SSA Election 2013
Members to Vote on Board of Directors and Change to SSA Bylaws
SSA members will vote on the proposed change to the Society’s bylaws and choose members of the board of directors in the 2012 election. The election will be held online. Instructions for casting an online ballot will be emailed to SSA members from Election-America. Completed ballots must be received by 5 PM PST on Friday, 4 January 2013. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to request for paper ballot.
The full text of the restated bylaws, with explanations, is available here.
Universität zu Köln
Principal fields: regional seismicity of the northern Rhine area, engineering seismolog y, archaeoseismolog y, and education
In the past 2 1⁄2 years, I have had the opportunity to serve as a board member. Since my election, I worked as chair of the membership committee. For the first time, we have now included a student member in this committee, which will hopefully increase the representation of opinions from young people in the work of the board. We also established student travel grants to the ESC and SSA meetings, a first small step to increase the interaction between members in the United States and abroad and a step to make SSA membership more attractive to young associates. The board has started an initiative to establish a strategic plan for the future of our society. With the changes in the publishing world (open access), new challenges exist, including the future financing of the society’s work; new media offer new ways to intensify the communication between members and the board, and most importantly, we must assure the perpetuation of the high quality of the society’s publications, SRL and BSSA, the backbone of our common scientific work. After 30 years of membership, I am honored to stand again for election to the board of directors and continue to contribute to the welfare of SSA.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Principal fields: earthquake seismology, geodesy, and marine geophysics
SSA’s long history of both improving our understanding of earthquakes and lessening their impact makes it an honor to stand for election to the SSA board of directors. It is SSA’s leadership role in bringing together the basic science and engineering communities that makes it such a highly important organization. The upcoming few years will be a challenging time for earthquake science, and that will only increase the need for SSA’s leadership to continue the societies’ advocacy efforts in support of seismological research. Recent years have reminded us that the risk from earthquakes is ever present and growing and that this requires our community to communicate the latest science to policy makers. Owing to the variety of scientists and engineers involved in SSA, the society has a unique credibility to communicate information about earthquake science to both the government and the public. I would be very enthusiastic to serve on the board and to devote energy to helping SSA enhance its leadership role in providing public information about earthquake science.
Thomas H. Jordan
University of Southern California
Principal fields: seismology, tectonics, and earthquake physics
SSA is the professional organization that best represents the interests of U.S. earthquake seismologists, serving its members and the broader community through outstanding publications, informative scientific meetings, and effective government relations. If reelected to the board, I will continue to promote earthquake system science and help SSA foster interdisciplinary partnerships among seismologists, geologists, geodesists, information technologists, and engineers that are needed to improve the predictive capabilities of this science. As chair of SSA’s Investment Committee, I will continue to work with the board to improve the society’s fiscal health, and, as a member of its Committee on Government Relations, I will continue to advocate for strong support of science from the federal government.
Maria Beatrice Magnani
Center for Earthquake Research and Information, University of Memphis
Principal fields: exploration seismology, tectonics, and structure and evolution of the continental lithosphere
The events that followed the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake were a stern reminder of the importance of education and outreach for all the members of the academic community. Those events deepened my appreciation of the SSA’s unique mission to bridge the gap between earthquake research, earthquake preparedness, and risk/hazard communication to the greater public. Fulfilling this mission involves staying at the forefront of seismological science, which is becoming increasingly multidisciplinary while becoming a nationally and internationally recognized advocate for public safety, which involves interacting with policy makers, engineers, and educators. I think that broadening the membership across scientific disciplines, fostering and enrolling young earthquake scientists, strengthening the quality of publications, organizing first-rate meetings, and creating high-impact outreach activities are crucial points to achieve this goal. My vision is for the Society to evolve into an international forum, in which seismologists, geologists, geodesists, physicists, engineers, educators, policy makers, and the public can find a common ground to discuss the earthquake phenomena, from its source to its societal aftermath.
Lisa Grant Ludwig
University of California Irvine
Principal fields: paleoseismology, earthquake geology, and public health
Thank you for the opportunity to serve a term as SSA director. I am standing for reelection because I want to help implement the goals that SSA identified in our 2012 strategic planning process. SSA has been my favorite professional society since I discovered BSSA as a graduate student. The mission of SSA has not changed since the society was founded more than a century ago, but the world has changed. During my first term, we surveyed the SSA members and developed a draft strategic plan with an updated mission statement and vision that should serve us well into the next century. Our core purpose is to advance the understanding of earthquakes and seismic phenomena for the benefit of society. Our vision is for SSA to be the primary forum for the assembly, exchange, and dissemination of scientific knowledge essential for an earthquake-aware and safe world. Our core values include scientific excellence and integrity, international cooperation, science-based decisions, active engagement of the next generation of scientists, fostering of professional development of scientists and engineers, collaborative exchange of knowledge, and social engagement for public safety and resilience. If reelected, I will work toward preparing SSA for the next century and continue to serve our members.
James J. Mori
Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University
Principal fields: earthquake source studies, physical properties of faults, earthquake early warning, and volcano seismology
Research in seismology has always required international cooperation with the operation of worldwide networks and multinational projects to explore the structure of Earth. More recently, we have seen different aspects of international seismology, as single earthquakes cause damage in multiple countries and can affect the global economy. Also, research results and technical developments are rapidly transferred to many areas in the world. In this environment, the voices of seismologists have been evolving from just reporting scientific results into giving opinions on social and economic issues. I think that SSA can take a lead in these changing roles of its members. Working in California 12 years ago, things seemed simpler, and mainly promoting awareness of seismic hazards was the primary message. Recently, the issues seem much more complicated, or at least we have now actually experienced events and developments, some of which were previously only hypothetically discussed. We have seen huge earthquakes, huge tsunamis, human-induced earthquakes, and nuclear power plants directly affected by earthquakes, as well as technology that has enabled operational early warning systems and rapid satellite reconnaissance surveys. It is a time of international opportunities and challenges when earthquake professionals can guide us with scientific knowledge in social and economic development. Having emphasized the changing aspects of international seismology, I still think the main role of SSA should be in maintaining its well-respected journals, organizing annual meetings, and recognizing the accomplishments of its members through awards. SSA is an organization mainly of researchers, educators, and professionals working in earthquake-related fields, so it needs to continue these basic activities to uphold its reputation as the leading seismological organization in the United States.