September 1, 2005
Contact: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University , 212-346-1597, firstname.lastname@example.org
MEDIA ADVISORY: Hurricane Katrina and Disaster Recovery
Pace University has experts, including a New Orleans native, who can discuss issues surrounding catastrophes, including economic and political repercussions and post traumatic stress.
Economic, Political Repercussions of Natural Disaster
Dr. Robert H. Parks, an economist and professor of finance at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in
New York City, was born in New Orleans and lived there for several years. He currently heads up his own firm counseling institutional investment officers and corporate comptrollers. He has served as chief economist for duPont Glore Forgan, Blyth Eastman Dillon, and Advest Institutional Services. He also has industrial and financial forecasting experience as an economist with General Electric.
Parks can discuss the economic and political repercussions of the hurricane disaster in New Orleans, including its effect on gas and oil prices, and how the federal sector is at fault for its inadequate preparations for dealing with a catastrophe of this scale.
Home phone: 914-923-6117; email email@example.com.
Trauma, Disasters, Counseling and Supervision
Dr. Richard Shadick is director of Pace University’s Counseling Center . Shadick is director of the Trauma Response Service of the White Institute and a member of the New York State Disaster Response Network. He frequently presents at conferences on issues related to 9/11, suicide, trauma, and complicated bereavement; actively engages in editorial work on a number of psychology journals; and has a private practice in lower Manhattan .
Shadick was involved in a study developing a new treatment to counsel those who are grieving the loss of a loved one from 9/11; was a lead trainer for the Mental Health Association’s grant to train 5,000 mental health professionals to respond to future terrorist attacks; has counseled Ground Zero workers; and worked clinically with survivors of 9/11.
Shadick can discuss post traumatic stress association with natural disasters. Office phone: 212-346-1527, home phone: 212-879-6845, email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Brian Gestring is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physical Sciences and is also the Director of the Bachelors and Masters Programs in Forensic Science at Pace University . Prior to coming to Pace, Professor Gestring has worked as a death investigator, and as supervisory criminalist: in the World Trade Center Identification Unit; a DNA Laboratory; and a crime scene reconstruction unit. Professor Gestring has also served as a technical consultant for two prime time network television shows and still remains active as a forensic consultant.
Office phone: (212) 346-1967, email email@example.com .
Additionally, Pace University will assemble a large number of experts in post-traumatic stress and counseling at two separate events taking place next week, as follows:
Friday, September 9, from 1-5 p.m. , at the
Schimmel Center for the Arts (downtown campus across the street from City Hall) – The editors and authors of On the Ground after September 11: Mental Health Responses and Practical Knowledge Gained will present distilled lessons they have learned during the four years since 9/11. Presentations will include clinical considerations encountered in traumatic events. For more information, contact: 212-737-8524 or
Saturday, September 10, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. , at the Pace
University downtown campus – Pace will co-host Breaking the Cycle of Violence… Healing, Restoring and Rebuilding Ourselves and Our Communities. The full day event with talks and workshops is designed to help people deal with trauma and stress. For more information contact: Richard Raskin, Pace University Counseling Center , 212-346-1523.
A private university in the New York Metropolitan area, Pace has a growing national reputation for offering students opportunity, teaching and learning based on research, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. Pace has seven campuses, including downtown and midtown New York City, Pleasantville, Briarcliff, White Plains (a graduate center and law school), and a Hudson Valley Center at Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, N.Y. Approximately 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School.