Fall 2018 Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Studying Evacuation Decision-Making: Interdisciplinary Lessons From the Coastal Storm Awareness Program

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? Hofstra University was awarded a grant in 2014 to study this question among residents of Long Beach, New York, bringing together 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. This presentation will explore the interdisciplinary research process; a summary of results, including recommendations for better public storm warnings; and promising directions for future research.

Elisabeth J. Ploran is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Hofstra University. She teaches classes in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, with a specialization in memory, perception, and attention.

Mary Anne Trasciatti is an associate professor in the Department of Writing Studies and Rhetoric at Hofstra University. She teaches classes in persuasion, political communication, and popular culture.

E. Christa Farmer is an associate professor in the Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability at Hofstra University, and the co-editor of Learning From the Impacts of Superstorm Sandy (2015) with J. Bret Bennington. She teaches classes in paleoclimatology, environmental geology, and sedimentation.

For information, please call the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at 516-463-5400.

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Time: 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m. (Common Hour)

Location: Lowenfeld Exhibition Hall, Axinn Library, 10th Floor



Wednesday, November 14, 2018



Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall
Axinn Library, 10th Floor
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 111549-1000


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