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HAITI DISASTER EXPERTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

As international efforts to rescue and repair Haiti are under way, University of Houston professors are available to shed light on Haitian history, earthquakes and engineering. Research interests and contact information are available below.

If you are unable to reach a professor, call Mike Emery at (713) 743-8186 or Marisa Ramirez at (713) 743-8152.

FINDING FAULT
Using advanced radar-like laser technology, Shuhab Khan, professor of geology, works to identify and map faults that may or may not produce earthquakes. Reach him at sdkhan@uh.edu or (713) 743-3411.

STRUCTURAL STRESS TESTS
Thomas Hsu, founding director of the Thomas Hsu Structural Research Laboratory on the UH campus, tests the behavior of whole structures when threatened by real-life destructive forces such as earthquakes. Hsu is available at thsu@uh.edu or (713) 743-4268.

DO’S AND DON’TS OF DISASTER RELIEF
UH economist Tom DeGregori deals extensively with our capability for anticipating and countering famine, disease, and other natural disasters like the Haiti earthquake. Reach him at trdegreg@uh.edu or (713) 743-3838.

SURVIVORS STRUGGLING WITH POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS
Patrick Bordnick, an associate professor at the UH Graduate College of Social Work, runs a lab equipped with a virtual worlds simulator used to treat victims of natural disasters suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Reach him at bordnick@uh.edu or (713) 743-2086.

EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING
Engineering professor Yi-Lung Mo develops methods of determining the seismic load of structures, as well as systems and materials to be used to build or retrofit bridges and buildings to make them earthquake resistant. Reach him at yilungmo@egr.uh.edu or (713) 743-4274.

HAITIAN HISTORY
UH associate professor of World Cultures and Literatures Marie-Theresa Hernandez has extensively studied the history of Haiti, particularly French history. Reach Hernández at mthdz@uh.edu or (713) 743-3074.

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