2012 National Awards in Excellence

Awards were presented April 11, 2012, at the 2012 National Earthquake Conference Awards Luncheon in Memphis, Tennessee.

Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Western States Seismic Policy Council is pleased to announce that Dr. John L. Aho and Dr. Jonathan G. Price were awarded the 2012 WSSPC Lifetime Achievement Award in Earthquake Risk Reduction. WSSPC created the Award to recognize outstanding leaders in earthquake risk reduction. This person will have demonstrated throughout his or her career an extraordinary commitment, level of service, and contribution of the application of earthquake risk reduction to public policy.

JohnAho_CroppedDr. John L. Aho, Chairman of the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission, has been selected to receive the 2012 WSSPC Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his over thirty five years of service as a dedicated leader in earthquake engineering and seismic risk reduction policy.
John Aho Background Information   Press Release

JonPrice_CroppedDr. Jonathan G. Price, Nevada State Geologist and Director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, has been selected to receive the 2012 WSSPC Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his public policy advocacy and his indefatigable support of seismic safety in Nevada and across the nation.
Jon Price Background Information  Press Release

Overall Award in Excellence

Award Category: Outreach
Earthquake Country Alliance
Public Education Activities
Earthquake Country Alliance Information

Awards in Excellence

Award Category: Use of New Technology
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
ShakeMap® and Suite of Accompanying Programs
ShakeMap® Manual

Award Category: Research
Utah Geological Survey
Utah Earthquake Working Groups
Utah Earthquake Working Groups Information

Award Category:  Mitigation

Washington State Emergency Management Division, University of Washington, and Washington Department of Natural Resources

Project Safe Haven
Project Safe Haven Report: Tsunami Vertical Evacuation on the Washington Coast

Award Category:  Research

Washington State Emergency Management Division and Western Washington University Resilience Institute
Washington State Seismic Mitigation Policy Gap Analysis: A Cross-State Comparison