NPR's Talk of the Nation: UB doctoral candidate discusses reconstruction efforts in Haiti

Release Date: January 26, 2010

Pierre Fouche, a Haitian doctoral candidate in the UB Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was a guest on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation yesterday. Fouche, who studies earthquake engineering with Michel Bruneau, UB professor of civil engineering, discussed reconstruction efforts in Haiti along with Lawrence Vale, an expert in post-disaster reconstruction at MIT. The interview may be heard at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122986056. WBFO aired a story based on the interview, which may be heard at http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wbfo/news.newsmain/article/0/1/1604602/WBFO.News/UB.earthquake.engineering.student.hopes.for.strict.building.codes.in.Haiti. The story also reports that Andre Filiatrault, professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering, is heading up a UN team now in Port-au-Prince that is assessing the integrity of the remaining structures. Fouche also was quoted in an article in Homeland Security Newswire about Haiti's archaic building practices.

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