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 Brown University in Providence , Rhode Island , in 1976 and a Ph. D. in geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981. She has been a seismologist with the US Geological Survey and a Visiting Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech since 1983.

As a graduate student, Dr. Jones was the first American scientist to work in China after normalization of relations in 1979, and spent twelve months at the State Seismological Bureau in Beijing from 1979 to 1983. She is the Secretary of the Seismology Section of the American Geophysical Union and past Director of the Seismological Society of America.

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 California to help them prepare emergency response plans.

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 California and what could be done to mitigate it. The United States Geological Survey and Southern California Earthquake Center printed 2 million copies of this handbook and distributed them to the people in southern California .

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.