SIU Geologist's Earthquake Educational Kiosk Wins Award
April 04, 2018
Harvey Henson, Interim Director of the STEM Education Research Center and Assistant Professor of Curriculum & Instruction and Geology at SIUC and his colleague Scott Hodgson (former SIUC faculty), Professor of Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communication at University of Oklahoma won the Faculty Interactive Multimedia and Emerging Technologies Competition of the Broadcaster Education Association (BEA). The team competed against over 1,540 entries to win the Best of Festival Award competition with their Earthquake Preparedness Kiosk. Only 18 “Best of” awards are given out each year and BEA received entries from approximately 175 colleges and universities across the US for this year’s competition. Henson and Hodgson, along with their guests, will be honored during BEA's 16th annual convention and special awards ceremony in Las Vegas on Monday, April 8th. During the ceremony, recipients will be recognized with a special screening of their winning project and a cash award of $1,000 from the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation.
The interactive earthquake preparedness kiosk helps residents of southern Illinois learn how to reduce damage to their homes and prevent injuries during an earthquake. The kiosk includes information about earthquake hazards in Illinois, safety tips and more than 80 how-to videos on home preparedness, and is located outside the entrance to The Science Center in the University Mall in Carbondale. Additional kiosks are being developed and planned for deployment summer 2018. The project is a collaboration between SIU and the University of Oklahoma in partnership with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC), with funding support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Motorola Solutions Foundation.