The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced a new program solicitation inviting proposals to conduct research into critical infrastructure and related systems regarding disasters and other extreme events. The research focus may be on aspects of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery from hazards and disasters. All proposals must be multidisciplinary. This solicitation is unique for NSF, in part because it is co-sponsored by both the Civil and Mechanical Systems and Social and Economic Studies Divisions, rather than a single division.
Complete information about proposal submissions may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf03518. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2003.
The Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder is working in cooperation with the Department of Sociology at Ankara University in Turkey to do a cross-cultural comparative study of hazards-related organizations. We are grounding this research in terms of ways that organizations may or may not have dealt with the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. This study is important for many reasons, including the fact that cross-cultural research such as this is rare. We hope that our survey questions, which should be answered from the viewpoint of your organization, will be applicable to the two cultures in which the research is being conducted.
We request that you take a few minutes to participate in our survey. Please go to http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/survey/organizations.html to fill out the online questionnaire. Your answers will remain confidential. We recognize that some questions are personal in nature, but please be assured that your responses will be held strictly in confidence. Your responses will be seen only by the research investigators and will not be distributed to any unauthorized individual. You will not be identified individually or by organization in any reports relating to this research.
Thank you in advance for your participation,
Dennis S. Mileti
Director, Natural Hazards Center
University of Colorado
Aytul Kasapoglu Professor, Ankara University
The Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI) and the Public Risk Mangement Association (PRIMA) are teaming up to provide scholarship funding for up to 60 people to attend the PRIMA Annual Conference in May 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada (see http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/conf.html for full details).
The "Small Entity Scholarship" is aimed at providing staff and officials of smaller local governments, schools, and nonprofits with a valuable opportunity in risk management. Recipients receive a variety of benefits, including travel/accommodation funds and discounted registration.
The scholarship application deadline is February 22, 2003. Eligibility information and an application may be obtained from PERI, 11350 Random Hills Road, Suite 210, Fairfax, VA 22030; (703) 352-1846; http://www.riskinstitute.org/news_article.asp?article_id=1015.
The Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), a research and development organization dedicated to controlling the avalanche problem in the Indian Himalaya, announces the first call for papers for an international symposium on snow and avalanche in warm climactic zones. The symposium will be held on April 21-23, 2004, in Manali, India. The focus will be on the mechanical and physical behavior of snow found in warm conditions, since little research has been done on snowpacks at temperatures above 10 degrees Celsius.
The symposium organizers propose publishing the proceedings in the Annals of Glaciology. For more information, contact S.S. Sharma, SASE, RDC, Him Parisar, Sector 37A Chandigarh UT 160036, India; tel: 0172 699804; fax: 0172 699802.
Paper submissions are invited for a conference that will compare texts about natural or human-made disasters with their socio-political impacts. "Texts" is loosely defined and may span myth and legend, historiographical writing, theoretical and philosophical treatises, plays, fiction, film, media coverage, and so forth. Finding words and images to describe and remember collective trauma is both a psychological necessity as well as a socio-cultural issue.
The conference, "Representing the Unimaginable: Narratives of Disaster," will be held at the University of Munster, Germany, on May 24-25, 2003. Abstract submission deadline is January 30, 2003. Send 250-word abstracts to Angela Stock, Englisches Seminar, Westfalische Willems-Universitat, Johannisstrasse 12-20, 48143, Munster, Germany; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI) will soon be sending out a regular electronic newsletter to keep interested folks current on new developments in risk management resources, products, and information available on PERI's web site.
Sign up by visiting http://www.riskinstitute.org and clicking on "receive news and updates via e-mail."
The ProVention Consortium, a global coalition of governments, international organizations, academic institutions, the private sector, and civil society organizations aimed at reducing disaster impacts in developing countries, announces a grant program to support innovative disaster risk management projects and encourage competent professionals dedicated to reducing disaster risk.
Students and young professionals from developing countries are invited to propose creative projects and ideas, ranging from research projects and professional internships to professional development programs. Proposals should focus on the links between disasters, poverty, and the environment, and should fall into one of three general categories: hazard and risk identification, risk reduction, and risk sharing or transfer. Awards will be made to proposals with the greatest potential of making a significant contribution to the field.Proposals must be received by February 28, 2003. Projects will be awarded a maximum grant of $5,000 and must be completed within six months of award under the guidance of the a faculty advisor or a mentor who is a disaster professional. Eligibility requirements and submission guidelines are available at http://www.proventionconsortium.org/projects/appliedres_application.htm.
Proposals must be submitted to ProVention Consortium Disaster Risk Grants, c/o Disaster Management Facility, The World Bank, MSN F4K-490 1818 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20433; e-mail (preferred): email@example.com.
[Below are a few recent job vacancies that are related to some of the myriad activities in which DR readers engage. Please contact the organizations directly for more information.]
Rapid Climate Research Assistantship
A 12-month full-time assistantship is available to work with rapid climate change research in the agricultural sector in Great Britain. The research will be comprised of two main components: synthesizing existing literature from management science, institutional economics, and disaster studies to develop a framework for identifying those forces shaping the capacity of organizations to respond to external pressures related to climate change; and participating in the field-testing of this framework among national, regional, and local stakeholders within the agriculture sector. The research assistant will facilitate workshop discussions and conduct semi-structured interviews.
Applications are due by February 28, 2003. Strong applicants will have a Ph.D. in a social science discipline. Interested candidates should send a resume to Mark Pelling, Geography Department, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7TX, UK; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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12) Some New Web Resources
[Below are some new or updated Internet resources we've discovered. For an extensive list of useful Internet sites dealing with hazards, see http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/sites/sites.html]
The African Center for Disaster Studies (ACDS) at Potchefstroom Christian University in South Africa aims to bring together practitioners from different fields to discuss issues related to disaster risk and management and has created a discussion forum. Free registration is required.
Copies of workshop sessions, presentations, and papers from the Public Risk Management Association 2002 Annual Conference are available on-line.
Copies of papers and presentations from the Public Entity Risk Institute's (PERI) recent community emergency services symposium are available free and on-line, under the "symposium papers" section on PERI's web-site. Paper topics span a variety of themes.
The province of British Columbia, Canada has produced an on-line dynamic hazard, risk, and vulnerability assessment tool that may be of interest to communities wishing to conduct a risk assessment.
[Below are some recent announcements received by the Natural Hazards Center. A comprehensive list of upcoming hazards-related meetings and training is available from our World Wide Web site: http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/conf.html]
How to Evaluate Humanitarian Action: An InterWorks Course. Sponsors: Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP), Johns Hopkins University, and the Cuny Center. Washington, D.C.: January 15-17, 2003. This course is designed specifically for those who undertake evaluations of humanitarian actions and will give participants an opportunity to examine the principles of good practice and reflect upon their own experiences. Complete information is available from Sheila Reed, InterWorks, 116 North Few Street, Madison, WI 53703; (608) 251-9440; e-mail: email@example.com; http://www.interworksmadison.com/humanaction.html.
The Second Annual Partners for Smart Growth Conference: Building Safe, Healthy, and Livable Communities. Sponsors: Local Government Commission and Pennsylvania State University. New Orleans, Louisiana: January 30-February 1, 2003. The conference will focus on forming new networks and levels of understanding among multiple smart-growth interests, including demography, transportation, housing, and the recent and continued threats to our national security and the safety of our communities. For more information, contact the Conference and Institutes Registration Department, Pennsylvania State University, Box 108, State College, PA 16804-0108; (800) 778-8632; http://www.outreach.psu.edu/.
2003 EQECAT, Inc. Catastrophe Management for the Americas Conference. Sponsor: ABS Consulting. Orlando, Florida: February 23-26, 2003. This conference will address solutions to the challenges faced by insurers, reinsurers, and other financial entities that manage extreme risks. Conference details can be obtained from Robert Healy, ABS Consulting, 16855 Northchase Drive, Houston, TX 77060; (510) 817-3101; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tenth International Conference of Fire Service Women. Sponsor: Women in the Fire Service, Inc. Denver, Colorado: April 23-27, 2003. The conference offers workshops on gender and diversity issues, fire service training, and leadership development. Conference registration information is available by calling (608) 233-4768; or at http://www.wfsi.org/Denverconf.html.
Second UCLA Conference on Public Health and Disasters (CPHDR). Sponsor: Center for Public Health and Disasters. Torrance, California: May 18-21, 2003. The health consequences of natural disasters cut across many disciplines. This conference will bring together academicians, researchers, policy practitioners, and professionals to stimulate a dialog to improve the public health response to disasters. For complete information, contact Tamiza Z. Teja, CPHDR, 1145 Gayley Avenue, Suite 304, Los Angeles, CA 90024; (310) 794-0864; e-mail: email@example.com; http://www.ph.ucla.edu/cphdr/conference.html.
The Second Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress. Sponsors: National Association of EMS Physicians, Foundation for Education and Research in Neurological Emergencies. Sitges/Barcelona, Spain: September 14-17, 2003. For more information, contact the Mediterranean Conference Secretariat, 611 East Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202; (414) 276-7390; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.emcongress.org.
Sixth European Sociological Conference: Disaster and Social Crisis Research Sessions. Sponsor: European Sociological Association. Murcia, Spain: September 23-26, 2003. Ten proposed sessions relating to the impacts of disasters and crises across a number of indicators are being planned for this conference. For information about these special sessions, e-mail N. Petropoulos: email@example.com. General conference information is available at Departamento de Congresos - Viajes CajaMurcia, Avenieda Gran Vía Escultor Salzillo, 5 - Entlo. Dcha., 30.004 Murcia, Spain; tel: 00 34 + 968 225 476; http://www.um.es/ESA/principal_ingles.htm.
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