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  • May 6, 2016Lucy conference
    Lucy Jones Receives 2016 WSSPC Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) has announced Dr. Lucy Jones as the recipient of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award, to be presented at the 2016 National Earthquake Conference on May 5th at the Hilton in Long Beach, California. The award recognizes for Lucy’s outstanding research contributions, scientific leadership, and novel approaches to earthquake communication and risk reduction through interdisciplinary partnerships and scenario development.

  • March 7-9, 2016Lucy conference
    Lucy Jones Presents Session for 2016 International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference

    Dr. Lucy Jones participated in the 2016 International Crisis and Risk Communication (ICRC) conference in Orlando, Florida March 7-9, co-presenting a session together with Egill Hauksson (Caltech) titled “Delivering and Interpreting Earthquake Information during Crises and Peacetime.” The session debunked myths and misunderstanding of earthquakes and discussed ways in which more effective communication techniques, and perhaps earthquake early warning technology, may help move toward addressing such misunderstandings.

  • March 3, 2016USGS Circular cover
    Newly Published: USGS Circular “Get Your Science Used - Six Guidelines to Improve Your Products”

    The USGS Circular “Get Your Science Used--Six Guidelines to Improve Your Products” has now been published. Ideas for the circular began with efforts in summer 2014 to address how to broaden the understanding and use of the USGS National Seismic Hazard Maps, plus gather communication insights to be applied to other scientific products. The circular embodies the collective work by SAFRR’s Cadre of Relevant Experts (CORE), a team of revolving experts and practitioners from across a range of disciplines, through a series of workshops and collaborations led by SAFRR’s Sue Perry. The publication is now available in hopes that it will be a valuable tool to help improve the use and understanding of USGS science.

  • January 26, 2016
    USGS Participates in Cascadia Earthquake Tweet Chat

    On January 26th, the 316th anniversary of the Great Cascadia Earthquake, the USGS, FEMA, NOAA and regional planners took part in an effort to raise awareness in preparation for the Pacific Northwest's next big earthquake. Joan Gomberg and Kris Ludwig participated as subject matter experts for a 10 a.m. Twitter chat (hashtag #CascadiaEQ) involving an hour of Q&A about earthquakes and preparedness.

  • January 8, 2016
    Usability Testing for the National Seismic Hazard Maps

    Social scientists Dr. Christina Zarcadoolas and graduate student Wendy Vaughon of How to Health Literacy (H2HL) submitted a final report to the National Seismic Hazard Model Project (NSHMP), "NSHM Product Usability Testing - Public Map and Web Content". This report presents results and recommendations from a study conducted in fall 2015 with emergency managers and local officials around the nation. Some of the participants had familiarity with earthquake hazard through long careers, while others were new to the hazard because of induced seismicity. This study is the first deliverable in a 4-module contract, funded by SAFRR to improve the understanding and use of certain USGS hazard products (automated aftershock forecasts and the Flood Inundation Maps are upcoming contract modules). For this contract module, in addition to this report, H2HL will provide feedback on an upcoming NSHMP fact sheet and develop on-line tutorial materials for USGS scientists who want to learn how to conduct such usability tests themselves.

  • October 23, 2015
    Press Conference Kicks Off Pilot Project To Test ShakeAlert in Classrooms

    The USGS, City of Los Angeles mayor’s office, and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) have begun a collaborative pilot project to install and test the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning system in classrooms at the Eagle Rock High School. The project will provide both a science and technology educational opportunity for the school as well as a means to inform ShakeAlert system improvement based on feedback regarding functioning, understanding, and potential uses of the system in an educational setting. A press conference was held on October 23rd at 12:30 pm at Eagle Rock High School, where speakers included the LA Mayor, district officials, school officials, and Dr. Lucy Jones. See article: "Mayor Garcetti Announces First In The Nation Early Warning System Pilot At LAUSD School"; excerpt- ""We are looking forward to working with LAUSD to provide students the opportunity to learn about earthquakes, the hazards they create, and what they can do to reduce the risk," said Dr. Lucy Jones, USGS seismologist. "This pilot program will allow us to obtain feedback on the function and use of ShakeAlert within their classrooms in order help advance us towards the goal of issuing earthquake warnings throughout the west coast." (View LA Times article.)

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