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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

Catastrophe! Natural Disasters, Sustainability, and the Future of Civilization with IU Professor Michael Hamburger

Tuesday, April 16, 7-8:15 p.m.
Hutton Honors College Great Room (811 E. Seventh St.)
Open to the public; light refreshments will be provided.

We've heard a lot about protection of the environment, but what about protection from the environment? Over the past several years, natural disasters—hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and tornadoes—seem to be wreaking havoc on our globe, and some are a threat in our own backyards. From the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami to Superstorm Sandy, natural disasters are claiming hundreds of thousands of lives and consuming billions in economic resources. Although natural disasters are not often considered as elements of sustainability policy, they represent the ultimate test of a civilization's sustainability. The program will examine the causes and impacts of mega-disasters, discuss humans' role in creating the disasters or exacerbating their impacts, and explore how we can mitigate the effects of natural disasters that will undoubtedly affect our future. No sign up required; light refreshments provided.

Michael Hamburger is a professor of Geological Sciences at Indiana University. His research, teaching, and service interests include earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, land slides, tsunamis, and their causes, consequences, and predictability. He is also heavily involved in science outreach programs, including serving as a leader in the Princeton Earth Physics Program, a nationwide project to bring seismology research to the public school curriculum. He serves on the Earthquake Advisory Board of the Indiana State Emergency Management Agency. At IU, he led a campus-wide sustainability initiative and serves as co-chair of the Campus Sustainability Advisory Board. Later this month, he will receive the 2012-13 IU Bloomington Distinguished Service Award. For the IU news release on the award, click here. For more information about him and his work, click here and here.

This program is co-sponsored by the Hutton Honors College and the Wells Scholars Program.

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