Kerry Sieh Elected As AAAS Fellow

Sieh, director of the Earth Observatory of Singapore, has been elected as an AAAS fellow for his contributions to paleoseismology and natural hazards research.

AsianScientist (Dec. 6, 2017) – Professor Kerry Sieh, a geologist at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), has been elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)–the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society and a leading publisher of cutting-edge scientific research.

The honor of being elected as an AAAS fellow is awarded in recognition of members’ efforts in advancing science or its applications in service to society. Sieh, the Director of NTU’s Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS), is NTU’s first AAAS Fellow and the fifth from Singapore since 2008.

Sieh is a dedicated and passionate earthquake geologist whose illustrious academic career spans over 30 years of research excellence from the US to Asia. A member of the US National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the Geological Society of America and the American Geophysical Union, Sieh is a recognized pioneer in earthquake geology.

He developed scientific methods that enabled earth scientists to peer thousands of years into the past to better understand ancient earthquakes and to forecast the location, size and timing of future ones. Besides studying faults in California, Sieh’s passion also took him to Sumatra, Indonesia, where he forecasted another 8.8-magnitude earthquake that could occur within the next few decades, similar to the Indonesian quakes of 2004 to 2007.

“I am proud to be honored by an organization that has done so much to promote the advancement of scientific knowledge for over 150 years. The AAAS is one of many American institutions that recognizes the importance of being global in pursuing its mission,” said Sieh on his election as an AAAS fellow.

Founded in 1848, AAAS is one of the world’s oldest non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing science. It assists some 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals.

In addition to organizing membership activities, AAAS publishes the prominent journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programs that promote the understanding of science worldwide.

“Each year the Council elects members whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically, or socially distinguished,” said Dr. Rush D. Holt, Chief Executive Officer of AAAS & executive publisher of Science. “Professor Kerry Sieh is being honored for his distinguished contribution in teaching, research, and as the founding director of NTU’s Earth Observatory Singapore. He has also made an impact in the fields of paleoseismology and natural hazards research. We congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition of his accomplishments.”


Source: Nanyang Technological University; Photo: Sam Chin/NTU.
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