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Mrs. Seena N. Hoose

Registered Geologist (CA), Certified Engineering Geologist (CA)
Deceased 16 Sep, 2008
 
Mrs. Hoose, 67,of Cupertino, served on the California State Mining & Geology Board’s Geohazards, Minerals & Geologic Resources, and Policy & Legislation committees.
 
"Having worked with Mrs. Hoose for the last three years, I am deeply saddened by her death,” SMGB Executive Officer Stephen Testa said. “This is a tremendous loss for the Board. Mrs. Hoose brought a great deal of experience and perspective to us, worked tirelessly on behalf of the residents of California, and had the respect of all of those with whom she worked, served and regulated. When the Board was considering matters, she was always the first to remind us that the Board serves the public’s interest.”
 
Mrs. Hoose was an engineering geologist for the Santa Clara Valley Water District when appointed to the SMGB by Governor Schwarzenegger in March 2005. From 1993-2001, she served on the Board for Geologists and Geophysicists at the appointment of Governor Wilson. Mrs. Hoose served as associate geologist for the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board and research geologist for the United States Geological Survey. She was a registered geologist, certified engineering geologist, and certified hydrogeologist. In the early 1970s, she authored one of the leading papers about the phenomenon of earthquake-caused liquefaction while with the United States Geological Survey.
 

Mrs. Hoose was the second woman in the University of California system to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of California-Santa Barbara and her master’s in geology from San Jose State University. Mrs. Hoose was a member of the Geological Society of America, Association for Women Geoscientists, Association of Engineering Geologists and Groundwater Resources Association.

Mrs. Hoose is survived by her husband Robert, sons Shawn and Rowan, and Shawn’s wife, Dori.
The SMGB operates within the Department of Conservation and has certain autonomous responsibilities and obligations. The SMGB serves as a regulatory, policy, and appeals body representing the state's interest in geology, geologic and seismologic hazards, conservation of mineral resources, and reclamation of lands following surface mining activities.
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