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Date:2/17/2010

s, engineers, and other experts. In early 2009, the decision was made to hold the drill statewide on the third Thursday of October each year. A summary of the 2008 and 2009 drills will be shared in this session and plans for other ShakeOut drills elsewhere. A key aspect of the ShakeOut is the integration of a comprehensive earthquake scenario (incorporating earth science, engineering, policy, economics, public health, and other disciplines) and the lessons learned from decades of social science research about why people get prepared. The result is a "teachable moment" on par with having an actual earthquake (often followed by increased interest in getting ready for earthquakes). ShakeOut creates the sense of urgency that is needed for people, organizations, and communities to get prepared, to practice what to do to be safe, and to learn what plans need to be improved.

Time: 1:30 PM Location: Conv. Center Room 10


Societal Strategies for Addressing the Climate and Energy Challenge

Presenter: Nathan Lewis, George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry at Caltech

Title: Making Energy Technology Choices: Dead Ends or Stepping Stones?

Where in the world will our energy come from? What would it take for the world to get away from fossil fuels and switch over to renewable energy? It takes more than willingness to buy a Prius or to have solar panels installed on your roof. If we want to use wind, solar thermal, solar electric, biomass, hydroelectric and geothermal energy it will take a lot of planning, and willingness on the part of governments and industry. It takes R&D investment, a favorable price per unit of energy to get anyone to produce alternative energy, and plenty of resources to create those energy sources. Lewis will discuss these and other hurdlestechnical, political, and economic- that must be overcome before the widespread adoption of renewable energy technologies.

Time: 2:10 PM Locat
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Contact: Jon Weiner
jrweiner@caltech.edu
626-395-3226
California Institute of Technology
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