Announces May’s “Peer to Pier” Interview

Website founder Meg Pier converses with Dr. Jian Lin, senior scientist of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Boston, MA, May 04, 2011 --( Dr. Jian Lin, a senior scientist with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, is featured as the subject of the monthly “Peer to Pier” interview column on (

An expert on earthquakes and native of China, Dr. Lin explains how his interest in earth science was triggered while in high school by the 1976 Tangshan earthquake, which had a magnitude 7.8. Lin also describes how just two months later, China’s political landscape changed dramatically as well, with the passing of the Chairman Mao Zedong era opening up new educational, economic and cultural opportunities for its citizens.

“Jian’s story is a profound reminder of how quickly the status quo can change–for better, or worse,” said Meg Pier, proprietor of “I learned a great deal about the inner workings of this planet of ours in this conversation with Jian, not the least of which is its ever-present inter-connectivity.”

In the interview Lin provides a “tour” of geologic hot spots, deep sea hydrothermal vents and the abyssal terrain, offering insight into the factors that contribute to earthquakes and efforts being made to better forecast these events.

Launched in April 2009, has served as an online oasis for those searching for inspiration through the prism of travel. ViewfromthePier’s free membership provides a daily dose of inspiration in the form of a photo with a quote every morning to the subscriber’s personal email. The site also offers a bi-monthly essay that is part-travelogue, part life lesson; the “Compass Rose,” a regular in-depth destination feature focusing on a facet of a given region's culture or broader travel themes; and the monthly “Peer to Pier” interview that profiles interesting people with whom founder Meg Pier has met, offering a window into a country or area. The website serves as a destination for those seeking inspiration. To learn more, please visit Also, follow Meg on Twitter @ViewfromthePier or become a fan of on Facebook.

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Chet Murray