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Public Policy School panel on Katrina response

9. September 2005 • Murph
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Short notice, but the Policy School is hosting a panel at 3pm today, First Response to the Hurricane Katrina Disaster,

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the School of Public Health and the School of Engineering are co-sponsoring a panel discussion “First Response to the Hurricane Katrina Disaster” on Friday, September 9 th at 3:00 p.m. in the Pendleton Room of the Michigan Union on the campus of U-M. A panel of discussants will review what happened in the Gulf and why it has resulted in the largest natural disaster in U.S. history.

Coming to Ann Arbor to participate in this event is Professor Louise Comfort, a member of the faculty of public and urban affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. She is widely recognized for her work in organizational theory, studying disaster response management. She has consulted for a variety of organizations; include the Public Administration and Development Management Division of the United Nations.

Nik Katopodes, Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UM’s School of Engineering will talk about his work in flood prediction and hydraulic engineering. He has written extensively on active flood hazard mitigation and the prevention of levee failure.

Matthew Boulton is in the Department of Epidemiology and Associate Dean for Practice in the School of Public Health. He is working to develop a comprehensive strategy for the School of Public Health to improve the public health workforce, establish the academic health department model, and enhance applied research. He is the Director of both the public health/preventive medicine residency in the School of Public Health and the university-wide bioterrorism preparedness initiative.

The panel will be moderated by Matthew Naud, the Environmental Coordinator and Assistant Emergency Manager for the City of Ann Arbor and a 1990 graduate of the Masters of Public Policy Program at the Ford School.



  1. I made it to this forum, it was packed. Thanks for the heads up.

    No one had a good thing to say about the current government priorities that throw a lot of gear (“toys”) at bioterrorism and not much at basic things like dams and levees and basic public health measures.

    I tagged some of the stuff that flew past at http://del.icio.us/vielmetti . It seemed clear that the science crowd knew full well the risks to New Orleans of their aging levees.
       —Edward Vielmetti    Sep. 9 '05 - 11:49PM    #
  2. Here’s decent notes from one of my housemates .
       —Murph    Sep. 10 '05 - 11:31AM    #