Dr. Lucy Jones is the founder and chief scientist of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, with a mission to foster the understanding and application of scientific information in the creation of more resilient communities, and a research associate at the Seismological Laboratory of California Institute of Technology. With a bachelor of arts in Chinese language and literature from Brown University and a Ph.D. in geophysics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Jones has been active in earthquake research for decades, furthering earthquake risk reduction, including 33 years of federal service with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Her work at USGS included developing the methodology for estimating the probability that an earthquake will be a foreshock to a bigger event, leading to the creation of a national science strategy for natural hazards research; creating the first American major earthquake drill, the Great ShakeOut, that has expanded now to encompass 55 million participants around the world; and writing more than 100 published papers on statistical seismology and integrated disaster scenarios. Her pioneering science was recognized with the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (one of just eight awarded to federal employees in 2015); the Ambassador Award from AGU; the Distinguished Service Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior; the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western States Seismic Policy Council; and the 2000 Alfred E. Alquist Special Recognition Medal and the 2017 Distinguished Lecture Award, both from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.
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