workshop cosponsored with OES, at the release of "Seismic Hazards in Southern California: Probable Earthquakes, 1994-2024." ~300 scientists, engineers, public officials, planners and responders attended. Media organizations covered the event. WSSPC conducted its LA Area Workshop simultaneously, and SCEC organized a field trip for WSSPC attendees to the SCEC Data Center and faults of LA.
-Second Insurance Industry Workshop, SCEC Knowledge Transfer, educated earth scientists and engineers on Insurers' and Reinsurers' needs. The 2-day workshop included a SCEC Science Seminar. 150 people attended.
-Southern California Faults Catalog workshop, in collaboration with Association of Engineering Geologists. Resulting from an AEG Short Course by T. Henyey and T. Rockwell and co-sponsored by AEG and SCEC Knowledge Transfer, the course featured presentations by SCEC scientists to 100 engineering geologists.
1994-1997: SCEC conducted three Geographical Information System (GIS) Usage workshops for earth scientists, earthquake engineers, and State government representatives. Topics included differences in hardware and software, and data disclaimers. Results: ~100 researchers have shared databases and learned the usefulness of GIS in their own research projects.
1997: SCEC Teamed with CDMG, OES and CESA to host ""Making the Most of New Real Time Information Technologies in Managing Earthquake Emergencies,"" a one-day workshop to acquaint emergency managers with new technologies, facilitate communication of policy choices and decisions, and obtain feedback.
1998: SCEC Outreach conducted a one-day workshop for members of its Research Utilization Council and other SCEC Community members interested in providing feedback on enhancing SCEC's collaborative efforts and partnerships.
-SCEC Outreach / James Dolan led 3 ""Faults of LA"" field trip for 45 people (1995, 1996 and 1997). ~150 Participants.
-SCEC Outreach / Tom Henyey and James Dolan led a ""Faults of LA"" field trip for Denver Natural History Museum patrons (1998) ~20 participants
-SCEC Outreach / Tom Henyey and Tom Rockwell led two ""Palos Verdes Fault"" and LA Harbor field trip; an accompanying guide has been published and is available (1996, 1997). ~80 participants.
-SCEC Outreach / Tom Henyey, M. Forrest led a SAF field trip for 45 people (1996).
-SCEC Outreach / Lisa Grant, Karl Mueller, Eldon Gath led a field trip to Orange County / San Joaquin Hills Fault (1997). 52 participants.
-SCEC Outreach / Tom Henyey, Tom Rockwell, Lisa Grant and Eldon Gath led 2 field trips for 90 people on the Whittier/Elsinore - Newport/Inglewood fault systems. SCEC Oureach produced a guide based on the trips (1996).
|Print and Electronic Products and Services||
1991: Earthquake science bulletins were produced following the Sierra Madre and Joshua Tree earthquakes
1991, 1995: Phase I & II Reports (1991, 1995). Reviewed by NEPEC and CEPEC.
1994 - 10,000 copies of the SCEC Brochure printed and distributed over subsequent 2 years.
1995 - Present: SCEC Quarterly Newsletter (Print, 1995-1999, 24 issues) and SCEC INSTANeT News Service (Weekly Electronic News Service, 1999-Present).
1996 - Present: ""Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country."" Both print and electronic (web-based). As of FY 2000, ~1.7 million copies had been distributed through libraries, schools, the USGS Pasadena Office, real estate firms, and SCEC.
1996: Exploring Options for Seismic Zonation in the City of Los Angeles, abstract volume and report from a vulnerability workshop in collaboration with the City of LA departments of Planning, Public Works, Water and Power and Building and Safety.
1996-1999: Fault Guides: Newport-Inglewood; Palos Verdes; Whittier-Elsinore; Los Angeles area (1996-Present). Ann Blythe wrote ""Faults of Los Angeles,"" a guide book based on previously conducted local field trips led by Tom Henyey, James Dolan, and Kerry Sieh. The book will be made available in summer 2001.
1996, 1997: Earthquakes and Insurance, Proceedings Volumes I & II
1998: We produced a proceedings volume and convened a working committee to address the outcomes of the Earthquakes and Urban Infrastructure workshop held in late January 1998, in partnership with the Los Alamos National Laboratory's Urban Security group. To address end users' needs and gather input, we held a second workshop collocated with the Western States Seismic Policy Council's Annual Meeting in September 1998.
1999 - Present: Earthquake Studies & the Civic Scientist: Fact Sheets, Info packets for the Media, web-based products (soon to be joint with USGS).
1999: Liquefaction & Landslides Report and CD ROM: The objective of the Liquefaction Technical Report CD-ROM project is to increase knowledge of liquefaction evaluation and mitigation methods by creating a CD-ROM based on the popular liquefaction report and explanatory workshops that were held in 1999 such that the information can be available to those who did not attend the workshops.
1998-1999: Community Handbook for Earthquake Preparedness & Safety with USC and a local neighborhood (under revision, 2000).
-"Earthquakes in California Survivor's Guide," by Robert Yeats, to be published by Oregon State University press, available in March 2001. SCEC provided support for illustration preparation and interviews. The book is designed for a nonmajor course integrating science, technology, and society, focusing on California earthquakes.
-www.scec.org (established 1995). Objective is to present the ongoing research and results of SCEC scientists; provide links to SCECs member institutions, research facilities, and SCEC-supported databases; distribute information ranging from new briefs to in-depth articles; and serve as a resource for earthquake information, educational products and experiences, and links to other earthquake organizations.
-SCEC Publication database and archive. Objective: to maintain the scientific legacy of papers published as the result of SCEC-funded research. The database currently has 471 records. Of these records, 132 are represented by reprints stored in the SCEC CEO office (1 copy: 54, 2 copies: 26, 3 copies: 13, 4 copies: 5, >6 copies: 33). The first goal is to add more papers to the database so that ALL SCEC-funded papers are included. Another goal is to collect at least 1 copy of every paper listed in the database. In addition, 138 of the 471 records include the paper's abstract. A third goal is to have the abstract for every paper as well.
-www.data.scec.org (established 1992). Objective is to provide SCEC scientific community and general public with earthquake data and information.
-www.eqnet.org (established 1997). MCEER manages the site, with a graduate student working 15 hours a week. Jill Andrews chairs the steering committee for the group that oversees continued development of the website and other EqIP activities. Mark Benthien is the editor of the Seismology/Geophysics pages, and has already done an extensive revision to the ordering and listing of the Seismology/Geophysics section. Benthien also designed an EQIP/EQNET flyer for distribution and co-chaired the EqIP annual meeting at the Natural Hazards Workshop in July 2000. Benthien presented ideas for a survey of current collaboration and communication methods, which has been distributed during summer 2000, and also presented other new ideas for increased communication and collaboration.
-SCEC Community e-mail listserver(""email@example.com""): Used for announcements to SCEC Scientists, students, staff and advisors.
-EqIP and its List Service: SCEC is a member of EqIP. EqIP's MISSION is to facilitate and improve access to earthquake information through collaboration; and minimize duplication of effort by sharing information through individual personal contact, joint activities and projects, group annual meetings and biennial forums, and electronic communication.
-SCEC INSTANeT News Service (www.scec.org/instanet): Established FY 2000 by SCEC Outreach, designed to replace the quarterly newsletters. Goal is to provide a reliable source of information in all matters relevant to the SCEC community; to disseminate news, announcements, earthquake information, and in-depth coverage of earthquake research, in a timely manner via the world wide web.
1992: SCEC representatives attended a "town hall" meeting that was convened by Congressman George Brown in San Bernardino in response to the Joshua Tree and Landers/Big Bear Earthquakes.
Northridge Earthquake Aftermath, 1994
Phase II Report Release, 1995
LARSE I & II, 1997 and 1999
SCEC Outreach director Andrews manages Outreach and Education element for the CUREe-Caltech Woodframe Mitigation Project, and has conducted two large-scale media events to capture live shaking tests of a 2-story woodframe house. Over 350 news stories were generated in the spring and summer of 2000. All major networks and hundreds of affiliates broadcast worldwide the test and related stories and interviews. See www.curee.org for streaming video.
Ongoing. SCEC Outreach cooperates with USGS Pasadena to fill requests made by civic groups, the general public, media reporters and writers, emergency planning and responding agencies, etc.
Formal and Informal Education:
-SCEC Education conducted a teacher training workshop for 18 teachers using "Seismic Sleuths" materials.
-SCEC Education conducted a joint workshop with Caltech Precollege Science Education initiative. Opened CAPSE Summer Earth Science Institute for 150 elementary teachers; outfitted SCEC-sponsored CAPSE tours and field trips.
-Awarded 18 graduate students stipends to attend SSA Annual Meeting; conducted two-day field trip and ""Tremor Troop"" orientation for CAPSE Cadre (teacher group) leaders.
1994, 1995: SCEC Education director presented results of research at So. California Academy of Sciences at UC Irvine.
1999: Completion of two web-based educational modules (high school / community college level):""Investigating Earthquakes through Regional Seismicity"": see www.scec.org (author, SCEC web designer John Marquis; oversight provided by Dr. Egill Hauksson, Caltech) and a second, which demonstrates the use of GPS in earthquake studies: (http://scign.jpl.nasa.gov/learn). Andrea Donnellan, Mark Smith, Anne Mikolajcik, Mike Watkins, and Maggi Glasscoe, formerly a SCEC intern and currently a grad student at UC Davis, were involved in both developing the module as well as working with DESC Online advisors and schools for review purposes.
2000: In progress: SCEC Middle School Earth Science web-based education module, ""Whole Earth."" See http//www.data.scec.org/DESCware/Outreach/
2000: In progress: SCEC Outreach Education consultant Bob de Groot is managing a major project to revise the ""Seismic Sleuths"" middle-school curriculum (originally produced by AGU and FEMA). An accompanying hour-long video, produced for educaitonal television, was completed in spring 2000 and will be aired on ""Assignment Discovery"" in spring 2001. Objectives: to promote and improve natural hazard education for students; to foster preparedness for natural hazards through empowerment and encouraging personal responsibility; to provide an updated and redesigned learning tool that can be easily integrated into a curriculum based on national standards; to provide constant updates in science content, pedagogy, and resource information through an interactive website.
Through SCEC's existing connection to NSF's TAPPED in (www.tappedin.org), we assist our K-16 constituents in linking to only the best of web-based educational products. SCEC's catalog of links include's the USGS Ask a Geologist site, and others nationwide that depict simulated earthquakes and field trips and access to museums, libraries, journals, magazines, news and interviews.
1996-Present: SCEC scientists participated in creation of all museum exhibit projects:
-LA County Museum of Natural History exhibit upgrade (1992)
-San Francisco Exploratorium ""Fault Line"" (1999)
-California Science Center (Los Angeles) ""Track the Quake"" program and exhibit (1998-1999)
-Riverside Youth Museum ""KidZone"" earthquake exhibit ""ShakeZone"" (debut scheduled for Summer 2001)
-Santa Barbara Natural History Museum (Prof. Ed Keller) (1998)
-Denver Museum of Natural History (local faults field trip, 1998)
The SCEC Internship program:
-69 Internships total since 1994
Graduate Education Statistics: M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees completed, 1994-97 under directorship of SCEC Personnel:
#/Degree: 39 M.S. / Time to Degree: 3.07 Years (average) / 14 Female / 25 Male
#/Degree: 75 Ph.D. / Time to Degree: 5.85 Years (average) / 16 Female / 59 Male
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