Title: An Examination of the Impact of Culture on Response to Severe Weather Alerts

Date:Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 12:00pm Eastern

Speaker: Speaker: Dr. Terri Adams Fuller, Associate Professor, Howard University's NOAA Center for Atmospheric Science

Abstract: Review of relevant literature on disaster response indicates that an individual’s response to risks and threats of disaster appear to be a function of a number of factors; two of the most well documented factors in the literature are prior experience and risk perception.  Some scholars have found that repeat experience with natural hazards increases individuals’ understanding of potential threats and the required response to an impending danger (Cross, 1990; Janis, 1962; Perry et al., 1982).  However, others have found that prior exposure to hazards has very little impact on individual’s perceptions of potential dangers, and constant exposure to risks can reduce the degree to which the potential danger remains relevant in the minds of those at risk (Rogers, 1997; Ruiter et al., 2004).  Consequently, the credibility of a warning is diminished when similar warnings have resulted in what may be perceived as “false alarms.”  This presentation will discuss the various ways in which culture influences people’s perceptions of risks and reactions to severe weather alerts.

About the Speaker:Terri Adams, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Criminology in Howard University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Dr. Adams’ research takes a multidisciplinary approach to examining issues that have both theoretical and practical implications. Her specific research interests include emergency management, policing, violence against women, and the impact of trauma and disasters on individuals and organizations. Her most recent work centers on the decision-making processes of both individuals and organizations in the face of crisis events. She is currently the principal investigator for the “Examination of Resilience and Role Conflict Among First Responders” project supported by the National Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response. She also serves as the lead investigator for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic component of the NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences at Howard University


Note: All Brown Bag Seminars (unless otherwise noted) are held from 12:00pm – 1:00pm in the NOAA Central Library, 2nd Floor, SSMC#3, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring. For remote access via webinar for each of these seminars, please fill out the registration form a few minutes before the meeting is scheduled to begin. The Meeting Number is 742656968; the Passcode is brownbag.  For audio, dial 866-833-7307.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 @ 4:00PM EST


NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science will be holding a webinar on Wednesday, November 4 at 4 PM EST (1 PM PST) focused on the Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise (EESLR) Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) that is currently open.  The purpose of the webinar is to provide background on the program, a brief overview of the FFO, and answer any questions.  The webinar is open to anyone who is interested.

Additional information will be posted on the EESLR web site (  A PDF of the presentation will be posted there ahead of the webinar and notesof the call will posted afterwards.  For additional information or questions, please contact David Kidwell at 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
3:00 pm  |  Central Standard Time (Chicago, GMT-06:00)  |  1 hr
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Thursday, October 22 at 12:00 EST


Title:  So what are the Impacts of Climate Change on Health in the United States? A sneak preview of the upcoming US Global Change Research Program’s Climate and Health Assessment



Speaker: Juli Trtanj, MES, NOAA One Health and Climate Extremes Research Integration Lead, NOAA Climate Program Office



Abstract: This brown bag is designed to introduce the final draft of the US Global Change Research Program’s Climate and Health Assessment, and to solicit your input as part of the final agency review process.  The purpose of this interagency assessment is to provide a comprehensive, evidence-based, and where possible, quantitative estimation of observed and projected climate change-related health impacts in the United States.  The assessment is intended to inform policy and decision makers, and other stakeholders at multiple levels of government (e.g., public health officials, urban planners), non-profits, national health associations, and the general interested public.  Several of your NOAA colleagues were heavily involved in the assessment, along with over a hundred scientists from 13 other federal agencies.  Topics cover Temperature-Related Death and Illness, Air Quality Impacts, Extreme Events, Vectorborne Disease, Water-Related Illnesses, Food Safety, Nutrition, and Distribution, Mental Health and Well-Being and Populations of Concern.

The review process is from October 26-November 6, 2015—just two weeks.  The knowledge base is drawn largely from the published literature so this is your last chance to make sure we did not miss anything!  Several of the CHA authors will be in attendance as well to answer any questions.



About the Speaker: Juli Trtanj is the One Health Lead for NOAA, responsible for developing and implementing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Health Strategy across NOAA and with other federal, state, local and international Agencies, academic and private sector partners.  She is leading the integration of extreme weather and climate science in the Climate Program, and is focusing initially on Integrated Information Systems for extreme heat.  She coordinates the NOAA One Health Working Group and Ecological Forecasting Roadmap efforts focusing on health and climate, and is the NOAA Lead for the Memorandum of Understanding between NOAA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Ms. Trtanj co-chairs the US Global Change Research Program, Climate Change and Human Health Group (CCHHG) and  represents NOAA on the OSTP Pandemic Prediction and Forecasting Science and Technology Working Group. She is a Convening Lead Author for the USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment. She represents NOAA on the International Working Group of the US Group on Earth Observations, is the Water-Related Illness Component Lead for the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), and is directly involved with European, South African, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other partners in the development of the Health Early Warning Systems, specifically for cholera and other water-related illness.

Ms. Trtanj is also an active collaborator in the NSF-funded Research Collaboration Network on Marine Emerging Diseases.  She co-chairs the American Meteorological Society Committee on Ecological Forecasting and serves on the AMS Board on Health and the Environment.  From 1996 to present she has developed and directed multidisciplinary and multi-partner programs on Oceans and Human Health, and Climate Variability and Human Health.  She has contributed to, reviewed, or edited sections of several IPCC and US National Climate Assessment reports and authored several book chapters and journal articles. She earned her Master in Environmental Science from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 1994, and her Bachelors in 1986 from the University of California Santa Barbara.

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


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 Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 12:00pm EST


 Title: The Economics of Independent Marine Recreational Fishing Bait and Tackle Retail Stores in the United States, 2013



Speaker: Dr. Clifford P. Hutt Research Associate, ECS Federal in support of NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology


Abstract: In 2014, in response to a need identified by recreational fishing industry groups, NOAA Fisheries conducted the Marine Recreational Bait and Tackle Economic Survey (RBTES) to better understand the economic condition and contributions of retail stores that sell marine recreational fishing bait, tackle, and related equipment (excluding boats). This study focused on retail stores that are independently owned small businesses that sell bait and tackle to saltwater anglers in coastal and near coastal communities located in 23 U.S. states on the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Pacific coasts, Alaska, and Hawaii. A little over one-third (35.1%) of responding stores classified themselves as "Bait & Tackle" stores that catered almost exclusively to recreational anglers. These retail stores averaged $426 thousand in saltwater fishing related sales, representing 53.6 percent of their total gross sales in 2013. Conversely, stores that classified themselves as "Other Stores" averaged $141 thousand in saltwater fishing bait and tackle sales, representing only 8.4 percent of their total gross sales. Combined, independent retailers were estimated to have generated a total of $854 million in sales of saltwater fishing bait, tackle, and related equipment in 2013. National input-output analysis estimated that these sales contributed $2.3 billion in total economic output including $796 million in income supporting over 16 thousand jobs in the United States in 2013.


About the Speaker: Dr. Clifford Hutt is a research associate working for ECS Federal in support of NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology in the Economics and Social Analysis Division. Dr. Hutt specializes in the human dimensions of fisheries management with a particular interest the attitudes, preferences, and economic impacts of resource use and its implications for natural resource policy. Dr. Hutt received his Ph.D. in Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture from Mississippi State University in 2012. His dissertation research focused on recreational anglers in Texas, and how their attitudes towards utilization of the resource influenced their economic preferences for fishing trip alternatives. Dr. Hutt first came to NOAA Fisheries as a 2013 John D. Knauss Fellow with the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Division in the Office of Sustainable Fisheries before joining the Office of Science and Technology as a contractor in 2014. He is currently working on an inter-agency assessment of the economic impact of federal investments in ocean science and technology by four federal agencies (NOAA, BOEM, NSF, and USACE) for the Sub-committee on Ocean Science and Technology


Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.



Thursday,September 10, 2015 at 12:00PM EST

Speaker: Dr. Mary Fabrizio

Summary: Dr. Fabrizio is a Moses Nunnally Distinguished Associate Professor of Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. She will share her experiences, discuss how to identify and land positions, and provide her sight into what ECSC students can do to prepare for their next steps.

Adobe Connect:

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 12:00pm EST

NOAA EPP-ECSC Alumna Webinar 

Title: Shrimper Attitudes and Bycatch Compliance in the Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Fishery 

Speaker: Dr. Jolvan T. Morris, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, NOAA Living Marine Cooperative Science  

Center at Savannah State University


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