Professors Available for Comment on Japan Earthquake/Tsunami and Nuclear Crisis

Article ID: 574426

Released: 15-Mar-2011 1:40 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: University of Kentucky

Newswise — UK physics professor Tim Gorringe, whose research focuses on experimental nuclear physics, is available to discuss the effects of the badly damaged reactors within Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, after recent explosions and fire.

Ottfried "John" Hahn is a professor emeritus in the UK College of Engineering's Mechanical Engineering department, where he teaches courses in nuclear engineering.

UK sociology professors Keiko Tanaka and Patrick Mooney traveled to Narita, Japan on Friday to begin work setting up study abroad programming at rural universities throughout Japan.

Zhenming Wang, head of the Geologic Hazards Section of the Kentucky Geological Survey, leads a research group in the fields of geologic hazards and seismic hazards, and their mitigation policies.

For more information from the KGS on the Japan earthquake, visit

UK geography professor Pradyumna P. Karan's, research focuses on development and environmental management and society-environment relationships in Japan and South Asia.

"The Indian Ocean Tsunami: The Global Response to a Natural Disaster," edited by Karan and released in January, documents the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami through a series of essays written by experts that range from Japanese scientists and German political scientists, to Australian public policy experts and French public health professionals.


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