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Experts Available to Talk about Japanese Disaster


Experts Available to Talk about Disaster in Japan

UC Riverside experts can talk about disaster management, nuclear plants, earthquake tectonics and safety and the historical and cultural implications of the disaster in Japan

(March 21, 2011)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -- The University of California, Riverside has several experts who can speak about the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. They can talk about topics including disaster management, nuclear plants, earthquake tectonics and safety and the historical and cultural implications of the disaster in Japan. The following professors are available for interviews:

Erik Rolland, a professor of information systems, and Bajis Dodin, a professor of operations management & management science, are experts in disaster management. Drawing on mistakes made following Hurricane Katrina, they recently were two of the authors on a paper, “Decision support for disaster management,” that introduced modeling and solution methods that enable near-real time solutions to disasters. Rolland can be reached at 951-827-3694 or erik.rolland@ucr.edu. Dadin can be reached at 951-827-4284 or bajis.dodin@ucr.edu. For more information about Rolland: http://bit.ly/fJanzu. For more information about Dadin: http://bit.ly/e3qOCr.

Kenneth Barish, a professor of physics, can comment on nuclear plants, how they work and what happens when they are damaged. For example, he can explain why stricken Japanese nuclear plants are unlikely to send harmful radiation to the U.S. West Coast. He can also comment on full meltdowns, what exactly they involve, and whether they can trigger nuclear explosions. He can be reached at 951-827-5023 or kenneth.barish@ucr.edu. For more information about Barish: http://bit.ly/dWqpt1

David Oglesby, an earthquake expert, is available to talk to reporters about the science of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, general issues surrounding the tectonics of the area, building safety, how earthquakes in Southern California differ from the recent earthquake in Japan, and how people can best prepare for an earthquake. He can be reached at 951-827-2036 or david.oglesby@ucr.edu. For more information about Oglesby: http://bit.ly/eLJO5S

Annmaria Shimabuku, an assistant professor of comparative literature, can speak about cultural and historical implications of the disaster in Japan, in particular the Japanese revival of national pride and the impact on minorities in Japan. She can be reached at 951-827-1423 or annmaria.shimabuku@ucr.edu. For more information about Shimabuku: http://bit.ly/eVIsff.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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