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NSF Webcast: Learning from Haiti    
Researchers, recently returned from the site of the earthquake disaster, share experiences and observations

Every disaster leaves critical clues in its wake -- not only about its cause, but also about how to protect lives in future emergencies.  Following the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti, researchers were on site within days to gather such clues before they were lost forever to  weather, recovery and reconstruction.  

On Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at 2:00 PM EDT, NSF hosted a webcast featuring three of those researchers—geophysicist Eric Calais of Purdue University, civil engineer Reginald DesRoches of Georgia Tech, and social scientist Liesel Ritchie of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder—to discuss their work in Haiti and around the world.  They were joined by social scientist Dennis Wenger, who discussed how U.S. and global agencies use disaster research to save lives.

Who: Geophysicist Eric Calais, Purdue University
Structural engineerReginald DesRoches, Georgia Institute of Technology
Social scientist Liesel Ritchie, Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado at Boulder
Social scientist Dennis Wenger, National Science Foundation
What: A discussion on rapid-response research around the world, including preliminary observations and findings from the earthquake disaster in Haiti.  Learn more about the speakers, and see images and video from their work, at www.nsf.gov/haiti2010.
When: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at 2:00 PM EDT
Where: The archived video of the webcast is now viewable on the home page of this Special Report.


Media Contacts

Joshua Chamot
National Science Foundation
(703) 292-7730

Elizabeth K. Gardner
Purdue University News Service
(765) 494-2081

Ruth H. Gregory
School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
(404) 385-3171

Peter Caughey
Office of Media Relations and News Services
University of Colorado at Boulder

Elizabeth Lock
Office of Media Relations and News Services
University of Colorado at Boulder
(303) 492-3117

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A hanging roof at St. Louie de Gonzague School in Haiti, evidence of the strong shaking during the earthquake.
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Children in Haiti clean debris from the streets following the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake.
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Damage in downtown Jacmel, Haiti.
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