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"Preparedness and Mitigation as Aid: Preventing Another Haitian Crisis" Lecture at Pomona College

Dr. Brian Tucker, the founder and president of GeoHazards International and a 2002 recipient of a MacArthur “genius grant,” will give a talk on “Preparedness and Mitigation as Aid: Preventing Another Haitian Crisis,” on Tuesday, February 16, at 11 a.m., in the Pomona College Seaver North Auditorium (645 N. College Ave., Claremont).

GeoHazards International is a nonprofit dedicated to making “the world’s most vulnerable communities safe from earthquakes and other geologic hazards through preparedness, mitigation and advocacy,” by using affordable civil engineering practices. Since its founding in 1991, the company has improved earthquake safety in more than twenty countries.

In addition to the MacArthur Fellowship, Tucker has also been recognized for his work through GeoHazards International by the King of Nepal with a Gorakha Dakshin Bahu Award for service to the people of Nepal, and in 2007, the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation's George Brown Award for International Science and Technology Cooperation. He was also recently named one of UC San Diego's 100 Influential Alumni.

Prior to his work with GeoHazards International, he was Acting State Geologist, Principal State Geologist, and Supervising Geologist of the California Geological Survey (1982-1991). He serves on the Board of Directors of the Seismological Society of America and is a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences. In addition to his B.A. in Physics from Pomona College in 1967, Tucker holds a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, and an M.A. in Public Policy from The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Pomona College Departments of Physics and Astronomy, and Art. For more information, call (909) 621-8724.