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After the Storm: book signing

Loyola press release - May 11, 2006

Loyola University New Orleans and the Garden District Bookshop are hosting a book signing on Thursday, May 25, 2006, from 6 – 8 p.m., in Nunemaker Auditorium, on the third floor of Monroe Hall on Loyola’s main campus. Director of the Louisiana State University (LSU) Center for the Study of Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes and Deputy Director of the LSU Hurricane Center Ivor van Heerden, Ph.D., will give a lecture and sign copies of his newly-released book, The Storm: What Went Wrong and Why During Hurricane Katrina—The Inside Story from One Louisiana Scientist, co-authored with Mike Bryan.

The Storm is the first book about the Katrina disaster from a major voice in the story. The release of the book comes at a crucial time in the Gulf Coast as the threat of stronger and more frequent hurricanes presents itself with the start of the 2006 hurricane season—only weeks away.

Van Heerden is also associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at LSU. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, van Heerden earned a doctorate from LSU, where he researched the emerging Atchafalaya River Delta. He helped to establish the LSU Hurricane Center in 1998 and received a five-year grant in 2001 to set up the Center for the Study of Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes.

Van Heerden has been involved in natural disaster research projects in various parts of the world and he played a crucial role in the dissemination of information on the impacts of Katrina during the emergency. Presently, he is leading the State of Louisiana’s official forensic data gathering team regarding the failure of the levees in New Orleans and the consequences for those who lost their homes.