Seismological Society of America Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech Eastern Section - Seismological Society of America

84th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Section
of the Seismological Society of America

The Inn at Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia

October 28 – 30, 2012

Conference Convenor
Martin Chapman
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Department of Geosciences
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, Virginia, 24061 USA
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Meeting Summary

Blacksburg was less affected by Super Storm Sandy than other parts of the East Coast: a dusting of snow and high winds. However, some attendees experienced difficulties in travelling to or from the meeting.

  • The total number of registrants was 65.

  • The total number of presentations in the program was 52, including 39 oral presentations and 13 posters. (Of these, one oral presentation and one poster were cancelled).

  • There were 23 student presentations:

    • Awards for the best oral presentations were given to Philip Martin (Department of Environmental, Earth and Geospatial Sciences, North Carolina Central University) and Akhter Hossain (Glenn Department of Civil Engineering, Clemson University).

    • The recipient of the award for best student poster presentation was Kevin Foster (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech).

  • At the Dinner Banquet on October 29:

    • The 2012 Jesuit Seismological Association Award was presented to Dr. Robert Youngs, Principal Engineer with AMEC Environment and Infrastructure, Inc., for his work in developing and improving seismic hazard assessment methods and contributions to the seismology of eastern North America.

    • The Dinner Banquet Speaker was Professor James R. Martin, Jr. (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech).

    • 29 peope went on the field trip on Sunday, October 28: Ancient Faults, Groundwater Flow and Intraplate Earthquakes in the Roanoke Valley, led by W.S. Henika and M.C. Chapman

  • Photos from the field trip and meeting