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The increasing number and impact of environmental disasters highlight the important role that the concepts of risk and resilience play both for our citizenry and for those who will prepare for and respond to disasters in the future. To minimize the impact of these threats upon our civilization requires a wise course informed by knowledge of all aspects of the human and natural systems involved. Focusing on case studies of earthquake hazards, coastal hazards, and flooding, this workshop will explore

The workshop will feature interactions and discussions among those who are currently engaged in addressing environmental disasters through risk management and development of resiliency and those who teach about these topics within different disciplines and programmatic frameworks. We will use plenary talks, panel presentations, pre-workshop readings, and sharing of examples via the workshop website to become familiar with risk and resilience in three real world cases and with its treatment in academic settings. Through discussion and collaborative work we will explore the topics above and create on-line resources to support more effective teaching in these areas. Participants will be encouraged to submit proposals for the development of new InTeGrate teaching materials based on the knowledge gained at the workshop.


The goals of this workshop are to:


The workshop begins on Wednesday afternoon, May 14, 2014 at 5 PM and ends at 2 PM on Friday, May 16, 2014. Participants must attend all sessions including the final synthesis.


All workshop participants are expected to:

Application Process and Selection Criteria

This workshop is designed for college faculty who are teaching about risk and resiliency in the face of natural disasters. Applications are welcomed from all disciplines and all institution types.

In selecting participants from among the applicant pool, we will seek a diverse set of participants, including representation from a variety of specialties and institution types. Preference will be given to applicants with experience and expertise in teaching about risk, resiliency and natural disasters, as well as to applicants interested in strengthening their own teaching. Preference will also be given to U.S. faculty.

The application deadline was Sunday, March 9. Accepted applicants will be notified by March 14. Prior to the workshop, accepted applicants will be asked to fill out a registration form to confirm their attendance and to communicate their travel arrangements.


There is no fee to attend this workshop, and the project grant (NSF DUE - 112533) covers participant lodging, meals and supplies during the workshop. Participants or their institutions are expected to cover the cost of travel to and from the workshop. Workshop stipends are available to help defray travel expenses in cases of financial need. Stipends are available for airfare only. The deadline to apply for travel stipends is March 1, 2014. Late applications will not be considered.


The workshop will be held at the Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. Housing will provided as shared dormitory rooms and meals will be provided on campus and in local restaurants.

For More Information

Contact David Blockstein (, Leonard Berry (, Mantha Mehallis ( or , Cathy Manduca (

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