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Rose-Hulman, Japanese Faculty Panel to Discuss Japan’s Recovery from Last Year’s Quake & Tsunami

March 5, 2012

        Japan Panel

Faculty members from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Japan's University of Aizu will participate in a panel discussion on Tuesday, March 6, to commemorate the events of last year's devastating earthquake and tsunami, and examine how the country has recovered from the disaster.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 4:20 p.m. in the Kahn Rooms of the Hulman Student Union building. 

March 11 will mark the one-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami.

Tatsuki Kawaguchi, director of the University of Aizu's Center for Strategy of International Programs and Student Affairs Division, will provide a first-hand account of his returning from international travels to find his homeland in the middle of a human tragedy and potential nuclear disaster.  He is joining professor Tatsushi Otsuki in visiting Rose-Hulman this week.  Six students from Aizu will begin studies at Rose-Hulman on Monday, March 5.

Scott Clark, Rose-Hulman's professor of anthropology, spent the recent academic quarter break in Japan and will discuss how the country is still recovering from the disaster.

Other panelists will be Kevin Sutterer, head of the Department of Civil Engineering who has expertise in the seismic stability of geotechnical systems; Patsy Brackin, professor of mechanical engineering; and Jong Hun Kim, assistant professor of economics.

The panel discussion is being sponsored by the Grand Challenges at Rose-Hulman group and the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.