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April 2016

The Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence started work on its projects – 22 in 12 states and one U.S. territory – in January. Here are some highlights from the last few months:

FEMA administrator visits UNC-Chapel Hill:
The Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence (CRC) hosted FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate as part of the Natural Hazards Resilience Speaker Series, which is co-sponsored by the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Speaker Series is part of a course taught by CRC Director Gavin Smith that includes public talks held on the UNC campus throughout the Spring 2016 semester on various topics related to natural hazards. Fugate spoke on “Emergency Management in the 21st Century.” To view materials from speakers, see our speakers series page. To see more stories about CRC projects, visit the News page on our website.
More than 90 attend Coastal Resilience Center 1st Annual Meeting:
More than 90 people attended the CRC's two-day annual meeting in Chapel Hill, NC, with an additional 10 participating via webcast. During the meeting, 22 principal investigators presented their CRC-funded research and education projects, and a four-person panel held a discussion about approaches to resilience taken by other centers and federal agency programs. To learn more about our work, visit the Projects page.
PI wins Best Paper award:
CRC Principal Investigator Phil Berke, from Texas A&M University, was honored, along with his co-authors, with an award for a paper assessing a “resilience scorecard” for communities. Berke is first author of “Evaluation of Networks of Plans and Vulnerability to Hazards and Climate Change: A Resilience Scorecard,” which was recently named Best Paper in Vol. 81, 2015, of the Journal of the American Planning Association. He and co-authors Galen Newman, Jaekyung Lee, Tabitha Combs, Carl Kolosna and David Salvesen were presented with the award and a cash prize at the Annual American Planning Association Meeting in Phoenix, which was held from April 2-5.  See more in the News section of our website.
ADCIRC data was recently used in a major investigative report on the ability of Houston-Galveston Bay area to guard against future hurricanes! To read about how the report was compiled, see ProPublica’s article; to learn more about how CRC co-PIs got involved, see our news story.

(Shown above: Hurricane Ike with Ike Dike Coastal Spine protecting Houston/Galveston)
"Role of States" video is online
"The Role of States in Disaster Recovery," produced by Horizon Productions as part of the Coastal Resilience Center grant, is now available online! Read more about the project and view the video on our website.
Got jobs? Want an internship? Check our listings:
The CRC wants to empower the next generation of hazards professionals, so we want to share your opportunities related to coastal hazards resilience! If you have an opportunity you want us to share on social media and through our website, send us an email. Looking for an internship, fellowship, scholarship or other related opportunity? See our Opportunities page.
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Next time, we'll share more about UNC-Chapel Hill's certificate in Natural Hazards Resilience, summer student and faculty news and more!
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