Program Agenda


Saturday, November 18, 2006
Redfield Auditorium

Noon - 4:00 pm
Morss Colloquium on Hurricane Katrina and its Impacts on New Orleans

12:00 - 1:00 pm
SGER research posters available for viewing in Redfield Lobby

        "Pathogenic Vibrio species in Lake Pontchartrain following Hurricane Katrina"  Olivia Nigro, University of Hawaii

        "Hurricane Katrina impact on the microbial water quality of Lake Ponchartrain and New Orleans canals: Application of Real Time PCR and IDEXX"  Dr. Christopher Sinigalliano, Dr. Maribeth Gidley and Dr. Helena Solo-Gabriele, University of Miami

          "Assessing the impact of Hurricane Katrina on microbial water quality in Lake Pontchartrain for fecal contamination and for indigenous pathogenic Vibrio bacteria"  Gayatri Vithanage and Dr. Roger Fujioka, University of Hawaii

          "HURRICANE KATRINA OUTREACH - Recording the Environmental Health and Social Impact on the People Who Live and Work in the Greater New Orleans Area"  Dr. Lisa Pitman  University of Miami

          "Microbial Community Change in Lake Pontchartrain after Hurricane Katrina"  Mark Dennett Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

1:00 - 1:10 pm
         Dr. Laurence Madin  Director of Research at WHOI

1:10 - 2:10 pm
        Hurricane Katrina - An Overview of One of the Nation's Worst Natural Disasters
        Dr. Marc Levitan  Director, Louisiana State University Hurricane Center and Charles P. Siess, Jr. Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering.
A 45 minute lecture will be followed by 15 minutes of questions.  Moderator, Dr. Rebecca J. Gast, WHOI

          Dr. Marc Levitan has been actively engaged in wind and hurricane engineering research, practice, and education for 20 years.   His areas of research include analysis and design of structures for hurricane re-sistance, wind and hurricane effects on critical and essential facilities, storm shelters, and industrial and petrochemical structures.  He is the founding Director of the LSU Hurricane Center and co-founder of the LSU Wind Tunnel Laboratory.  He chairs the ICC/NSSA Storm Shelter Standards Committee and the ASCE Wind on Petrochemical Structures Task Committee.  Other national service includes the Wind Load Subcommittee of ASCE 7, the ASCE Aerodynamics Committee, and the ASCE Wind Effects Committee.  He is President of the AAWE and chaired the recent 10ACWE.  The academic pursuits of Dr. Levitan are structural engineering and engineering for natural hazards.  Prior to joining LSU, he spent five years as the first Managing Director of the Wind Engineering Research Field Laboratory at Texas Tech University.

2:10 - 2:45 pm
         Water Quality and Bacterial Communities in Floodwaters Generated by    
            Hurricane Katrina
         Dr. Michael LaMontagne
and Brian Fry  McNeese State University
30 minute presentation, panel question and answer period to follow next talk

2:45 - 3:15
        Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Human Pathogens in Lake Pontchartrain
        presentation of SGER data
30 minute presentation, followed by panel question and answer period

3:15 pm
        outreach activities and public questions. 
Moderator, Dr. Rebecca J. Gast, WHOI

4:00 pm
        Morss Colloquium adjourns