2016 Call for Nominations

2016 Announcement and Call for Nominations

IRIS and SSA are pleased to announce the 14th year of this jointly-sponsored annual national lecture series in seismology. The selection committee seeks nominations from the seismological community for two lecturers for 2016. The general goal of the program is to increase the general public's awareness of the relevance of seismology through increased exposure. Information on past speakers and their presentations is available for past years.


Each of the two lectures will be given at three to five times to general public audiences at museums, universities or other public venues with target audiences of 200 or more. The general scope of the research presented must have clear and acknowledged tie-ins to SSA and IRIS. Lecturers must be resident in the US during 2016.


Venues will be arranged by IRIS and SSA. IRIS Education and Outreach and SSA will cover costs and assist with presentation, preparation, travel and other expenses. Lecturers will be honored by SSA and by IRIS with a plaque and a honorarium of $1000. The lectures will be promoted and reported through IRIS and SSA publications and the general media. When possible, IRIS and SSA outreach materials will accompany the lecturer engagements.

Ownership and Attribution

Presentation materials will be made available to IRIS and SSA for open distribution to members and other interested parties through the IRIS Education and Outreach and/or SSA websites and elsewhere.

Lectures will be prepared and presented in PowerPoint or a similar electronic medium. IRIS and/or SSA may choose to videotape some lectures subject to venue constraints. IRIS will assist in final preparation to ensure appropriate attributions and format.


Nominations must include a vision statement, including a specific description of how the proposed presentation will fulfill the outreach goals of the lectureship program. Past experience and perspective on successfully communicating seismological ideas to large public audiences are desirable. Self-nominations are encouraged. The selection committee will vet the nominations and forward recommendations to the IRIS and SSA Board of Directors for final approval in spring of 2015. For full consideration, nominations must be received by Friday, February 27, 2015.

Nominations should be emailed (with subject line: "Distinguished Lectureship Nomination"), and questions should be addressed to:

Perle Dorr
IRIS Consortium
1200 New York Avenue NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 682-2220