2nd TUESDAY of the month at 11:45 AM
The format for our meetings is that about noon the speaker begins the presentation, after being introduced by Bob Kirby. About half an hour later lunch is served, which doesn't stop the presentation. Questions for the speaker are during the presentation or after it, depending on the wishes of the speaker.
Lunch costs $12.00 and is served family style. There is no charge for showing up if you don't want to eat lunch.
Crowdsourced Earthquake Early Warnings
Earthquake early warning can reduce harm to people and infrastructure from earthquakes and tsunamis, but it has not been implemented in most high earthquake-risk regions because of prohibitive cost. Geophysicist Sarah Minson, formerly with the Caltech Seismological Laboratory, and now with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Menlo Park was the lead author of a study led by scientists at the USGS and published April 10 in the inaugural volume of the new AAAS journal Science Advances. The research found that the sensors in smartphones and similar devices could be used to build earthquake early warning systems.
Sarah, who has degrees in geophysics from UC Berkeley (B.A.) and the California Institute of Technology (M.S. and Ph.D.) was a post-doctoral researcher at Caltech while working on this study.
Sarah will give an overview of earthquake early warning systems, describe how the crowdsourced system works, and envision how this technology could serve regions of the world that cannot afford higher quality, but more expensive, conventional earthquake early warning systems, or could contribute to those systems.
March 7th, 2006 Gender
February 28th, 2006 Using
your voice to unleash the power of the internet.
December 13th, Ocean Restoration
November 15th, Biomimicry
October 18th, Growing
One's Own Sustainably in Russia
September 20th, Advances in Public Safety Technology
2005 Internet Powered Citizen Journalism
July 26th, 2005 The Growing E-Waste Crisis
2005 Scientists & Engineers in Labor Unions? -- Yes
June 28th, 2005 BART to San Jose?
June 14th, 2005 Water Privatization
May 31st, 2005 The History of Moffett Field
May 3rd, 2005 Earthquakes: Preparation and Prediction
April 5th, 2005 Clocks, Culture, Contrast
March 22nd, 2005
Challenging U. S. Human Rights Violations since 9/11
February 22nd, The Role of Information Technologies in Emerging Economies
February 8th, 2005 Empowering Lives in the Developing World Through Innovative Products
January 18th, 2005 The Space Elevator - Climbing the Sky
December 7th, 2004 The Coming Energy Famine
October 26th, 2004, The Science of Political Polling