The Atlantic hurricane season spans June through November, but North Carolina typically sees some of the worst storms in September, and we sometimes experience their devastation here in the Piedmont. I managed to dodge hurricanes Hugo and Fran, but the Uwharries weren't so lucky.
If we want to assess how well we have learned about the threat of terrorism we need to look back over a decade. But we also need to look at our world today, and we must look to the future to decide how high the cost of failure – or success – could be.
The March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated the northeast coastal area of Japan has highlighted the extreme vulnerability of man-made infrastructure to natural hazards. Despite tremendous advances in engineering and construction, disasters of this magnitude lead us to question whether or not we should build infrastructure robust enough to withstand such a devastating...
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Angelique Gaines is a Social Research Specialist at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, who runs the City Walks program and studies topics from youth development to the racial wealth gap.
"What I find rewarding is the ability to serve the community. Bringing about a more equitable and socially just society is what motivates me to do the work that I do," says Gaines.
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