|[February 28, 2013]
Get Ready for the Next One: Former USGS Director Marcia McNutt Gives Lesson in Earthquake Readiness at Mills College Event
OAKLAND, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
In celebration of Women's History Month, Mills College is proud to
present the annual Russell Women in Science Lecture Series: Leadership
Beyond the Lab.
Marcia McNutt (photo: United States Geological Survey)
This year's Women's History Month theme-"Women Inspiring Innovation
through Imagination"-salutes American women's outstanding contributions
to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
(STEM). Consistent with that theme, Marcia McNutt, the former director
of the United
States Geological Survey (USGS), will present her lecture, "Global
Lessons in Earthquake Preparedness: Getting Ready for the Next One," at
Mills College on Thursday, March 14, 2013.
McNutt's talk, which is open to the public, will examine the current
state of earthquake science. Specifically, McNutt will cover earthquake
forecasting in California and how to take an earthquake's punch-and
"bounce" back. McNutt will provide a historical perspective of US
attempts to prepare for disasters resulting from earthquakes and touch
on methods of building public awareness, strengthening building codes,
and designing faster technology to warn the public.
A renowned geophysicist, McNutt
served as president and CEO of California's Monterey
Bay Aquarium Research Institute for 12 years before going to
Washington in 2009 as part of the Obama administration's "dream team" of
prominent scientists. She served as director of the USGS and science
advisor to the Secretary of the Interior. McNutt navigated the Survey
through natural disasters ranging from hurricanes to oil spills to
earthquakes before stepping down from her post earlier this year to
return to California.
Funded by Trustee Emerita Cristine Russell '71, the annual lecture
series at Mills introduces students to leading female scientists and
highlights the career opportunities available to young women in the
sciences. Russell is an award-winning journalist who has written about
science, health, and the environment for more than three decades. She
earned a biology degree from Mills and is currently president of the
Council for the Advancement of Science Writing and a senior fellow at Harvard
University's Kennedy School of Government.
"It is important to foster the next generation of women in scientific
leadership," said Russell. "Mills created this lecture series to give
students opportunities to interact with and learn from some of the
country's most distinguished women scientists."
Studies show that American women's colleges have a strong track record
of producing female leaders in the sciences and graduating women in the
field at up to twice the rate of coeducational institutions.
"In preparing Mills women to shape the next generation of scientific
leaders, our wide range of science programs provides unparalleled
faculty mentoring and access to some of today's great scientific minds,"
said Mills College President Alecia
DeCoudreaux. "Dr. McNutt's career demonstrates how women can make
significant contributions across the sciences and exemplifies the kind
of professional leadership path we encourage Mills women to seek."
in Science Lecture Series: Leadership Beyond the Lab
McNutt, former director of the USGS
"Global Lessons in Earthquake
Preparedness: Getting Ready for the Next One"
Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall
Thursday, March 14, 2013
pm-6:30 pm (includes a Q&A session)
Doors open at 4:30
pm for a pre-lecture reception.
Admission is free.
About Mills College
Nestled in the foothills of Oakland,
California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal
arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters
leadership, social responsibility, and creativity in approximately 950
undergraduate women and 600 graduate women and men. The College ranks as
one of the Best 377 Colleges in the country and one of the
greenest colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. U.S. News &
World Report ranked Mills one of the top-tier regional universities
in the country and lists it among the top colleges and universities in
the West in the "Great Schools, Great Prices" category. For more
information, visit www.mills.edu.
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