In January 2002, the Executive Committees of SSA and the Incorporated Research Institutes for Seismology approved a jointly supported Distinguished Lectureship during the 2002–2003 academic year. This initiative represents a new aspect of collaboration in education and outreach efforts between the two organizations. The principal goal of the lectureship, under consideration to become an annual honor, is to enlist exceptional members of the seismological community to increase awareness of the relevance and scientific significance of seismology with the general public, the broader scientific community, and prospective future seismologists.

The 2002–2003 lectureship will support two speakers, each giving several presentations to...

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