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Geoscience, Volcano

Months of Geologic Unrest Signaled Reawakening of Icelandic Volcano

Months of volcanic restlessness preceded the eruptions this spring of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull, providing insight into what roused it from centuries of slumber.



Lessons From Deepwater

In the 24-hour news cycle era, the Deepwater Horizon oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico already feels like an event from yesteryear, an event that had its 15 minutes of news domination during the summer of 2010 then made room for the next big story once the wellhead was capped.


Arts and Humanities


Haitian recovery, Recycling, Architecture Education, Service Learning, Green Building

Students Design Community Center from Shipping Containers for Haiti


Some Iowa State architecture students are creating a community center out of recycled shipping containers in a Haitian village. Last summer, they spent a week in La Croix, a town of about 15,000 people. Now, they're taking an independent study to develop the details of their design--testing ideas and techniques on a "practice" container near campus.



Real-Time Emergency Response: Oil Spill Responders Share Information Through Regional Pilot Programs


The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico reminded emergency managers just how critical it is to share up-to-date information in a disaster. When the oil washed up on beaches and threatened lives and property, many agencies had to coordinate rapidly to contain the threat.



Supply Chain, Supply Chain Management, Disaster Relief, Humanitarian, Information Technology, Modeling, Management

Supply Chain Management Important to Disaster Relief


A professor of business information technology is working on developing new approaches for modeling disaster resilience that will enable decision makers to gain a better understanding of the tradeoffs inherent in managing supply chain operations during a disaster.



bauxite, Kolontar, Hungary, Carbon Sequestration, oil field brine

Can Hungary's Red Sludge be Made Less Toxic with Carbon?


The red, metal-laden sludge that escaped a containment pond in Hungary last week could be made less toxic with the help of carbon sequestration, says an Indiana University Bloomington geologist who has a patent pending on the technique.



University Study Links Fetal Distress with Maternal Hurricane Exposure

Colorado State University finds adverse health effects in second/third trimesters.



Flooding, Flood Risk, DHS Science and Technology Directorate, US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) , Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL), Pakistan, Natural Disasters, Southeast Region Research Initiative (SERRI) , National Center for Computational Hydroscience and Engineering (NCCHE) , University Of Mississ

Modeling Pakistan's Flooding- A Fact Sheet on DSS-WISE


New computer model software is being used to simulate Pakistan's flooding, estimate the drawdown of the floodwaters, and predict how long it will take the waters to recede.



Environment, Disasters, Computer Engineering, data collection, Citizen Scientists, Monitoring, Communication Technologies, Gulf Coast oil spill

‘Citizen Scientists’ Could Help in Response to Environmental Disasters

Jules White, with the Virginia Tech College of Engineering, seeks to create a massive data collection system that would rely on information captured by “citizen scientists” who would use devices such as smart phones to take photographic evidence from the site of disaster areas. Once collected at a single source, scientists and other responders could quickly sift through data, and decide how best to react.



FEMA, RITA, Gulf Coast, New Orleans, Katrina, Hurricane

RTI International to Assess Health Effects in Children Who Lived in FEMA Trailers Following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita

To better understand the potential health effects among children who lived in temporary housing provided by the government following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, scientists at RTI International plan to monitor a group of children currently ages 2 to 15 who live in the affected region.

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