Fall 2008 Environment & Society News Archive

On October 8, Jeannette Sutton presented on new social media in disasters and crisis response at NET-TECH, a DHS symposium on the uses of new technologies in disaster, (Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University, July 28) and later at the annual meeting of the National Emergency Managers Association (Portland, Oregon, September 10). Both seminars highlight research conducted with Department of Computer Science colleague and Hazards Center faculty affiliate Leysia Palen.


Ali Jordan attended the Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism (START) Annual Conference at the University of Maryland (UMD) in College Park, MD, September 18th-September 20th, to present preliminary findings on, Community Field Studies and Analysis of Preparedness Networks, led by Kathleen Tierney. She also presented a poster "Visualizing Collaboration: An Examination of Regional Preparedness Networks," ( by Kathleen J. Tierney, Jeannette N. Sutton, Christine A. Bevc, and Alexandra E. Jordan) which demonstrates the similarities and differences of regional disaster preparedness networks utilizing social network analysis.


Lori Hunter was interviewed for "Earth and Sky," a syndicated radio broadcast that plays on a global network of 1600 radio outlets. The broadcast explores her collaborative research on HIV/AIDS and natural resources in rural South Africa, and over the next couple of months, the interview will be heard 12 million times across the globe. Podcast here..


Brandi Gilbert received a grant from the American Evaluation Association/Duquesne University Graduate Education Diversity Internship Program for 2008-2009. This highly competitive and prestigious award is intended to train graduate students in evaluation research methods and involves participation in four evaluation seminars as well as an opportunity to attend the American Evaluation Association annual conference.


On October 8, Jeannette Sutton presented a briefing to the Department of Homeland Security's Citizen Corps, Cyber Security, and Federal Emergency Management Agency on "ICT-Enabled Peer-to-Peer Communications in Crisis and Disaster" in Washington D.C.


RoseMarie Perez Foster, Senior Research Associate with Environment & Society and the Natural Hazards Center, just returned from an October stay in Kyiv, Ukraine where she was Visiting Faculty at the Academy of Labour and Social Relations in Kyiv. She served as a consultant in the division of Social Management where she lectured in the area of community response to industrial disasters. RoseMarie was also an invited speaker at the Fifth International Symposium on Bio-Ethics in Kyiv (October 9-10) where she presented a paper on the ambivalence of the scientist in conducting responsible research with vulnerable human subjects.

The focus of RoseMarie's visit to Ukraine was to initiate a recently funded NSF grant project that will conduct a probability sampling of health and psychosocial outcomes in Ukranian communities exposed to radiation accidents such as the Chernobyl disaster of 1986. The project will be conducted in collaboration with the Ukraine Ministry of Health and an international team of investigators from the disciplines of psychology, disaster sociology, radiation physics and epidemiology.


Kathleen Tierney took part in a workshop at Beijing Normal University October 12-14. The workshop was the first in a series of capacity-building activities designed to bring together international experts in the areas of hazards and disasters, risk management, and governance issues to advise a new research center at Beijing Normal. Future activities will include annual summer training institutes and an ongoing fall workshop series.


On October 15, Kathleen Tierney presented an invited keynote paper entitled "Resilience as Structure and Process" at the 14th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering.


Lori Hunter attended a meeting in Beijing at the Institute of Population Research at Peking University, November 20-22, 2008. The meeting was on Urbanization, Environment, and Development in China and she attended on behalf of the journal Population & Environment. The journal will be publishing a special issue on the associations between demographic dynamics and environmental factors in China based on research presented at the Beijing symposium.


Liesel Ritchie made the following presentation in Barrow, AK: Use of Local Knowledge in Disaster Preparedness and Response: Perspectives from Social Science Research. Presentation at the North by 2020 Workshop, Barrow, AK. November 2008. Assistance in developing this presentation from Matthew Beres.