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NEEScomm Community Update

January 2012


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Month: January Date: 02/29/2012
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This month's update recaps the highlights from the last quarter that impacts our community and features Governance Board Member Mark Benthien recently honored by the White House.  You will also find details about the Annual Meeting and an important callout for abstracts.  We hope you like the new e-mail format and watch for further updates in the next coming months.

Above: This photo was taken at the National Discover Engineering Family Day in Washington D.C. on February 18, 2012.   NEES partnered with Howard University, Oregon State University and the National Science Foundation to provide students an opportunity to build a Lego structure and test it in the wave tank. 

Featured Items


Benthien Honored

Mark Benthien named a White House Chamampion of Change for ShakeOut work.


Project Warehouse

A powerful centralized data repository impacting our community.


Competition Update

Finalists have been announced and we are ready for the community to vote!


Quake Summit 2012

Details of the upcoming conference in July and Abstract Callout.

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NEES Governance Board Member Mark Benthien Honored by White House

A widely known earthquake preparedness drill called “ShakeOut” engaged more than 8 million people in October 2011. Mark Benthien, Director of Communication, Education and Outreach for the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) and executive director of the Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA) pioneered the popular drill in California to help people and organizations get better prepared for major earthquakes, and practice how to be protected when they happen. The successful program quickly spread to other earthquake-prone areas with other regions of the United States and other countries adopting the drill. The regional drills are coordinated online and take place in different months of the calendar year. Mark’s work was recently recognized by the White House and Mark was named a White House Champion of Change for his international work. Congratulations, Mark!

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ShakeOut Website

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NEEShub Project Warehouse Highlights

The Project Warehouse is at the center of NEEShub serving as the centralized data repository for sharing and publishing earthquake engineering research data. The data in the Project Warehouse are associated with research projects funded by a variety of agencies and include experiments performed at NEES and non-NEES equipment sites. Databases are a recent addition to the Project Warehouse. Databases on NEEShub were developed using Project Warehouse and external data. They are repositories of data, vetted by professional communities, and connected to original sources.

How does this impact you? With our large network and unique equipment available at each of the 14 locations, it is important to communicate to our growing community the data most recently curated and available on NEEShub. In addition, as projects continue to work towards completion, practitioners can better follow research and how it can impact their work. Six highlighted projects reported as of December 2011, which take advantage of data viewing within the NEEShub using the tool inDEED, are summarized here here.

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Ready-Set-Compete Update

In an effort to reward contributions from the NEES community to the NEEShub, we challenged all NEES community members to add content to NEEShub. The competition began on December 1, 2011 and ran through January 31, 2012. We are delighted to share with you that the challenge was met with a great response of 36 contributions and 11 of those were from first time contributors. The top finalists selected by a subset of the NEES community will be available for a general vote online starting March 1. The voting will take place on the NEES Facebook page. Category winners will be recognized on NEEShub in mid-March and at the annual meeting in Boston, July 9-12, 2012.

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Quake Summit 2012

The NEES Annual meeting (Quake Summit 2012) will be held July 10-12 overlapping and collocated with the CMMI Grantee Conference July 8-11 in Boston, MA. Quake Summit 2012 will feature nearly 100 technical oral presentations on Wednesday July 11 and Thursday July 12 by members of the academic and practicing communities. A poster session will be held on July 11. We also encourage you to attend and participate at the NEES committee meetings on July 10, 2012. The committee meetings scheduled include Site Managers Forum, the PAC committee, IT Managers, Simulation Steering Committee, RAAS Subcommittee, Equipment Site Forum, EOT Subcommittee, Site Operations, Cyber Infrastructure Subcommittee, Users Forum, Data & Curation Subcommittee, and the newly formed IT Manager forum.

Registration will open mid-March. Special note - new this year is that online registration deadlines are firm and will be shut off June 15, 2012. Be sure and register!

Abstract Callout: This is a reminder that the deadline for abstracts is today, February 29. Topics related to NEES research, operations, cyberinfrastructure, simulation, and education and outreach are needed. The technical committee is particularly interested in presentations related to use of NEES tools and data. Those interested in presenting, please submit the following information to by today so that the schedule and sessions can be finalized.

Thalia Anagnos (NEES EOT Co-Leader), Rajesh Thyagarajan (NEEScomm Software Engineer), Catherine French (NEES@Minnesota), Sandy Seale (NEES@UCSB), Shakhzod Takhirov (NEES@Berkeley Site Manager), Lesley H. Sneed (Missouri S&T), Narutoshi Nakata ( Johns Hopkins), Pedro Arduino (University of Washington), Dawn E. Weisman (NEES IT Director), Juan Caicedo ( University South Carolina), Rachelle Howell (University of Texas), Patrick Lynett (University Southern California), Laurie Baise (Tufts University),Pamela McClure (NEESComm Instructional Designer), Keith Adams (NEES EOT Director)

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