Friday Morning Lecture Series presents:
The Science of Natural Disasters
presented by Dr. Chuck Fidler, Assistant
Professor of Physical Science, Wheelock College, Boston, MA
Friday, May 11, 2012 at 10 a.m.
in the McCarthy Meeting Room
time you look around, some part of the world is being affected by some
type of natural disaster: earthquakes in Japan and Haiti, tsunamis, volcanic
explosions in Iceland, wildfires in California, intense hurricanes and
swarms of tornadoes. Are natural disasters on the rise? What is really
occurring? Is the 2012 Mayan prophecy of the Earth’s demise ringing
Learn what defines natural disasters and why they cause so much damage.
Come learn about the science behind natural disasters, why they occur
and how human society co-exists with the most powerful forces on planet
Professor Charles Fidler is a physical scientist and science educator
and conducts research in the field of Physical Science Education. His
research agenda seeks to understand how non-scientists evaluate, interpret
and identify with issues surrounding physical science. Dr. Fidler is interested
in helping the non-science community understand the physical world which
helps us make more informed decisions in our lives. Dr. Fidler is an Assistant
Professor in Physical Science at Wheelock College, Boston and teaches
several courses including one titled: The Science of Natural Disasters.
Dr. Fidler’s work spans Physics, Earth and Space Sciences and Ecology.
He received his PhD from Syracuse University and is truly passionate about
the pursuit of physical science education. His work has been published
in national and international peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations
across the United States.
Dr. Fidler has a strong commitment to Boston area public schools and works
closely with administration, teachers and students through various professional
development and enrichment programs to help improve the physical science
For more information visit Professor Fidler’s
website at: http://web.wheelock.edu/experts/expert/fidler-charles