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Haas School hosts teach-in on Katrina impacts
 

12 October 2005

ATTENTION: Business writers, editors

Contact: Ute Frey, Haas School of Business
(510) 642-0342 frey@haas.berkeley.edu


WHAT
A teach-in at the University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business about the economic and business impacts of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast and on the nation. Richard Lyons, acting dean of the business school, will host the event, at which top campus experts in fields ranging from macroeconomics and real estate to catastrophic insurance and crisis management will hold panel discussions.

WHEN
This Friday, Oct. 14, 1-4 p.m.

WHERE
The Wells Fargo Room of the Haas School of Business

WHO
Faculty members from the Haas School and from across campus will hold three panel discussions - on the hurricane's economic impact, on rebuilding efforts, and on crisis management and leadership.

Katrina's Economic and Business Impact on the United States - 1:05 p.m.

- Moderator Dean Richard K. Lyons, the Sylvan Coleman Professor of Finance at the Haas School and an expert on international finance and macroeconomics

- Severin Borenstein, the E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at the Haas School, director of the UC Energy Institute, and an expert on the airline industry

- Jim Wilcox, the Kruttschnitt Family Professor of Financial Institutions at the Haas School and former chief economist at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Washington, D.C.

Managing and Leadership During and After a Crisis - 2:10 p.m.

- Moderator Pino Audia, an assistant professor in the Haas Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Group who researches organizational decision-making

- Michael Lebsack, a lieutenant commander of the U.S. Coast Guard and head of the Incident Management Division in San Francisco. He recently returned from Mobile, Ala., where he assisted with Coast Guard recovery efforts.

- Karlene Roberts, professor in the Graduate School, Haas Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Group. She researches the design and management of organizations in which failure can lead to catastrophic consequences.

- Nora Silver, executive director of the Haas Nonprofit and Public Management Program, who created a system for managing community-led disaster response that has been applied to major natural disasters and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks

Rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf Coast - 3 p.m.

- Moderator Dwight Jaffee, the Willis Booth Professor of Banking, Finance, and Real Estate and co-chair of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the Haas School. He is a leading expert on catastrophe insurance.

- Mary Comerio, a UC Berkeley professor of architecture who currently is developing a campus research center on reducing the risks from catastrophic events such as earthquakes, hurricanes or terrorist attacks

- Thomas Davidoff, an assistant professor in the Haas Real Estate Group who researches the relationships between income and housing prices and between macroeconomic conditions and housing prices

- Robert Bea, professor of civil and environmental engineering, who has expertise in the construction and maintenance of offshore oil platforms and pipelines. He just returned from New Orleans, where he investigated the organizational failures and the failure of the levee system.

- Raymond Seed, professor of civil and environmental engineering and an expert on soil/structure interaction, slope stability and performance of dams and waste fills. He recently returned from New Orleans, where he investigated the failure of the levee system.

DETAILS
Teach-ins were popular at UC Berkeley in the 1960s and, while not as frequent or informal as they were in the past, are still used on campus today to foster student and faculty interaction about major current events. Acting Dean Lyons is continuing the tradition on Friday with a teach-in on how one of the biggest natural disasters to strike the United States will impact business and the national economy.