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Researcher's Fieldwork Builds Understanding of Community Resilience, Recovery in Face of Disaster

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A researcher at the University of Kansas is part of a $20 million, five-year project funded by National Institute of Standards and Technology that enables engineers, computer scientists, economists, urban planners and sociologists to study how communities recover from disaster and become more resilient to future adversity.

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The Hidden Traumas of Disaster

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In the aftermath of disasters – hurricanes, earthquakes, epidemics, armed conflict, and the like – it is difficult to describe the true extent of damage wrought on society.

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EPA Administrator’s Global Warming Remarks Uninformed, Not Factual, Experts Agree

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Researchers Compare Pollution Levels Before And After Hurricane Harvey

Although understanding the wide-ranging effects of disasters is vital for an effective public health response, a lack of baseline data has made it difficult to attribute post-disaster changes in environmental conditions to the impacts of disasters.

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S&T-Funded Tools Help Get Ahead of Storms

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DHS S&T's HV-X platform integrates forecast and planning data to provide emergency managers with decision support tools for use in advance of and during tropical weather.

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Professor to Study Mental Health of Hurricane Maria Victims in Puerto Rico

Last year, Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, becoming one of the worst natural disasters in U.S territory. Ivelisse Torres Fernandez, an assistant professor at New Mexico State University and a native of Puerto Rico, has begun a study to examine the mental health of aid workers who are helping residents in Puerto Rico and are victims of the storm.

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Building to Withstand Natural Disasters Pays Off, New Research Shows

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A new study has found that for every $1 spent to exceed building codes and make new structures more hazard-resistant, society saves $4. Retrofitting saves $6. Doing both could prevent 600 deaths, 1 million injuries and 4,000 cases of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Handling Disasters Differently Critical For Coastal Cities

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The field of urban planning is gaining interest as cities around the world, including nearby Houston, are facing increased exposure to weather-related risks and hazards ranging from sea level rise and flooding to temperature build-up and urban heat island effect.

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How Coast Guard Response Is Benefitting from S&T’s University Partnerships

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Using this visual, user-centered platform, USCG decision makers could spot the stations most capable of responding to the disaster and helped prioritize the restoration of stations in need of repair.

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Government Funding of Hospital Coalitions a Good Deal, ASU Research Finds

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New research by Arizona State University Professor Jonathan Helm finds that not only do health-care coalitions that share information have better patient outcomes, the benefits extend far beyond disasters.







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