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Eastern Section SSA 2010 Annual Meeting
17–19 October, 2010
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Abstract Deadline: 10 September 2010

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The 82nd annual meeting of the Eastern Section of the Seismological Society of America was held October 17-19, 2010 at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

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Student Travel Grants are available!

For more information, visit Student Travel Grants.

Important Dates

Student Travel Grant Application Deadline:   10 September 2010
Abstract Submission Deadline:   10 September 2010
Meeting Pre-Registration Deadline:   17 September 2010
Hotel Reservation Discount Cut-Off:   17 September 2010
Online Registration Cut-Off:   10 October 2010

Meeting Contacts

For inquiries on Programs, Special Sessions, and the Field Trip on Sunday, October 17th, you may contact:

Dr. John E. Ebel Dr. Alan L. Kafka
617-552-8319 617-552-3650

For assistance with Registration, Hotel, and Student Travel Grant applications, you may contact:

Marilyn Bibeau Stacy Moulis
617-552-8311 617-552-8325

For assistance and inquiries with A/V equipment and loading PowerPoint/PDF files and Poster presentation, you may contact:

Weston Observatory

All are at the following mailing address:

Weston Observatory
Boston College
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
381 Concord Road
Weston, MA 02493-1340
tel 617-552-8300
fax 617-552-8388

Meeting Information

Photos from the Meeting
Printable Abstracts

The ES-SSA Student Presentation Awards were given to the following students for an excellent poster presentation at the 2010 Annual Meeting:

  • Winner — Justin Starr, Weston Observatory, Boston College
  • Runner Up — Fabio M. Upegui-Botero, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
  • Runner Up — Arash Zandieh, The University of Memphis
Abstract Submission **closed**

Online registration will be done through the SSA Web site. Onsite registration is available at the meeting site October 17-19, 2010.

Program & Venue (Printable Program)

The Ice Breaker, Technical Sessions, Coffee, and Lunch Breaks will be held in the Heights, Boston, and Newton Rooms, at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.
The Heights, Boston, and Newton Rooms are located on the 2nd floor of Corcoran Commons on Boston College's Lower Campus. Click here for a site map of the Boston College Campus.

General Sessions

Oral and poster papers are welcomed in all areas of seismology, earthquake engineering, crust and upper-mantle structure of eastern North America, emergency response and preparedness, earthquake hazard mitigation, earthquake education, or any topic consistent with the objectives of the Seismological Society of America. Papers relevant to eastern North America and student papers are particularly encouraged.

Special Sessions
  • Preparing for US Array in the Eastern U.S.
  • Preparing the the Anniversary of the 1811-1812 New Madrid Earthquake Sequence
  • Attenuation Relations in Eastern North America: The Next Generation
  • Seismic Hazards and Nuclear Power Plants
Student Travel Grants

Travel awards for students submitting abstracts will be available on a competitive basis. Awards will be also be given for the best oral and poster papers presented by students.

Field Trip

A field trip is scheduled on Sunday, 17 October 2010, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Fault-related rocks in eastern Massachusetts: how is fault movement accommodated at various crustal levels?

Yvette D. Kuiper and John E. Ebel
On this field trip, we will examine fault-related rocks in eastern Massachusetts at various crustal levels. At shallow crustal levels rocks are deformed by brittle mechanisms. We will visit examples of cataclasite, and pseudotachylite, which are commonly associated with stick-slip behavior and earthquakes. From shallow to mid- and deep crustal levels, rocks behave in a progressively more ductile manner, until partial melting occurs. We will see various examples of mylonite and ultramylonite, and migmatitic (partially melted) gneiss. While these rock types are deformed by ductile processes, and not commonly associated with earthquakes, we will discuss the possibility of earthquake generation in the ductile domain.


The Banquet will be held on Monday, 18 October 2010, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., in the d'Arbeloff Suite at the Museum of Science, Boston, MA.
The Distinguished Lecture will be given during the Banquet by Dr. Gail Hoffman, Fine Arts Department, Boston College.
We are planning to offer transportation on Boston College vans from the meeting site to the Museum of Science.

Hotel & Travel Information

The Holiday Inn Boston-Brookline in Brookline, MA has a block of rooms reserved for the 2010 ESSSA Meeting. It is strongly suggested that rooms be booked as soon as possible, even as early as this Spring, as October 16 and 17 is Parents' Weekend at Boston University, and it is autumn in New England. Rooms for the ES-SSA, at the meeting rate, are available only until September 17. Reservations received after Friday, September 17, 2010 will be provided on a space available basis at prevailing rates.

Holiday Inn Boston-Brookline
1200 Beacon Street
Brookline, Ma 02446
tel. 617.277.1200
fax. 617.734.5867
Hotel web site

Boston’s Logan International Airport is the closest airport to the meeting site and hotel. The hotel contracted for the meeting is accessible via public transportation from Logan Airport.

Visit Hotel & Travel Info for more information on directions and public transportation.

Directions to Boston College

The meeting site at Boston College is accessible via public transportation from the airport and the hotel.