Campus News

Speaker to Discuss Earthquake Threat in Midwest

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 27, 2009) − A Northwestern University geologist will discuss real and perceived dangers of earthquakes in the Midwestern United States at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in the William T. Young Library Auditorium at the University of Kentucky.

Seth Stein, the Deering Professor of Geological Sciences at Northwestern, will present "Giant Earthquakes in the Midwest: Hazards, Hype and Hard Choices."

Stein's research includes plate tectonics, earthquake seismology and earthquake hazards. He was an organizer of EarthScope, a national initiative to advance knowledge of the structure and evolution of North America.

He is a co-author of a widely used textbook on seismology, editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research, and author of more than 100 scientific papers.

His lecture will follow a reception at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Mike Lynch at (859) 323-0561 or via e-mail at

Stein's lecture is sponsored by the Kentucky Geological Survey and the UK Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.