University of Pittsburgh
January 12, 2005

Tsunami: Causes, Impact, and Response

University of Pittsburgh to Conduct Free Policy Forum Jan. 25
Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH—The Dec. 26 tsunami in the Indian Ocean basin that resulted in more than 160,000 deaths was not only the worst natural disaster in centuries, but also presents massive challenges for government and nongovernmental agencies responding to the relief efforts and working to minimize future dangers. The University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) will explore issues relating to the devastating tsunami in a free policy forum titled "Tsunami: Causes, Impact, and Response," from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 25, Room 2500 Posvar Hall,

230 S. Bouquet St., Oakland. For more information, call 412-624-6660.

Cosponsored by Pitt's Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH), Asian Studies Center, Global Studies Program, and Ford Institute for Human Security, the event will be moderated by GSPIA Dean Carolyn Ban and will feature the following presentations by Pitt faculty:

"Life of a Tsunami and Geospatial Analysis of this Coastal Hazard," by William Harbert, chair, Department of Geology and Planetary Sciences;

"Communication, Coordination, and Collective Action," by Louise Comfort, GSPIA professor of public and urban affairs;

"The Day After: The Role of Nongovernmental Organizations in Disaster Relief and Reconstruction," by Paul Nelson, GSPIA assistant professor of international development; and

"Tsunami 2004: From Global Disaster to Personal Action" by Robbie Ali, visiting assistant professor and director of the Center for Healthy Environments and Communities in GSPH.