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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 24, Number 2, Fall/Winter 2010

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Volume 24, Number 2, Fall/Winter 2010

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MCEER Movers and Shakers

Whittaker Named Chair of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Department

Andrew Whittaker

Professor Andrew Whittaker was named Chair of the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo, for a three-year term. Whittaker also serves as the Director of UB’s Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (SEESL). He is President of the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering (CUREE); serves on the Management Council of MCEER; and is a member of the World Seismic Safety Initiative’s Board of Directors. His research interests include earthquake and blast engineering.

Hess Receives Fulbright Award

Daniel Hess

Daniel Hess

University at Buffalo faculty member and MCEER investigator Daniel Hess has received a Fulbright award for the 2010-11 academic year. Hess, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the School of Architecture and Planning, will teach and conduct research at Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia. His research focuses on interpreting how the built environment of cities (and the public policies that support this form) influences travel behavior.

Bruneau Wins Literary Award

Michel Bruneau

Michel Bruneau

Shaken Allegiances, the recently published work of fiction by Michel Bruneau, Professor, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering and Past Director of MCEER, University at Buffalo, has received the "Grand Prize, Second Place, Fiction" and "First Place, Regional Fiction" from the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards program. The book offers an original and entertaining view of the first 48 hours following a devastating earthquake on Montreal Island, on the eve of a referendum on Québec’s independence. For more information, visit

Frazier Places First in Buffalo Marathon

Amy Frazier

Amy Frazier

Amy Frazier, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography at the University at Buffalo, was the women’s winner of the Buffalo marathon this past summer. Amy crossed the finish line with a time of 3:09.52, after training for about seven months. The marathon, which was Amy's first, was held May 30, 2010. Amy is a key contributor to MCEER’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) project on the development of a framework for defining and measuring resilience at the community scale.