UCSB earth science professor Ralph Archuleta received this year’s Seismological Society of America Harry Fielding Reid Medal, the society’s highest honor.

Named for the famed American geophysicist, the award recognizes Archuleta’s work in the fields of seismology and earthquake engineering. According to a statement from UCSB, Archuleta published a paper in 1984 that, in the wake of the 1979 Imperial Valley temblor, re-examined how quakes can rupture faults and how seismic hazards should be analyzed. In addition to continued research, Archuleta also served as director of the Southern California Earthquake Center in 2006 and as president of the Seismological Society of America in 1997 and 1998.

The Seismological Society of America was founded in San Francisco in 1906 and encourages the advancement of earthquake science.


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