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UTEP Geological Sciences Professor Honored by Seismological Society of America

The Seismological Society of America (SSA) will present Diane Doser, Ph.D., professor of Geological Sciencesat The University of Texas at El Paso, with its 2016 Distinguished Service Award.

The award, which recognizes Doser’s two decades of outstanding dedication and leadership of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (BSSA), will be presented at the SSA’s Annual Meeting held in Denver, Colorado, April 18-20, 2017.

Doser, who is also the director of UTEP’s Kidd Memorial Seismic Observatory, served as BSSA associate editor from 1996 to 2010, becoming editor-in-chief of the journal in 2010, appointing and managing a 27-member international board of associate editors through 350 yearly submissions to the journal, and overseeing the production of the 110-year-old journal’s online and print editions. She will complete her service with BSSA in June 2016.

“I am greatly honored to receive the 2016 Distinguished Service to SSA Award,” Doser said. “The Seismological Society of America was the first professional society I joined as a student. I have always felt a strong affiliation with the society and its focus on understanding earthquakes to benefit humankind. Serving as editor-in-chief of the Bulletin for nearly six years has been a wonderful opportunity for me to help advance the society’s purpose and values. I am grateful to all the associate editors, reviewers and staff who have helped me to ensure the Bulletin remains the premier journal of earthquake-related research.”

In their letter nominating Doser for the award, SSA Past President Ruth Harris and President-Elect Andrew Michael commended Doser’s high scientific standards as BSSA editor.

“It is through service to the society, as exemplified by the dedication of Diane to our journal, that we are able to achieve publication longevity and excellence,” they wrote.

Doser graduated with a B.S. in applied geophysics from Michigan Technological University in 1978 and received her M.S. and Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Utah in 1980 and 1984, respectively. Her current research centers on studies of earthquakes in south-central, southeast and interior Alaska, helping to produce seismic hazard maps for the Alaska region, as well as the application of geophysical techniques to environmental and engineering issues related to watershed studies and saline and freshwater aquifers.

The Distinguished Service to SSA Award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the work of the Seismological Society of America.

The Seismological Society of America is a scientific society devoted to the advancement of earthquake science. Founded in 1906 in San Francisco, the society now has members throughout the world representing a variety of technical interests: seismologists and other geophysicists, geologists, engineers, insurers, and policy-makers in preparedness and safety.

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