july, 2020

01jul2:30 pm3:30 pmCoronavirus Conversations - Perfect Storms: Responding to Hurricanes while Addressing COVID-192:30 pm - 3:30 pm Virtual Meeting

Event Details

Wednesday July 1, 2:30 PM (EDT)


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As the US approaches the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, multiple long-term forecasts have predicted an unusually high number of hurricanes. If a hurricane strikes the US, actions taken in preparation and response will have to take COVID-19 into account. Local, state, and federal governments, as well as NGOs and individuals, must plan now for how to adequately respond to the potential for the impact of a major hurricane while also minimizing risks from COVID-19—especially for vulnerable populations who are most at risk both from COVID-19 and the effects of a landfalling hurricane.

Join Duke Science & Society and our panel of experts in a discussion of the hurricane season forecasts, the potential for further COVID-19 spread through typical hurricane response measures like evacuations or sheltering, and what additional measures must be taken to protect and respond to the needs of affected people.

Panelists :

Dr. Mark Abkowitz, Ph.D.,M.S., B.S., Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor of Civil and Environmental EngineeringProfessor of Engineering Management, Director, Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Elizabeth Albright, D.R., Duke University, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Environmental Science and Policy Methods, Chair, Environmental Economics & Policy Program, Nicholas School Of The Environment, Duke University

Lauren M. Sauer, M.S., Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medical School; Director of Operations, John Hopkins Office Of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR)


Andrew Pericak, M.E.M, Senior Research Analyst, Duke Initiative For Science & Society


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Coronavirus Conversations: A new, virtual event series from Duke Science & Society


As we practice social distancing, engage in online learning, and work remotely we are burdened with questions about how this pandemic is affecting our lives, the lives of those we love, and the society we are a part of. Over the course of this event series faculty and staff from Duke Science and Society will join academics, lawmakers, students, researchers, doctors, and others to shed some light on the events happening around us and what life will start to look like moving forward.

We will have moderated, casual lunch-time discussions with brief Q&A held via Zoom chat.


(Wednesday) 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Virtual Meeting

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