Press Release for Wednesday, October 28, 2009

International Expert Discusses Reducing Losses from Natural Disasters


Joanna Norris, Assistant Director

Department of Media Relations and Events

(904) 620-2102


The University of North Florida presents Dr. Eve Gruntfest, an internationally recognized expert in the areas of warning systems, flash flooding and integrating social science into atmospheric science, on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center Board of Trustees Room. She will discuss “Reducing Losses from Natural Disasters: New Models.”


Gruntfest will describe new models for reducing vulnerability and losses from natural disaster events such as hurricanes and floods. These models integrate the perspectives of both weather scientists and experts on human behavior. This lecture is intended for emergency managers, decision makers, community leaders, weather scientists, social scientists and the general public.


Gruntfest is currently program director of the Social Science Woven into Meteorology program at the National Weather Center and the University of Oklahoma. She is also Professor Emerita in the Geography and Environmental Studies Department at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She has been working in the field of natural hazard mitigation for more than 30 years.


This free lecture is generously supported by the Mark Workman Fellowship Grant, a gift established in honor of Dr. Workman by Stephanie and Gerald Mitchell.

For more information about this event, contact Dr. Radha Pyati, UNF Environment Center, at (904) 620-1918.