Stanford Public Symposium:

The Great Tohoku, Japan Disaster

April 25 and 26, 2011 - 7:00 p.m.

William R. Hewlett Teaching Center, Auditorium 200
370 Serra Mall, Stanford Campus

photo by: Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters

Please join us for two evenings devoted to an examination of and conversation about the March 11, 2011 Tohoku earthquake in northern Honshu, Japan, and the subsequent tsunami and nuclear accident. In talks and panel discussions, experts from the School of Earth Sciences, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and other organizations will focus on what happened, the impacts of the events, and what the future holds for Japan and other earthquake- and tsunami-zone regions of the world.

Free and open to the public.
Call 650.725.4395 for more information.


April 25 Speakers

Moderator: Pamela A. Matson

Pam Matson is the Chester Naramore Dean of the Stanford University School of Earth Sciences, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies at Stanford, and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment.

Gregory Beroza

Greg Beroza is the Wayne Loel Professor in the Stanford University School of Earth Sciences and chair of the Department of Geophysics. He works to develop and apply techniques for analyzing seismograms--recordings of seismic waves--in order to understand how earthquakes work and the hazard they pose to engineered structures.

Gregory G. Deierlein

Greg Deierlein is the John A. Blume Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the Blume Earthquake Engineering Center at Stanford. His research focuses on improving limit states design of constructed facilities through the development and application of nonlinear structural analysis methods and performance-based design criteria.

Katherine Marvel

Kate Marvel is the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) Perry Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford. Her research interests include energy security and nuclear nonproliferation, renewable energy technologies, energy security, nuclear power and nonproliferation, sustainable development, and public understanding of science.

April 26 Speakers

Moderator: Dan Sneider

Dan Sneider is the associate director for research at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford.

Ross S. Stein

Ross Stein earned his PhD from Stanford in 1980 and has been with the U.S. Geological Survey since 1981. He studies how earthquakes interact through the transfer of stress, in order to to develop better ways to make seismic hazard assessments and probabilistic forecasts. He co-founded and chairs the scientific board of the Global Earthquake Model (the GEM Foundation), a public-private partnership building a worldwide seismic risk model.

Laurie A. Johnson

Laurie Johnson is the founder and principal of Laurie Johnson Consulting + Research, which works to apply the principles and technologies of urban planning and risk management to solve complex urban problems, including pre- and post-disaster recovery planning, management, and finance; geological hazards mitigation, and catastrophe risk management. She earned her Doctor of Informatics at Kyoto University, Japan.

Masahiko Aoki

Masa Aoki is the Henri and Tomoye Takahasi Professor Emeritus of Japanese Studies in the Department of Economics, and a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute of Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. A theoretical and applied economist, his preferred field covers the theory of institution, corporate governance, and the Japanese and Chinese economies.

Special Thanks

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We are grateful for the participation of Stanford for Japan, which includes the Stanford Japanese Association (SJA), Stanford University Nikkei (SUN), and the Stanford Japan Exchange Club (SJEC)..

Stanford for Japan will be selling t-shirts on both evenings; the proceeds from t-shirt sales will be donated to earthquake relief efforts in Japan.

To pre-order one of two t-shirts available, please visit or Stanford University Nikkei (SUN).

Directions & Parking

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