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Tip Sheet

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July 8, 2005 -- No. 308

UNC experts can help reporters
cover aspects of London bombings

Two specialists in the economies of North Carolina, the nation and the world have been added to this list of experts provided Thursday (July 7) by UNC News Services. The faculty members listed are available to help media representatives report on potential effects of the London bombings.

Transit

Dr. Daniel Rodríguez, an assistant professor of city and regional planning, can discuss possible transportation and urban-development effects of the bombings of mass transit in London and Madrid. He says that the design of mass transit systems makes them vulnerable to potential terrorist attacks. He can be reached at (919) 962-5206 or danrod@email.unc.edu.

He has researched transportation safety and security in transit systems and teaches courses in transportation policy, transit planning and strategy and urban spatial structure. Rodríguez has lived in Bogota, New York City and Boston and has researched urban transportation systems in several cities worldwide. He is on three committees of the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board.

Economics

Dr. James F. Smith, director of the Center for Business Forecasting at the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, can share his opinions about the economic impact of the London bombings. He co-chairs the European Council of Economists and is a member of the board of directors of GSR Ltd. in London and American Financial Services Association Educational Foundation. He can be reached at (919) 968-9995 (home) or (919) 593-0308.

Additionally, Smith can share his perspective as someone who was across the street from the World Trade Center at a hotel at the time of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Dr. Stanley W. Black III, the Georges Lurcy distinguished professor of economics, can discuss international monetary issues and the likely effects of the attack on the international economy. He has served at the International Monetary Fund, the President's Council of Economic Advisers, the Federal Reserve Board and the U.S. Department of State and has significant experience with national and world economic issues. He can be reached at (828) 765-5946.

Dr. Patrick J. Conway, professor of economics, is an international economist who can comment on the impact the London bombings and U.S. responses to it might have on the economy and well-being of North Carolina and the nation. He can be reached at (919) 966-5376 or patrick_conway@unc.edu.

While there are no direct impacts, North Carolina relies on international trade in goods and services, he says. Security responses here and abroad will increase the time and cost of this trade. The bombings also will lead to heightened security efforts in U.S. mass transit systems, including rail and city bus. These efforts will increase the cost of commuting and doing business. Conway has worked at or with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the U.S. Department of State.

Disaster management

Joanne Caye, an assistant clinical instructor in the School of Social Work, has taught classes on managing the effects of disasters on families and children. She can be reached at (919) 962-3598 or jscaye@email.unc.edu.

Additionally, she teaches students who plan to go into social work about how to help families and children deal with disasters and conflicts. She is the co-author of a book about the effects of disasters, titled "When Their World Falls Apart: Helping Families and Children Manage the Effects of Disasters."

Dr. Bruce Cairns, a trauma and burn surgeon and associate director of the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals, is a veteran of the U.S. Navy's medical corps. While stationed in Guam, he directed the care of burn patients injured in the crash of Korean Air flight 801 on Aug. 5, 1997. At UNC Hospitals, he played an active role in the care of burn patients injured in a collision between an F-16D fighter and a C-130 transport at Pope Air Force Base on March 23, 1994, and also in an explosion at the West Pharmaceuticals plant in Kinston, N.C., on Jan. 29, 2003. He can be reached at (919) 966-3693 or bruce_cairns@med.unc.edu.

He is currently working with national agencies to develop disaster plans at the national, regional and state levels.  He recently authored a study published in the March/April issue of the Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation that concludes that North Carolina and the United States as a whole still have a long way to go before they can claim to be prepared for a disaster in the post-9/11 world. The news release can be viewed at www.unc.edu/news/archives/apr05/kinston040805.html

Medical issues, agents of bioterrorism

Dr. Peter H. Gilligan, director of the Clinical Microbiology-Immunology Laboratories and professor of microbiology-immunology and pathology-laboratory Medicine at the School of Medicine, is an expert in agents of bioterrorism and in the diagnosis of infectious diseases (including emerging infectious diseases). He can be reached at pgilliga@unch.unc.edu.

He has been involved at the state and national level in training laboratory scientists to recognize potential agents of bioterrorism.

Dr. David Weber, an infectious disease expert and professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health and of pediatrics and medicine in the School of Medicine, can discuss biological terror agents. He also can talk about tools for physicians and other health workers faced with identifying their symptoms and treating their victims. He can be reached at (919) 347-0639 (pager) or dweber@unch.unc.edu.

Weber has been actively involved in preparedness efforts at UNC Hospitals. He is a clinician and also associate director of the Statewide Program in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

Grief, post-traumatic stress

Dr. R. Reid Wilson, associate clinical professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine and a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Included are panic disorder and panic attacks, fear of flying, phobias, social anxiety, worries, obsessive-compulsive disorder, psychological responses to trauma and disasters and post-traumatic stress disorder. He can be reached at (919) 942-0700 or rrw@med.unc.edu.

He designed and served as lead psychologist for American Airlines' first national program for the fearful flier. He is the author of the book "Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks."

Dr. Thomas M. Haizlip, a professor in the division of child and adolescent psychiatry of the School of Medicine, can speak to the most effective ways that parents and educators can encourage children to talk about their feelings, as well as the most effective ways these adults can reinforce to children that their world is safe. One of his areas of expertise is on how to help families and children handle disaster situations. He can be reached at (919) 733-5344.

Haizlip also directs the child mental health training program at Dorothea Dix Hospital, a state psychiatric facility.

Terrorism

Dr. Mark Crescenzi (cre-SEN-zee), (919) 062-0401, crescenzi@unc.edu, http://www.unc.edu/depts/polisci/faculty_pages/crescenzi.html, assistant professor of political science, is an expert on international conflict and war. He teaches courses on international relations, international conflict and national security. He can discuss the political causes and implications of the bombings in London, as well as potential consequences for the ongoing military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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News Services contacts: L.J. Toler, (919) 962-8589, and Deb Saine, (919) 962-8415; or Karen Moon, (919) 962-8595 (broadcast)