Association, President, 2009–2011; Board of Directors, 2006–2009; Past President, 2011–2013
The Geological Society of America, Campus representative
June 3, 2010: Geology of the Nisqually River Basin: Nisqually Stream Stewards, Yelm, Washington.
April 13, 2010: Centralia Rotary Club Presentation
November 18, 2009: Centralia Kiwanis Club
September 21, 2009: Geology of the White Pass area: at the White Pass Country Historical Society Museum in Packwood.
Plenary speaker at International Conference on Natural Areas Vancouver, Washington USA Sept. 16, 2009
August 2009, Discovery Channel interview in: Engineering volcanoes
Field trip to investigate Mount Rainier lahar deposits for Teachers on the the Leading Edge NSF-sponsored workshop, July 30th, 2009
July 18, 2009 National Park Interpretive Program speaker series: Paradise Lodge at Mount Rainier
WA State Historical Society Capitol Museum Uncovering Mount Rainier’s Geologic History: The Beauty and the Hazards, July 13, 2009
Geology of the Nisqually River watershed presentation for the Nisqually Stream Stewards, June 3, 2009
June 3, 2009: Geology of the Nisqually River Basin: Nisqually Stream Stewards, Yelm, Washington.
March 25, 2009: Geology of Washington Symposium presentation: Holocene buried and submerged forests of Washington and Oregon—Time capsules of geologic, environmental, and climate history Northwest Scientific Association
March 16, 2009: Mount Rainier—The volcano that came to dinner: American Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, Washington Chapter meeting, Tacoma, Washington.
January 2009: Discovery Channel interview in: Volcanoes—Sci-tech
2007–2008 under construction...
March 7, 2008, Seattle Times: Hikers discover massive landslide in southwest Washington. Interview with Erik Robinson of The Columbian
2006 Keynote presentation “Volcanic History and Hazards of Mount Rainier” at the first Citizen Science Symposium (Lacey, WA) sponsored by the Nisqually Reach Nature Center (Oct. 21) http://www.nisquallyestuary.org/Luhr_Lore_Winter07.pdf
2006 Summer Lecture Series Presentation on Mount Rainier at the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge (August 9)
2006 Presentation to the Northwest Geological Society (May 16)
2006 Lyceum Presentation at Centralia College (May 4)
2005 Invited Presentation “An overview of its past history and impacts on volcanic hazards awareness (or, an active volcano in our backyard changed the way we think about volcanoes)” at the Geofest 2005, US Forest Service national minerals and geology workshop celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US Forest Service.
2005 Presentation “Mt. St. Helens--25 years later” at the Washington State Library Washington Reads lecture series.
2004 Presentation on the “Buried and submerged forests of Washington” at UW Burke Museum
2004 Presentation on the “Buried and submerged forests of Washington” to the stream stewards class sponsored by the Nisqually River Education Project
2003 Invited speaker for the International Forest Products Society Annual Meeting, Bellevue, WA.
2003 Colloquium presentation at Western Washington University
2003 Presentation on the “Geologic History and formation of the Nisqually River valley” to the stream stewards class sponsored by the Nisqually River Education Project
2003 Training presentation on “west side geology” for Washington State Parks Stewardship program
2002 Vancouver (BC) Paleontological Society. “Volcanoes, earthquakes, and landslides—How buried and submerged trees are revealing secrets of our geologic and environmental history—a virtual field trip"
2002 Port Townsend Marine Science Center (a/a):
2002 Olympia Rotary Club a/a
2002 Spokane Geological Society a/a
1999 Univ. of Washington invited speaker: Mount Rainier Centennial Symposium
1999 Washington State Historical Society invited speaker: Mount Rainier Centennial Lecture Series.
1998 MacFarlen Lecturer, University of Kentucky
Exceptional Faculty Award, Centralia College 2009 http://www.centralia.edu/news/faculty.html
2006 and 2007: I received an M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Partners in Science Grant with Jo Martens (Centralia High School, WA) Title: Use of radiocarbon dating and dendrochronology to investigate a submerged forest in Mud Bay (Eld Inlet) near Olympia, Washington. In May 2007 we presented our provisional findings including two radiocarbon ages in a poster at the Geological Society of America Cordilleran Section Meeting in Bellingham, Washington at Western Washington University. The complete poster can be found online at http://www.dnr.wa.gov/geology/pubs/pubs_ol.htm. (Caution, this is a very large file). The abstract can be found online at http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2007CD/finalprogram/session_19950.htm . Additional findings appeared in Martens, Jo; Pringle, Partick T.; Polenz, Michael, 2008, New radiocarbon ages on possible submerged forests in Eld and Henderson Inlets near Olympia, Washington [abstract]: Northwest Scientific Association, Annual Meeting, 80th, unpaginated.
2005 Spring Quarter Washington Reads Award: Presented to Patrick Pringle from Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed and State Librarian Jan Walsh for authorship of Roadside geology of Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and Vicinity.
2002 and 2003: I received an M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Partners in Science Grant with Russ Weaver (Heritage High School, Vancouver, WA). Title: Use of dendrochronology to date and better understand the Bonneville landslide, Columbia River Gorge, Washington. Russ and I presented our preliminary results at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (2003). In 2004, Russ was awarded a $7,000 supplemental grant from the trust. I wrote a summary of our grant work that appears on p. 2 of an online article: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/geology/pubs/dgernews/dgernews_v1no1.pdf
Commissioner of Public Lands Award of Appreciation for contributions during the 2001 Nisqually Earthquake: I briefed Governor Gary Locke during this emergency and served at the Emergency Operations Center.
Commissioner of Public Lands Leadership Award, 2000
Invited Speaker, National Risk and Insurance Mgmt. Assoc., Annual Mtg. 1998, Seattle WA
1998 MacFarlen Lecturer, University of Kentucky, Lexington
1995, Keynote lecturer, Saskatchewan Geological Survey Annual Open-House, Saskatoon
Northwest Technical Writing Association award 1993 for IC-88.
U.S. Geological Survey Special Achievement Award for publications on the eruption and debris-flow history of Mount Hood, Oregon, 1987
Graduate Fellowship—Department of Geologic Sciences, U. C. Santa Barbara, 1984-85
I have enjoyed working with the media on several specials for television, as well as for radio and video productions. Examples include NOVA, BBC, Discovery Channel, TLC, KING 5 special, and Oregon Field Guide. At least one TV production (e.g. “Landslide”; Discovery Channel) is now used in classrooms across the country. I served the Washington State History Museum as technical support for the Mount Rainier Centennial Exhibit in 1999 and with a guest interview in a video on semi-permanent exhibit, “The Three Faces of Time”. I helped Pierce County produce a video on Mount Rainier volcanic processes for local television.
Here are a few links to media interviews:
http://www.geotimes.org/apr04/feature_MountRainier.html 2004 Geotimes
interview with Lisa Pinsker
http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20011124/toc.asp 2001 Science News (Sleeping Beauty)
2016 Review of 7 chapters in The Roadside Geology of Washington by Marli Miller (Univ. of OR)
2008 Review of one chapter of "Journey back in time" educational guide for teachers.
Reviewer for BOV: Sisson, T. W.; Vallance, J. W., 2008, Frequent eruptions of Mount Rainier over the last ~2,600 years: Bulletin of Volcanology online, DOI 10.1007/s00445-008-0245-7, [24 p.].
Adjudication referee: Iverson, Richard M.; Schilling, Steven P.; Vallance, James W., 1998, Objective delineation of lahar-inundation hazard zones: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 110, no. 8, p. 972-984. [accessed Apr. 10, 2002 at http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Glossary/Lahars/Publications/IversonOthersGSA98/framework.html]
Reviewer: Tilling, Robert I., editor, 1989, Volcanic hazards: American Geophysical Union (International Geological Congress, 28th, 1989, Short Course in Geology, Volume I), 123 p.
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