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NEES Exhibiting at “Which Hazards Are in Your Backyard?” Showcase in Washington, D.C.



In light of National Preparedness Month and the recent East Coast hurricane and earthquake, NEES will be presenting an exhibit at the Congressional Hazards Research Showcase.  The event is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU).  Special guests include Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senator Bill Nelson, and Members and staff representing the Congressional Hazards Caucus.

This widely-attended showcase will feature presentations on hazard prediction and human response as well as more than 30 NSF-funded research, interactive exhibits.  The NEES exhibit will feature impressive video of a large-scale NEES experiment and a hands-on activity related to NEES laboratory research. The exhibitors will also be able to describe additional examples of the cutting-edge research underway at NEES.

The video shows a recent test on the NEES shake tables at the University of Nevada, Reno Harry Reid Laboratories. A 110-ft-long four-span bridge shook with simulated ground motions three times larger than the devastating 1994 Northridge earthquake. The bridge was built using pioneering quick construction methods, and its concrete piers were made with innovative connections and composite materials.

The hands-on activity will feature new devices that dissipate energy to reduce the motion of a building during an earthquake. The devices consist of fluid dampers that use a “smart” fluid, known as magnetorheological (MR) fluid, which changes in the presence of a magnetic field. The activity will use a mini shake table and controller to demonstrate how the special dampers work during a simulated earthquake. This exhibit features NEES research at the University of Nevada, Reno and at Purdue University.

The event will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Room 902 of the Senate Hart Office Building in Washington, D.C.

The website listed below provides more specific information.  Lunch will provided courtesy of the American Geophysical Union at noon on a first-come, first-served basis.  This event is free and open to the public. 

Please contact the NSF’s Office of Legislative and Public Affairs at 703-292-8070 if you have questions.

What:      Which Hazards Are in Your Backyard?  A Showcase of NSF-Funded Hazards Research
When:     10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where:    Room 902 of the Senate Hart Office Building