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Ross S. Stein

Geological Society of America
San Marino


Ross Stein studies how earthquakes interact by the transfer of stress, and helps homeowners understand their seismic risk and how they can reduce it. Ross is the 2017-2018 Distinguished International Lecturer of the Geological Society of America, is an Adjunct Professor of Geophysics at Stanford University, and received the 2012 Gilbert F. White Natural Hazards Award of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). He has delivered AGU’s Francis Birch, Gilbert White, and Frontiers of Geophysics lectures, and is President-Elect of the 2500-member Tectonophysics section of AGU. He gave a 2012 TEDx talk, ‘Defeating Earthquakes,’ and was keynote speaker for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2006. In 2003, the Science Citation Index reported that Stein was the second most-cited author in earthquake science during 1994-2003; in a separate assessment, he was the tenth most cited during 1900-2010 (Liu et al, Scientometrics, 2012). Stein is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America, was Editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research in 1986-89, and chaired AGU’s Board of Journal Editors. Stein received the Eugene M. Shoemaker Distinguished Achievement Award of the USGS, the Excellence in Outreach Award of the Southern California Earthquake Center, and the Outstanding Contributions and Cooperation in Geoscience Award from NOAA. In 2009 Ross cofounded the Global Earthquake Model Foundation, a public-private partnership building the world's first global seismic risk model, and chaired GEM’s Science Board until 2015. Ross has appeared in many documentary films, including the Emmy-nominated NOVA documentary, ‘Killer Quake’, the four-part ‘Great Quakes’ series (Discovery), and the multiple award-winning 2004 National Geographic IMAX movie ‘Forces of Nature,’ which he helped to write and animate.

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