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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 24, Number 1, Spring 2010

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Volume 24, Number 1, Spring 2010

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Ultimate Scientists Club Visits MCEER

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Students from the Ultimate Scientists Club pose for a group photo during a visit to MCEER on October 25, 2009.

MCEER hosted a homeschool science group from the Rochester, NY area on October 25, 2009 for a combined lecture and demonstration on the core geophysical elements of earthquakes, the dangers from seismic disasters and the merits of earthquake engineering. The middle school students and their parents are participants in the Ultimate Scientists Club, mentored by Jeff Nidetz. The visit was suggested by a student who had read about the UB-NEES Equipment site in an issue of Popular Science.

The visit, hosted by Andrew McNeil of MCEER’s Information Service, included a presentation incorporating numerous photos detailing structural damage from past earthquakes and the archived test videos from the NEESWood Benchmark Shake Table Testing of a Full-Scale Two-Story Townhouse Woodframe Building performed at the University at Buffalo in November 2006. The students and their parent teachers had previously studied the basics of seismology and arrived with a host of questions concerning the work performed by MCEER.