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Disaster Preparedness From National, Regional Perspectives
Lecture series features experts in government and academe.

Feb. 13. 2006 :: No. 131

"Natural Disasters and Disaster Preparedness: Voices of Experience," a public lecture series beginning Feb. 22 at Cal State Fullerton, features current and former representatives of the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, Caltech and the University of South Carolina's Hazards Research Lab.

"Given the number and variety of natural disasters around the world and the likelihood of their occurrence in Southern California, the subject is both timely and important," said series coordinator Susan Jacobsen, director of the University Honors Program and associate professor of English.

What We Should All Know About Natural Disasters – Feb. 22
Dennis S. Mileti
, a member of the Department of Homeland Security's National Social Science Research Center on Terrorism and author of "Disasters by Design," will join James Lee Witt, FEMA director from 1993-2001 and the first such director to serve on the president's cabinet, to launch the series Feb. 22. Their presentation, "What We Should All Know About Natural Disasters," is from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Titan Student Union's Portola Pavilion.

Dangerous Times, Dangerous Places – March 22
Lecture will examine vulnerability science with Susan L. Cutter, director of the Hazards Research Lab at the University of South Carolina and the author of several books, including "Living With Risk." She speaks at 2 p.m. in the Pollak Library's Rotary Club of Fullerton Room.

The Urban Earth: Hazards Science in Southern California – April 26
Seismologist Lucile M. Jones, scientist-in-charge of the U.S. Geological Survey's earthquake program in Southern California and a visiting research associate at Caltech, concludes the series April 26 with a 4-5:30 p.m. lecture on "The Urban Earth: Hazards Science in Southern California," in the TSU's Portola Pavilion.

"We're pleased that four experts with vast experience in different areas of natural disasters and disaster relief have agreed to share their knowledge with us," said Jacobsen, noting that the presenters also will meet with honors students.

The series is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, University Honors Program, Faculty Development Center and Continuing Learning Experience. Receptions will follow each of the talks.

The lectures are open to the public free of charge. Public parking is available in the university's Parking Lot A for $5 per vehicle.

Media Contacts:

Susan Jacobsen, University Honors Program,
657-278-3318                       
Paula Selleck, Public Affairs, 657-278-2414 or pselleck@fullerton.edu


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