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Haitian Tragedy: Faculty Experts Available for Commentary

Release Date: January 14, 2010

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- University at Buffalo faculty -- including earthquake engineering, disaster, trauma and communication experts -- are available to discuss the tragic earthquake in Haiti.

A listing of the experts and their commentary is available at http://newstips.buffalo.edu.

Several of the worst possible ingredients have combined to create the disaster that resulted from Tuesday's 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, says UB's Andre Filiatrault, PhD, a leading expert on earthquake resilience and shake-table testing of structural and nonstructural buildings.

"A massive catastrophe like the Haiti earthquake has immediate and long-term effects on mental and physical health beyond the direct injuries and illnesses suffered during the event and its aftermath," cautions Steven L Dubovsky, MD, UB professor and chair of psychiatry.

"We're seeing some very successful initiatives using social media for large-scale mobilization of resources," says UB's Michael Stefanone, an expert on the use of social media and its impact on how information is used and disseminated.

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