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.
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
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
- Friday, April 21: Three field trips (registration required)
—Geodynamics, Geophysics, and Geology of the Colorado Front Range
—Facilities Tour of NEIC, NOAA, and UNAVCO
—The Epicenter of Induced Seismicity: Rocky Mountain Arsenal
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.
29 December 2016 – This earthquake beneath the northern part of New Zealand’s South Island, in the transition from continental strike-slip faulting in the south to subduction in the north, was one of the largest earthquakes to strike New Zealand in historic times.
The earthquake caused extensive surface deformation as it ruptured a complex series of faults with up to 13 m of predominantly horizontal displacement, resulting in unprecedented opportunities to study the surface expression of a major fault rupture. Fault displacement and strong ground motions resulted in coastal uplift, a small tsunami, and tens of thousands of landslides. The complex spatial distribution of surface ruptures and displacements, the long duration of the earthquake, and the subsequent slow slip episode in the Hikurangi subduction zone raise questions about controls on coseismic and post-seismic strain accommodation in large earthquakes, and how slip is transferred between tectonic regimes.
We solicit papers on all aspects of the earthquake. Continue for more information about the special issue.
22 December 2016 – A record-setting 66 members applied for travel grants to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting. With the generous support of the SSA community, the Travel Grant Selection Committee awarded eighteen grants to support the participation of our European Seismological Commission, international and student members at the Annual Meeting in Denver, April 18-20, 2017.
Supported by the Kanamori Fund and Student Travel Fund, the grants waive the fee for registration and provide a cash stipend for travel expenses.
Continue for list of grant recipients.
30 November 2016 – SSA members may know Wilbur “Bill” Rinehart from an Annual Meeting, or the SSA booth at the American Geophysical Union meetings, or maybe from one of his dodecahedral world seismicity maps that graced museums, labs and classrooms for many years. Rinehart, a member since 1961, has been the unofficial historian of the Society for many decades.
And in that unofficial history, Rinehart is known for his generosity in funding the SSA Student Travel Fund, after the Society had celebrated its centennial year in 2006.
Learn more about Bill Rinehart and the student travel grant program he helped found.
Travel grants to attend the 2017 SSA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado are available to student SSA members, international SSA members and persons traveling from the European Seismological Commission member states. The grant application period is now open, and all applications are due 30 November 2016.