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NC State Experts Can Discuss Japan Nuclear Crisis

Media looking for information on a variety of topics surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant crisis can contact the following North Carolina State University experts:

Nuclear reactor function and physics

Nuclear engineer Dr. Paul Turinsky can discuss how a nuclear reactor works and the attempts to prevent reactor meltdown. He can be reached at 919/515-5089 or

Dr. Ayman Hawari, professor of nuclear engineering, directs NC State’s nuclear reactor program and studies the interaction of radiation with matter. He can be reached at 919/515-4598 or

Earthquakes, Tsunamis

Dr. Del Bohnenstiehl, associate professor of marine, earth and atmospheric sciences, is an expert on marine tectonics. He can discuss earthquakes and tsunamis like the ones that struck Japan on March 11. He can be reached at 919/515-7449 or

Dr. Mervyn Kowalsky, professor of civil engineering, can talk about earthquake engineering design and analysis, including seismic performance and behavior of different materials. He can be reached at 919/515-7261 or

Dr. Karl Wegmann, assistant professor of marine, earth and atmospheric sciences, is an expert in the field of active tectonics; the study of past earthquakes from geologic and historic records; and the ways earthquakes affect and reshape geography. He can be reached at 919/515-0380 or

Communication with the Public

Dr. Bill Kinsella, associate professor of communication, can discuss how societies communicate about nuclear power, public communication on the nuclear emergency in Japan and potential national and international implications for nuclear policies, regulation and economics. He can be reached at

Japanese Society and Culture

Dr. David Ambaras, associate professor of history, can discuss modern Japanese society and culture, as well as Japanese experiences with previous natural disasters. He can be reached at 919/513-2228 or

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