The Seismological Society of America (SSA), originally organized in 1906 with 12 members (Howell 2002), has grown to roughly 2,000 members in 2007. The objectives of our society (reproduced in full inside the front cover of this issue) include the scientific investigation of earthquakes and promoting public safety in the face of earthquake hazards. The objectives are not directed to the United States in particular. The membership now represents 63 countries including the United States, as well as nearly every state of the United States. Annual meetings of the SSA, held in April of each year, attract roughly...

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