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UGA experts available to offer commentary on Earthquake in Haiti

UGA experts available to offer commentary on Earthquake in Haiti

The following faculty experts from the University of Georgia are available to discuss a wide range of issues related to massive earthquake devastation in Haiti. Their contact information is included for your convenience. Please feel free to contact UGA News Service at 706/542-8083 or should you need additional assistance.

Cham Dallas (and group)
Institute for Health Management and Mass Destruction Defense
Cham Callas is the Director of the Center for Mass Destruction Defense (CMADD), a CDC Center in Public Health Preparedness, for which he has received millions in funding from the CDC over the last three years. His center has established a successful collaboration over the last 4 years between UGA, MCG, UT, AMA and the CDC for the development of the National Disaster Life Support (NDLS) family of courses, the Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS), Advanced Disaster Life Support (ADLS), and Core Disaster Life Support (CDLS).

Erin K. Lipp
Environmental Health Science
Area: Water quality and diarrheal diseases in general terms
Areas of Specialty: Water Pollution Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Microbial Ecology

Luke P. Naeher
Environmental Health Science
706/542-2454 (voice)
Area of Specialty: Air Quality, Environmental epidemiology, Exposure assessment. Research Interests: Human exposure assessment and epidemiological investigations relating to hazardous substances in the environment; Focus on indoor and outdoor air pollution, pesticides and other agriculture-related exposures; Diet-related exposures to persistent organic pollutants and metals.

Marsha C. Black
Environmental Health Science
Area of Specialty: water quality (related to chemical pollution)

Leara Rhodes
Grady College
Leara Rhodes, associate professor in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, serves on the Board of Directors of Partners in Progress for Rural Sustainability in Haiti. This program has projects including a preschool lunch program, an orphanage, a clinic, a school with 300 students in all grades, and programs for crop and water security. She also has worked with media personnel in radio stations, television stations, and newspapers over the last twenty years.

Larry Nackerud
School of Social Work
Larry Nackerud, professor in the School of Social Work, has been to Haiti four times in the last two years working on a community development project. He also has done research on the lack of resources in people’s lives in Haiti and on how the economic collapse of the United States resulted in the lack of reparations being sent by Haitians in the United States back to folks in Haiti.

Reinaldo L. Roman
Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
 ReinaldoRoman, associate professor in the department of history, is available to speak on the republic’s historical struggles and issues surrounding citizenship and religion.

Steve Brown
Cooperative Extension Service
Steve Brown, assistant dean for extension, has been involved in a UGA assisted peanut growing program in Haiti and could offer insight to the agricultural conditions of the area.