Seismologist Lucy Jones, the local face of the U.S. Geological Survey and a seismic safety adviser to Mayor Eric Garcetti, will receive the vaunted Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal, considered a top honor for government service, federal officials announced today.
“Dr. Jones is a role model, not only for her scientific accomplishments at the U.S. Geological Survey, but also for her public service to humanity,” U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said. “Besides conducting leading research on earthquakes, she turns complex scientific concepts into plain English, educating the public so they can take action to save lives and property.”
Jones is one of eight federal workers who will be honored during the “Sammies” award ceremony tonight in Washington, D.C, presented by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service.
Organizers said the honor recognizes her work estimating short-term probabilities of foreshock and aftershock sequences along with her educational work to bring earthquake science to the public in an understandable way. She is also being honored for her work establishing the annual ShakeOut earthquake- preparedness drill, which began in 2008 and is now practiced by millions of people worldwide. This year’s drill is scheduled for Oct. 15.
“Dr. Jones’ groundbreaking work to bridge the gap between seismic science and public action will make a life-saving difference for countless Angelenos and Californians when disaster strikes,” Garcetti said. “I couldn’t be prouder of the work we did together to better prepare our city for the inevitable with our ‘Resilience by Design’ report, and I can’t think of a more worthy recipient for one of our nation’s highest honors.”
—City News Service