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NEES Community Update - September 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

We want to share with you a recent NSF information release on NEES2 Ops from Dr. George A. Hazelrigg, CMMI Deputy Division Director:

Subsequent to the review of proposals submitted under Program Solicitation NSF 13-537, George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Operations FY 2015-FY 2019 (NEES2 Ops), it is the decision of the National Science Foundation that no award will be made at this time. It is our intention that, over the next few months, we will develop an integrated plan for continued support of infrastructure for natural hazards research, including earthquake engineering research, and that this plan together with the appropriate solicitations will be issued at such times as may be appropriate.

At this time, NEEScomm and the NEES sites continue to be focused on the operational priorities of FY 2014 (Year 10 of NSF support for NEES Operations):

  1. Safety at the sites,
  2. Completion of all NEES research project testing at the sites by September 30, 2014,
  3. Uploading of experimental data and the curation of experiments and projects in the Project Warehouse.

The end of the current Cooperative Agreement for NEES Operations entered into between NSF and Purdue is September 30, 2014. We want to reiterate our appreciation for your valuable contributions to the success of NEES, and will keep you informed of any future developments.

Julio Ramirez
NEES Chief Officer and NEEScomm Center Director

Site, project curation status now available in real time

The site schedule curation page, a new feature of the Project Warehouse, now offers a real-time view of site and project curation status. The feature provides site managers and PIs with the latest information on their projects.

On the left side of the page, under each site name, click "Curation status" to view a list of site projects and project status. For any given project, click "View details" to see its curation status across all testing sites. Yes, it is a very sweet feature. Hats off to the NEEScomm IT team!


Plans to publish 10NCEE papers on the NEEShub

For next year's 10NCEE July meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, NEEScomm and the 10NCEE Technical Program Committee are planning to provide full access to the research papers and posters presented.

For the first time, the NEEShub will concurrently publish all annual meeting papers. They will be fully searchable as formal academic publications and indexed for Google searches.

The 10NCEE call for abstracts has closed, but the list of earthquake engineering topics covered is still available on the 10NCEE website. Accepted papers must be submitted by November 1.


Young engineers connect with NEES on Facebook

Increasingly, the NEES Facebook page is a prime source of information about network happenings.  In the Facebook stream you'll find --

  • links to project testing video, such as the recent work underway at Lehigh and UIUC,
  • media alerts, such as a recent NSF piece on Dr. Saiid Saiidi’s work in shape-memory alloys,
  • selected earthquake engineering news, such as the appointment of Sharon Wood to head the University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering,
  • and updates on NEES REU student activities.

NEES Facebook statistics indicate that younger engineers find Facebook particularly useful. More than half of our Facebook followers are between the ages of 25 and 34.

If you already follow NEES at, fantastic!

Currently, NEES has 448 followers. We’re shooting for 500 by October 1.

Please encourage students and colleagues to visit the site and click the LIKE button!

Collaborators converge at UC Santa Barbara for fiber optic sensor testing

Earlier this month, researchers from the U of Wisconsin-Madison gathered at the NEES@Santa Barbara Garner Valley facility to test the "intelligent" fiber optic sensors recently installed there. Industry partner Silexa provided the sensors, which measure the true acoustic field by revealing the amplitude, frequency and phase along many kilometers of fiber. Two NEES@UCLA mobile shakers provided the ground motions.

The NSF project is called Fiber-Optic Strain Monitoring of Rock Masses. The PI is Herbert Wang of the University of Wisconsin. Test data will be made available on the NEEShub. Find details about the test here on the NEEShub.

NEES REU students to present at national conference

In October, a group of 2013 NEES REU students will present their work at the Conference of Research Experiences for Undergraduates Student Scholarship (CREUSS) in Arlington, Virginia. Five of the young researchers will join 180 other undergrads, from a variety of academic fields, nominated to submit their papers.

NEES EOT coordinator Alicia Lyman-Holt says the conference gives high-achieving students a taste of graduate student life. "We required them to submit abstracts as well as alternative funding proposals for their participation," she explained. "They are very excited about being nominated."

Students Taylor Valencia and Ariel Ward will present work from their summer at Georgia Tech. Laura Rendos will present on the cold-formed steel project that tested this summer at NEES@Buffalo. Alexandria Julius will present findings from her summer at NEES@UC Santa Barbara. And Ryan Holmes will discuss his work on lead-rubber bearings, done at NEES@Reno.

Ms. Lyman-Holt also will be presenting at the conference. Her poster will cover effective ways to divide geographically dispersed REU students into teams that engage and collaborate  — another important skill for modern academics to master.



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