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EHaz: North American Earth Hazards Consortium

Leading Collaborator at UB 
Michael Sheridan, Professor (Dept. of Geology, University at Buffalo)

Sponsor
U.S. Department of Education, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), USA
Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC), Canada
Secretaria de Educacion Publica (SEP), Mexico

Member Institutions
Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan
University at Buffalo, Buffalo New York
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico DF
Universidad de Colima, Colima
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario

Abstract
This program is a consortium of six research-based universities in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. The focus area for the mobility program is mitigation of geological natural hazards in North America. The consortium universities will exchange students and faculty in several engineering and science disciplines (e.g. environmental engineering, civil engineering, geological engineering, social sciences and geology) involved in the study of natural geological hazards. Students in the social sciences also will be exchanged, recognizing that the solution of natural hazards problems involves critical political, social, and economic aspects. At least 46 students (16 from the U.S., 16 from Canada and 14 from Mexico) will be mobilized among the participating universities through one- to two-semester visits and up to 60 more students will be mobilized via short-term, intensive courses.

Key Activities:

  • Student activities will consist of three stages: intensive language training, natural hazards coursework, and professional or research internships with local industries, agencies or at the host university.
  • Faculty activities will focus on curriculum development and development of an important knowledge and reference base from the participants’ reports.
  • Curriculum development activities will include development and implementation of new modules on the North American perspective into existing natural hazards courses.

Implementation of the North American modules will potentially affect hundreds more students during the project and far more students after the project period, since the modules will become a permanent part of the curriculum.