An annual seminar series focused on the study active tectonics and seismic hazard established in honor of Emeritus Professor Dr. Burt Slemmons. Dr. Slemmons retired from UNR in 1989 after 38 years of teaching and conducting research in earthquake geology and engineering. During that time he established both the State Seismological Research Laboratory and the Center for Neotectonic Studies.

In memoriam
1922 - 2017
He lived a wonderful life
The lives he impacted many

We thank the colleagues, associates, and past students from across the country for honoring Burt and making the seminar series possible.

We encourage all of you to donate in honor of Burt's legacy and establish a firmer foundation for this lecture series. How it is done is explained this page.

$5000 and greater
Burt and Ruth Slemmons
Pacific Gas & Electric Company

$1000 and greater
William U. and Lyn A. Savage
David R. Slemmons
Steven G. Wesnousky

$500 and greater
John G. Anderson
James N. Brune
Robert E. Wallace

$100 and greater
Abdolrasool ‘Rasool’ Anooshehpoor
Walter Arabasz
Wayne E. Carlson
John Crain
Kevin Coppersmith
Dean Enderlin
Douglas T. Detman
Thomas C. Hanks
Carl A. Johnson
Robert M. Kirkham
John N. Louie
Roy McKinney
Newmont Mining Corporation, Denver
Optim, LLC
Tom Sawyer and Piedmont Geosciences, Inc
Peg O'Malley
Mark P. Molinari
Jonathan G. Price
Christopher Scholz
Mary A. Slemmons
James V. Taranik
David Von Seggern
Stephen D. Malone

16th Annual Lecture - Announcement

Dr. Kim Blisniuck

Associate Professor
Geology Department
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA

Title: Stable, rapid rate of slip of the San Andreas fault, California

Date: April 5, 2023
Time: 4 pm
Place: DMSC 102

some background


15th Annual Lecture - Announcement

Dr. Colin Amos

Associate Professor
Dept. of Geology
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA

Title: Tectonic escape of the Olympic Mountains

Date: March 28, 2022
Time: 4 pm
Place: AB202

some background


14th Annual Lecture - Announcement



13th Annual Lecture - Announcement

Dr. Valerie Sahakian

Research Geologist
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Earth Sciences
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR

Title: Near-Field Seismic and Geodetic Observations of a Tsunami Earthquake

Date: March 9, 2020
Time: 4 pm
Place: DMS 102

some background


12th Annual Lecture - Announcement

Dr. Kate Scharer

Research Geologist
Earthquake Science Center, USGS
Pasadena, CA

Title: Construction and Critique of a Maximum Rupture Model for the Southern San Andreas and San Jacinto Faults
Date: April 8, 2019
Time: 4 pm
Place: DMS 105

some background


11th Annual Lecture - Announcement

Dr. Daniella Pantosti

Director of INGV Earthquake Department
Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia
Roma, Italy

Date: Monday, May 7, 2018
Title: The 2016 earthquake sequence in central Italy: The complexity of normal faults in Italy
Time: 4 pm
Place: DMS 102

a little background

and a bit more


10th Annual Lecture - Announcement

Dr. James Dolan

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

Date: Monday, April 24, 2017
Title: Insights from earthquake geology into the collective behavior of regional fault systems
Time: 4 pm
Place: DMS 102

some history of research

and a bit more


9th Annual Lecture - Announcement

Dr. Ramon Arrowsmith

Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona

Date: Monday, Feb 29, 2016
Title: High Resolution Topography and Active Faulting
Time: 4 pm
Place: DMS 102


8th Annual Lecture - Announcement

Dr. Carol Prentice

US Geological Survey
Menlo Park, CA

Date: Monday, Oct 27, 2014
Title: The 24 August 2014 South Napa Earthquake:
a Geological Perspective
Time: 4 pm
Place: DMS 105


7th Annual Lecture - Announcement

Dr. Tom Rockwell

UNR-Geology-B.S.-Class of '76

Professor of Geological Sciences
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA

Date: Monday, Nov 25, 2013
Title: 10 m slips on the Pitas Point Thrust: M8 earthquakes in the western Transverse Ranges of southern California
Time: 4 pm
Place: DMS 102


6th Annual* Lecture

Dr. Stephen D. Malone

UNR-Geophysics-Class of '72
a little background

Earth and Space Sciences
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

Date: Monday, Feb 4, 2013
Title: The Winter, 2013 Magnitude 6.5 earthquake in Puget Sound that no one will feel". (The story of Episodic Tremor and Slip (ETS),what it is, how we can measure it, some of its strange properties)
Time: 4 pm
Place: DMS 103


5th Annual Lecture

Dr. Christopher H. Scholz

UNR-Mackay-Class of '64
a little background

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University
City of New York

Date: Thurs, Nov 10, 2011
Title: Large earthquake triggering, clustering, and the synchronization of faults.
Time: 10:30 am
Place: 324 Joe Crowley Student Union


4rth Annual Lecture

Dr. Peizhen Zhang

State Key Laboratory of Earthquake Dynamics
Institute of Geology
China Earthquake Administration
Beijing, China

Date: Friday, Sept 10, 2010
Title: Coseismic deformation and seismic cycle associated with the 2008, Wenchuan, China, earthquake
Time: 2pm
Place: Rm 356 Laden Senate Chambers
Joe Crowley Student Union, UNR.


3rd Annual Lecture

Dr. Gary Carver

Professor Emeritus of Humboldt University
Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission

Date: Friday, April 24, 2009
Title: To be Arranged
Time: 10am


2nd Annual Lecture
A Tale of Two Earthquake Cycles as Viewed from the Trenches:
the San Francisco Bay Area AD 1600-2007;
the Denali Fault System, Alaska, AD 800-2007
Dr. David P. Schwartz
US Geological Survey
Friday, February 1, 2008
3:30-5:00 pm
Harry Reid Engineering Lab (HREL), Room 109

Inaugurul Lecture

Science,Engineering,and Decision Making for Natural Disasters

Dr. Lloyd S. Cluff
Director of Geosciences Department
and Earthquake Risk Management
Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

Friday September, 22 2006
William Raggio Building, Room #1003
(WRB 1003)