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MCEER was one of 20 exhibitors at the 5th Annual Earth Science Day at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Western New York on October 19, 2002. In spite of inclement weather, several hundred children and adults attended the event, which featured numerous displays, activities and demonstrations to highlight the role of the earth sciences in research, industry and policy. The MCEER exhibit, hosted by Andrea Dargush, offered hands-on activities and take-home materials illustrating the interaction between earth science and engineering in the study of earthquakes and earthquake-resistant design.
Earth Science Day is held at the culmination of National Earth Science Week, a nationwide initiative to educate the public about the role of earth science in daily life and its contributions to the advancement of science. Earth Science Week was established in 1998 by the American Geological Institute (AGI) to give students and citizens new opportunities to discover the earth sciences and to encourage stewardship of the earth. It highlights the important contributions that earth and environmental sciences make to society and invites the public to become engaged in current scientific exploration. Earth Science Week celebrations including field trips, contests, exhibits, school visits and open houses took place across the country and around the world. More than 150 museums, science centers, libraries and bookstores participated in this yearís events, with many national parks hosting special activities. This year, AGIís efforts to coordinate Earth Science Week were supported by generous grants from the USGS and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation. The Institute provides a public-outreach web site at http://www.earthscienceworld.org.