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Support your local student chapters to participate in the 2019 Seismic Design Competition in Vancouver

It is time to repeat our annual successful initiative to connect the local EERI student chapters that are participating in the annual Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition with potential sponsors to help support students for this year’s EERI Annual Meeting in Vancouver. Last year, EERI members donated nearly $500, and the chapter board matched the donations to provide $1,000 to support the teams.

The objective of the Seismic Design Competition (SDC) is to design, model and construct a cost-effective 16-29-story tall scaled balsa wood model building that can resist shake table testing with three ground motions of increasing intensity. Each year approximately 40 teams compete, representing universities across the globe. In addition to the performance of the model under ground shaking, the teams will be scored based on various other criteria, including the prediction of peak roof drift and acceleration based on computer modeling, the quality of their presentation and poster, and the building architecture. If you have ever attended an EERI Annual Meeting, you’ll remember the excitement the SDC adds to the event, and what a great experience this if for the students.

Three of the Northern California EERI student chapters, San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University, are planning to participate in the 2019 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition. Please read on to learn more about the teams, and we encourage you to contact the team contacts listed to make a (tax deductible!) donation. Donations large and small will support the teams that have worked so hard on designing and building the models.

To donate online, go here. Be sure to email Sonya Hollenbeck to specify that your donation should go to the Northern California Chapter Seismic Design Competition.

We look forward to growing these and other initiatives over the next few years, and make this one more way for the local EERI Student Chapters to get funding for participation in the seismic design competition.

San Francisco State Univerisity

Team contact: Alexandrea Ramiro

The SFSU Seismic Design team is proud to compete in the 2019 EERI SDC. Our Seismic Design team is a small, close-knit team all majoring in Civil Engineering. Our team is very close, and we have learned how to delegate work according to individual strengths. We capitalize on our strengths and designated leaders to help complete tasks such as computer modeling,
construction, and material testing. We have worked together this year to build two towers, and run ground motions on each to ensure we have the best model for the competition. We pride ourselves on the structural integrity of the tower as well as the ingenuity of the design itself. We are looking forward to being a strong contender in this year’s competition and to expand our knowledge by attending EERI workshops and functions at the event.

Our team consists of 5 undergraduate students who are looking to raise $2000 of our $8000 budget, as we are traveling and transporting our tower to Vancouver this year.

University of California, Berkeley

Team contact: Megan Vandervort

This year, the Cal Seismic Design Team welcomed the new challenges posed in the 2019 SDC Rules with innovative ideas. Our team’s 40 undergraduates dedicated to learning about structural design, analysis, and construction are all intrigued by the challenges earthquakes pose on structures. The team with students from a variety of majors acts as a resource for anyone interested in learning more technical material about earthquake engineering outside of the standard courses. Last year, the UC Berkeley team won the competition with the lightest building in competition history (.305 lbs), and also won the award for Best Seismic Performance.

Our team has dedicated an immense amount of time and energy in designing, testing, and improving our entry for the competition, as we prepare to travel to Vancouver, B.C. Our design proposal was in the top nine out of all submissions, and we are very excited to travel to Canada next week, present our design, and see how our building performs! We are looking to raise an additional $1000 to help cover the cost of sending 16 students internationally this year.


Team contact: Joel White

The Stanford Seismic Design Team is a small but determined and close-knit group. Members represent many diverse interests and academic studies ranging from civil engineering, architecture, and art practice. Everyone on the team works together in a concerted effort and has a voice in all aspects of our process from design through construction. Although everyone is somewhat a ‘jack of all trades,’ each member still specializes in certain tasks that best suit their skills and match their interests. This year’s design brief has certainly presented our team with unique challenges and pushed us to think more creatively. We are confident, however, that our dedicated time and effort has resulted in a final tower that will perform well at competition. We look forward to competing with other teams and appreciate the opportunity to be a part of a larger international community of students.

2018 EERI-NC Chapter Awards

This year’s Chapter Awards for Innovation and Exemplary Practice in Earthquake Risk Reduction go to Dr. Jack Boatwright and the EERI Public Policy and Advocacy Committee.

Jack in the field in 2012 at the Gilliam Cemetery near Sebastopol, consulting his notes on the impacts of the 1906 earthquake on the headstones in the cemetery.

Dr. John (Jack) Boatwright tirelessly served to improve seismic safety in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Throughout his career at the USGS in Menlo Park, Jack worked hard to bridge the gap from scientific discovery to risk reduction, forming productive partnerships with scientists, engineers and public officials at the local, regional and national levels who work to improve public safety and societal resilience. He was Northern California Coordinator for the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program. He ran the annual two-day Northern California earthquake workshop that shared the latest scientific understanding with community leaders, and dedicated the second day to practitioner-oriented topics. As Chief of the Earthquake Effects Project, he supported SPUR and ABAG in their efforts to translate scientific information and apply it to make San Francisco and the Bay Area more resilient.

Scientifically, Dr. Boatwright contributed understanding of shaking during largeearthquakes in the Bay Area. He extensively analyzed shaking intensity from the 1868 M6.8 earthquake on the Hayward Fault and the 1906 M7.9 earthquake on the San Andreas Fault. In 1989, Jack published the first map of shaking amplification for the City of San Francisco. He is known for recapturing the past events by investigating percentages of toppled tombstones in cemeteries in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Mendocino, Sonoma and Santa Cruz Counties.

As a resident of the city and county of San Francisco, his service went beyond his job toaid the city to develop policies to reduce seismic risk. He was concerned about northern California buildings and infrastructure. He was an active member of the City and County of San Francisco’s Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety committee that led to a groundbreaking 30-year Earthquake Safety Improvement Plan for San Francisco. After the Napa earthquake he maintained that we can’t stop the shaking, but we can build better.

Upon his passing, he will be missed for his support of the USGS HayWired scenario. As a member of the review panel, he brought his scientific and earthquake experience to bear, and he challenged new analyses of societal impacts because he cared. His presence will be missed whenever earthquake matters are being discussed in the Bay Area, and always as a treasured colleague and friend. We specifically want to acknowledge his peers, Stephen Hickman and Andrew Michael, who contributed to our appreciation and this description of Jack’s accomplishments.

One of the special missions and functions of EERI—something that distinguishes it from many other professional organizations—is the goal of bringing experts of different fields together to bridge the science-policy divide. That is no easy thing to do. Taking up that challenge, the EERI Public Policy and Advocacy Committee (PPAC) is at the core of EERI’s advocacy strategy.

The PPAC is a volunteer-led group that helps EERI members be more informed and involved in the regulatory and political aspects of earthquake risk reduction. Each month, ten to twenty EERI members convene by phone to discuss timely issues in earthquake and resilience policy. Participants bring news of policy developments in their own regions, or elevate policy-
relevant findings from their own professional vantage points that may be important to bring to the attention of civic leaders and the public. A majority—though importantly not all—are California-based. The agenda is dynamic, as is the group’s membership over time. Notably, the past four years have marked a renaissance of effort and achievement for the PPAC. In the opinion of the Northern California Chapter Board, the group’s efforts have surged and solidified, resulting in an impressive list of accomplishments and enhancements that deserve special recognition.

A pivotal moment was the convening of the EERI Policy & Advocacy Workshop in December 2015. Committee Chair Laura Samant and others wrote and were awarded an EERI Special Projects Grant to bring the committee together from across the country to Oakland for a day-long summit. Committee members wrote and debated nearly twenty potential policy positions, to address the following: What are the most important policy issues that need to be tackled to increase earthquake resilience? What should the position of EERI be on these issues and why?

The legacy of the workshop is a formal process through which the committee elevates policy topics of importance and makes recommendations to the EERI Board about the stance it should take and why. Each position statement is accompanied by a white paper that summarizes the evidence base behind the ideas; both documents are vetted in a multi-step, rigorous review and voting process. To date, PPAC members have produced six consensus policy position statements that the EERI Board has adopted. These address vital topics such as promoting confined masonry construction internationally, the need to eliminate URMs and nonstructural hazards in schools, and the importance of reliable lifeline structure systems, creating earthquake resilient communities, and reinvigorating the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. More position statements, about Earthquake Early Warning, housing, and other topics are forthcoming. The process of evaluating position statements has become an anchor for the group’s progress.

In the past two years, Co-Chairs Zahraa Saiyed and Chris Poland have sustained and even grown this momentum, and continued to lead the PPAC towards deeper and more impactful direct relationships with legislators. One notable example is the extensive back and forth effort with Senator Feinstein’s office to craft specific language for a NEHRP renewal authorization bill. Another is the convening of a weekly California legislative task group that engaged with state Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian to support several major pieces of earthquake legislation in 2018 (AB 2927, 2681, and 1857). These efforts not only forged important relationships and made an impact on the policy trajectory, but also raised EERI member capacity to be of assistance and the prominence of the organization. We also recognize the foundational work and increasing importance of EERI staff support, from Beki McKelvin and Zoe Yin in 2017 and 2018, that contributes to the PPAC’s accomplishments.

Ultimately, EERI Executive Director Heidi Tremayne puts it best: “The PPA committee epitomizes much of what I love about EERI—a large group of passionate, active members willing to speak up, pitch in, and use their expertise to achieve earthquake risk reduction. They are strategic thinkers, generous with their time, and boldly striving to be impactful in the policy arena. Their knowledge and dedication are invaluable to me, as a new executive director, and they elevate the entire Institute.”

2018 Election Results Announced

The 2018 election came to an end December 15, 2018. Chapter members elected three new Directors at-large and a Secretary/Treasurer.

We are happy to welcome Anne McLeod-Husley, Bruce Maison, Rob Olshansky, and Volkan Sevilgen to the Board. Anne, Bruce, and Rob were elected to the position of Director-at-large to serve a two-year term. Volkan was elected to the position of Secretary/Treasurer to serve a two-year term.  Outgoing President Sharyl Rabinovici will transition to the position of Past-President, which is a one-year term.

Congratulations to all elected board members and thank you to outgoing Directors Curt Haselton, Zahraa Saiyed, and John Egan for your tenure of service to the Chapter.

The board also thanks the nominating committee ofJeff Bond, David BonowitzJaniele Maffei (Chair), and all voting Chapter members!

See your complete 2019 Board of Directors here.

2018 Board Elections

It’s time again to vote for new EERI NC Board Members! Thank you in advance for casting your vote in this election.



Please complete the online ballot to cast your vote for the four (4) open positions on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Chapter of EERI. The open positions are for 3 Directors at-large and 1 Secretary/Treasurer.

The 2018 EERI NC Chapter election will only accept ballots submitted online. At the start of the election period, all current EERI NC Chapter members will receive an email with a link to the anonymous members-only online ballot. You must submit your online ballot by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

Election results will be announced by email and in person at the Annual Holiday Party to the membership by Thursday, December 20, 2018.


The following table summarizes the current and future Board positions.


Board of Directors

Board of Directors

President Sharyl Rabinovici Dana Brechwald
Past-President Sharyl Rabinovici
President-Elect Dana Brechwald
Secretary/Treasurer Dana Brechwald Open
Director Chiara McKenney Chiara McKenney
Director Anne Wein Anne Wein
Director Zahraa Saiyed Open
Director Mike Mieler Mike Mieler
Director John Egan Open
Director Curt Haselton Open



The Board would like to thank the Nominating Committee consisting of Jeff Bond, David Bonowitz, and Janiele Maffei (Chair) for proposing an excellent slate of Candidates for the Chapter’s consideration.

For the Office of Secretary/Treasurer:

  • Volkan Sevilgen

For the Office of Director at-large:

  • Anne McLeod-Husley
  • Bruce Maison
  • Rob Olshansky



If you have questions, please contact your Chapter Board at

Join/Learn/Participate in our March 28th Event


EERI Northern California Chapter presents:

 Personal Preparedness for Earthquake Professionals:

Stories and Insights from Experts at the Front Line

Wednesday, March 28 2018

ARUP San Francisco

560 Mission St # 700, San Francisco, CA 94105

 6:30pm Refreshments & Mingling

7:00-8:30pm Program

NEW: Spouses, business partners, and adult children are especially

welcomed and encouraged to attend!

Please RSVP by: March 23, 2018


The 2018 Chapter Theme: Raising Our Readiness

This year, the EERI NorCal Chapter is tying Chapter events to the theme of Raising Our Readiness for the next Bay Area big one. The goal is to help our members and the broader Bay Area resilience community in becoming more personally and professionally prepared to safely and confidently ride out, respond, aid, and learn during what will surely be a defining moment in our lives and careers.

 Personal Preparedness for Earthquake Professionals: Event Description

The first event in this series aims to open our eyes and open a dialog about what it means to “be ready” as an earthquake professional. A distinguished panel representing multiple perspectives will share thoughts about the role that personal preparedness played in their experiences with Bay Area disasters from Loma Prieta to the Oakland Firestorm to the recent Sonoma Fires.

Emergency preparedness for the earthquake professional goes way beyond Drop, Cover, and Hold On drills. In order to be able to perform essential services such as building inspections for private clients or the public, advise local first responders and elected officials, engage with the media, conduct research, or record ephemeral data, earthquake professionals must take many of the same preparedness steps as other members of the community. In doing so, we can better help the community understand the impacts of the disaster, prevent further damage where possible, communicate accurate information to the public, and serve as a steady presence in the face of such events.

Attendees will learn about appropriate steps to prepare themselves and their families in advance of a disaster, so they can perform at their best when a disaster strikes instead of being focused on personal and family safety. A half-day follow-up workshop (late spring) will allow Chapter members a hands-on, expert led opportunity to go deeper in their personal preparedness practice through activities such as assembling supplies and drafting a family emergency plan.

About the panelists:

  • Susan Piper, Former Assistant to Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, United Policyholders Board and Oakland Firesafe Council member


Sue Piper retired 5 years ago after an almost 50 year career in public relations and marketing—the last 8 years she served as a policy analyst to Council Member Jean Quan in the City of Oakland, and then as Mayor Quan’s Communications Manager. A survivor of the 1991 Oakland/Berkeley Hills Firestorm, she and her husband have dedicated the last 26 years to wildfire prevention and emergency preparedness. They created the Oakland Firestorm Memorial Garden and the Gateway Emergency Preparedness Exhibit Center under the Oakland Landscape Committee, and both served on the now sunset Oakland Wildfire Prevention Assessment District. Sue currently serves as the chair of the nonprofit Oakland Firesafe Council and as chair of United Policyholders, a national nonprofit consumer advocacy organization for disaster survivors dealing with their insurance before, during and after fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters.

  • Jennifer Lazo, Emergency Manager for City of Berkeley


Jennifer Lazo is an Emergency Services Coordinator in the City of Berkeley, and is responsible for emergency management planning and preparedness, focusing on people with disabilities and seniors.  Her work includes providing inclusive emergency planning and shelter training to City staff and the formation and management of BEACON, a network of organizations that work with people with disabilities and engage in disaster preparedness and planning.  She manages the Community Resilience Center program, which gives community organizations in the City of Berkeley the tools, resources, and training needed to serve as hubs for assistance and information during and following disasters.

She serves as the Vice Chair of the IAEM Emerging Technology Caucus, a Digital Volunteer Lead for the American Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region, an Earthquake Country Alliance Bay Area Coordinating Committee Chair, and the Co-President of the Alameda County Emergency Managers Association. Jennifer’s Master’s thesis at the University of Delaware was titled “Framing Disaster Planning for People with Disabilities: Analyzing the CALIF V. City of Los Angeles Lawsuit.”  As a graduate research assistant at the Disaster Research Center she worked on projects including studying nursing home disaster preparedness in Delaware, assisting in the development of the Community Resilience Index with Johns Hopkins University, and performing quick response research following Superstorm Sandy. ​

  • James Malley, S.E. Group Director and Senior Principal, Degenkolb Engineers


James O. Malley, S.E., is a Senior Principal with Degenkolb Engineers. He received both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Malley has over 30 years of experience in the seismic design, evaluation and rehabilitation of building structures, and is involved in the peer review of numerous tall building projects.  He was responsible for the analytical and testing investigations performed as part of the SAC Steel Project in response to the Northridge earthquake damage. Mr. Malley is Chair of the AISC Specifications Committee and the Past-Chair of the AISC Seismic Subcommittee. Jim has served as a member of the SEAONC and SEAOC Board of Directors, and was President of SEAONC in 2000-2001 and SEAOC in 2003-2004. He was named a SEAOC Fellow in 2007 and an Honorary Member of SEAONC in 2014. He also was a member of the Board of Directors of NCSEA, serving as President in 2010-1011. Mr. Malley was also a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of EERI and is presently a member of the Board of Directors of the Applied Technology Council.

2017 Election Results Announced

The 2017 election came to an end December 8, 2017. Chapter members elected three new Directors at-large and a President-Elect.

We are happy to welcome Mike Mieler, Chiara McKenney, and Curt Haselton to the Board. Mike, Chiara, and Curt were elected to the position of Director at-large to serve a two-year term. Current Secretary-Treasurer Dana Brechwald was elected to the position of President-Elect. This is a one-year term, followed by a two-year term as President and one-year term as Past-President

Congratulations to all elected board members and thank you to outgoing Past-President Betsy Matheison and Directors Jeff Bond, Ibbi Amulfti, and Gerry Brady for your tenure of service to the Chapter.

The board also thanks the nominating committee of Laurie Johnson, Laurence Kornfield, Ayse Hortascu, and all voting Chapter members!

See your complete 2018 Board of Directors here.

2017 EERI-NC Chapter Awards

This year’s Chapter Awards for Innovation and Exemplary Practice in Earthquake Risk Reduction go to Dr. Stephen Mahin and The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission for their Water System Improvement Program.

EERI-NC Chapter President Sharyl Rabinovici presents the Individual Award to Colin Mahin, Dr. Stephen Mahin’s son, accepting on his behalf.

Dr. Mahin has made exceptional contributions to the fields of earthquake engineering and performance-based design of structures by advancing understanding of structural behavior, innovating new experimental testing approaches using hybrid methods, and improving computational design methods.  As the Byron L. and Elvira E. Nishkian Professor of Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials at UC Berkeley, Steve has helped shape countless local careers through his mentorship and has contributed to the design of many buildings in the Bay Area and beyond.  He has contributed to innovation and idea sharing globally through relationship building with professionals all over the world, in places like Mexico, Japan, and Italy to name a few. As an international leader in the field of resilient structural design, Dr. Mahin has won numerous honors and awards, including the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Institute of Steel Construction and Japan Association for Earthquake Engineering.

Further attesting to his commitment to cross-disciplinary and synergistic efforts of resilience research, Dr. Mahin directed the NHERI Computational Modeling and Simulation Computation Center (SimCenter), a cloud-based computational modeling ecosystem for diverse multidisciplinary groups to work in tandem on solutions to complex problems in natural hazard engineering. Dr. Mahin also served as Director of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) from 2009 to 2015, where he most recently focused on the reliability and efficiency of power networks and electrical distribution infrastructures and creating cross-institutional dialogue amongst the research community.  

Dr. Mahin has been an outstanding asset and pillar in our earthquake engineering research community in the Bay Area. We particularly recognize his inexhaustible enthusiasm and unique ability to come up with creative solutions with a holistic, inclusive approach to problem-solving. He never hesitates to generously share his time and assistance with students, fellow researchers and practitioners, and public officials. His collaborative spirit has drawn in the social sciences to engineering research, as well as encouraged the presence and advocacy of women and minorities in the practice of engineering.

Sharyl presents the Organization Award to Terry Robertson, Assistant Metro Editor, accepting on behalf of the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Chronicle’s Editorial Board and Staff were chosen this year for their long history of attention to earthquake issues in our region and beyond.  Research shows that the more frequently people encounter risk information from trusted sources, the more likely they are to take action. Regional residents, businesses, and civic leaders need access to high quality, timely information that keeps the long term consequences of earthquakes on the mind. People furthermore need to hear about what is being and can be done now to make things better —plus regular nudges to pay attention and not let these opportunities slip by.  The Chronicle has made an impact on these challenges over the past ten years through:

  • Thought-provoking reporting on major California earthquake anniversaries and when local events strike, such as in Napa in 2014.
  • Consistent coverage of the scientific and policy developments and issues of the day, for instance, new research findings, the pitfalls and potential of homeowner earthquake insurance, and relevant implications of significant events abroad, including Japan, New Zealand, Mexico, Italy and elsewhere.
  • Helped the public understand the actions and outcomes of San Francisco’s Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety (CAPSS) project and subsequent ground-breaking Earthquake Safety Implementation Program (ESIP) from 2000 to present.

An important contribution of The Chronicle, given its roots and role in the ultra-wired Bay Area, was to take advantage of new opportunities for online information sharing. The Chronicle hosts a dedicated earthquake information page with resource links (, issues online bulletins on California earthquake occurrences over M2.5 (approximately weekly), and has over time featured multiple guides topreparedness, retrofitting, and insurance. Most recently, its “Survival” Guide Sunday pull-out, co-produced with the California Earthquake Authority, provided readers with a comprehensive yet practical A-to-Z primer on what it means to live and work in earthquake country and what can be done to understand and address your risks.

As a result of the above, the Bay Area community is more aware and prepared. Over time, many individuals associated with the Chronicle news organization — too many to name—have contributed to these efforts.

2017 Board Elections

It’s time again to vote for new EERI NC Board Members! Thank you in advance for casting your vote in this election.



Please complete the online ballot to cast your vote for the four (4) open positions on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Chapter of EERI. The open positions are for 3 Directors at-large and 1 President-Elect.

The 2017 EERI NC Chapter election will only accept ballots submitted online. At the start of the election period, all current EERI NC Chapter members will receive an email with a link to the anonymous members-only online ballot. You must submit your online ballot by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 5, 2017.

Election results will be announced by email and in person at the Annual Holiday Party to the membership by Wednesday, December 13, 2017.


The following table summarizes the current and future Board positions.


Board of Directors

Board of Directors

President Sharyl Rabinovici Sharyl Rabinovici
Past-President Betsy Matheison
President-Elect Open
Secretary/Treasurer Dana Brechwald Dana Brechwald
Director Jeff Bond Open
Director Anne Wein Anne Wein
Director Zahraa Saiyed Zahraa Saiyed
Director Ibbi Amulfti Open
Director Gerry Brady Open
Director John Egan John Egan



The Board would like to thank the Nominating Committee consisting of Laurie Johnson, Laurence Kornfield, and Ayse Hortascu for proposing an excellent slate of Candidates for the Chapter’s consideration.

For the Office of President-Elect:

  • Dana Brechwald

For the Office of Director at-large:

  • Chiara McKenney
  • Mike Mieler
  • Curt Hasleton



If you have questions, please contact your Chapter Board at

Nov.8 & 9 – Life Safety in the City: when there is more to life than not being crushed

In this distinguished lecture, Dr. Lucy Jones will address the benefits and complexities of organizing resilient cities, risk psychology, and a more resilient role of building codes in the event of natural disasters.
The Resilience by Design program adopted by the city of Los Angeles, to address earthquake vulnerabilities, brought together the earth science, earthquake engineering and public policy professions and worked with hundreds of community organizations to get approval for sweeping seismic resilience legislation. Since their inception, building codes have been based on a principle that safety is the only valid concern of government. The reality of a major earthquake is that the failure of a building impacts the whole community through economic disruption, population decreases, and cascading failures of engineered and social systems. This talk will explore a conceptual framework for creating a building code that reflects the realities of earthquake losses and the social dynamics of shared economic decisions.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Lucy Jones
RSVP now for Wednesday, November 8.
Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: EPICENTER (Please refer to here for detailed directions)
Cost: FREE for EERI NC Chapter members, Attendance limited RSVP now
RSVP/Registration Details: Email to RSVP

RSVP now for Thursday, November 9.
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: East Bay MUD Administration, 375 11th Street, Oakland, CA 94607-4240
Cost: FREE for EERI NC Chapter members and EBMUD employees
Attendance limited, RSVP now
RSVP/Registration Details: Email to RSVP

About Dr. Lucy Jones:
Dr. Lucy Jones is the founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, with a mission to foster the understanding and application of scientific information in the creation of more resilient communities. She is the author of the forthcoming book, The Big Ones (Doubleday, April 2018) and is also a Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech, a post she has held since 1984. Working with both the public and private sectors, Dr. Jones seeks to increase communities’ ability to adapt and be resilient to the dynamic changes of the world around them. The aim is to understand and communicate where the greatest vulnerabilities lie and what actions can be taken to reduce the risks that are the most cost-effective. Dr. Jones has been active in earthquake research for decades, furthering earthquake risk reduction through seismological research and integrated disaster scenarios.

Northern California Chapter Supports the March for Science!

EERI is Marching for Science!

The March for Science is an organized demonstration of “people who value science, science advocates, science educators, scientists, and concerned citizens” happening in Washington DC and in 425 satellite marches all around the world on Saturday, April 22.

EERI feels that the March for Science is an appropriate place to do our work, and plans to be visible among demonstrators at the Bay Area march in San Francisco with the support of the Northern California Chapter and the EERI Public Policy Committee.

Poster-Making Happy Hour at EERI HQ
EERI staff invites Northern California members to join them the night before for a Poster-making Happy Hour at EERI Headquarters in Oakland on Friday, April 21! RSVP HERE if you plan to attend.

See EERI’s official statement and links to resources in the latest edition of the Pulse!

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