I LOVE First Fridays @ the Natural History Museum. Museums after dark, music, booze, a cool science lecture and lots of people having a good time. That is MY kind of thing. I've been to these for several years and had a blast at every one. Unfortunately I got sick for the one in January and couldn't go but I'm bound and determined to get to this one. The museum is dark, lit with spot and colored lights and the exhibit areas on the ground floor are dark with a DJ, a bar and places to sit and relax. There are usually a couple food trucks outside but we have brought snacks before. They do have bands later but I generally don't stay for those. You can purchase tickets for those if you wish. I generally leave about 60-90 minutes or so after the lecture; plenty of time to mingle and see things.
Discussion (6:30pm): “Living in Earthquake Country: Los Angeles and the Big One” with Dr. Lucy Jones
Earthquakes are a part of life in Los Angeles. But even people who have lived in LA their entire lives haven't experienced LA's "big" earthquake yet. The Northridge Earthquake in 1994 and even the Long Beach Earthquake of 1933 won't compare to the big San Andreas Earthquake. Over the last 100 years, advances in seismology have helped residents of Southern California understand and better prepare for what will come. Advances are such that residents might even get a warning before the strong shaking reaches them. Dr. Lucy Jones will share the history of seismology in LA and reveal what could be our future.
Dr. Lucy Jones has been a seismologist with the US Geological Survey and a Visiting Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech since 1983. She currently serves as the Science Advisor for Risk Reduction for the Natural Hazards Mission of the US Geological Survey, leading the long-term science planning for natural hazards research. She also leads the SAFRR Project: Science Application for Risk Reduction to apply USGS science to reduce risk in communities across the Nation.
In 2006, Dr. Jones created and led the innovative Multi Hazards Demonstration Project (MHDP) in Southern California that integrated hazard science in urban areas with economic analysis and emergency response to increase resilience to natural disasters. Major products of the MHDP included the ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario that led to the creation of the Great California ShakeOut, a public emergency preparedness event involving over 7 million people; the ARkStorm scenario, a model of a great storm in California; and the Southern California Debris Flow Warning System (in partnership with the National Weather Service).
Dr. Jones has authored over 90 papers on research seismology with primary interest in the physics of earthquakes, foreshocks and earthquake hazard assessment, especially in southern California. She serves on the California Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council and was a Commissioner of the California Seismic Safety Commission from 2002 to 2009. She has received numerous awards, including the Alquist Award from the California Earthquake Safety Foundation and the Shoemaker Award for Lifetime Achievements in Science Communication from the USGS.
Dr. Jones received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese Language and Literature, Magna Cum Laude, from Brown University in 1976 and a Ph. D. in geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981. Dr. Jones, a fourth-generation resident of southern California, currently lives in Pasadena, California, with her husband, Dr. Egill Hauksson, also a seismologist.
You can purchase tickets from this link. It's the cost of museum admission:
HOWEVER, if you go in with me and are in the first 6 people, you can get in for free with my work ID. My company is a contributor to the museum.
Parking is approx. $10 in the lot to the west of the museum entrance or the Metro Gold line stops right there now. Leave yourself plenty of time either way.
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!