Experts Available on Many Aspects of Japan's Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Crisis

Released: 3/18/2011 3:45 PM EDT
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Newswise — The following University of Washington experts are available for reporters to contact in the wake of the massive Japan earthquake of March 11 and resulting tsunami. (Note: The list is updated as events warrant and is available at http://www.washington.edu/news/uw-earthquake-tsunami-experts.)

NUCLEAR RADIATION THREAT TO NORTH AMERICA

Dan Jaffe, professor of science and technology, University of Washington Bothell. He is an atmospheric chemist who was the first to document air pollution from Asia crossing the Pacific Ocean to the West Coast.

NUCLEAR ENGINEERING

Norman McCormick, professor emeritus, mechanical engineering and (formerly) nuclear engineering. He is an expert on risk analysis for nuclear systems. He wrote the textbook Reliability and Risk Analysis: Methods and Nuclear Power Applications, and is co-author of the soon-to-be-published Risk and Safety Analysis of Nuclear Systems.

Robert Albrecht, professor emeritus, electrical engineering and (formerly) nuclear engineering. He served as a consultant to the Japanese nuclear agency in the 1980s and visited the Fukushima plant. His expertise is nuclear reactor dynamics and reactor physics. A

Uri Shumlak, professor of aeronautics and astronautics. He can answer general questions about nuclear reactors and safety, though his research focuses on an experimental type of fusion reactor, not a commercial fission reactor like the ones used in Japan.

Roger Raman, research scientist in aeronautics and astronautics. He is following the situation in Japan and can answer general questions, though his research focuses on an experimental type of fusion reactor, not a commercial fission reactor like the ones used in Japan. Raman is in Washington, D.C. the week of March 14 but reporters can e-mail raman@aa.washington.edu with questions or to arrange a phone interview.

NUCLEAR RADIATION AND HEALTH

Scott Davis, professor and chair of epidemiology, and member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Davis is an expert on the short- and long-term effects of radiation, and has conducted extensive studies on people who were children at the time of the Chernobyl disaster.

Michael Yost, professor, environmental and occupational health sciences. He works on remote sensing tools to monitor the environment and workplace.

NUCLEAR PHYSICS

R.G. Hamish Robertson, professor of physics. He conducts research involving subatomic particles called neutrinos and currently is operating a germanium detector, a high-resolution gamma-ray detector, to see if any products from nuclear fission in Japanese reactors are observed.

EARTH SCIENCE

Jody Bourgeois, professor of Earth and space sciences. She is a tsunami expert who has done extensive research on the northern Pacific Coast of Asia, as well as in the Puget Sound area. She currently is doing research with seismologists at Hokkaido University in Japan and experienced the great quake first-hand.

John Vidale, professor of Earth and space sciences. He is director of the Pacific Northwest seismic network and can discuss earthquake and tsunami dangers in the Pacific Northwest.

Heidi Houston, professor of Earth and space sciences. She is an expert in the physics of large earthquakes.

Kenneth Creager, professor of Earth and space sciences. He is a seismologist who can discuss earthquake dangers in the Northwest.

Brian Atwater, affiliate professor of Earth and space sciences, research scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey. He is uses geology to study the history of tsunamis and has done extensive research in the Pacific basin.

Bill Steele, coordinator of the UW seismology laboratory. He can discuss earthquake and tsunami dangers and preparedness.

EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING

Marc Eberhard, professor of civil and environmental engineering. He is an expert in the behavior and design of reinforced concrete and earthquake engineering, and he led a technical panel that visited Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. He is at 206-543-4815 or

Jeffrey Berman, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering. He is an expert in seismic design and blast considerations for steel structures.

Charles Roeder, professor of civil and environmental engineering. He is an expert on seismic behavior of steel and composite structures, including knowledge of Pacific Northwest structures.

John Stanton, professor of civil and environmental engineering. He is an expert on earthquake engineering, including seismic isolation.


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