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Lectures 2008-2009

"The Practice of Science Diplomacy: Case Studies in Chile, Argentina, Indonesia, and Tanzania"

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Dr. Thomas J. CasadevallDr. Thomas J. Casadevall
Scientist Emeritus and Former Acting Director, U.S. Geological Survey

Monday, March 30
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Jost Foundation Room, UVM Davis Center

Summary
Dr. Thomas J. Casadevall, an international volcanic hazards expert and award-winning Scientist Emeritus geologist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), has studied volcanic activity around the world with the USGS Volcano Hazards Program. With his technical mission to mitigate risk of volcanic events to populations, Dr. Casadevall's work increasingly requires additional skills in cross-disciplinary team management, communication, and international diplomacy, bringing together earth, medical, and social scientists to work with diverse populations and governments. Dr. Casadevall's talk will focus on the emerging role of the U.S. in "science diplomacy" around the world, highlighting case studies of his recent work in the volcanically active areas of Chile, Argentina, Indonesia, and Tanzania.

Speaker Bio
Tom Casadevall has studied volcanoes around the world as a geologist with the USGS Volcano Hazards Program, stationed at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, the Cascades Volcano Observatory, and in Denver, Colorado. From 1985 to 1988 he was the Advisory Volcanologist to the Government of Indonesia. From 1996 through 2008, he served in the Office of the Director, USGS, including one year as the Acting Director of the Bureau. Since 2008, Tom is Scientist Emeritus with the USGS in Denver, Colorado and is Chair of the National Academy of Sciences' U.S. National Committee of the International Union of Geological Sciences (USNC/IUGS). Tom graduated from Lincoln School, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology from Beloit College, Wisconsin; he earned a Master of Arts degree in Geology and a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from Pennsylvania State University. His honors and awards include the Department of the Interior's Superior Service Award in 1994 and Meritorious Service Award in 2000, the 2006 Service to America Citizen Services Medal as the lead of a team of USGS scientists in Louisiana using boats and geospatial technology for hurricane rescue in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In 2006 he was awarded Meritorious Presidential Rank Award.

Sponsoring Organizations
This lecture is sponsored by: CEMS, Engineers Without Borders (EWB), and the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE).

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