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Sept. 14, 2001 -- No. 436


Experts can discuss tragedy’s implications for War Powers Act, rebuilding airlines and military, and impact on families and children

The following additional University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professors are available to the media for analysis and commentary on Tuesday's (Sept. 11) tragic events and the aftermath:

War Powers Act and civil liberties

Dr. Buckner F. "Buck" Melton Jr, (919) 962-4119 (o); (919) 682-4018; or e-mail, bfmelton@email.unc.edu, a clinical associate professor of law, is a constitutional law expert from the UNC School of Law. He is interested in issues of an historical perspective including the War Powers Act enacted by Congress in 1973. He can discuss the legislation and how it might apply to this week’s tragedy. He can draw historical parallels to this week’s terrorist attack and its possible effects on domestic security and civil liberties. He was a frequent commentator among the national media during the Clinton impeachment proceedings. He wrote "The First Impeachment: The Constitution’s Framers and the Case of Senator William Blount," published in 1998. His forthcoming book, "Aaron Burr: Conspiracy to Treason," discusses the national security threat faced by the United States in the early 19th century.

Decision-making to rebuild airlines and other systems

Dr. V.G. Kulkarni, (919) 962-3837, vkulkarn@email.unc.edu, professor and chair of the department of operations research, specializes in the type of systematic decision-making that airlines, the military and other organizations may need to recover, respond and rebuild after the tragic events of Sept. 11. Airlines may face questions of how to manage the flow of customers, how many people are needed on staff and how to resume operations with minimum cost and maximum efficiency. Operations research involves listing all possible policies for handling a given situation, collecting and analyzing relevant data and using mathematical models to choose the best policy.

Impact on families, children

Joanne Caye, (919) 962-3598; or jscaye@email.unc.edu, a clinical instructor in the UNC School of Social Work, has done extensive research and taught classes on managing the effects of disasters on families and children. She, along with colleagues, conducted several workshops in eastern North Carolina after hurricane Floyd on how families cope with disasters and tragedy. She also teaches students who plan to go into social work after they graduate how to help families and children deal with disasters and conflicts.

V.G. Kulkarni, (919) 962-3837, vkulkarn@email.unc.edu, professor and chair of Operations Research, specializes in the type of systematic decision-making that airlines, the military and other organizations may need to recover, respond and rebuild after the tragic events of Sept. 11. Airlines may face questions of how to manage the flow of customers, how many people are needed on staff and how to resume operations with minimum cost and maximum efficiency. Operations Research involves listing all possible policies for handling a given situation, collecting and analyzing relevant data and using mathematical models to choose the best policy.

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