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Feb. 26, 2009

Public Policy Center hosts flood symposium March 10-12

The University of Iowa Public Policy Center is hosting a lecture and symposium Tuesday, March 10, through Thursday, March 12, offering opportunities to better understand the disastrous floods of summer 2008.

"Living With Floods: From Science to Policy" is the topic of this symposium in The Forkenbrock Series on Public Policy. National experts will address topics ranging from the science of floods to the psychological impact of displacement, from flood mitigation to flood risk insurance.

Gerald Galloway University of Maryland is not able to speak on Tuesday March 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 1505 of the Seamans Center due to a family emergency. Speaking in his place will be Greg Baecher, a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland.

The symposium continues Wednesday, March 11, and Thursday, March 12, in the Richey Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. Sessions on the first day of the symposium will focus on flood prediction and the social, economic, and environmental impacts of flooding. Sessions on the second day will focus on flood mitigation strategies, flood risk management and insurance, and community planning.

Invited speakers represent top flood and natural disaster experts from the UI and other major universities across the United States, and from appropriate state and federal agencies. Larry Weber, director of the UI's world renowned IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering research unit, is chair of the conference planning committee.

The Forkenbrock Series on Public Policy is a regular public series presented by The University of Iowa Public Policy Center to provide a forum for dialogue about policy areas from an applied, academic, and interdisciplinary perspective.

The March 10 lecture is free to the public, but the March 11-12 sessions are $25 per day or $10 for students; the fee includes lunch. To register for the symposium or learn more about the program and speakers, visit http://ppc.uiowa.edu or contact the Public Policy Center, 319-335-6800

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Larry Weber, IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, 319-335-5597, larry-weber@uiowa.edu; Peter Damiano, UI Public Policy Center, 319-335-6800, peter-damiano@uiowa.edu; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu