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Innovation and Investment in Earthquake Safety: A Roundtable Discussion

Title: Innovation and Investment in Earthquake Safety: A Roundtable Discussion
Event Date: 8/11/2014 - 8/11/2014
Event Time: 10 am
Event End: 12 noon

Calit2 Building Auditorium, UC Irvine


Please join us for a special roundtable event, exploring “Innovation and Investment in Earthquake Safety with Special Guest Congressman Dana Rohrabacher.” This event is sponsored by the UC Irvine Program in Public Health and will cover a wide range of topics surrounding earthquake safety, including:


    Earthquake Forecasting

    Early Warning Systems

    Applications of NASA Technology

    Building Rating Systems

    Public/Private Innovation

Highlighted speakers include, U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (with an introduction by Vice Chancellor for Research John C. Hemminger), noted earthquake expert, Dr. Lucy Jones (often referred to as the “Earthquake Lady”) and Professor Thomas Heaton of Caltech who will discuss “ShakeAlert: The Earthquake Early Warning System.” Additional panelists include Professor David Jackson (UCLA), Dr. Andrea Donnellan (JPL), Paul Conway (CoreFirst) and Professor Lisa Grant Ludwig (UCI), who will also act as moderator.


10:00 Welcome and introduction, Prof Lisa Grant Ludwig (UCI), Moderator

10:03 UC Irvine Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. John Hemminger, introduces Congressman Rohrabacher, Vice Chair of House Science, Space and Technology (SST) Committee

10:05 Remarks by Congressman Rohrabacher regarding recent SST hearing on National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program, and related issues

10:20 Professor David Jackson (UCLA), Member National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council, “The Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast (UCERF)”

10:35 Dr. Andrea Donnellan (JPL), NASA Headquarters Program Area Co-Lead for Natural Disasters (2009-2010). ”NASA technology for earthquake studies, with an example from the March 28th La Habra earthquake”

10:50 Dr. Lucy Jones (USGS), Science Advisor for Risk Reduction, SAFRR Project “Protecting our economy from the impact of earthquakes”

11:05 Professor Thomas Heaton (Caltech), “ShakeAlert: earthquake early warning system”

11:20 Professor Lisa Grant Ludwig (UCI), Seismological Society of America President, “Would you eat here? A public health approach to rating buildings for earthquake safety”

11:35 Paul Conway (CoreFirst), “Drop–Cover –Hold or Move-to-safety? Low cost retrofit technology for unreinforced masonry buildings”

11:45  Q & A

12:00 p.m. Adjourn. Refreshments and networking


This event is sponsored by the UC Irvine Program in Public Health.


This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available for a fee in the nearby Anteater Parking Structure. Please budget 15-20 minutes to pay, park and walk to the Calit2 auditorium.