Workshop Announcement

Teacher Seminar on Earthquake Information Resources

by Andrea Dargush

A major element of NCEER's mission is to further understanding about earthquakes at all levels - in academia, practice, government, and to the public-at-large. As part of this effort, NCEER targets pre-college students to promote better understanding of science concepts, stimulate interest in the science and engineering disciplines, and instill an appreciation for the impact natural disasters can have on our culture, social structure and economy. Each year, NCEER staff responds to numerous requests for information about earthquakes and engineering from both students and teachers. Access is key, and NCEER works continually to make the extensive range of earthquake information resources more widely known and accessible.

NCEER is offering its second annual Seminar on Earthquake Information Resources, an in-service program for teachers of grades 7-12, who plan to include earthquakes in classroom instruction. Led by NCEER and university professionals, the program relates fundamental natural science concepts in an earthquake framework, paired with complimentary lesson plan activities, guides to traditional and electronic information resources, and hands-on tours of web-based earthquake information sites.

The program will be held Saturday, October 25, 1997, at the University at Buffalo. A nominal fee covers the costs of information packets, activity plans, computer tutorials and refreshments. Pre-registration is strongly advised. Educators from beyond a 120 mile radius of Buffalo may be eligible for a limited number of mini scholarships. Contact Andrea Dargush at NCEER to pre-register or for additional information; phone: (716) 645-3391; fax: (716) 645-3399, email:

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