Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series
Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Fall 2018 Distinguished Faculty Lecture
"Studying Evacuation Decision-making: Interdisciplinary Lessons from the Coastal Storm Awareness Program"
E. Christa Farmer
Associate Professor of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability, School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Elisabeth J. Ploran
Associate Professor of Psychology, School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mary Anne Trasciatti
Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Public Advocacy, School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m.
Rochelle and Irwin A. Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall
Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, 10th Floor, South Campus
Why didn’t more folks evacuate the coasts before “Superstorm” Sandy hit in 2012, despite the predictions of devastation that turned out to be very accurate? We were awarded a grant in 2014 to study this question among residents of Long Beach, NY, bringing together our backgrounds in psychology, rhetoric, and geology for this critical societal need. The resulting research was published this year in the Journal of Applied Communication Research. In this presentation, we will discuss our interdisciplinary research process; a summary of our results, including recommendations for better public storm warnings; and promising directions for future research.
E. Christa Farmer, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability at Hofstra University, and co-editor of Learning from the Impacts of Superstorm Sandy (Elsevier, 2015) with J Bret Bennington. Dr. Farmer teaches classes in paleoclimatology, environmental geology, and sedimentation.
Elisabeth J. Ploran, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Hofstra University. Dr. Ploran teaches classes in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, with a specialization in memory, perception, and attention.
Mary Anne Trasciatti, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Public Advocacy at Hofstra University. Dr. Trasciatti teaches classes in persuasion, political communication, and popular culture.