The 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

Every 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 true?!

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 Earth.


Bio Dr. Chuck FIdler
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 education experience.

For more information visit Professor Fidler’s website at: http://web.wheelock.edu/experts/expert/fidler-charles