Convention, the date August 29, 2008, was proclaimed “The Ellis Stanley Day in Denver.”
Jeannette N.R. Sutton (Co-Chair) is a senior research scientist at the Trauma Health and Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, National Institute for Space, Science, and Security Centers. Dr. Sutton most recently worked as a research faculty member at the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she coordinated a number of research projects on community preparedness, regional collaboration and the Urban Areas Security Initiative, warning systems for extreme events, and, most recently, the uses of social media during disasters and crisis events. Dr. Sutton is currently the principal investigator (PI) on two separate 3-year National Science Foundation-funded projects. The first, Disaster Resilient Rural Communities, focuses on the effects of information access on perceptions of collective efficacy in rural communities affected by seasonal hazards (with co-PI Charles Benight). The second project, Informal Online Communication in Crises and Disaster Events, is a comparative examination of online social networks that emerge in response to hazardous events (with co-PI Carter Butts). Dr. Sutton is also affiliated with the Argonne National Laboratory, where she conducts research on social media policy for emergency management and response. In addition, she serves as an academic adviser to Crisis Commons and the volunteer technical community responding to disasters. Dr. Sutton’s research has been featured in Nature, Reason, and Emergency Management Magazine. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. She served as a victim services coordinator following the Columbine High School shooting in 1999.
Louise Comfort is a professor of public and international affairs and the director of the Center for Disaster Management at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. She teaches in the field of public policy analysis, information policy, organizational theory, and sociotechnical systems. She holds degrees in political science from Macalester College (B.A.); the University of California, Berkeley (M.A.); and Yale University (Ph.D.). She has been the principal investigator of the Interactive, Intelligent, Spatial Information System (IISIS) Project, from 1994 to the present (http://www.cdm.pitt.edu). Her recent publications related to disaster management include the following: Designing Resilience: Preparedness for Extreme Events (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010); “Retrospectives and Prospectives on Hurricane Katrina: Five Years and Counting” (Public Administration Review, 2010); “Transition from Response to Recovery: The January 12, 2010 Haiti Earth-