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ATC-29-1 Seminar on Seismic Design, Retrofit and Performance of Nonstructural Components

The ATC-29-1 Seminar on Seismic Design, Retrofit and Performance of Nonstructural Components will be held January 22-23, 1998 in San Francisco. The seminar, supported by NCEER, will focus on architectural, electrical and mechanical components and their supports in buildings, hospitals and other essential facilities, and hazardous material and industrial facilities. Papers on the following topics are currently being solicited: code implementation issues, including qualification; observed or expected performance; analytical and experimental investigations; evaluation and retrofit strategies and guidelines; and case studies/examples for new or retrofit design. Abstracts should be submitted to: ATC-29- 1 Project, Applied Technology Council, 555 Twin Dolphin Dr., Suite 550, Redwood City, CA 94065, fax: (415) 593-2320. Abstracts are due by September 15, 1997.

US/PRC Meeting on Collaborative Research

Representatives of the U.S. and People's Republic of China will meet in San Francisco this September to discuss cooperative research between the two countries. Discussions will focus on determining common objectives under Annex III of the US/PRC Protocol for Scientific and Technical Cooperative Research in Earthquake Studies, Earthquake Engineering and Hazards Mitigation. Those interested in participating in this program are encouraged to submit a 1-page abstract to Dr. S.C. Liu, Prograrn Director, Civil & Mechanical Systems, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230; fax: (703) 306- 0291; e-mail: sliu@nsfgov Abstracts are due September 19,1997.

Fourth International Conference on Stochastic Structural Dynamics

The Fourth International Conference on Stochastic Structural Dynamics will be held August 6-8, 1998 at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana. Contributions from all areas of sto- chastic mechanics are welcome. For more information, contact Professor B. F. Spencer, Dept. of Civil Engineering and Geologi- cal Sciences, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556-0767; phone (219) 631-6247; fax: (219) 631-9236; email: spencer.l@nd.edu; WWW: http://www.nd.edu/-ssd98/. Abstracts are due December 15, 1997.

Second World Conference on Structural Control

The Second World Conference on Structural Control will take place June 28-July 1, 1998 in Kyoto, Japan. The workshop is organized by the Intenational Association for Structural Control and is spon- sored by the Science Council of Japan, the Architectural Institute of Japan, Japan Society for Civil Engineers, and Japan Society for Mechanical Engineers. Supporting organizations include the Ja- pan Society for Prornotion of Science and the U.S. National Science Foundation. Papers are welcome on a variety of topics related to structural control. For guidelines on submitting abstracts or for registration inforrnation, contact 2WCSC Steering Committee, c/o Professor Ahra Nishitani, Dept. of Architecture, Waseda Univer- sity, 34-1 Okubo, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169, Japan; phone/fax: +8 (1) 35286-3286; email: 2wcsc@nstn.arch.waseda.ac.jp. Abstracts are due October 15, 1997.


Summer Program in Japan

The Japanese Science and Technology Agency (STA) and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) have established a summer program for graduate students in Ph.D. programs, or those who have recently received Ph.D.'s, to spend eight weeks in Japan cooperating with either a national, corporate, or university research laboratory. The primary objective is to introduce U.S. participants to Japanese science and engineering in the context of a research laboratory, to provide them with an understanding of Japanese language, culture, and social systems, and to initiate personal relationships that will better prepare them to work with Japanese counterparts in the future. All expenses, including a $2,000 stipend, will be provided by NSF.

A similar program involving an eight week visit to university research laboratories has been established between the Ministry of Education (MOE) in Japan and the NSF.

The U.S. Panel on Structural Control Research is cooperating in organizing the summer of 1998 group of up to 20 students. The participants may attend the Second World Conference on Structural Control which will be held in Kyoto, Japan (see page 23). For more information, contact or Professor Sami Masri, phone: (213) 740-0602; or e-mail: masri@vivian2.usc.edu. The deadline is October 15, 1997.

Those not eligible for the summer programs can be considered for separate programs in the International Division (INT) of NSF; for more information, contact Randy Soderquist, phone: (703) 306-17011, email: rsoderqu@nsf.gov.

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