NAS honors earth scientists



Half of the awards to be presented at the April 26 meeting of the National Academy of Sciences to honor outstanding contributions to science will be given to earth scientists. Kerry E. Sieh, assistant professor of geology at the California Institute of Technology's Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, will receive the National Academy of Sciences Award for Initiatives in Research. In 1980, Bell Laboratories established the award, honoring William O. Baker, to provide additional funding for innovative research projects by young scientists. The award carries a $15,000 prize. Sieh was cited for ‘development and application of innovative field techniques for studying active faults to identify and date paleoearthquakes, thereby providing quantitative assessment of earthquake hazards.’