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Getting Published – Writing Papers, Working with Editors, Responding to Reviews

Learn what makes an excellent peer-reviewed paper and how to handle constructive—and not so constructive—reviews from those who know – editors at Science, SRL and BSSA. This free SSA workshop is geared toward students and early career seismologists but is open to all Annual Meeting attendees.

The workshop will include plenty of time to ask any and all questions, including specific questions about manuscripts under development. Lunch will be provided.

Time: Monday, 14 May 2018, Noon – 4 PM. The workshop is free to attendees, but RSVP is required.

The instructors are Roland Bürgmann of University of California, Berkeley, BSSA associate editor emeritus; John Ebel of Boston College, founding editor-in-chief of SRL; and Brent Grocholski of Science and editor of all seismology papers for the journal.

Probabilistic Seismic Hazards Assessment: Subduction Zone Sources and Borders

This year’s Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Assessment Workshop will explore both technical and political issues. The workshop will start with an examination of how to define and parameterize subduction zone sources, including the new Slab2 model of global subduction zones. Next, we will explore issues that arise when attempting to standardize seismic hazard assessments across national boundaries.

Time: Monday, 14 May 2018, 1 – 4 PM.

The instructors will include Gavin Hayes, Hugo Yepes and Julio Garcia-Pelaez. Gavin Hayes works at the USGS in Golden, Colorado, is the lead author of the Slab2 model and is a 2012 recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Hugo Yepes, director of the Instituto Geofísico at the National Polytechnic School in Quito, Ecuador, is responsible for the seismic hazard assessment in Ecuador and received SSA’s Frank Press Award for Public Service in 2010. For more than 15 years, Julio Garcia-Pelaez led national seismic hazard assessments in Cuba and surrounding areas before moving to Italy to work on European projects with the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS). He is now a Senior Hazard Scientist with the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) focusing on regional projects in Latin America.

Social Media: Not Just Kid Stuff!

In addition to the opportunities that social media platforms now provide to stay in touch with family and friends, and share cat pictures with the world, social media has become increasingly important for not only science communication, but also scientific research. Please join us for a hands-on seminar that will introduce and provide an opportunity to practice with several popular social media platforms. Everyone is welcome, regardless of career status: whether you are new to social media or familiar with platforms but interested to learn more about how they can be useful in your professional lives. Social media veterans Susan Hough, Emily Wolin and Julian Lozos will lead a 90-minute workshop that will give you the know-how to use the Annual Meeting as a productive practice ground for learning how to engage effectively on social media, whether Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or the tool of your choosing. Hands-on work and one-to-one training will help you develop your skills.

Time: Monday, 14 May 2018, 7:30 – 9 PM. The workshop is free to attendees, but RSVP is required.

ShakeMap Post-Meeting Workshop

The U. S. Geological Survey will host a workshop on ShakeMap on Friday, 18 May 2018 following the meeting. The workshop is aimed at ShakeMap operators, researchers and core users and will focus on the science and software underpinning ShakeMap Version 4, a major re-engineering of the entire ShakeMap system. Time will be set aside for discussion, feedback, strategizing and operations questions. Workshop attendees are also encouraged to share their ShakeMap-related examples, research, operations and needs during the SSA meeting at a related Special Session: ShakeMap-Related Research, Development, Operations and Applications.

Time: Friday, 18 May 2018, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM. There will be an optional social hour and dinner Friday evening. The workshop is free to attendees, but RSVP is recommended as space is limited.

The instructors are Eric Thompson, David Wald and Bruce Worden of the U. S. Geological Survey.

Aftershock Forecasting Post-Meeting Workshop

Software for making both spatial and temporal forecasts during aftershock sequences will be released by the U.S. Geological Survey during this workshop. The session will cover the statistics of aftershock behavior used in making these forecasts, the applications of aftershock forecasts in past earthquakes, and will include time to install, test, and learn how to run this software. For that purpose, participants are encouraged to bring a laptop with Java 8 (JRE) installed. This project was partially funded by a grant from the US Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and is aimed at providing countries who have not developed their own methods with the means of making their own forecasts.

Time: Friday, 18 May 2018, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM. The workshop is free to attendees, but RSVP is recommended as space is limited. Due to the goals of this project, priority will be given to attendees from the LACSC countries.

The instructors are Nicholas van der Elst, Jeanne Hardebeck, Sara McBride, Andrew Michael, and Morgan Page of the U. S. Geological Survey.