UT to hold forum on Japan disaster, response

March 18, 2011 | News, UToday
By Jon Strunk

Experts from across The University of Toledo will shed insight into the recent natural disaster in Japan and the nation’s response to the crisis during a free, public forum Monday, March 21, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ingman Room.

“This is a tragedy that touches and affects millions and to understand it, you have to look across disciplines and fields of study,” said Dr. Frank Calzonetti, vice president for research and economic development.

Topics that will be discussed and speakers will be:

• “The Japanese Earthquake and Associated Tsunami” by Dr. David E. Krantz, associate professor of geology;

• “The Physics of Nuclear Power Plants” by Dr. Thomas Kvale, professor of physics and director for undergraduate research;

• “Elements of Nuclear Plant Design and Engineering” by Dr. Doug Nims, associate professor of civil engineering;

• “Public Health Concerns Over Radiation Release in Japan and in the U.S.” by Dr. Ishmael Parsai, professor of radiation oncology; and

• “The Response on the Ground in Japan — Local Conditions and Government Action” by Dr. Joseph Hara, senior lecturer in Japanese language and culture.

The forum will conclude with a question-and-answer session.

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