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Exploring California's hazards

11 February 2005

ATTENTION: Environmental, public safety, real estate and insurance writers and editors

Contact: By Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations
(510) 643-5651 kmaclay@berkeley.edu

"Living Dangerously -- California's Hazards," a panel discussion at the University of California, Berkeley. Experts will explore potential natural and manmade disasters that could befall the state and a population projected to reach 50 million over the next 20 to 25 years.

5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15

Room 305, Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley. The building is near the intersection of Bancroft Way and College Avenue.

Panelists will include:

* Mary Comerio, a UC Berkeley architecture professor. The author of "Disaster Hits Home" (1998) as well as UC Berkeley's Disaster Resistant University Study in 2000, will talk about earthquake risks in California's urban areas.

* Michael Nacht, dean of UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy and an expert on national security and foreign policy.

* Nick Sitar, a UC Berkeley professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Center on campus. He will discuss earthquakes, landslides and coastal erosion.

* Austin Troy, a professor in the University of Vermont's School of Environment and Natural Resources. He will talk about natural hazards in California and the role of information and disclosure.

UC Berkeley's Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD) is hosting this program as part of the "California at 50 Million" series, taking a leadership role in exploring how much and what kind of investment California needs in the coming years, how natural resources can be preserved and protected, and what options exist for delivering and managing critical services. More information about future IURD colloquia is at http://www-iurd.ced.berkeley.edu/events.htm.