Events During the Annual Meeting

SSA Annual Business Luncheon and Awards Ceremony
Come honor your colleagues! The luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, 18 April 2017.

More Poster Time!
We listened to you and have planned more time for you to engage in conversation and view posters presentations. Look for “Pint and Poster” hours each day.

Town Hall Meeting
On Monday, 17 April, 6:30–8 p.m., the Seismological Society of America will hold a Town Hall Meeting titled “Human-Induced Earthquakes: Come Meet the Experts.” This is open to the public and will feature an overview presentation on the subject, accompanied by a panel discussion headed by three experts:

  1. Justin Rubinstein, U.S. Geological Survey
  2. Stuart Ellsworth, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
  3. Julie Shemeta, MEQ Geo

President’s Address
James J. Mori will present the President’s Address at the Annual Luncheon on Tuesday, 18 April 2017. The President’s Address is titled “Perspective from Abroad.”

Ignite Talks
Ignite talks are quick, five-minute presentations of 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds. A special evening plenary of Ignite Talks on Tuesday, 18 April 2017, promises fun and thought-provoking ideas, drawn from the range of sessions at this year’s meeting.

Mentoring Breakfast for Students and Early-Career Attendees (Register at Registration Desk)
Enjoy breakfast and conversation with seasoned professionals on a variety of topics. Wednesday, 19 April from 7:00 to 8:15AM.

Courtesy Colorado Office of the Governor

Public Policy Luncheon
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 SSA Annual Meeting’s Public Policy Luncheon, scheduled for 12 noon CT on 19 April, at the Sheraton Downtown Denver.

Governor Hickenlooper is a former geologist and entrepreneur, who recently added “author” to his resume with the publication of his memoir, The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics. Hickenlooper served two terms as Denver mayor from 2003 to 2011, and was named one of the country’s top mayors by Time magazine in 2005. He was inaugurated as the 42nd Colorado governor in 2011, and was reelected to the office in 2014. Hickenlooper is the first geologist to become governor in the United States.

“Governor Hickenlooper brings the remarkable perspective of a geoscientist, businessman, and big city Mayor to the leadership our state, including promoting and pursuing policies to jointly ensure both a strong economy and a healthy environmental future,” said Richard Aster, a professor of geophysics and head of the Geosciences Department at Colorado State University.

The 2017 annual meeting is expected to be the largest gathering in the Society’s history, with more than 800 earthquake and other Earth scientists and educators from government, industry and academia expected to attend.

Joyner Lecture and Reception
The annual Joyner Lecture focuses on the exchange of information at the interface of earthquake science and earthquake engineering. This year’s lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, 19 April 2017.

Panel Discussion: “That Poster Is Just Fine And So Are You: Maintaining Self-Confidence and Balance in the Uncertain World of Early Career Science”
Wednesday, 19 April from 8:00 – 9:30 PM

Do you worry that that one figure where the fit isn’t great is going to be the only thing anyone remembers about your poster? Do you feel like the two possible outcomes of that talk you’re giving next week are “Audience Member Points Out Problem In Slide 6, Resulting In Complete Disaster That Everyone In Attendance Will Forever Associate With You” and “Somehow No One Points Out Problem In Slide 6 But It’s Still All Wrong And They Probably Saw It”? Are you still kicking yourself over that conversation you had with your academic hero six years ago where you referenced the wrong paper? Does the idea of living a balanced life and doing things you like while at the same time somehow “winning” the academic “rat race?” seem impossible? If any of the above ring a bell, stop by for a panel discussion following the Joyner Reception. We’ll discuss the issues that many early career scientists face – impostor syndrome, anxiety about the next step and the future, work/life balance, you name it – and hear both from you (bring your beef!) and from a panel with a variety of useful perspectives on these topics. We’ll work towards awareness of these issues and towards ways that early career scientists can help themselves, and each other, work through them.