Terry Wallace, Mike Wismer Join Great Conversations!


Great Conversations is an afternoon of delicious appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert. 

This is the 4th Annual Great Conversations hosted by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation and it takes place 2-5 p.m., April 28 at Los Alamos High School in the new building. 

This is the sixth in a series about the conversations that will take place:

Terry Wallace: Earthquakes, Meteorites and Hurricanes Rockin’ the Crowded Planet!

Terry Wallace is the Principal Associate Director for Global Security at Los Alamos National Laboratory. 

Did you know that nearly 80 percent of the world’s economic output comes from urban centers – so developing countries need to urbanize to improve their economic status.  More than half of the emerging urban centers are also the sites of past natural disasters. 

Natural disasters are a hot news topic; a meteorite explodes over the Urals, Hurricane Sandy causes losses of $75 billion in the northeast, and 250,000 people die on “Boxing Day” 2004 in an earthquake and resulting tsunami in south Asia. 

At this table you’ll discuss the dramatic shift in the world’s populations to urban centers. Wallace is a seismologist with a specialization in forensic seismology, which is the detection and quantification of non-earthquake seismic events.

Mike Wismer: Grappling for Answers Why do School Shootings Occur?

Many explanations of why shootings occur have been offered some based on research; some are the sound bites of newscasters and journalists in the wake of shootings. 

Mike Wismer is the Security Integration Group Leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He leads the effort to strengthen LANL’s capacity to prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident. 

Rampage attacks on schools are too complex to be attributed to any single cause. Participants at the table will go beyond the obvious, to a more nuanced look at the factors often cited as contributing to school shootings. What does research and analysis of the mind of shooters reveal about how to identify early signs of possible violence and examine preventive measures?

Anyone interested in attending Great Conversations can pick up a registration form or drop off a completed form with payment to The Finishing Touch at 174 Central Park Square. A complete list of the speakers and an overview of the 14 conversations is available at www. lapsfoundation.com. Please call (505) 470-3734 or e-mail j.gillespie@laschools.net  with any questions.


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