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Scientists and Research Groups

    Dr. Margaret Leinen   
    Assistant Director, Directorate for Geosciences
    National Science Foundation
    Welcome and Introduction to the Online Workshop
    (start on April 22)

    Dr. Ellen J. Prager    
    President, Earth2Ocean, Inc , author of Furious Earth: The Science and Nature of Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis
    Earthquakes and Tsunamis: Frequently Asked Questions and the 12/2004 Asian Event
    (April 25-29)

    Dr. Jody Bourgeois    
    Professor, Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington
    Detecting Tsunami Deposits: Reconstructing pre-historic tsunamis
    (May 2-6)

    Dr. Harry Yeh
    Professor, Ocean Engineering
    Oregon State University
    Tsunami Propagation and the Onshore Effects: Theories, Experiments and Field Observations
    Presentation available May 6 (Q &A May 9-11)

    Dr. John Orcutt          
    Deputy Director for Research, Scripps Institution of Oceanography 
    Assoc. Vice Chancellor, UCSD                                
    Director, UCSD Center for Earth Observations and Applications
    President, AGU
    Secretary of the Navy/Chief of Naval Operations, Oceanography Chair
    Tsunami Warning Systems: The Intersection of Research and Policy
    (May 9-13)

    Dr. Gerard Fryer
    Associate Geophysicist
    Hawai`i Institute of Geophysics & Planetology; School of Ocean & Earth Science &Technology
    University of Hawai`i at Manoa
    Tsunami advisor to Hawaii State Civil Defense
    Warning the Public

    Dr. John Lahr,
    Emeritus US Geological Survey Geophysicist specializing in seismology and earthquake location programming. 
    Classroom Connections: Lessons and projects related to earthquakes and tsunamis.
    (starts April 25)

    Dr. Daniel Cox

    Associate Professor, Coastal and Ocean Engineering
    Director, O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory, Oregon State University
    Largest Tsunami Wave Basin in the world. Modeling tsunamis waves and exploring coastal mitigation.
    Content available beginning Wednesday April 27. (Q&A Dr. Cox: April 27-30)

    Dr. Havidan Rodriguez
    , Director
    Dr. Tricia Wachtendorf, Univesity of Delaware
    Dr. Jim Kendra, University of North Texas
    Social science reconnaissance team's reports on impacts of the tsunami on Sri Lanka and India: Data related to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery from this devastating tsunami.
    Presentation by Dr. Wachtendorf available May 5 (Q&A May 8-10)

    Other Invited Guest Experts(more info coming soon):

    • Dr. William Knight, West Coast and Alaska TSUNAMI Warning Center
    • Dr. Jose Borrero, University of Southern California
    • Joyce Stark, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, NOAA (Office of Education and Sustainable Development); and Science Teacher


  • help educators promote public awareness and knowledge about tsunamis
  • provide chance to interact with scientists whose current research relates to tsunamis
  • help teachers understand the nature, causes and impacts of recent tsunami
  • assist scientists in communicating research results to the education community
  • help teachers and students realize that the tsunami is not only a scientific event, but involves health, economics, technology, and many other fields
  • highlight the value of knowledge in preparation and response to tsunamis or other natural disasters

Online Workshop Components
Keynote Presentations "Room"
The workshop will feature guest lecturers/scientists who are experts in various topics relating to tsunamis. The keynoters will present informative and thought-provoking materials, written in text format, PowerPoint, and web-based audio and video formats. They will also be available to respond to questions online and to generate conversation among the participants on their topic.

Virtual Field Trip Center
Participants will have the opportunity to experience virtual field trips to the Hinsdale Wave Laboratory with its tsunami wave basin at Oregon State University and to the Snohomish delta area near Everett, WA to look at tsunami deposits.

Resource Center and Classroom Applications
Participants will be able to take advantage of a database of resources related to the topic, with links to articles and pertinent web sites, etc. Guest experts will offer ideas for incorporation of tsunami lesson plans and materials into classroom curriculum.

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