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Minutes: The Time We Shook It Up (03/11/15)

March 22, 2015

Invocation: Suzy Cobb

Flag Pledge: Kimmie Coley

Raffle: Steve Boehm

Sgt. At Arms: Scott Burns


  • Dana Goba and members thanked everyone who made the 30th birthday party a success, especially Lucille Ramirez, Karen Kawaguchi, and Graham Guess. We had more than half the present club members and many former members.
  • Trivia to know for the 50th birthday: We have met, even if briefly, at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, University Club, Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center, and the Radisson Hotel. Second to our current location, we were at the University Club the longest. Also, Joanne Schoenfeld Orenstein was our club’s first female president, serving from 1998-99. And Brooke Sawyer has also been a member of the Rotary Club of Montecito. He was also a member of the Rotary Clubs of East Sacramento, Santa Paula, Castroville, and Claremont.
  • Dennis Johns invited everyone to join in the work day at Elings Park on Saturday, March 14, starting at 7:30 AM. Bring shovels, rakes, pitchforks, weed gougers, wheelbarrows, etc.
  • Scott Burns announced that our club has 4 students going to RYLA this year: Claire Cooley; Maddie Hunkele; Sophia Pearson; and Summer Soto. Weird volunteers are needed for RYLA Thursday, April 23 through Sunday, April 26 at Camp Ramah in Ojai. Volunteers must be 21 years or older. There is no cost to volunteer and space is limited. Register at
  • Susan Klein Rothschild announced the next Weird Dental Clinic will be on Friday, May 1.
  • Diana Washburn provided an update on the Dictionary Project.
  • 77% of the club has made donations to the foundation. 100% would be better. Give your pledges and donations to Janet Napier.
  • Upcoming speakers:
  1. March 25 – Charlie Monoyer “Discovering the Western Hemisphere”
  2. April 1 – Irene Rinta “Kids Engineering Program 101”
  3. April 8 – Ruth Alpert “The Joy of Clogging”
  4. April 29 – Dr. Winifred Leung “History of Imaging: From Early X-RAYS to Tomosynthesis”
  • Lucille Ramirez announced next week’s duties.

Program:  Edward Keller “The Geology of Santa Barbara Earthquakes”

  • Edward Keller is one of the foremost experts on tectonic geomorphology especially with regard to earthquake reduction and prevention. By studying relative uplift and subsidence both in terms of rates and elevation changes, tectonic movements and their extent and intensity may be revealed.
  • The beautiful wave cut terraces of the California Pacific coast are excellent examples of the types of features that Keller studies. They reveal sequential tectonic uplift of the land surface with erosion during the quiet periods.
  • Such studies can reveal information on recurrence intervals for earthquakes, potential for blind faults, as well as landslides and other hazards. They have great implications for building codes and disaster preparedness plans.  Keller primarily studies the geomorphology and Quaternary deposits related to active faults and folds that result from faults.
  • Edward Keller also has a major interest in fluvial geomorphology. He studies the development of channels in streams as well as the controls on where pools and riffles develop and how they change with time. This research involves an attempt to explain and even quantify a process that is otherwise chaotic in appearance.
  • Kellar also studies the processes involved in flood control. Currently, as an offshoot of this research, he has been studying the hydrologic processes in the chaparral ecosystem of southern California and role of wildfire in the recurrence of high magnitude flood deposits and debris flow deposits.
  • Edward Keller has over 20 years experience in public service and consulting in a variety of subjects and cases including: flood hazard; erosion; coastal processes; landslides; and landscape history. This work has provided real world experience to both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • He earned a Ph.D. from Purdue University, Indiana in Geology in 1973. He joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina the same year. In 1976, he accepted a position at the University of California at Santa Barbara (joint appointment with the Environmental Studies Program and the Department of Earth Science) and has remained there ever since. He has served as Chair of both the Environmental Studies and the Hydrologic Science programs several times.
  • Edward Keller has had a very productive career. He is an author on some 100 articles in international journals, governmental reports, and professional volumes. Many of these are seminal works on fluvial processes and tectonic geomorphology. Even more impressive are the books that he has written. He is the author of the most successful textbook on Environmental Geology (with the same name) now in its eighth edition. He also wrote the definitive textbook on tectonic geomorphology entitled Active Tectonics and is in its second printing. He is the author with Daniel Botkin of a very successful textbook on Environmental Science (with the same name). He is also an author on two other books on Environmental Science and Geology.
  • Keller has received several honors and awards for his contributions to the profession. He received a Hartley Visiting Professor Award from The University of Southampton, England in 1982-1983 and the Quatercentenary Fellowship from Cambridge University, England in 2000. He has two Outstanding Alumnus Awards from Purdue University, Indiana, one from the department (1994) and one from the School of Science (1996). He also received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from California State University at Fresno in 1998. He received the Outstanding Research Award from the Southern California Earthquake Center in 1999. Professor Keller received the Don J Easterbrook, Distinguished Scientist Award from the Geological Society of America in 2004.
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