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NEES Community Update - October 2013

Research News

In The Network

Outreach News

Upcoming Events & Deadlines


November 1
Deadline for submitting accepted papers to 10NCEE

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December 11
Planning meeting for NEES/E-Defense Collaborative Earthquake Engineering Research Program

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Director's Letter

Important Network News

The recent 16-day government shutdown fortunately did not significantly affect operations in NEES. Laboratory managers report that projects are still on schedule, and raw data uploads to the NEES central data repository are still happening upon experiment completion. NEEScomm and the NEES sites continue to be focused on site safety and the completion of project testing by September 30, 2014.

With the deadline of September 30, 2014, it is critical for equipment sites to stay on schedule while keeping safety as the highest priority. Constant communication between researcher and the site manager also is essential to mitigate the risk of a schedule slip. NEEScomm Site Operations Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is ready to support researchers and site managers in this important task.

Finally, please peruse the fantastic 2013 REU posters and a sampling of video interviews with this year’s cohort of REU students. You will meet some fantastic future graduate students in earthquake engineering. This is also a perfect opportunity to recognize the great work by the sites and the researchers hosting this year’s REU students and professors.  And of course, many thanks to the NEES Education, Outreach and Training team Thalia Anagnos, Sean Brophy and Alicia Lyman-Holt for coordinating and implementing this program which, without a doubt, has become the signature educational effort of NEES.


Julio Ramirez
NEES Chief Officer and NEEScomm Center Director

Take 10 for safety

Do you know the two main types of falls in the workplace?*

If not, it's time to take 10 minutes and complete one of the eight NEES Safety Training Courses. Researchers as well as equipment site staff will benefit from these short but information-packed sessions.

Anyone with a NEEShub login can take the courses, which are available on the NEEShub under Learning and Outreach, Continuing Education. Or you can click here and bookmark the page for future reference.

*Nope, we won't tell. Take the How to Avoid Slips, Trips and Falls training to find out...


Enticements to attend the 10NCEE in Anchorage

Next year's NEES annual meeting is held within the Tenth National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (10NCEE). The conference, which takes place in Anchorage, Alaska, commemorates the 40-year anniversary of the 1964 M9.2 Great Alaska Earthquake. Attendees are in for some breathtaking experiences while visiting this exotic part of the world.

The 10NCEE planning committee is proposing several extra-curricular field trips into the Alaskan landscape to examine active faults and damage from earthquakes and tsunamis. The committee also has prepared an informative Discover Alaska web page, which details the numerous Anchorage-area attractions, including fiord and glacier cruises, charter fishing, and numerous wildlife parks. Hope to see you there!

Don't forget: the deadline for accepted 10NCEE conference papers is November 1. Submit them here.

Data management training for structural engineers

It is essential for research engineers to be proficient in data management. Now, a short course in data management -- tailored specifically for structural engineers -- is available on the NEEShub. Developed by librarians at the University of Minnesota, the one-hour, 7-module course provides practical, timely advice for NEES faculty and engineering students.

The course provokes research engineers to consider things like data formats, file naming conventions, organization methods, and legal concerns with proprietary data. In addition, the course provides a template for preparing a data management plan -- useful for grant applications and research project protocols.

NEES Data Curator Standa Pejša was approached by the course developers, who were interested in integrating the training into the NEEShub and making it available to our users. "It'a a great, well-rounded tool," Pejša says. "It's very accessible and very useful. The course features the NEES Project Warehouse and demonstrates its suitability for earthquake engineering data management and research data preservation."

Find the Data Management course in the Hub's Learning & Outreach section, under Continuing Education. The course was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Science (IMLS) as part of the Data Information Literacy Project.

In-situ seismic testing of solid waste landfills

For the first time, researchers investigating the seismic stability of landfills have performed physical tests on landfill soils. NEES researchers from the U of Michigan and UCLA deployed the NEES@Texas mobile shakers to solid waste landfills in Arizona and California. The shakers applied a vertical static and a horizontal dynamic loading on the ground surface and subjected the waste to intense shaking. The project has generated reliable, reusable data on how waste responds to shaking levels expected in future major earthquakes. The data will be used by geotechnical practitioners to design safe solid waste landfills in the future. View an excellent 4-minute video overview of the tests. (Video prepared by U of Michigan Engineering &

The project is "Municipal Solid Waste Landfills and Seismic Risk Mitigation," and its resulting data are publicly available on the NEEShub. The research team includes Dimitrios Zekkos from the U of Michigan (PI), Mark Tufenkjian of UCLA (co-PI), and Neven Matasovic of Geosyntec Consultants (co-PI).


2013 NEES REU students: interviews on YouTube

Participating in this year's Quake Summit was the capstone event for this year's cohort of 36 NEES REU students hosted at 9 NEES equipment sites. The students created posters about their research projects and stood alongside NEES researchers in the ballroom poster session. The REU posters are available online, on the NEEShub.

We caught up with a handful of this year's REU students at Quake Summit to find out about their summer immersion in earthquake engineering and to hear their plans for their academic future. Click here to watch the short video interviews.




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