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Earthquake jolts WSU Nepali students into a plan
April 30, 2015

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

PULLMAN, Wash. – Already harried by semester-end studies, Nepali students at Washington State University have devised a plan to help their earthquake-stricken country.

Book recalls Exxon Valdez tragedy 25 years later
March 5, 2014

book-cover-220PULLMAN, Wash. – As Americans seek to balance increasing energy demands and environmental preservation, the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 25 years ago is examined in the newest release from Washington State University Press, “Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster.”

Colleges to conduct evacuation drill
April 11, 2008

PULLMAN—The WSU Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy will conduct an evacuation drill on Monday, April 14, at 8:50 a.m.

The exercise is expected to last less than an hour overall although classes will return to the buildings as soon as possible.  Passersby may notice faculty, staff and students in designated gathering areas and various people using handheld radios.  College officials stress that this will only be a drill and should not be a cause for alarm.

Also participating in the exercise will be WSU Police and Fire Services as well as the WSU Office of Emergency Management.  The emergency response vehicles will not … » More …

Perrow’s lecture will cover reducing disaster effects
March 26, 2007

The Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service will host a lecture by Charles Perrow, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Yale University, tomorrow, March 27 from 3:30-5 p.m. in Todd 116.The lecture, titled “Disasters Evermore?  Reducing our Vulnerabilities to Natural, Industrial, and Terrorist Disasters” will cover topics of US protection from natural, industrial and terrorist disasters through the reduction of vulnerabilities. Reduction techniques include deconcentrating populations in risky areas, and deconcentrating the storage of hazardous materials, to name a few.Charles Perrow is an internationally renowned organizational theorist and sociologist. He wrote Complex Organizations: A Critical Essay in 1972 and also wrote the award-winning … » More …

Blame: natural vs. human-caused disasters
March 30, 2006

When calamity strikes, who’s to blame? The line between natural and human-caused disasters is becoming more and more vague according to Eugene A. Rosa, Edward R. Meyer Professor of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy and professor of sociology at Washington State University.Rosa will discuss the differences and commonalities between natural and human-caused disasters at the last seminar in the Honors Program spring series at Washington State University Vancouver. The seminar is scheduled to begin 7p.m. Thursday, April 13, in the Multimedia Classroom Building, room 6.In the 19th century, agencies like insurance companies prompted creation of the legal category, acts of God, to avoid responsibility, Rosa … » More …

Fatigue a recipe for disaster in law, intelligence, security
March 29, 2006

As the nation digested the tragic events of 9/11, one big question arose: how could this have happened in a country that has some of the best, most well-funded intelligence agencies in the world? Did the CIA and FBI sleep through all the tell-tale signs of an upcoming terrorist attack? Bryan Vila, professor of criminal justice at Washington State University Spokane and a senior researcher associated with the university’s Sleep and Performance Research Center, suggests that the contrary might have been the problem. He points to the long work hours that are common in intelligence, law enforcement, and similar agencies as being the cause of … » More …

WSU Vancouver to host lecture series
February 27, 2006

The Honors Program at WSU Vancouver will present a series of seminars titled “Disaster: Natural, Social, and Political Forces Collide” beginning Thursday, March 9.All seminars are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise indicated, they will be held from 7-9 p.m. in room 6 of the Multimedia Classroom Building.The series will premiere with “The Quiet Environmental Crisis Confronting Native Americans,” lecture by Greg Hooks, professor and chair for the WSU Department of Sociology, Boeing Professor of Environmental Sociology and Senior Justice Fellow at Soros Institute.Upcoming events in the honors lecture series include:April 6 – “The Role of Coral Reefs in the Southeast Asian Tsunami” … » More …

Documentary filmmakers visit wood materials lab
August 29, 2005

Documentary filmmakers are visiting WSU’s Wood Materials and Engineering Lab today as part of a film project titled “Disaster Resistant Homes.”Dr. Dan Dolan, a WSU professor of civil and environmental engineering and an expert in low-rise building design, is the star of WSU’s portion of the film. For the film, Dolan will simulate how homes respond to natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes by conducting an experiment on a building wall. In the experiment, he will introduce different loads of stress onto the wall and push it until it fails, simulating actual natural disaster stress. It is a test that building designers and contracters … » More …