Michael Lynk on terror attacks of Sept. 11th

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September 14, 2001, Friday

ProfNet Round-Up: America Under Attack II


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ProfNet is continuing to send out lists of experts who are available to comment on Tuesday’s terrorist attacks.  To view previous expert lists, visit http://www.profnet.com.

Claudio Grossman, dean of American University’s Washington College of Law and Raymond I. Geraldson scholar in international and humanitarian law, is an expert on international law, human rights, and inter-American affairs. Grossman is fluent in Spanish. Grossman: Phone: 202-274-4004 Home Phone: 202-966-3073

Emilio Viano, professor of justice, law and society in the School of Public Affairs, American University, researches international criminal justice, comparative criminal law and victimology. Viano is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian. Viano: Phone: 202-885-2953 Home Phone: 703-524-7404

Professor Berta Esperanza Hernandez-Truyol, University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law, is an expert in international law and human rights. Hernandez-Truyol speaks Spanish. Hernandez-Truyol <hernandez@law.ufl.edu> Phone: 352-367-9436

Jaime G. Corvalan, M.D., can address, from a physician’s perspective, how people can best deal with this tragic event emotionally and psychologically. Corvalan has been featured in Details, Esquire, NBC-TV News, Men’s Health, Ms., Fitness, and other media, and created Feeling Medicine, in which he works with his patients to change habits, attitudes, and behaviors, that create unhealthy emotional states. He has hosted his own Los Angeles-based television (KSTV) and radio shows, and has appeared as a guest on more than 500 shows in English and Spanish over the past few years. Corvalan speaks Spanish. News Contact: Anthony Mora, Anthony Mora Communications, Phone: 310-207-6615

James Cooper, assistant dean at California Western School of Law in San Diego, is available to speak about the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon. Cooper teaches law of armed conflict and peacekeeping, and globalization and international trade at California Western, and he is a past fellow in international terrorism at the University of Sienna in Italy. “Terrorism such as this is the direct result of globalization,” Cooper said. “With the benefits of being open country with open borders comes the risk of terrorist attacks. This is a complete breakdown of the rule of law.” Cooper has done extensive research on Osama bin Laden, including researching terrorist attacks against U.S. targets abroad launched by the Saudi millionaire terrorist. He is a barrister and solicitor from Canada, benefiting himself from the United States’ open borders. He has lectured in Scotland, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, and many countries in South America. He is the executive director of the McGill Center for Creative Problem Solving at California Western and is the director of Proyecto ACCESO, the Pan-American rule of law program founded by the law school. Cooper is bilingual in English/Spanish. News Contact: Franki Fitterer <media@cwsl.edu> Phone: 619-525-7645 Mobile Phone: 619-306-0282

Caroline Clauss-Ehlers is an assistant professor of counseling psychology in the educational psychology program at Rutgers’ Graduate School of Education. She is fluent in Spanish, and can discuss: effects of trauma and violence on children and young adults; what parents and educators can do; the resiliency of youth. Clauss-Ehlers: Phone: 732-932-7496, ext. 8312 Cell Phone: 646-244-2100 Home Phone: 212-865-1058 Voice Mail: 212-462-9464

Dr. Sarkis Joseph Khoury, professor of finance and international finance, University of California at Riverside, is an authority on international banking and the stock market, with special expertise in foreign exchange markets. He has also written extensively on international banking issues and on international investing. Khoury is fluent in Arabic, French and Spanish. Khoury: <sarkis.khoury@ucr.edu> Office Phone: 909-787-3750 Home Phone: 909-788-1198 News Contact: Karen Bradford <karen.bradford@ucr.edu> Phone: 909-787-2642 Fax: 909-787-5008 Web site: http://www.agsm.ucr.edu/people/khoury.html

The following military-trained security experts at Digital Defense — which performs security assessments, penetration testing and ongoing security consulting to more than 60 domestic and international customers in the financial services, health care, insurance, e-commerce, corporate and government sectors — are available to comment from the network security angle: Jose Alfonsin, Latin America VP of sales, is fluent in Spanish <jose.alphonsin@digitaldefense.net>; Col. Marc Enger, executive VP of security operations, was formerly director of operations for the USAF’s Air Intelligence Agency, and will be a panelist at the Strategic Research Institute’s “Defending Against Information Warfare” conference in New York City, Oct. 18-19; and security expert HD Moore is a published author with such organizations as SANS and Bugtraq, and is recognized as an industry leader in security tools and scan technology development. He developed such well-known tools as Nlog, Spidermap and a host of other publicly accessible open source security tools, and can provide real-life security case studies and trends in the field. Moore will be leading a session entitled, “Making NT Bleed,” at the SANS Wargames conference in Washington, D.C., Sept. 16-22. News Contact: Marc Enger <marc.enger@digitaldefense.net> Phone: 210-822-2645 Web site: http://www.digitaldefense.net

Fawaz Gerges is Christian A. Johnson professor in international affairs and Middle East studies at Sarah Lawrence College. He is fluent in Arabic and has interviewed hundreds of Islamists. His expertise includes Arab politics, militant Islamic movements, the Arab-Israeli peace process and America’s relations with the Arab world. Gerges: <fgerges@slc.edu> Phone: 914-395-2299

The following is a list of experts from Emory University: Dan Reiter, political scientist, international security issues. Reiter: Phone: 404-727- 0111 Home Phone: 404-371-0147; Kenneth Stein, political scientist, director of the Middle East ResearchProgram, American policy in the Middle East, U.S./Israeli relations. Stein: Phone: 404-727-4472; Hashem Dezhbakhsh, economist, economic impact. Dezhbakhsh: Phone: 404-727-4679 Home Phone: 404-364-9796; Brooks Holifield, professor of American Church History, can talk about America’s faith response in times of national tragedy. Holifield: Phone: 404-727-6319 Home Phone: 770-934-1188; Tom Long, professor of preaching, can talk about how ministers respond from the pulpit, and how parishioners respond in worship, when faced with crises. Long: Phone: 404-727-5144 Home Phone: 770-457-9167; Abdullahi An-Na’im, professor of law and expert on law and human rights, can talk about Islamic law, Islam and politics, Islamic ethical perspectives on the issues of violence, questions of international relations and relations to Islamic societies. An-Na’im: Phone: 404-727-1198; Gary Laderman, professor of religion and American culture, can talk about contemporary societies’ reactions to tragic events and causalities, and the religious and cultural meanings attached to such events, religion and violence in America. Laderman: Phone: 404-727-4641 Home Phone: 770-736-8576; Stephan Hamann, psychologist, can discuss memory and how emotional impact (both negative and positive) play a role in how memories are imprinted (why we remember some things more vividly than others). Hamann: Phone: 404-727-4261; Nancy Eiesland, professor of sociology of religion, and Elizabeth Bounds, professor of Christian ethics, have done research on how churches respond to crisis and tragedy. Eiesland: Phone: 404-727-6346 Home Phone: 770-458-9503. Bounds: Phone: 404-727-4172 Home Phone: 404-687-9095. News Contact: Deb Hammacher, Emory University Phone: 404-727-0644 Fax: 404-727-0646 Web site: http://www.emory.edu/central/news.html

The following is a list of experts from the American Society of Civil Engineers: Jane Howell, director of communications, American Society of Civil Engineers. Howell: Phone: 202-789-2200 or 202-326-5128 Home Phone: 703-760-0804 Cell Phone: 703-629-3827; Dr. W. Gene Corley, principal investigator, Murrah Federal Office Building Forensic Investigation. Corley: <gcorley@ctlgroup.com>Phone: 847-965-7500, ext. 413 Home Phone: 847-729-0230; Professor David Darwin, editor, Composite Construction in Steel and Concrete II, Deane E. Ackers distinguished professor of civil engineering & director of Structural Engineering and Materials Laboratory at the University of Kansas. Ackers: <daved@ku.edu> Phone: 785-864-3827 Home Phone: 785-841-2888; John E. Durrant, executive director, P.E., ASCE Structural Engineering Institute. Durrant: <jdurrant@asce.org> Phone: 703-295-6099 Home Phone: 703-715-0741 Cell Phone: 703-901-6878; Dr. H. Gerard Schwartz, Jr. president-elect, American Society of Civil Engineers. Schwartz: <hg.schwartz@jacobs.com> Phone: 314-770-4100 Home Phone: 314-968- 4337 Cell Phone: 314-640-2000; Professor Stein Sture, chair, ASCE Committee on Engineering Mechanics. Stein: <stein.sture@colorado.edu> Phone: 303-492-7651 Home Phone: 303-494-7628. News Contact: Lindsay J. Keller, American Society of Civil Engineers, Phone: 202-326-5131 Fax: 202-289-6797

Dennis Jett, dean of the University of Florida’s (UF) International Center, is a career diplomat with some 30 years of experience in the foreign service. His area of specialty is international peacekeeping, but Jett also has knowledge of U.S. foreign policy and issue related to the Middle East. Jett: Phone: 352-392-5323, ext. 501. News Contact: Steve Orlando, University of Florida <sfo@ufl.edu> Phone: 352-392-0186 Fax: 352-392-3358 <sfo@ufl.edu>

Garret Evans, professor of clinical and health psychology at the University of Florida, can talk about the psychological effects of the disaster on children and how to help them cope. News Contact: Lauren Larson, Phone: 352-846-1153. News Contact: Steve Orlando, University of Florida <sfo@ufl.edu> Phone: 352-392-0186 Fax: 352-392-3358 <sfo@ufl.edu>

Michael Gannon, distinguished service professor emeritus in history at the University of Florida, and author of the book, “Pearl Harbor Betrayed,” released this week, is available for comment. Gannon: Home Phone: 352-377-0962. News Contact: Steve Orlando, University of Florida <sfo@ufl.edu> Phone: 352-392-0186 Fax: 352-392-3358 <sfo@ufl.edu>

Arnold Heggestad, finance professor and director of UF’s Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, can talk about consumer confidence — the recession effect after the Gulf War, how even in the event of war now, we won’t experience a war economy. Heggestad: Phone: 352-392-2610 Cell Phone: 352-284-4795. News Contact: Steve Orlando, University of Florida <sfo@ufl.edu> Phone: 352-392-0186 Fax: 352-392-3358 <sfo@ufl.edu>

Marc Hoit, professor of civil engineering at the University of Florida, has knowledge of the design, engineering and construction of skyscrapers. Hoit: <mhoit@ce.ufl.edu> Phone: 352-392-0946 mhoit@ce.ufl.edu. News Contact: Steve Orlando, University of Florida <sfo@ufl.edu> Phone: 352-392-0186 Fax: 352-392-3358 <sfo@ufl.edu>

Joel Houston, finance professor at the University of Florida, can discuss financial markets and the impact of the losses at large companies like Morgan Stanley and Citibank. Houston: Phone: 352-392-7546. News Contact: Steve Orlando, University of Florida <sfo@ufl.edu> Phone: 352-392-0186 Fax: 352-392-3358 <sfo@ufl.edu>

Winston Nagan, law professor at the University of Florida, has expertise in international law and is available for comment. Nagan: <nagan@law.ufl.edu> Phone: 352-392-4971 Home Phone: 352-376-1719. News Contact: Steve Orlando, University of Florida <sfo@ufl.edu> Phone: 352-392-0186 Fax: 352-392-3358 <sfo@ufl.edu>

Michael Ryngaert, finance professor at the University of Florida,  can address instability in world markets — how stocks tend to suffer as people flood into bonds and t-bills in such situations.  When the markets open, expect to see a 3-4 percent decline in stocks and see interest rates go down. There’s also a concern in certain industries with large liabilities and for people exposed to the New York City market, such as companies with large real estate holdings in the city and insurance companies. Travel industry will also be hurt and airlines and hotels will suffer. Ryngaert: Phone: 352-392-9765. News Contact: Steve Orlando, University of Florida <sfo@ufl.edu> Phone: 352-392-0186 Fax: 352-392-3358 <sfo@ufl.edu>

Anthony Oliver-Smith, an anthropologist specializing in disaster relief, has devoted more than 30 years to researching how communities re-emerge from disasters, including the recovery of South Florida from Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Oliver-Smith: Phone: 353-377-8359. News Contact: Steve Orlando, University of Florida <sfo@ufl.edu> Phone: 352-392-0186 Fax: 352-392-3358 <sfo@ufl.edu>

Ido Oren, assistant professor of international relations in UF’s political science department, grew up in Israel and can discuss U.S. foreign policy in general. Oren: Phone: 352-392-0262, ext. 252. Home Phone: 352-384-9521. News Contact: Steve Orlando, University of Florida <sfo@ufl.edu> Phone: 352-392-0186 Fax: 352-392-3358 <sfo@ufl.edu>

Michael Rabens, assistant professor of architecture and an expert on the history of skyscrapers, is familiar with the 1945 accidental crash of a military airplane into the Empire State Building. Rabens: Phone: 352-392-0205, ext. 213. News Contact: Steve Orlando, University of Florida <sfo@ufl.edu> Phone: 352-392-0186 Fax: 352-392-3358 <sfo@ufl.edu>

Ronald Rozensky, professor and chairman of the clinical and health psychology department at the University of Florida, can discuss the psychology of disasters. Rozensky: 265-0490, ext. 46856. News Contact: Steve Orlando, University of Florida <sfo@ufl.edu> Phone: 352-392-0186 Fax: 352-392-3358 <sfo@ufl.edu>

Samuel Sears, associate professor of clinical and health psychology at the University of Florida, specializes in the psychology of disaster aftermath. Sears: Phone: 352-265-0680, ext. 46877. News Contact: Steve Orlando, University of Florida <sfo@ufl.edu> Phone: 352-392-0186 Fax: 352-392-3358 <sfo@ufl.edu>

Alan Stewart, assistant professor in the department of psychology at the University of Florida, can talk about psychological care after trauma, loss, death notification, sudden death and other mental-health issues related to tragedy and death. News Contact: Lauren Larson, Phone: 352-846-1153. News Contact: Steve Orlando, University of Florida <sfo@ufl.edu> Phone: 352-392-0186 Fax: 352-392-3358 <sfo@ufl.edu>

Henry Tosi, professor of management at the University of Florida, can talk about how firms operate and manage their employees under conditions of stress. Tosi: Phone: 352-392-6147. News Contact: Steve Orlando, University of Florida <sfo@ufl.edu> Phone: 352-392-0186 Fax: 352-392-3358 <sfo@ufl.edu>

Dr. David J. Vukich, chairman of UF’s department of emergency medicine, has expertise in disaster preparedness, emergency care after disasters, trauma and medical management. Vukich: Phone: 352-392-2755. News Contact: Steve Orlando, University of Florida <sfo@ufl.edu> Phone: 352-392-0186 Fax: 352-392-3358 <sfo@ufl.edu>

Dr. Herbert E. Ward Jr., associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Florida, can talk about post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues related to coping with a disaster, including the importance of early mental health intervention. Ward: Phone: 352-344-2738. News Contact: Steve Orlando, University of Florida <sfo@ufl.edu> Phone: 352-392-0186 Fax: 352-392-3358 <sfo@ufl.edu>

Fritz Messere, associate professor and chair of our communication studies department at SUNY Oswego, planned and convened the Annenberg Summer Faculty Workshops in Communications Policy as a Faculty Fellow of the Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy of Northwestern University. “Overall, America’s broadcast journalists deserve a big thanks for executing their responsibilities to serve the public interest. The fundamental view that freedom of expression enhances the nation’s social good is one that has been held from the days of  our founding fathers,” says Messere. Messere: <messere@oswego.edu> Phone: 315-312-2357. News Contact: Tim Nekritz, SUNY Oswego <nekritz@oswego.edu> Phone: 315-312-2265

Knight Kiplinger, a well-known top economic expert with Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, The Kiplinger Letter, and the web site Kiplinger.com., is available for comment on the effects of Tuesday’s terrorist attacks on the U.S. and global economies. News Contact: Jared Sharpe, Newman Communications <jsharpe@newmancom.com> Phone: 617-254-4500, ext. 104

Michael Lynk, professor in the faculty of law,  The University of Western Ontario, is an expert on Middle East conflict and human rights laws, lived and worked in Israel and the Occupied Territories for the United Nations in 1989, and has also worked in Lebanon for a Canadian government-funded research project. He has written several articles on law and on politics in the Middle East. “The tragedy that hit the United States on Tuesday was immense and unspeakable. Terrorism anywhere that targets innocent civilians is impermissible and vile,” says Lynk. “Yet, if we are going to be tough on terrorism, we also have to be tough on thecauses of terrorism. Growing global inequalities, disregard by Western nations for the international rule of law, and inequitable regional alliances are serious problems that breed these kinds of acts. News Contact: Marcia Daniel, The University of Western Ontario <mdaniel@uwo.ca> Phone: 519-661-2111, ext. 85468 Fax: 519-661-3921

Tim Blackmore, professor in the faculty of information and media studies at the University of Western Ontario, specializes in the culture of war (historically, in popular artifacts and culture, and in terms of gender and nationalism), the way media reflect on and alter our perception of traumatic events, and the “collision of war, humans and technology.” News Contact: Marcia Daniel, The University of Western Ontario <mdaniel@uwo.ca> Phone: 519-661-2111, ext. 85468 Fax: 519-661-3921

Larry C. Litman, psychiatry professor in the faculty of medicine & dentistry at the University of Western Ontario, is an expert in forensic psychiatry, forensic neuropsychology, psychopharmacology, aggressive and violent behavior, and psychopathy. “Suicide bombers, like terrorists in general, tend to be individuals who have experienced absolute failure in virtually every major life sector,” says Litman. “They have nothing to lose and, in their own minds, have everything to gain by their actions, including infamy, recognition and envisioned acceptance and admiration by peers after their deaths. They are severe personality disordered empty shells, operating within the only social network that has ever accepted them and that they have been able to feel a part of,” says Litman. News Contact: Marcia Daniel, The University of Western Ontario <mdaniel@uwo.ca> Phone: 519-661-2111, ext. 85468 Fax: 519-661-3921

The following are additional experts from The University of Western Ontario: Donald Abelson, professor of political science, is an expert in American politics and United States foreign policy; Ian Brodie, professor of political science, is an expert on legal issues in politics, American politics and human rights policies; Joanna Harrington, professor of law, is an expert in international law, international criminal law and human rights; Howard Peter Langille, adjunct professor of political science, specializes in peace and conflict studies, United Nations peacekeeping, armed conflict prevention and foreign policy; David MacGregor, professor of sociology, King’s College,specializes in the sociology of evil and politics; John McDougall, professor of political science is an expert in  NAFTA and Canadian-American relations; Erika Simpson, professor, political science, can comment on foreign and defense policy, peacekeeping and nuclear weapons; Victor Ujimoto, adjunct professor, commercial aviation management program, is an expert in aviation security, aviation safety and human factors in aviation. News Contact: Marcia Daniel, The University of Western Ontario <mdaniel@uwo.ca> Phone: 519-661-2111, ext. 85468 Fax: 519-661-3921

The TV has been on practically non-stop for the past few days in many households around the country, says Renee Hobbs, director of the Media Literacy Project at Babson College and co-founder of the Alliance for a Media Literate America (AMLA). For many, it’s news radio in the car, of course, Web surfing on the phrase “terrorist attack,” and phone calls to family members, neighbors and colleagues. But it’s important to recognize the impact that such attention to the news media can have on our children. Most parents are unaware of how often children are traumatized by shocking, violent television news stories. Nonstop attention to the media madness can have effects on adults as well, including increased heart rate, feelings of anxiety or hopelessness, says Hobbs, who can offer practical strategies that can be effective for families in managing media use during a crisis of this proportion. Hobbs: <reneehobbs@aol.com> Phone: 781-239-4975. Home Phone: 978-456-2376. News Contact: Barbara Spies Blair, Babson College, Phone: 781-239-4621

In the wake of the terrorism in New York and Washington, the effectiveness of crisis management is being put to its greatest test ever, says professor Carole Gorney director of the Center for Crisis Public Relations and Litigations Studies and a professor in the Department of Journalism and Communication at Lehigh. The implications of the tragedy are enormous, as more and more organizations are being drawn into the wake of the crisis and forced to deal with its aftermath. Take the time and effort to do advanced crisis planning and training. Think broadly and in terms of long-term consequences and issues, and plan and train for the unimaginable, because we now know it can happen. News Contact: William Johnson: Phone: 610-758-3172 Cell Phone: 610-533-5413

U.S. air transportation, both domestically and internationally, is going to be severely impacted, as a result of the terrorist attacks on Tuesday, says Richard W. Barsness, professor of management at Lehigh University and an expert on the transportation industry, including corporate strategy and public policy issues. This will compound the difficulties already faced by the airline industry, due to the slowing down of the economy and increased labor costs. As a result, we should expect to see a rise in jet fuel costs, as well as in the cost of airport security. News Contact: William Johnson: Phone: 610-758-3172 Cell Phone: 610-533-5413

The following is a list of expert from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio: Laura Neack, political science professor (U.N. Security Council) <neacklj@muohio.edu>; Adeed Dawisha, political science professor (Middle East, Iraq) <dawisha@muohio.edu>; Jim Brock, economics professor (American Economy in Times of Crisis) <brockj@muohio.edu>; Prosper Raynold, economics professor (American Economy in Times of Crisis) <raynolp@muohio.edu> News Contact: Jennifer G. Bailey, director of external relations <baileyjg@muohio.edu> Phone: 513-529-4221 Fax: 513-529-6992

Bob Brennan, CEO of Connected Corporation, is available to discuss what companies can do to protect and retrieve their corporate data. Connected helps more than 350 of the world’s largest corporations, including, Cisco Systems, Compaq, GAP, Goodrich and Hewlett Packard, keep their data secure. News Contact: Mark McClennan <markm@schwartz-pr.com> Phone: 781-684-0770

The following is a list of experts from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine: Dr. Martin Franklin, Ph.D., clinical director of Penn’s Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. Phone: 215-573-3708; Dr. David Riggs, Ph.D., assistant professor at the center and an expert in post-traumatic stress with much experience treating war vets. Phone: 215-746-3327; Dr. Elna Yadin, Ph.D., research associate at the center and an expert on post traumatic stress, Israeli citizen. Phone: 215-746-3327; Dr. Moira Rynn, M.D., child psychiatrist at Penn’s Center for Mood and Anxiety Disorders. Phone: 215-898-4301. News Contact: Ellen O’Brien, University of Pennsylvania Health System <ellen.obrien@uphs.upenn.edu> Phone: 215-349-5659

David Arredondo, M.D., is a child psychologist and medical director of EMQ Children & Family Services, a not-for-profit agency in Northern California providing mental health services to children, adolescents and their families. He can address the effects of trauma on youth, what types of behavior to expect, and how parents can help their families in the weeks and months ahead. The agency’s mobile crisis unit can also talk about reactions from school children and teens following the crisis. Arredondo: <darred@msn.com> Phone: 408-364-7096. News Contact: Kristine Austin <kaustin@emq.org> Phone: 408-718-8446.

It is expected that more than 100,000 grieving Americans in some 1,000 churches throughout the 50 states will be linked by satellite to participate in the service called, “America Prays.”  “Prayer of Jabez” author, Bruce Wilkinson, will join John Maxwell of Injoy, the faith-based leadership development organization hosting America Prays, this Saturday, Sept. 15, from 4-5:30 p.m. EDT and 3-4:30 p.m. CDT. Other prayer leaders include Franklin Graham, CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and James Dobson of Focus on the Family. News Contact: Jennifer Sheran: Phone: 770- 813-0000 or Rob Forrester: Phone: 770-813-0000 Cell Phone: 770-757-5031 Web site: http://www.DeMossNewsPond.com

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