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Japan in Crisis, 2011

On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale struck just off the coast of Japan. The earthquake and the resulting tsunami and aftershocks have caused thousands of deaths and have also severely damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. As fears of meltdown, radiation, and contamination continue, the Institute for […]

Blaine Brownell, April 4, 2011

Blaine Brownell is an architect, author, educator, and former Fulbright scholar. He earned a B.A. in Architecture with a Certificate in East Asian Studies at Princeton University in 1992, and a Master in Architecture from Rice University in 1998. He worked with Yung-Ho Chang, Mark Wamble, and NBBJ before establishing the design/research practice Transstudio, which focuses on […]

Michael Osterholm, March 29, 2011

Michael Osterholm is director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), director of the NIH-supported Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance within CIDRAP, a professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, and an adjunct professor in the Medical School, University of Minnesota. He has been a […]

Anne Hake, March 29, 2011

Anne Hake received her M. Arch. from the University of Minnesota’s College of Design in 2007. During the fall of 2010, she worked in Port-au-Prince for three months with the American Refugee Committee researching opportunities for permanent housing solutions in Haiti. After returning to the United States, she worked with the Center for Sustainable Building Research in […]

Dean Abrahamson, March 29, 2011

Dean Abrahamson is a professor emeritus of public affairs and planning at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert Humphey Center, where he researches the intersection of energy and environmental policies, particularly in the choice between nuclear and renewable energy supplies. He holds degrees in physics and mathematics, as well as a doctorate in medicine. He has worked […]

Walter Enloe, March 28, 2011

Walter Enloe is Professsor of Human Studies in the School of Education at Hamline University and a Senior Associate at Education|Evolving, a Minnesota- based group of thought leaders in education reform.  He moved to Japan in 1961 spending his high school years in Hiroshima and returned from 1980-1988 to be principal and teacher of Hiroshima International School. […]

Hanna Kite, March 26, 2011

Hanna Kite is a graduate student in Community Health Education at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. Previously she was a reporter in Japan and Hong Kong covering health, lifestyle, and news stories for a number of newspapers and magazines. Here she talks to Peter Shea about the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster […]

Jeffrey Broadbent, March 23, 2011

Jeffrey Broadbent is a professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota where his current research includes “Comparing Climate Change Policy Networks,” a comparative study of national political will to deal with global climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with research teams in 15 countries collecting equivalent network survey data. Professor Broadbent is also working on […]

Brett Walker, March 13, 2011

Brett Walker is a professor of History and Philosophy at Montana State University and during the 2011-2012 academic year he was Research Specialist and Visiting Professor in the colleges of Science and Engineering and Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. His recent work includes Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan (2010), JAPANimals: History and Culture […]