Walter Mooney, U.S. Geological Survey

The Great Sumatran Earthquake and Tsunami

  • DINNER MEETING - Tuesday, June 7, 2005
  • Location: Stanford University

  • 5:30 PM-Wine Tasting: . . . Mitchell Bldg., first floor
  • 6:15 PM-Dinner: . . . Mitchell Bldg., first floor
  • 7:30 PM-Meeting: . . . Bloch Lecture Hall (Hewlett 201)

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    Map showing Bloch

    Anyone wishing to attend the lecture only is welcome at no cost.

    This will be the 373rd meeting since 1954

    photo of rail car washed off the tracks
    From Sri Lankan delegation

    Walter Mooney attended the China-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Workshop on Earthquake-generated Tsunami Warning that was held in Beijing on January 25-26. He came home with presentations made by people from the many other countries so he can show us illustrations you aren't apt to see elsewhere.

    About the Speaker

    Walter received his B.S. in Physics from Cornell University in 1973 and his Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Wisconsin in 1979.

    Research Seismologist, USGS, 1978-present
    Visitng Prof. Geophysics, Institut de Phys. Du Globe, Strasbourg, France, 2000
    Visiting Prof. Geophysics, Pierre et Marie Curie Univ., France, 1998
    Chief of the Branch of Seismology, USGS 1994-1997
    Consulting Prof. Geophysics, Stanford University, 1984-present
    Visiting Prof. Geophysics, University of Kiel, Germany, 1985
    Research Associate, University of Wisconsin, 1973-1978
    Visiting Research Associate, University of Karlsruhe, Germany, 1977

    American Geophysical Union (1973; Fellow 1996), Sigma Xi (1980), European Geophysical Union
    (1993), European Union of Geosciences (1994), Seismological Society of America and SSA Eastern
    Section (1973), American Association for the Advancement of Science (1997), Geological Society of
    America (1973; Fellow, 1987; Woollard Award for geophysical contributions to geological studies, 1995),
    Geological Society of London (Fellow, 2000), Royal Astronomical Society (U.K.) (Fellow, 2000).

    photo of Walter
    Walter Mooney

    Reservations: The preferred way to make reservations is simply to email Janice Sellers at by June 3, tell her you will attend, commit to pay, and bring your payment to the meeting. Janice always emails a confirmation; if you don't get one, assume email crashed yet again and email her a second time. A check made to "PGS" is preferred, payable at the meeting.

    If you want to pay in advance:

    Stanford faculty and students: Please make dinner reservations by June 3. Contact Dr. Juhn Liou via his mailbox (and leave check), Geological and Environmental Sciences Office, Geocorner - Bldg. 320 (Rm. 118). Make checks out to "PGS."

    All others, including faculty and students from other Bay Area universities and colleges and USGS: Please make dinner reservations by June 3. Contact Janice Sellers, at Seismological Society of America, 201 Plaza Professional Building, El Cerrito, CA 94530, phone (510) 559-1780. Send check made out to "PGS" to Janice.

    Dinner is $30.00. Includes wine (5:30 to 6:15 PM.) and dinner (6:15-7:30 PM.).

    For students from all universities and colleges, the dinner, including the social 3/4-hour, is $5.00 and is partially subsidized thanks to the School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University (Note, no-show reservations owe the full price).

    Doris, whose wonderful crew prepares our meals, asked that we let you know that people who are late RSVP'ing and people who show up without a reservation will be welcome but that they will be eating on paper plates with plastic utensils (food supply permitting).

    Dues for Academic Year 2004-2005 ($10.00) should be sent to Janice Sellers, Seismological Society of America, 201 Plaza Professional Building, El Cerrito, CA 94530. Janice's phone: (510) 559-1780.

    Officers: Cheryl Smith, President; Mike Diggles, Vice President; Vicki Langenheim, Secretary; Janice Sellers, Treasurer; Adina Paytan, Field-Trip Czarina

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    Date created: May 12, 2005
    Last modified: May 12, 2005
    Created by: Mike Diggles, Vice President, PGS.

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