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Nov 17 Lecture – Earthquake Mythbusters

Science at Cal Lecture Series

Earthquake Mythbusters

with Dr. Jennifer Strauss

Saturday November 17, 2018 at 11:00 AM
100 Genetics and Plant Biology, UC Berkeley

This lecture is presented in partnership with the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory

Get an overview on earthquake hazards in the Bay Area, some cool science the lab is working on to help increase knowledge and safety, and bust some common myths about earthquakes and preparedness. Also find out the latest news about the status of Shake Alert, the earthquake early warning system now being rolled out on the West Coast. The ShakeAlert system is being developed with public and private partners, which include: the U.S. Geological Survey, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the California Geological Survey, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, the University of Nevada Reno and Central Washington University.Working with industry affiliates, legislators, and scientists on bringing an EEW system to the state of California, Dr. Strauss routinely interfaces with emergency managers to build action plans and strategies for hazard mitigation given a small lead time for earthquake warning.

Shake Alert - Earthquake early warning system

 

Jennifer Strauss

Jennifer Strauss is scientific liaison for the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory and the head of the Lab’s Earthquake Research Affiliate Program, which fosters interactions between academic researchers and external partners interested in earthquake information services, including earthquake early warning (EEW) and novel technologies for geophysical research. Strauss is also the Northern California Regional Coordinator and Vice Chair of the Joint Committee for Communication, Education, and Outreach for the ShakeAlert EEW system.

She joined the lab in November 2012, after spending three years in the French Alps. She is a Physicist by training, with a research history in powder diffraction, x-ray crystallography, computer modeling, and ice sheet dynamics and radar altimetry studies on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. She has written publications and participated in many press interviews for print, radio, and TV science news—resulting in stories in Earth Magazine, Scientific American, SF Gate, Esquire, East Bay Express, Civil Engineering Magazine and appearances on ‘Faults and Seism’ Documentary MBC Korea, KIRO-TV Seattle, ABC7, CBC Canada, KRON 4, KQED, and KIQI.

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