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Cafe Sci 2: "Wildfires in Colorado - Why we're vulnerable"

Hello all.  Time again for Café Sci 2.  Here is the topic and presenter link: (topic outline below). We'll be on the 2nd floor of Brooklyn's.

Cafe starts at 6:30 and is usually done around 8:15. We always recommend you arrive by 6 (or earlier) for a good seat.  Also, the Café is open seating - any unoccupied chair is fair game.

Parking: should be free (or possibly $1) in Pepsi Center Lot A (aka 'Camry' lot), which is in directly across from Brooklyns' front door - just south off Chopper Circle. ***If there happens to be a parking attendant, just tell them you're attending a science presentation at Brooklyn's.***

For those new to the group: this is not an official atheist meetup. Cafe Sci is open to the general public. However, folks from our group usually occupy the long rectangle of tables in the center of the room. If you don't know anyone, just ask if they're from the "meetup" group. Or you can come find me...I'll be on the far side of the room near the PA setup.

Please only RSVP "Yes"...this just gives us an idea of how many folks from our group are coming.





Every year in the US West, news reports fill the airwaves with stories of devastating wildfires, courageous rescue efforts and shattered communities. These incidents fan debates among community members, scholars, fire prevention agencies, and land use planners over how to identify and mitigate risks for vulnerable communities located at the wildland/urban interface (WUI).  While these debates and resulting point-in-time assessments are immensely important, my research addresses the problem of WUI wildfires using an alternative lens – by investigating how vulnerability to wildfires is produced over time. Why are housing communities constructed in high-risk wildfire landscapes, thus increasing levels of social vulnerability? Does the composition of neighborhoods and home structures matter? Who is most vulnerable and why? What exactly are the risks? What happens after a fire disaster to minimize impacts in the future? My research seeks to answer these and other related questions in order to understand how we got into this "hot mess" and what, if anything, can be done to reduce vulnerabilities moving forward.

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  • John W.

    Some problems hearing with all the noise coming up from downstairs and the speaker had his microphone off to the side of his head and talked quickly. People asked long drawn-out questions.

    August 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    very interesting

    August 21, 2013

  • Nitor

    Work interference :-(

    August 20, 2013

  • John B.

    I never seem to see the Meetup crowd when I go to these. Can someone text me at[masked] and let me know where you are sitting that night? Thanks!

    August 16, 2013

  • Carlos E.

    Out of town

    August 14, 2013

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