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Extreme Events in the News
April 2011

Several new stories have been added to the UB 2020 Strategic Strength on Extreme Events: Mitigation and Response website.

Avoiding Outer Space Collisions is Focus of Air Force-Funded Research by UB's Puneet Singla

Puneet Singla, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University at Buffalo, was recently chosen to receive a prestigious Air Force Office of Scientific Research award to develop more robust mathematical models to assess space situational awareness. The highly competitive Young Investigators Research Program award will fund Singla's research into "Information Collection and Fusion for Space Situational Awareness." Full story:

Religion, Spirituality Affect Health after Collective Trauma

In a new study published in the current issue of the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, researchers from the University of Denver, UB and the University of California-Irvine report that after a collective trauma—defined as a traumatic event that happens simultaneously to a large number of people (9/11, in this case)—religiosity and spirituality independently predict people’s health outcomes. The study, “The Distinct Roles of Spirituality and Religiosity in Physical and Mental Health after Collective Trauma: A National Longitudinal Study of Responses to the 9/11 Attacks,” was conducted by Daniel N. McIntosh, professor of psychology at UD; Michael J. Poulin, UB assistant professor of psychology; and E. Alison Holman, assistant professor of nursing science, UC-Irvine. Full story:

Emergency Mental Health Lessons Learned from Continental Flight 3407 Disaster

Trained mental health responders to the Continental Flight 3407 disaster outside Buffalo in 2009 share their lessons learned on mental health preparedness in an article that appears in the current issue of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. Gregory G. Homish, PhD, assistant professor of community health and health behavior at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions and a specialist in emergency preparedness, is first author. Full story:

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Upcoming Events of Interest

University-wide Strategic Event Planning Retreat

May 11, 2011,University at Buffalo

A University-wide planning retreat will be held in May to showcase the UB2020 eight Academic Strategic Strengths, and to highlight the accomplishments of the different strengths over the last four or five years.  Members of the Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) of the eight strategic strengths are invited to attend the planning retreat.  We also would like to hear from all of you regarding any suggestions and ideas for the event.  Please feel free to e-mail your suggestions to Adel Sadek.

Probabilistic Analysis of Volcanic Hazards: Current Methodologies and Vision for Future Efforts

May 16-19, 2011, University at Buffalo

This workshop will bring experts in modeling, computing, and statistical analysis together with field scientists to provide a comprehensive assessment of the current state of probabilistic volcanic hazard analysis. An additional outcome of this conference will be to define priorities for future research that are driven by the needs of stakeholders. Full story:

Quake Summit 2011: NEES/MCEER Annual Meeting: Earthquake & Multi-Hazards Resilience: Progress & Challenges

June 9-11, 2011, Hyatt Regency Buffalo and Buffalo Convention Center

Quake Summit 2011 is a combination of the annual meetings of the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) and MCEER. The event will feature nearly 100 presentations on the latest research in earthquake engineering and multi-hazards resilience designed to engage researchers, students and practitioners. Full Story:


Extreme Events in the News is sent to UB faculty and staff who have expressed an interest in the Strategic Strength on Extreme Events: Mitigation and Response. We welcome and encourage you to alert us to news items and announcements of interest. Please contact either Adel Sadek, Acting Chair, 645-4367, or Jane Stoyle Welch, MCEER, 645-5157, to let us know about your activities.

Website: UB2020 Extreme Events: Mitigation and Response
MCEER Tel: 716.645.3391