The AEG/GSA Jahns Lecturer, Dr. Scott Burns, Professor of Geology from Portland State, will be presenting on “Engineering Geology Challenges on the Cascadia Margin, Pacific Northwest, USA”. The event will be on Monday, March 19th in Mines & Metallurgy Bldg from 1:45 to 3 pm. This is the first day of classes after spring break, so we should all be back in town.
Cascadia Subduction Zone (USGS 2012, http://earthquake.usgs.gov/research/structure/crust/cascadia.php)
Abstract: In the Pacific Northwest of the United States, the Juan de Fuca plate is being subducted under the North American Plate at the Cascadia Subduction Zone. The lecture will discuss the hazards of and the preparedness for ground shaking, liquefaction, landslides and tsunamis along the subduction zone. What are the differences of recurrence intervals for large earthquakes on the northern and southern margins? Much of the region was not thought to be an earthquake region so earthquake building standards are fairly recent. How does the chance of crustal, plate and subduction quakes affect building codes, emergency preparedness, siting of critical facilities, building of bridges, and transportation corridors in the region? What have we learned from recent subduction quakes around the world that can be applied to the Pacific Northwest? What can the region expect after a large quake?
Bio: Richard Jahns Award, 2011-2012
Scott F. Burns
Dr. Scott Burns has been named the 2011-2012 Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Engineering Geology. Scott is a Professor of Geology at Portland State University (PSU) where he specializes in environmental and engineering geology, soils, geomorphology, Quaternary Geology and terroir. He just finished his 21st year of teaching there and his 41st year of teaching at the university level (previous positions inSwitzerland,New Zealand,Washington,Colorado andLouisiana).
An author or co-author of two books, over 80 articles, and over 200 published abstracts, Scott has worked on research topics as diverse as landslide, debris flow, radon and earthquake hazard mapping, heavy metals and trace elements in soils, loess stratigraphy, slope stability, Missoula Floods, bio-geomorphology (pocket gophers, tree throw, and ants), alpine soil development, and terroir (relationship of geology, soils, climate and wine).
He was president of AEG (2002-2003) and vice president (North America) for IAEG (2006-2010). He has received the Public Service Award from GSA in 2011 and the Meritorious Service Award (2006) from the Engineering Geology Division (EGD) of Geological Society of America. He has been the Chair of the Engineering Geology Division and the Treasurer of the Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division (for 12 years) of GSA. Scott has been an Associate Dean, chair of departments and president of faculty senates at three different universities, and president of one of the largest and oldest Rotary clubs in the world. Scott has won many awards for outstanding teaching with the most significant being the Faculty Senate Chair Award at Louisiana Tech University in 1987, the Distinguished Faculty Award from the PSU Alumni Association in 2001, and the George Hoffmann Award from PSU in 2007. He actively helps local TV and radio stations and newspapers bring important geological news to the public.
He has B.S. and M.S. degrees fromStanfordUniversity, plus a Ph.D. from theUniversityofColorado. Scott holds registrations inOregon(RG and CEG) and a license in Washington (LG). Scott also is a consultant and an expert witness for law cases.
The Jahns lectureship, established in 1988, is sponsored by the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists and the GSA Engineering Geology Division. Its purpose is to provide funding for distinguished engineering geologists to present lectures at colleges and universities in order to increase awareness of students about careers in engineering geology. The lectureship is named in honor of Dr. Richard H. Jahns (1915-1983), an engineering geologist who had a diverse and distinguished career in academia, consulting and government.
The main talk being offered by Dr. Burns is “Urban Landslides – Challenges to Forensic Engineering Geologists”. Other talks can also be arranged: “Cataclysms on the Columbia, the Great Missoula Floods”; “Engineering Geology Challenges on the Cascadia Margin, Pacific Northwest, USA”, and “The Mystery of Terroir – the Relationship of Geology, Soils, and Climate to Wine”. To make arrangements for talks, please contact Scott directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-725-3389. Descriptions of the talks can be found on the AEG website (www.aegweb.org) and the GSA-Engineering Geology website (http://rock.geosociety.org/egd/index.html).