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Rory Connell

Rory Connell poses with his dog, Addie.

Rory Connell is pursuing a Master's Degree in Sociology from the Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware. He became interested in earthquake hazard mitigation primarily through working at the Disaster Research Center, supervised by Dr. Kathleen Tierney. He has also worked extensively on the Center's hospital mitigation study as well as an assessment of Project Impact, the Federal Emergency Management-sponsored community mitigation program.

Rory's research project identifies the impediments that health care facility operators and owners must overcome before undertaking the rehabilitation of existing structures and systems, as well as the incentives that might make these actions possible. Entitled "Hospital Rehabilitation: Impediments and Incentives" the study, which includes thirteen focus groups from hospitals in New York, California and Tennessee, also identifies the criticality of different hospital systems and functions immediately following a disaster event. Rory is currently analyzing the qualitative data from this study, which contains both quantitative and qualitative data, for his master's thesis.

When asked about his future plans, Rory said, "I plan to complete my degree at the end of Summer, 2002. Then, I will look for work in government or organizational emergency management."

Rory currently serves as the Student Leadership Council (SLC) vice-president, and was responsible for contributing the column on the activities of the SLC in this issue of the Bulletin.

In his free time, Rory plays guitar in a Philadelphia-based music group. His other interests include songwriting and home recording, movies, writing short stories, reading, going to baseball games and painting.

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