William Deering Professor
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Room F498, 2145 Sheridan Road
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208-3130
Telephone: (847) 491-5265 FAX:(847) 491-8060
email: seth AT earth.northwestern.edu
(substitute "@" for AT)
Carol and me at the Loma Prieta earthquake epicenter
Hiking near the Mendenhall glacier, Alaska
Rachel and me in the Des Plaines River canoe marathon
Full c.v. and publications, most downloadable
Workshop on Mathematics in the Geosciences
Northwestern University, October 3-6, 2011
Consortium for Mathematics in the Geosciences
Courses and Field Trips
EPS 102: Lake Michigan and the Chicago River
Class kayak trip on the Chicago River video
Class kayak trip on the Chicago River slideshow
Class kayak trip on Lake Michigan slideshow
EPS 107: Our Dynamic Planet
EPS 202: Earth's Interior
Class lakefront seismic experiment video
Class lakefront seismic experiment photos
EPS 324: Earthquakes and Tectonics
EPS 326: Data analysis for the earth & planetary sciences
EPS 327: Geophysical time series analysis
EPS 351: Forming a habitable planet
EPS 450/ ASTR 441: Exoplanets as planets
Climate change effects field trip to Glacial Park and Volo Bog including a visit to a geological site made famous in the film Ferris Beuller's Day Off.
Department kayak trip on the Chicago River: Slide show or Music video
2011 Geoprisms meeting presentation: "2011 Mineral, Virginia earthquake illustrates the seismicity of a passive-aggressive continental margin"
2011 ESF conference on Extreme Geohazards keynote lecture: "Bad assumptions or bad luck: why natural hazard forecasts often fail and what to do about it"
2011 GSA meeting session for 40th anniversary of the Geophysics Division lecture: "Bad maps or bad luck: Tohoku's embarassing lessons for earthquake hazard mapping, discussing why earthquake hazard maps often fail and what to do about it"
2011 GSA meeting lecture: "Learning from failure: new insights into continental rifting from North America's failed Mid-Continent Rift"
2011 Illinois Earthscope teachers' workshop: Lecture series and activities about New Madrid earthquake science and hazards
2011 lecture: "Uncertainties in earthquake hazard estimates: Is New Madrid really as dangerous as California?"
2010 Stephan Mueller medal lecture at European Geosciences Union: "Migrating earthquakes and faults switching on and off: A complex system view of midcontinent earthquakes"
2009 George Woollard award lecture at GSA: "New view of New Madrid: little motion, complex faults, small hazard"
2010 S. T. Crough memorial lecture at Purdue University: "Disaster Deferred: How new science is changing our view of earthquakes in the midwest"
2010 Academy of Europe lecture: "Why seismologists can't predict earthquakes"
2006 IRIS/SSA lecture: "Giant earthquakes: why, where, when, and what we can do"
Lectures for IRIS summer intern orientation on earthquakes, earth structure, earthquake prediction and hazards, and the Haiti & Sichuan earthquakes
Lecture series: "Studying neotectonics with plate motion, seismological & GPS data"
"Using space geodetic data to teach about tectonics, earthquakes, and hazards"
Lecture series for China Earthquake Authority: "Using earthquake science to predict earthquake hazards and reduce earthquake risks: using what we know and recognizing what we don't"
"Teaching introductory geophysics: what our students don't know, need to, and what we can do"
"The student pipeline, future of seismology, and what E&O might do"
"The December 26, 2004 Sumatra earthquake and Indian Ocean tsunami"
"Science, hazard, and policy issues for continental intraplate earthquakes: a view from New Madrid"
Boobytrap - a model for midcontinental earthquakes
Introduction to earthquake probabilities with spreadsheet
A simple, cheap, and easy slider block model for earthquakes
Other demonstrations and labs
Lecture series and activities about New Madrid earthquake science and hazards, 2011
GSA Today Article: Formation of Northwestern's Environmental Science Major, 1996
Earth Magazine Article: Understanding Earthquake Hazard Maps (pdf), 2009
EOS Article & WWW info: Upgrading a beginning geophysics course, 1997
EOS Article & WWW info: Preconceptions about earth science among students in an introductory course, 1998
Computers and Geoscience Article & WWW info: Technology in introductory geophysics: the high-low mix, 2000
Playing Against Nature:
Integrating Science and Economics to Mitigate Natural Hazards in an Uncertain World
by S. Stein and J. Stein
Wiley-Blackwell, winter 2013-14.
About the book and ordering information
How New Science is Changing our View of Earthquake Hazards in the Midwest, 2010
About the book and ordering information
Watch a video about the book
For Chicago Public Radio interviews about the book click here or here
St. Louis Public Radio interview about the book
Using the book to teach about New Madrid
Introduction to Seismology, Earthquakes, & Earth Structure
by S. Stein & M. Wysession, 2002
More about the book, including downloadable figures and Power point
Reviews of the book from EOS , Physics Today , Seismological Research Letters , and Natural Hazards
Plate Boundary Zones,
edited by S. Stein & J. Freymueller, 2002
Continental Intraplate Earthquakes: Science, Hazard, and Policy Issues,
edited by S. Stein & S. Mazzotti, 2007
The Adria Microplate: GPS Geodesy, Tectonics and Hazards,
edited by N. Pinter, G. Grenerczy, J. Weber, S. Stein & D. Medak 2005
The Mesozoic Pacific: Geology, Tectonics, and Volcanism edited by M. Pringle, W. Sager, W. Sliter, and S. Stein, 1993
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