2024 Recipient

Harley M. Benz

Harley M. Benz, a former U.S. Geological Survey technical coordinator for the Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS) and the director of the USGS National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) is honored with the 2024 Frank Press Public Service Award. Benz is recognized for his work leading to profound improvements in how … Continue Reading »

2023 Recipient

Susan Hough

For her effective communication of science to the public and her work to establish and improve earthquake monitoring and hazard assessment worldwide, SSA honors Susan Hough with the 2023 Frank Press Public Service Award. Hough, a geophysicist and ground motions task leader at the U.S. Geological Survey, will receive the … Continue Reading »

2021 Recipient

Timothy Ahern

Ahern became the program manager for the IRIS Data Management Center shortly after IRIS was formed and later became director of data services for IRIS, serving in that position for nearly three decades. He ushered in a new collaborative, open-data approach to observational seismology worldwide that has improved hazard assessment … Continue Reading »

2020 Recipient

Christa von Hillebrandt-Andrade

Christa von Hillebrandt-Andrade, manager of the U.S. National Weather Service Caribbean Tsunami Program and former director of the Puerto Rico Seismic Network, received the Press Award for her work in developing real-time data acquisition systems, rapid response capabilities and pioneering public outreach and education efforts have had a profound impact … Continue Reading »

2019 Recipient

Brian Tucker

Brian Tucker, founder and former president of the nonprofit organization GeoHazards International, receives the Press Award for his efforts to make the world’s most vulnerable communities safer from earthquakes and other natural hazards. He and his colleagues in GeoHazards International brought together seismologists, geologists, engineers, sociologists and disaster managers to … Continue Reading »

2018 Recipient

Lucy Jones

Lucy Jones, founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, who served over three decades with the U.S. Geological Survey, is recognized for her significant and persistent contributions to earthquake safety and her generous work in sharing seismology research with the public “Lucy Jones has advanced public … Continue Reading »