2000 Alfred E. Alquist Medal Winner:
Lucille M. Jones
Dr. Jones is well known in the scientific community and to the general public as well. She represents the rare scientist who takes her or his concerns and expertise beyond the confines on a normal job to reach out to society at large. It is for this special blend of activities that the Alquist Medal for the year 2000 is awarded to Lucy Jones.
Dr. Jones is scientist-in-charge for USGS earthquake activities in southern California, including leading the Pasadena office of the USGS, serving an the National Committee of the Advanced National Seismic System and coordinating earthquake research funded by the USGS in southern California. Dr. Jones is actively involved in seismological research and has authored over 50 papers on seismology, primarily in earthquake statistics and hazard assessment.
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese Language and Literature, Magna Cum Laude, from
As a graduate student, Dr. Jones was the first American scientist to work in
Lucy Jones has appeared in hundreds of television interviews in the past 15 years. These have included appearances an the Discovery Channel, the program Nova, and major network news programs. She has also worked with numerous local communities in southern
She has worked extensively with local elementary and high school teachers and school districts in preparing educational materials and programs. In 1993, she received the "Women Making History Award" from Senator Barbara Boxer and in the year 2000, the Founders' Day award from the La Canada Unified School District PTA.
In 1995, she prepared a handbook for the public called "Putting Down Roots In Earthquake Country," explaining the earthquake risk in southern
Dr. Jones, a fourth-generation resident of southern California, lives in La Canada with her husband, Egill Hauksson, also a seismologist, and their sons, Sven, age 13, and Niels, age 9.