You don't have to be a scientist or a scholar to want to learn the answers to these questions and more about these monster waves of destruction that have affected countries and people around the world.
The University community and the general public are invited to a free public lecture on tsunamis from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, May 23 at The University of Texas-Pan American Library Auditorium.
The University will have on hand world renowned tsunami expert and scientist Dr. Harry Yeh from Oregon State University who will talk about the 2011 Tohoku tsunami in Fukushima, Japan that killed more than 18,000 people and caused the nuclear meltdown that has permanently displaced tens of thousands. Yeh, who is a familiar face on national media when this type of disaster strikes, was part of a team that became the first to investigate the scale of damage from the Tohoku tsunami.
The second speaker will be The University of Texas-Pan American Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, a social scientist and former director of the University of Delaware's Disaster Research Center, the oldest and one of the leading social science disaster research centers in the world.
Rodríguez, who is co-author of the "Handbook of Disaster Research" (Springer, 2007), will present on the social, economic and political consequences of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami regarded as the deadliest tsunami in recorded history. Having the energy of 23,000 Hiroshima-type bombs, that tsunami resulted in more than 230,000 people killed in 14 countries, massive destruction and enormous economic, environmental, and social impacts as well as new examinations of disaster consequences and emergency preparedness and management.
The lecture is part of a National Science Foundation/Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences Regional Conference titled "Solitons in Two-Dimensional Water Waves and Applications to Tsunami," hosted this year by UT Pan American. See the conference website for a complete schedule. For special accommodations or more information, contact Dr. Kenichi Maruno at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Virgil Pierce at email@example.com.