International Area Studies and The College of Arts and Sciences will host the lecture “Supporting Haitian Infrastructure Reconstruction” as a part of International Cafe, on Thursday, October 21, 2010 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Macalister Hall, room 2019/2020.
During the past summer, a team of Drexel faculty and staff affiliated with Drexel Engineering Cities Initiative (DECI) traveled twice to post-earthquake Leogane, Haiti. Professors Franco Montalto, Michael Piasecki, Mimi Sheller, Patrick Gurian and DECI research coordinator Jen Britton assessed the status of the water and sanitation infrastructure and engaged local citizen stakeholders in a process of assembling data about what priorities Leoganais would apply to rebuilding these systems. The systems include irrigation and drainage canals, household water supply points and latrines. During the second trip the DECI team organized a consensus-building stakeholder workshop in Leogane to build a water infrastructure planning framework for the city, and they are currently analyzing the results. During this talk, members of the team will discuss what they learned in Haiti and the nature of participatory research and will share some of the early findings and conclusions. You can follow news on the project, on Leogane, and on Haiti via @HaitiWater on Twitter.
This is a free event open to the Drexel community. Food will be provided. Macalister Hall is at 33rd and Chestnut Streets.
For more information, email Jacqueline Rios at email@example.com.
In addition, a workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation and organized by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute was held on September 30th and October 1st, to review all of the projects the NSF funded in post-earthquake Haiti. The workshop offered a unique opportunity for focused cross-disciplinary discussions and collaboration for the hazards research community. A number of workshop resources are now available online.
Presentations from both days of the workshop are available on the EERI Haiti Earthquake Clearinghouse, along with all the breakout session report-back slides. The EERI Haiti Clearinghouse hosts many other interesting resources including EERI reconnaissance reports, reports from other investigations, links to other programs, blogs, factsheets, etc.
The Haiti RAPID Projects Online Poster Room, hosted by the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEEScomm), will remain open on the NEEShub indefinitely. We recently added the remaining project posters, and now have a full set of 32 RAPID project posters. You may view and download any of the posters in the room by clicking the link next to ‘View/Download Poster’. In this room (near the top), you will also find a link to a PDF that includes all the RAPID award abstracts and a short biography of each Principal Investigator. The RAPID poster room is open to browse at your convenience.