Bruce Bolt ( 1930-2005 )

Bruce Bolt ( 1930-2005 )

Postby salsinawi » Sun Mar 04, 2007 9:13 pm

The COSMOS/EERI/SSA Bruce Bolt Medal

The Bruce Bolt Medal is awarded jointly by COSMOS, EERI, and SSA to recognize individuals worldwide whose accomplishments involve the promotion and use of strong-motion earthquake data and whose leadership in the transfer of scientific and engineering knowledge into practice or policy has led to improved seismic safety.

The award is issued annually and is presented to the recipient at the annual meeting of the recipient’s choice among the three sponsoring organizations.


Call for Nominations

Members of EERI, SSA, and COSMOS are encouraged to submit nomination packages for this distinguished award. Nominations will be reviewed in confidence by a six-person Joint Nomination Panel formed by two representatives from each of the three sponsoring organizations. The recommended nominee will be considered in confidence by each organization’s Board of Directors for their approval and joint selection of the medalist

Nominee Criteria

The following criteria are used to select the recipient:

Promotion of strong-motion instrumentation or advancing strong-motion data processing or data utilization;
Technical contributions in seismic engineering or engineering seismology; and
Leadership in the transfer of knowledge into practice or policy that has led to improved seismic safety.

The Joint Nomination Panel is charged with applying these criteria to select a nominee worthy of the high level of professional recognition represented by the sponsorship of the Bruce Bolt Medal by SSA, COSMOS, and EERI. The panelists for 2016: Woody Savage (chair), COSMOS; Jose A. Martinez-Cruzado, SSA; Bob Nigbor, EERI; Chuck Real, EERI; and Robert Youngs, SSA. Please note that current members of the Joint Panel are not eligible for nomination.

The nomination letter, which should be no longer than two pages, must address the ways in which the candidate meets all three of the criteria. Along with the signed letter, the nomination package must include a substantial summary of the professional history of the candidate including employment, significant publications, honors, and activities and accomplishments relevant to the Bolt Medal criteria. The current contact information for the candidate must also be supplied. Up to three signed supporting letters (each no longer than two pages) may be included in the nomination package. Such letters should include a personal perspective on the nominee and his/her sustained impact on the field.

Please Note: The nomination period for the 2016 Bolt Medal is 1 August - 31 October 2015.
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The final nomination deadline is 31 October 2015.


Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered by the Joint Nomination Panel.
Nomination Procedure

Nominations packages (preferably as one combined pdf file) for the Bruce Bolt Medal should be sent to the Bolt Medal Nomination Panel, in care of William (Woody) Savage at woodysavage [at] gmail [dot] com.

Questions regarding the Bolt Medal criteria or the nomination process for candidates may be directed to Woody at the above email address. While electronic submissions are preferred, in .pdf or .doc formats, hard copies may be sent to the following postal address. If hard copies are sent, the sender should notify Woody by email.

Bolt Medal Nomination Panel
In care of William Savage
1930 Village Center Circle #3-292
Las Vegas, NV 89134

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Bruce Bolt 1930-2005



The faculty, staff, and students of the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory and the Departments of Earth and Planetary Science and Civil and Environmental Engineering are saddened by the loss of Professor Bruce Bolt, who passed away today after a brief illness.

Professor Bolt joined UC Berkeley in 1963 as a professor of seismology in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science and the Director of the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory (then known as the Seismographic Stations). Professor Bolt was director of the BSL for 28 years, leading the development of the Berkeley seismographic network into the age of broadband instrumentation and digital recording.

Professor Bolt leaves a rich legacy of accomplishments in seismology, engineering, and public policy.

• Press releases and obituaries

oSeismologist and earthquake hazard expert Bruce Bolt dies at 75 - UC Berkeley press release

oBruce Bolt -- earthquake expert toiled for public's safety - San Francisco Chronicle
oEarthquake expert Bruce Bolt dies at 75 - Contra Costa Times

o Bruce A. Bolt, 75; Studied Earthquakes to Improve Building Safety -- Los Angeles Times

o Earthquake Expert Bruce Bolt Dies: Earth and Planetary Science Professor Was Leading State Seismologist, Sailing Enthusiast - Daily Cal

o Bruce A. Bolt, 75, Scientist Who Improved Earthquake Safety, Dies July 21, 2005 -
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