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Featured Articles: Summer 2005

MCEER teams investigated the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. New industrial consortium investigates seismic behavior of restraint and isolation systems for equipment. Lloyd Wolf, Texas DOT, was a presenter at the Accelerated Bridge Construction Seminar. UB undergrad Tom Liebner investigated passive fluid dampers.

The Summer 2005 issue features MCEER’s reconnaissance following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. The MCEER research team had a first-hand look at the severity of the hurricane’s impact on people, property and the Gulf Coast environment. Preliminary reports by the team are available online, and the route taken by the remote sensing team has been integrated with Google Earth. Three teams visited the area between September 6 and October 22, 2005.

In other news, New Jersey and Alaska DOTs show how they are using the Recommended LRFD Guidelines. A new FHWA research effort, focused on multi-hazard protection of bridges is underway, and as part of this effort, a continuing education seminar/webcast on Accelerated Bridge Construction was held. A review of the Third International Workshop on Remote Sensing for Disaster Response, held in Chiba, Japan, which also had a multi-hazard focus, is provided.

News regarding the Strategic Partnerships Network includes the formation of an industrial consortium to investigate seismic behavior of restraint and isolation systems for equipment, funded by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the addition of Southern California Edison, Rutherford & Chekene, Trane and NGC Testing Services to the Network, and the addition of two agencies to the IAB, the New York State Emergency Management Office and the Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority.

Educational activities include a profile of UB mechanical engineering undergraduate student Tom Liebner, who worked with MCEER researchers on passive fluid dampers, reviews of the 2005 Field Mission to Greece and 2005 REU Symposium, and the FAMU team's second-place finish at the Second Annual Peer Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition.  Our student spotlight features UB's Gordon Warn.

The MCEER Movers & Shakers column congratulates Michael Constantinou, John Kulicki, Andrei Reinhorn, M. Shinozuka and ImageCat, Inc. for a variety of honors and awards. Regular columns on the Information Service and new publications are included, along with a call for papers for the 100th Anniversary Earthquake Conference, the Fifth National Seismic Conference on Bridges and Highways and an announcement regarding MCEER’s 2006 Annual Meeting.

 

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