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
"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
"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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university, a flagship institution in the State University of New
York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's
more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through
more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree
programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of
the Association of American Universities.