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    EERI Newsletter, November 2010 Volume 44, Number 11

    Editor Mark YashinskyLFE Insert Editor Sarah NatheAssociate Editor Gerald BradyEditorial Assistant Eloise Gilland

    Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

    499 14th Street, Suite 320Oakland, California 94612-1934

    Phone: 510/451-0905Fax: 510/451-5411

    E-mail: eeri@eeri.orgWeb site:

    ISSN 0270-8337Reproduction with attribution is permitted.



    PRESIDENT Farzad Naeim

    PRESIDENT-ELECTL. Thomas Tobin

    VICE PRESIDENT Jack P. Moehle


    BOARD OF DIRECTORS William A. AndersonReginald DesRoches

    Marshall LewJoseph MaffeiJack P. MoehleFarzad Naeim

    Masayoshi NakashimaEllen M. Rathje



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    News of the Institute

    Online Registration for 2011 Annual MeetingRegistration and detailed program information for the 2011 EERI Annual Meeting will be available online by November 15 at The meet-ing will be held February 9-12, 2011, in La Jolla, California, just north of San Diego, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. With the theme of Earthquakes without Borders, the planning committee created a timely program that will deal with cross-border issues, present methods to mitigate the tsunami risk, and address the integration of research and practice, effective application of strong motion records, and lessons learned from the major earthquakes of 2010. Additionally, Saturday morning will feature two parallel technical ses-sions on geotechnical engineering and innovations in structural engineering. The program brochure will be mailed to all EERI members later this month. Post-Banquet Casino Night: Friday will come to a rousing conclusion with a post-banquet Casino Night. Not only will it offer a high-intensity network-ing and social opportunity for all, it will also help raise money for local student or-ganizations at UCSD and SDSU. Attention Undergraduates: We encourage academic and student members to let undergraduates know that the 8th Annual Undergradu-ate Seismic Design Com-petition will be held during the Annual Meeting (see the enclosed poster).

    Geisel Library at the University of California, San Diego (photo:

    Stephanie Chang Selected as 2011 EERI Distinguished LecturerStephanie Chang, professor in the College for Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, has been selected as EERIs 2011 Distinguished Lecturer. She will present her lecture for the first time in February 2011 during EERIs 63rd Annual Meeting in San Diego. Professor Chang has made numerous important

    contributions to the interdisciplinary field of disaster loss reduction. Her research encompasses the impacts of natural disasters on cities and regions, anticipating future disasters, and investigating strategies for reducing risk. At UBC, she is jointly appointed between the School of Community and Regional Planning and the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability. She holds a Can-ada Research Chair in Disaster Management and Urban Sustainability, and has recently served on the U.S. National Research Councils (NRC) Committee on Disaster Research in the Social Sciences, which resulted in the publication Facing Hazards and Stephanie Chang

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    EERI Newsletter, November 2010 Volume 44, Number 11

    News of the Institute

    Electronic Voting in EERI ElectionInstructions on how to cast your bal-lot electronically in the upcoming EERI Board of Directors election will be e-mailed to members, and will also be provided in the December Newsletter. Please check with your network administrator to make sure e-mail from EERI can get through. If you prefer to vote by paper ballot, e-mail Juliane Lane at no later than November 30, 2010, or call 510/451-0905. To ensure that we have your correct e-mail address on file, please take a moment to check your informa-tion in the online roster located in the EERI Members Access area of the website at (click under Member Access in the right column). If your e-mail address is not correct, go to the Roster Infor-mation Update section to make cor-rections.

    EERI Endowment Fund DonorsEERI would like to thank the donors to the Endowment Fund shown below and acknowledge their recent contributions. EERIs Endowment supports those innovative projects that ensure the Institutes continuing leadership in the earthquake engineering professions.

    $100-$199Linda BourqueDavid BreiholzGary ChristensonCraig ColeC. Terry DooleyCharles EadieJ. David FrostMelvyn GreenMichael HagertyThomas HanksJoe HollsteinJoseph MaffeiKenneth MarkMitsumasa MidorikawaJack MoehleUgo MorelliNaser MostaghelJean-Paul PinelliMineo Takayama

    Other AmountsSohrab EsfandiariJames GoltzCynthia HooverFrederick KrimgoldJoe LitehiserRonaldo LunaJaniele MaffeiScott MilesEduardo MirandaMajid Sarraf Solveig ThorvaldsdottirMishac Yegian and an anonymous donor

    $12,000Computers & Structures, Inc.$2,500.00I. M. Idriss$2,000KleinfelderKPFF Consulting Engineers$500John FilsonAnshel SchiffNabih Youssef$200-$499Mihran AgbabianJohn CoilChristine CurrieThomas HolzerStephen KadysiewskiRobert KennedyWoody Savage

    The EERI reconnaissance report on El Mayor Cucapah, Baja California earthquake of April 4, 2010 can be downloaded at no charge from the clearinghouse site by clicking on EERI Reports and Presentations NOW AVAILABLE. The page also contains links to the July Newsletter insert and videos from the earthquake briefing in San Diego. This report summarizes the obser-vations from initial reconnaissance by all groups and individuals coor-dinated by EERI. It emphasizes the effects of the earthquake on build-ings, transportation infrastructure, water and wastewater treatment systems, nonstructural aspects, some seismological aspects, agri-

    culture, and the initial economic im- pacts. This report complements the GEER report ( that emphasizes all significant seismological, fault rup-ture, ground motion, tectonic, geo-logic, and geotechnical aspects of the earthquake.One of the most significant features of El Mayor Cucapah earthquake was the occurrence of widespread liquefaction over almost the entire Mexicali Valley, BC. There was dif-ferential settlement of foundations leading to collapse or near collapse of hundreds of houses in Mexicali Valley. Liquefaction damaged exten-sive lengths of irrigation canals. Agriculture and consequently local and regional economies are se-

    verely affected by this damage. Despite the magnitude and intensity of ground shaking, there were only two fatalities, both in the Mexicali Valley, BC. Lessons from this earth-quake include the need to:1. develop and improve low-cost

    foundation systems for houses on liquefiable soil,

    2. improve the seismic design of water and wastewater treatment systems,

    3. improve the seismic design of nonstructural features of build-ings, particularly hospitals and schools,

    4. reduce economic impacts on agriculture.

    A hard copy of the report can be purchased online for $15 at

    Learning from Earthquakes

    EERI Baja California EQ Report Available

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    EERI Newsletter, November 2010 Volume 44, Number 11

    Twenty-two members of the EERI Student Leadership Council (SLC) convened October 9-10, 2010, in San Francisco for their annual re-treat. The SLC is comprised of grad-uate students representing 15 EERI student chapters throughout the US and Canada. The main roles of the SLC have been to increase student awareness of earthquake engineer-ing and to foster interaction among graduate students, young research-ers, faculty, and practitioners.

    To help achieve its goals and estab- lish a strong network, the SLC, un- der the leadership of co-presidents Ben Kosbab (Georgia Tech) and Andreas Stavridis (UC San Diego), organized three major events during the 2009-10 academic year, : The 7th Annual Seismic Design

    Competition (SDC) was held in February 2010 during the EERI Annual Meeting in San Francisco. More than 200 students from 22 universities brought the structures they designed, analyzed, and built to be tested on a shake table pro-vided by UC Davis.

    An international workshop for young researchers, professionals, and faculty was held in July 2010 in Toronto during the 9th US National/10th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering. Work-shop attendance exceeded expec-tations, as over 90 attendees from around the world participated in the technical and social programs.

    A workshop was held October 2009 in San Francisco in conjunc-tion with the PEER Annual Meet-ing. Thirty students from PEER- related institutions in Japan, China, and the U.S. discussed their re-search findings through presenta-tions and a poster session.

    The 2010 retreat, organized by Lisa Star (UCLA) in coordination with the 2009-2010 co-presidents, was generously sponsored by Comput-

    ers and Structures (CSI), an EERI Platinum Subscribing Member and a major sponsor of the SDC. CSI hosted a celebratory luncheon for the students at its Berkeley office. CSI President and CEO, Ashraf Habibullah welcomed the students warmly and gave an inspiring talk about the structural engineering profession. Students also had the opportunity to chat with other CSI staff and prominent EERI members, including Edward Wilson, professor emeritus at the University of Califor-nia, Berkeley.

    After the visit to CSI, the SLC mem