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Lisa Grant Ludwig

By Tamirra StewartPublished: March 01, 2010

Associate Professor at UC Irvine
cohs.uci.edu


Age: 46
City of residence: Irvine
Family: My husband; Erika, Kevin, Rachael, Reece, Riley and Ross; and two doggie delinquents, Kipper and Ginger
First job: It barely paid the bills, but I was an intern for the Mono Lake Committee. Those bumper stickers that say “Save Mono Lake” – that was us. I used to hand out bumper stickers and teach.
Who or what inspires you: My Christian faith, really the only inspiration – that, and my family
Advice to other women in business: Pursue what you love – then it doesn’t seem like work. It’s just part of life, and it makes life worth living.
What you do to unwind: I read my Bible. Also, I like to walk the dogs and spend time with my family.



« Lisa Grant Ludwig studies earthquakes.
   
“I’m fascinated by research,” she says. “I’m interested in both science and solution.” 
   
Ludwig’s part of the solution is a recently published study that is shaking up earthquake theory.
   
“Geological faults are not behaving as scientists once expected,” she says. “We’ve been turning over the most popular model so that it changes the way we calculate earthquakes.”
   
Her research focuses mainly on the San Andreas Fault, one that is certainly familiar to Californians and, she says, is the one that could cause a large earthquake.
   
Think the earthquake in 1994 was the big one? Think again.
   
“The last big earthquake in Southern California was in 1857,” she says. “There is no one alive today who has seen the big one.”
   
And this is what makes Ludwig’s findings so important.
   
“Part of the solution is what we do about risk and hazards,” she says, “And a big part of that is to understand what the problem is to begin with.”



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