Lori Peek is professor in the Department of Sociology and director of the Natural Hazards Center and at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on socially marginalized populations in disaster, and she leads several efforts to move social science research into policy and practice. Peek is co-author of Children of Katrina, author of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11, and co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora. She also helped write Safer, Stronger, Smarter: A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazard Safety—which is the first comprehensive natural hazards-focused school safety guidance for the nation. Peek is the principal investigator of the National Science Foundation-supported CONVERGE facility, the Social Science Extreme Events Research (SSEER) network, and the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Extreme Events Research (ISEEER) network.
Rick Rogers, Professor of Sociology and Institute of Behavioral Science Fellow, teaches and conducts research within the areas of social demography and medical sociology. He is especially interested in social, economic, demographic, and behavioral differences in health and survival. He recently completed an in-depth examination of trends and patterns in early life mortality in the United States. Currently, he is working with David Pyrooz and Ryan Masters to investigate mortality risks among gang members. Overall, his research endeavors to better understand ways to improve health and lengthen life.
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