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SSA Supports Earthquake Preparedness in New Senate Bill

7 September 2017 - 
Through the work of our Government Relations Committee, SSA is supporting the Congressional reauthorization of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). NEHRP is the federal government’s coordinated long-term nationwide program to reduce risks to life and property resulting from earthquakes, and to facilitate social, economic and industrial recovery after a major earthquake.

On September 6, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced a bill to reauthorize NEHRP, co-sponsored by Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR). SSA strongly encourages Congress to act on the reauthorization of NEHRP and will continue to work with Sen. Feinstein and others to ensure the bill’s passage into law.

In addition to the SSA Board of Directors’ statement on reauthorization, the following letter of support was sent to Sen. Feinstein by SSA President-Elect Peter Shearer.

Seismology of the Americas – Call for Sessions

A joint international conference of the Latin American and Caribbean Seismological Commission (LACSC) and the Seismological Society of America (SSA) will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico on 23–26 April 2018.

The conference is the first joint meeting of SSA and LACSC, which is one of four Regional Commissions of the International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth Interior (IASPEI).

Deadline to submit session proposals: 2 October 2017

LACSC and SSA welcome the submission of proposals from across the fields of geotechnical and earthquake engineering, earthquake science and seismology. The Program Committee encourages all members of the seismological community to help make this joint meeting impactful by creating sessions related to their own cutting-edge research, methodology, and technology developments. To see examples of sessions from last year’s SSA meeting, visit the 2017 meeting website at

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Introducing: Seismo-gram

SSA's newsletter for all early-career scientists focused on advancing their careers.

Seismo-gram Issue One: 24 August 2017 – Tips on how to be a better paper reviewer from the 2017 SSA Annual Meeting workshop “Be a Better Reviewer, Advance Your Career” taught by Roland Bürgmann (University of California, Berkeley), John Ebel (Boston College, founding editor-in-chief of SRL) and Brent Grocholski (Science); “Ask an Expert,” check out the advice from Michael West (University of Alaska, Fairbanks) on dealing with stress, career setbacks and grant/paper rejections; and Call for Sessions: Seismology of the Americas meeting.

Call for Papers: SRL Focus Section on Non-explosive Active Source Monitoring and Imaging

30 May 2017 – Seismological Research Letters (SRL) announces a Focus Section on “Non-explosive active source monitoring and imaging.” This SRL section will focus on new developments of non-explosive active sources, data processing, subsurface imaging and monitoring with non-explosive active sources, and their contribution to the advancement in earthquake, tectonic/volcanic, and environmental sciences as well as their social impacts.

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Call for Papers: BSSA Special Issue

Fifty Years after the 1967 Koyna Earthquake: Progress in our understanding of Reservoir Triggered Seismicity (RTS)  

Call for Papers: Deadline 1 December 2017 

4 May 2017--The Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (BSSA) is soliciting papers for a Special Issue on Reservoir Triggered Seismicity. December 10, 2017 marks 50 years since the 1967 magnitude 6.3 Koyna earthquake in western India, recognized as the world’s largest Reservoir Triggered Seismic (RTS) event.

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Letter to SSA Members on Executive Order

31 January 2017 -- In response to the 27 January 2017 White House Executive Order to ban travel to the U.S. from selected countries, SSA President Jim Mori sent this letter today to the SSA membership.

Dear Colleagues:

The 27 January Executive Order signed by President Trump, curtailing immigration and entry to the U.S. from seven countries, has impacted the scientific community as a whole, including the Seismological Society of America (SSA).  We are aware of the hardship this travel ban places on our foreign-born colleagues and students. In some instances the order may prevent attending a conference or returning to work or study in the U.S. from a visit to one's home country. The need for free and unfettered exchange of knowledge and ideas is in the best interests of every nation. Scientific advancement is best achieved when there is cooperation and collaboration among scientists. Restrictions on admitting properly screened and vetted scientists are contrary to this objective.

SSA is committed to working in conjunction with other scientific organizations to address this issue. It will seek to advise the Administration on the need for a balance between ensuring the continued ability of the U.S. to attract and work with global scientific talent and protecting national security. We are following the issue closely and will continue to provide you updates, especially as they relate to SSA activities such as our Annual Meeting.

We encourage SSA members in the U.S. to contact their senators and representatives to share how this Executive Order will impact or is already impacting their work, and to urge them to support measures that allow and enhance global scientific openness and inquiry.


James Mori, President

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Farzad Naeim to be Awarded the 2017 Bruce A. Bolt Medal

Farzad Naeim Bolt Medal Recipient 2017

17 January 2017 - Farzad Naeim (M. EERI, 1983), President of Farzad Naeim, Inc. and Adjunct Professor of Engineering at University of California, Irvine, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Bruce A. Bolt Medal. The Bruce Bolt Medal is awarded jointly by the Consortium of Strong Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS), the Seismological Society of America (SSA), and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) to recognize individuals worldwide whose accomplishments involve the promotion and use of strong-motion earthquake data and whose leadership in the transfer of scientific and engineering knowledge into practice or policy has led to improved seismic safety.

Learn more about Dr. Farzad Naeim and the Bruce A. Bolt Medal.

2017 SSA Election Results

9 January 2016 - 
Seismological Society of America held its election on January 6, 2017. 

Election America, Inc., tabulated and validated the votes of current members that were received by the deadline, 5 p.m. (Pacific) on January 6.

The following nominees for Director were elected to a three-year term beginning in April 2017:

  • Sergio E. Barrientos, National Seismological Center, University of Chile

  • Christine A. Goulet, Executive Science Director for Special Projects, Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), University of Southern California

  • Andy Michael, Research Geophysicist, U.S. Geological Survey

  • Katherine Scharer, Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey

Register for 2017 Annual Meeting

Registration is now open
for the 2017 SSA Annual Meeting, April 18-20, 2017, at the Sheraton Downtown in Denver, Colorado.

Consider participating in special events organized for the SSA community:

  • Monday, April 17: Two Pre-meeting workshops (registration required)
    —Probabilistic Seismic Hazards Assessment: from Basics to Induced Seismicity, 2 – 5 PM
    —Publishing: Be a Good Reviewer, Advance Your Career, 2:30 – 4:30 PM

The registration fee includes entry into all technical sessions, coffee breaks, luncheons, “Pint and Poster” hours, Ice Breaker reception and the Joyner lecture and reception, as well as the opportunity to register for field trips and pre-meeting workshops.

Learn more about the 2017 SSA Annual Meeting or visit the Registration Form.

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