Many organizations are pausing during this transition year to a new century and a new millennium to review past achievements and to anticipate the future. This seems particularly appropriate for SSA, which was born in the early years of the twentieth century, and for the science of seismology, which has roots going back thousands of years. The founders of SSA were a small group of scientists, engineers, and officials who were spurred to take action to understand earthquakes and their effects on society by the (then) recent great earthquake in San Francisco in 1906. These founders were concerned about promoting...

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