Peter Langdon Ward
Born August 10, 1943 – Washington, D.C. Married, four grown children.
1981 Executive Program, University of California at Davis
1970 Ph.D. Columbia University
1967 MA Columbia University
1965 BA Dartmouth College
Primary Leadership and Committee Experience:
|2001-2003||Chairman, Board of Trustees, Partnership for Public Warning, ppw.us|
|1998||Retired to Jackson, Wyoming|
|1997-1998||Chairman, Working Group on Natural Disaster Information Systems under the|
Subcommittee on Natural Disaster Reduction (SNDR) of the Committee on
Environment and Natural Resources (CENR), Office of Science and Technology
Policy (OSTP) in the White House.
|1997-1998||Member, Disaster Information Task Force requested by Vice President Gore to|
determine the feasibility of a Global Disaster Information Network.
|1997-1998||Member, Subcommittee on Natural Disaster Reduction under CENR within OSTP.|
|1977-1998||Member, Working Group on Crisis Management, under Committee on Information|
and Communication within OSTP.
|1996-1998||Leader, development of a Real-time Hazards Initiative that integrates hazards|
programs across all four divisions of the USGS. Provided briefings for Department
of Interior leaders, Office of Management and Budget and others.
|1996-1998||Chairman, USGS Committee on Serving High-volume, Rapid Notifications to plan|
more effective dissemination of real-time information in all four Divisions.
|1995||Member, Outreach Benchmark Team of the USGS.|
|1994-1999||Associate Editor, Bulletin of the Geological Society of America.|
|1992-1995||Member, Education and Outreach Policy Advisory Board, Southern California|
Earthquake Center, and Chairman of the Public Information/Affairs Committee.
|1990||Conceived of, wrote, produced, raised $750,000 outside of the government, hired a|
public-relations firm, and involved more than 100 people in many different
agencies in review of a magazine distributed in 41 newspapers and 3.3 million
copies about earthquakes in northern California and what people can do about
them. Received Public Affairs Award of the Department of Interior, highest award
of the National Association of Government Communicators, and was a Finalist for
Federal Employee of the Year Award in 1991.
|1984-1989||Member, interagency working group on research drilling into Novarupta vent,|
|1984-1988||Member and USGS representative, advisory panel to the Department of|
Geoscience, University of California, Santa Barbara.
|1977-1979||Member, Geophysical Prediction Panel of the Geophysics Study Committee,|
National Academy of Sciences
|1977-1978||Coordinator, Earthquake Prediction Program. Between 1975 and 1978, led|
development of strategic plans for NEHRP, National Earthquake Hazard Reduction
Program, passed by congress in 1977. Guided program through a tripling of the
budget. Briefed Secretary of Interior, the President’s Advisory Panel on Anticipated
Advances in Science and Technology, and many others.
|1976-1977||Member, Earth Dynamics Advisory Subcommittee, NASA.|
|1975-1977||Chief, Branch of Seismology, which became Branch of Earthquake Mechanics and|
Prediction. Led group of 200 scientists and support staff.
|1974-1979||Member, Advisory Panel for Magma Energy Research, Sandia National Labs.|
|1974-1975||Coordinator, Geothermal Research Program within the Branch of Seismology.|
|1973-1977||Leader, Working Group on Research on Earthquakes and Crustal Movements in|
Volcanic Regions, International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the
|1973-1978||Member, Committee on the Solid Earth, Pan American Institute of Geography and|
History, Commission on Geophysics.
|1973-1975||Developer, Center for Seismic Studies in the Nicaraguan government. Found USAID|
and Nicaraguan funding and led training and installation of seismic networks.
|1970||Project Director for developing 13 ultra-high-gain broad-band, long-period seismic|
systems and installing them in 5 countries for monitoring nuclear tests.
Leadership Outside of Science:
|1981-Present||Owner and developer of Happiness Country Kennels, a dog and cat kennel|
currently boarding, on average, more than 45 animals per night and employing
|1974-1979||Founder and leader of Sviraci, a five-person Balkan folk-dance orchestra.|
|1963-1964||Vice President, Dartmouth Outing Club|
|1962||Hutmaster, Lakes of the Clouds Hut, Appalachian Mountain Club.|
|1959||As Junior Counselor and Junior Maine Guide, developed Maine Woodsman and|
Maine Junior Woodsman programs published in The Art of Living Outdoors in
Maine, Maine Camp Directors Association, 1961