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Press Release 11-184
From 9/11 to Now: Lessons from the Tragedy

Researchers share lessons from 9/11 and their impact on society and disaster response

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Photo of the Woolworth Building in New York City behind the collapsed World Trade Center.

The Woolworth Building in New York City is visible behind the rubble of the collapsed World Trade Center. The image was taken one week after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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Mansoor Moaddel, Professor of Sociology at Eastern Michigan University and Research Affiliate of the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan, is a world-renowned expert on public sentiments in the Middle East. In this short interview, he describes his research to understand how populations in the Middle East responded not only to 9/11, but also to U.S. involvement in Iraq and the broader cultural shifts underway in the region. You can read more about the views of Egyptians and Moroccans to 9/11 in this paper. For more on Moaddel's research, see his full interview with NSF.

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Mansoor Moaddel, Professor of Sociology at Eastern Michigan University and Research Affiliate of the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan, is a world-renowned expert on public sentiments in the Middle East. In this full interview, he describes his research to understand how populations in the Middle East responded not only to 9/11, but also to U.S. involvement in Iraq and the broader cultural shifts underway in the region. You can read more about the views of Egyptians and Moroccans to 9/11 in this paper.

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Sheldon Jacobson of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an expert in operations research, and while his efforts have stretched from vaccine stockpiling to statistics, his studies on security continue to influence policy and practice, including screening activities at airports. In this short interview, Jacobson discusses the evolution of airport screening. In a recent issue of IIE Transactions, he is co-author on a paper that looks at how comprehensive airport screening may actually be less effective than more targeted screening approaches. For more on Jacobson's research and his work over the last decade, see his full interview with NSF.

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Sheldon Jacobson of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an expert in operations research, and while his efforts have stretched from vaccine stockpiling to statistics, his studies on security continue to influence policy and practice, including screening activities at airports. In this full interview, Jacobson discusses the evolution of airport screening. In a recent issue of IIE Transactions, he is co-author on a paper that looks at how comprehensive airport screening may actually be less effective than more targeted screening approaches.

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James Kendra, director of the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware, and Tricia Wachtendorf, the center's associate director, were both present in New York City in the days following 9/11. In partnership with colleagues from the Center, Kendra and Wachtendorf learned valuable lessons as they observed activities at Ground Zero and at response facilities. In this short interview, they describe how emergency responders improvised to save lives immediately following 9/11. What they learned about improvised solutions for that continually evolving situation has wide-reaching implications for disaster management. For more information on their research, see their full interview with NSF.

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James Kendra, director of the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware, and Tricia Wachtendorf, the center's associate director, were both present in New York City in the days following 9/11. In partnership with colleagues from the Center, Kendra and Wachtendorf learned valuable lessons as they observed activities at Ground Zero and at response facilities. In this full interview, they describe how emergency responders improvised to save lives immediately following 9/11. What they learned about improvised solutions for that continually evolving situation has wide-reaching implications for disaster management.

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Robin Murphy, director of the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue at Texas A&M University, was on-site at Ground Zero within 24 hours of the attack. She brought along a team of students and colleagues to deploy a cadre of robots to search the rubble for survivors and victims. The effort was a foundational moment in the development of her rescue robotics systems and was a precursor to her later efforts following Katrina, the 2011 Japanese earthquake, and other disasters.

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Sheldon Jacobson of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an expert in operations research, and while his efforts have stretched from vaccine stockpiling to statistics, his studies on security continue to influence policy and practice, including screening activities at airports. In this interview, Jacobson joins NSF Prototype host Josh Chamot to discuss recent developments from his research.

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