I wish to thank you – the entire NEES community represented by NEES network staff, educators, professionals and researchers – for the passion with which you have dedicated your energies to reducing the effects of earthquakes and tsunamis on our built-environment. Indeed, your efforts have contributed to accelerate the pace of discovery and education focused on the creation of a more resilient society – which secures lives and livelihoods, and reduces economic loss.
We recognize that there is a need to maintain the momentum gained in the 10-years of NEES operations and research as there is much more work left to be done. The next phase in the evolution of NEES and of our collective research effort supported by NSF will take place under Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) awards announced in NSF 14-605: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14605/nsf14605.htm
These awards include earthquake, wind and RAPID facilities; a simulation center; a cyberinfrastructure; and a national coordinating office. The awards are expected to be in place by Summer-Fall 2015; and in this regard, I would like to share with you a few important items related to NEES that may impact your future activities.
1. Cyberinfrastructure continuity. As I indicated in the August Update, NSF has extended the current NEES award to maintain cyberinfrastructure operations without new developments and to transition it to the NHERI cyberinfrastructure awardee by May 31, 2015.
2. EOT resources. As you know, the NEES education, outreach and training efforts have been phenomenal. Curricula developed by NEES educators and researchers have taught thousands of people – K-12 students, college students, and practicing engineers – about earthquake and tsunami mitigation. Fortunately, the NEEShub website provides many of these educational resources, from lesson plans to research-to-practice webinars. Find these valuable tools in the NEESAcademy.
The staff at NEEScomm are working hard to safeguard the valuable, reusable information developed by educators and researchers entrusted to us by NSF in 2009 and added to date, so that the data remains available for the next stage of disaster mitigation research – which will include protecting society from multi-hazards.
Future communications. As we enter the period of our extension beyond September 30, 2014 and until closing of the award, we intend to stay in communication with all of you to share important information that may impact your activities in this area.
In addition, we’ll continue to send out periodic email announcements to the NEES network list. We will share updates on topics such as REU student advances, NEEShub and Project Warehouse announcements, and of course news about the NEES-to-NHERI transition.
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