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Volume XXXI • Number 5

May 2007 | Past Issues


The Natural Hazards Center

The mission of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder is to advance and communicate knowledge on hazards mitigation and disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Using an all hazards and interdisciplinary framework, the Center fosters information sharing and integration of activities among researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from around the world; supports and conducts research; and provides educational opportunities for the next generation of hazards scholars and professionals. The Natural Hazards Center is funded through a National Science Foundation grant and supplemented by contributions from a consortium of federal agencies and nonprofit organizations dedicated to reducing vulnerability to disasters.


Laurie Schmidt—Observer Editor
Christine Bevc—Research Assistant
Greg Guibert—Program Manage
Wanda Headley—Library Manager
Erica Kuligowski—Research Assistant
Sophia Liu—Research Assistant
Dennis S. Mileti—Senior Research Scientist
Leysia Palen —Research Affiliate
Lori Peek—Research Affiliate
Corey Reynolds—Program Associate
Diane Smith—Office Manager
Jeannette Sutton—Research Coordinator
Deborah Thomas—Research Affiliate
Kathleen Tierney—Director

Observer cartoons are drawn by Rob Pudim.

Send information of potential interest to the Center or the readers of this newsletter to the Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado at Boulder, 482 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0482; (303) 492-6818, (303) 492-2151 (fax); The deadline for the next Observer is May 25, 2007.

Natural Hazards Observer

ISSN 0737-5425
Printed in the USA
Published bimonthly. Reproduction with acknowledgment is permitted and encouraged.

The Observer is free to subscribers within the United States. Subscriptions outside the United States cost $24.00 per year. Back issues of the Observer are available for $4.00 each, plus shipping and handling. Orders must be prepaid. Checks should be payable to the University of Colorado. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express cards are also accepted.

Copies of the Observer and the Natural Hazard Center’s electronic newsletter, Disaster Research, can be downloaded free from the Center’s Web site:

Support the Natural Hazards Center

The success of the Natural Hazards Center relies on the ongoing support and engagement of the entire hazards and disasters community. The Center welcomes and greatly appreciates all financial contributions. There are several ways you can help:

  • Support Center Operations—Provide support for core Center activities such as the Disaster Research e-newsletter, annual workshop, library, and the Natural Hazards Observer
  • Build the Center Endowment—Leave a charitable legacy for future generations
  • Help the Gilbert F. White Endowed Chair in Hazards Mitigation— Ensure that mitigation remains a central concern of academic scholarship
  • Boost the Mary Fran Myers Scholarship Fund—Enable representatives from all sectors of the hazards community to attend the Center’s annual workshop

To find out more about these and other opportunities for giving, visit:

Contact Greg Guibert at or (303) 492-2149 to discuss making a gift. Or, send your contribution directly to the Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado at Boulder, 482 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0482.

A U.S.-based organization, the Natural Hazards Center is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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