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SSA 2015 Annual Meeting — Pasadena, California

View of Pasadena from the roof of 201 S Lake.Photo Credit: Ross Berteig Creative Commons

February 5, 2015 – SSA’s 2015 annual meeting will be held 21 – 23 April at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California. The meeting will provide a stimulating exchange of research on a wide range of topics with colleagues from all over the world. Oral presentations, poster sessions, exhibits, field trips, workshops, business meetings, and social gatherings all provide participants the opportunity to meet and share with their peers. A record number of abstracts (over 720!) have been submitted for the meeting and all abstracts, as well as the preliminary presentation schedule, are available online in our searchable abstract database. Descriptions of the 32 sessions planned for the meeting are here.

For further information please visit the meeting home page.

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SSA Announces 2014 Award Winners

November 17, 2014 – SSA is pleased to announce the recipients of two prestigious awards for 2014.

Dr. Thorne Lay
Dr. Thorne Lay

Thorne Lay, Professor of Earth Science at UC Santa Cruz, will receive the Society’s highest honor, the Harry Fielding Reid Medal, which recognizes outstanding contributions to science and society. Dr. Lay is an influential seismologist and community leader whose research has refined our understanding of the Earth’s deep interior.

Known for consistently contributing to advances in some of the most difficult problems in seismology, Lay’s broad scientific outlook is reflected by the breadth of his research contributions to the imaging and improved understanding of Earth’s interior, the study of earthquakes and the monitoring of nuclear explosions.

Dr. Victor Tsai
Dr. Victor Tsai

Still early in his career, Victor Tsai, of Caltech's Seismological Laboratory, has already established himself as a leading seismologist, conducting pioneering research in the emerging fields of ambient noise and glacier and river seismology. For his work, the 32-year old Tsai will be awarded the Society’s Charles F. Richter Early Career Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the goals of the Society by a member early in his or her career.

These awards will be presented at the Society’s 2015 annual meeting held April 21-23, 2015 in Pasadena, California. Additional information is available in two press releases:


SRL Begins E-First Publishing

October 1, 2014 – Readers of Seismological Research Letters (SRL) no longer have to wait for two months between issues to read new articles. Beginning today, SRL joins BSSA in publishing articles "ahead of print." As soon as an article has been reviewed, approved, copyedited, and formatted for publication, rather than being held until an entire issue is ready, it will be posted online. Every Wednesday SRL articles that have been approved for publication in a future issue of SRL will be made available to all SSA members (as well as institutional GeoScienceWorld subscribers. SRL has become a highly respected journal with one of the shortest times to publication of any journal in the field. Publishing articles ahead of print will make that even shorter.

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Deborah Weiser Represents SSA at 7th Annual Geosciences Congressional Visits Day

September 19, 2014 – Deborah Weiser of UCLA, recipient of this years GEO-CVD Student Travel Grant, represented SSA at the annual Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (GEO-CVD), September 16–17, in Washington, D.C. Debbie participated in seven meetings on Capitol Hill, including Senator Patty Murray's constituent coffee and meetings with key staff in three Congressional offices (Representatives Rohrabacher, Bass, & Speier) and four Senate offices (Senators Boxer, Feinstein, Murray and Cantwell). Her report on her experience will appear in a future issue of SRL.

GEO-CVD ’14 was a great success, with over 100 individual Hill meetings scheduled for the 40+ participants this year. The overarching message for GEO-CVD is the importance of continued federal investment in geoscience research and development … [Read More]

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February Issue of BSSA Now Available

January 29, 2015 – The complete February 2015 issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (BSSA vol. 105, no. 1) is now available to SSA members and institutional subscribers online at GeoScienceWorld and BSSA Online. Click to view the table of contents for the issue. SSA members should click here to access full text or PDFs of all articles from the issue (log in with your SSA username and password required).

A press releases highlighting an article from the issue is also available:

Fracking Confirmed as Cause of Rare “Felt” Earthquake in Ohio (Skoumal et al.).

Cover of SRL 86:1.
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On the Cover…
An overview of broadband platform ground-motion simulation is the subject of this issue’s focus section and cover graphic. A rupture generator produces a slip-time history, then low-frequency ground-motion simulation produces a 1 Hz ground-motion time series, followed by a high-frequency simulation that produces a 10 Hz+ time series. In postprocessing, time series are converted to peak pseudospectral acceleration at different periods; then verification and validation processing compares observed ground motions against simulated ground motions as a frequency-dependent bias plot. If the simulation perfectly reproduced the observations, the average bias for all stations (red line) would overlay the zero bias (horizontal center line) across all periods.

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January/February SRL Available

January 8, 2015 – Volume 86, Number 1, the January/February 2015 issue of Seismological Research Letters, is now available online. This issue includes a focus section on Validation of the SCEC Broadband Platform V14.3 Simulation Methods, as well as:

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Last Modified: 2015 Feb 05