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Memo to war editors: Updated list of UC Berkeley events, stories, media resources

– The Media Relations office at the University of California, Berkeley, is issuing periodic memos to war editors with information that may be useful in covering the conflict in Iraq. This is our second correspondence.

Experts List: Conflict with Iraq
We have very recently added a number of new experts to our list at http://www.berkeley.edu/news/extras/iraq/. You'll find contact information there for the faculty members listed below, and for many other scholars willing to be interviewed about war-related issues.

Burning Oil Wells in Iraq

  • Lisa Alvarez-Cohen, professor of civil and environmental engineering, can talk about what it would take to clean up after an oil field fire.

  • Tad Patzek, professor of civil and environmental engineering, can discuss the scope of the damage that would result if an Iraqi oil well or pipeline were destroyed or burned.

  • Kent Udell, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Berkeley Environmental Restoration Center, is an expert on the environmental and energy production ramifications of oil field destruction in Iraq.

War and Words

  • George Lakoff, professor of linguistics and a senior fellow at the Rockridge Institute, a progressive think tank, believes that "metaphors can kill," and has written articles that explore the use of metaphor by major figures in the current war and in the 1991 Gulf War, and by the media outlets who have covered the conflict.

Bioterrorism and Infectious Diseases

  • Dr. Tomás Aragón, executive director of UC Berkeley's Center for Infectious Disease Preparedness, is available for interviews about the challenges of preparing for and responding to a bioterror attack, as well as on what safety precautions clinical providers and the public can reasonably take.

Biological Origins of War, Terrorism

  • Dr. Malcolm Potts, professor of public health and family planning, has studied the biological underpinnings of war. With Thomas Barnes, professor of history and law, he teaches a course, "Understanding War."