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Distinguished Guest Lecturers

Colloquium: Lessons from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami
October 31, 2006

Dr. Stephen J. Atwood

Regional Advisor for Health & Nutrition
UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office
Bangkok, Thailand

Dr. Atwood has been actively involved in emergency response activities since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and was recently on special assignment as Director of Emergency Operations for the tsunami recovery effort in Indonesia. He advises the UNICEF Country Offices in the East Asia and Pacific Region in the formulation and application of health, nutrition, water, and sanitation policies. A graduate of Dartmouth Medical School and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine who has specialized in pediatrics, Dr. Atwood also represents UNICEF in global and regional forums for programmatic and strategic collaboration in health initiatives.
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Dr. Philip R. Berke

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of City and Regional Planning
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Berke’s current research projects address domestic and international issues in the areas of land use planning, natural hazard mitigation, and sustainable development. He has served as a consultant on land use and environmental planning to state and local governments, as a hazard mitigation specialist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and as a consultant on disaster recovery to international disaster relief organizations.
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Dr. Emile A. Okal

Professor of Geology
Northwestern University

Dr. Okal has extensive field experience in post-tsunami investigation and survey, including, most recently, as leader of two teams that assessed the effects of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in Madagascar and Oman. In addition to authoring nearly 200 scientific publications, he collaborated in the development of TREMORS, an automated distant earthquake detection system that allows the estimation of tsunami risk and is now deployed in Hawaii, Indonesia, and Chile.
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