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Japan earthquake experts

March 11, 2011

The fol­low­ing is a list of Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to experts who can com­ment on a vari­ety of issues relat­ing to the earth­quake in Japan.

Radioac­tiv­i­ty in the envi­ron­ment
Atmos­pher­ic and envi­ron­men­tal chem­istry
Air pol­lu­tion
Greg John Evans
Depart­ment of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing and Applied Chem­istry
South­ern Ontario Cen­tre for Atmos­pher­ic Aerosol Research
St. George
Office: 416–978-1821
Oth­er lan­guages: French

Nuclear pow­er sys­tems
Mate­ri­als, cor­ro­sion
Roger New­man
Depart­ment of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing and Applied Chem­istry
St. George
Home: 416–419-0411

Stock mar­ket
Eric Kirzn­er
Rot­man School of Man­age­ment
St. George
Cell: 416–399-1296

Finan­cial mar­kets
Andreas Park
Depart­ment of Eco­nom­ics
St. George

Cor­po­rate gov­er­nance
Busi­ness law
Richard Pow­ers
Direc­tor Edu­ca­tion Pro­gram
Rot­man School of Man­age­ment
Office: 416–946-8610

Nat­ur­al dis­as­ters: tsunamis, floods, land­slides, earth­quakes
Nat­ur­al haz­ards
Plate tec­ton­ics
Andrew D. Miall
Depart­ment of Geol­o­gy
St. George
Office: 416–978-8841
Home: 416–236-9264
*NOTE: Only avail­able for tele­phone inter­views

Plate tec­ton­ics
Nick Eyles
Depart­ment of Phys­i­cal and Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence
Office: 416–287-7231
Cell: 905–649-0140
*Note: Email pre­ferred.
(Trav­elled to Japan in Sep­tem­ber 2009 off coast of Sendai as part of CBC doc­u­men­tary Geo­log­ic Jour­ney II)

Earth­quakes, relat­ed phe­nom­e­na
Pierre-Yves/Pierre Fran­cois Robin
Depart­ment of Geol­o­gy
Office: 416–978-5080
Oth­er lan­guages: French
*Note: Print inter­views only

Plate tec­ton­ic process­es (earth­quakes, vol­can­ism)
Rus­sell Nicholas Pyskly­weC
Depart­ment of Geol­o­gy
Office: 416–978-4852
*Note: Best to call cell first

Seis­mol­o­gy earth­quakes
Qinya Liu
Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor
Depart­ment of Physics
Office: 416–978-5434
Cell: 647–866-8506

Hen­ry Halls
Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus
Depart­ment of Geol­o­gy
Office: 416–978-1581

Long-term com­put­er mod­el­ing of plate tec­ton­ics
Earth evo­lu­tion
Julian Low­man
Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor
Depart­ment of Phys­i­cal and Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ences
Office: 416–208-4880
*Note: Email is best to arrange inter­views. Only avail­able 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Foren­sic engi­neer­ing and fail­ure analy­sis
Mate­ri­als sci­ence
Build­ing mate­ri­als foren­sics analy­sis
Doug D. Per­ovic
Pro­fes­sor & Celesti­ca Chair in Mate­ri­als for Micro­elec­tron­ics
Depart­ment of Mate­ri­als Sci­ence & Engi­neer­ing
Chair, Nano­engi­neer­ing Option, Divi­sion of Engi­neer­ing Sci­ence
Office: 416–978-5635
Cell: 416–409-1085
Oth­er lan­guages: Ser­bian

Japan­ese gov­ern­ment and pol­i­tics
Nuclear pow­er devel­op­ment
Japan­ese soci­ety
Michael Don­nel­ly
Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus of Polit­i­cal Sci­ence
Dr. David Chu Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus of Asia Pacif­ic Stud­ies
Vic One pro­gram, Vic­to­ria Col­lege
Home: 416–534-4433

Japan­ese urban his­to­ry
Urban plan­ning in Japan
Andre Sorensen
Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor
UTSC, Depart­ment of Social Sci­ences
Depart­ment of Geog­ra­phy & Pro­gram in Plan­ning
Cen­tre for Urban and Com­mu­ni­ty Stud­ies
Office: 416–287-5607
Home: 416–532-1140
Oth­er lan­guages: Japan­ese

Cana­da-Japan busi­ness
Auto­mo­tive busi­ness (Cana­da-Japan)
Inter­na­tion­al busi­ness
Tim Richard­son
U of T Scar­bor­ough, Divi­sion of Man­age­ment
St. George
For­mer exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Cana­da-Japan Trade Coun­cil
Office: 416–491-5050, ext. 7534
Cell: 416–677-3467
Home: 705–228-8731
Oth­er lan­guages: Japan­ese

Asian archi­tec­ture
Lar­ry Wayne Richards
Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus
Fac­ul­ty of Archi­tec­ture, Land­scape and Design
St. George
Office: 416–925-1323
Home: 416–922-4142

Crit­i­cal care med­i­cine
Dr. Neil Lazar
Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor
Depart­ment of Med­i­cine
St. George
Office: 416–340-3438
Home: 416–484-1491
Cell: 416–418-7323

Crit­i­cal care
Inten­sive care med­i­cine
Bri­an P. Kavanagh
Chair; Pro­fes­sor
Depart­ment of Anes­the­sia
Depart­ment of Phys­i­ol­o­gy
St. George
Office: 461–978-4306
Cell: 647–202-2367

Pedi­atric emer­gency med­i­cine
Den­nis Scol­nik
Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor
Depart­ment of Pedi­atrics
Divi­sions of Pedi­atric Emer­gency Med­i­cine
Divid­ion of Clin­i­cal Phar­ma­col­o­gy & Tox­i­col­o­gy
St. George
Office: 416–813-4915
*Note:  Only avail­able from Tues­day, March 15 onwards

Stress man­age­ment
Mark Berber
Depart­ment of Psy­chi­a­try
Office: 905–472-5733
Cell: 416–801-0991

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