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June 2016

The Coastal Resilience Center is active in several projects over the summer, including student exchange programs and competitions. Read more below and at

'Role of States' video featured on new YouTube channel:

The Coastal Resilience Center’s “The Role of States in Disaster Recovery” video has almost 500 views and counting on our new YouTube channel. Funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, the project highlights the roles played by state agency officials, leaders of state recovery organizations and governors in disaster recovery following extreme events. The video is part of a larger, multi-year project that includes a training guide, journal articles and a future book on the same subject. To see the video, visit; to learn more about the project, visit
Two projects featured in DHS
On May 19, CRC’s Anna Schwab and Josh Kastrinsky attended the DHS S&T Office of University Programs Technology Showcase in Washington, DC, to present information on two Center projects to more than 400 attendees. The projects of PIs Dr. Al Wallace (MUNICIPAL) and Dr. Phil Berke (“Beyond the Basics”) were featured. Click on the links above to learn more about their work!

What we're doing this summer

Over the summer semester, students from CRC institutions will work in a visiting capacity at other CRC partners for an opportunity to collaborate on ongoing Center projects.

The CRC SUMREX (SUMmer Research EXperience) Program is the centerpiece of the Center’s integration of research and education projects. The purpose of the SUMREX Program is to provide meaningful summer research experiences with Research partners for students from Education and Workforce Development (E&WD) partners, foster collaboration and integration, and to encourage student/professor relationships that could lead to graduate studies at CRC Research partners. You can read more about this project on our website.

Also this summer, faculty from Minority-Serving Institutions are visiting research partners to contribute to CRC projects. Learn about our visiting faculty program here.

David Perkes shelters in place with students during a tornado warning at UNC-Chapel Hill before speaking on "Disasters and Design."

UNC certificate courses provide unique perspectives on hazards
This past semester, students enrolled in certificate courses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) got the chance to ask questions of the nation’s top emergency management official and tour the facility where North Carolina officials decide on how to prepare for, respond to, mitigate against and recover from major hurricanes. 
These opportunities were part of the Natural Hazards Resilience Certificate Program. The program, which is offered by the Coastal Resilience Center in partnership with the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC, is a graduate certificate program focused on the study of natural hazards resilience. To learn more, visit
Featured projects
In this edition, we focus on three CRC projects based at the University of Rhode Island – two under the theme of “Building Resilient Communities” and one under the theme of “Disaster Dynamics.”
Dr. James Prochaska (top left) studies how to communicate risk to diverse populations to encourage improved readiness for disasters. Dr. James Opaluch (left) focuses on the intertwined issue of barriers to communities adapting to coastal storm hazards. Dr. Isaac Ginis (bottom left) models the impacts of landfalling hurricanes on coastal infrastructure and communities, exacerbated by climate change.
You can read more about these projects on the pages for Dr. Prochaska, Dr. Opaluch and Dr. Ginis!
UPR-M students take home engineering awards
Students from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, home of a Coastal Resilience Center project led by Principal Investigator Ismael Pagán-Trinidad and Co-Principal Investigator Ricardo López, recently took first prize in a regional competition to build the best concrete canoe, steel bridge and other competitions. Learn more about their successes on our website!

The students placed seventh in national competitions for steel bridge and concrete canoe.
In our next newsletter: CRC student updates
In our next newsletter learn about the travels of the Center’s Career Development Grant recipients during their internships with the U.S. Park Service and Sea Grant. We’ll also introduce you to our newest Science & Engineering Workforce Development grant recipients!
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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