Lunch hour lectures repository Autumn 2008
- 7 October 2008: Is Human Evolution Over?
- 9 October: A Tale of Two Churches
- 14 October: How Does My Brain Hear Your Voice?
- 16 October: Voice of God
- 21 October: The Zen of Running
- 23 October: UrbanBuzz - Building Sustainable Communities
- 28 October: Darwin, Microbes and the Increasing Incidence of Chronic Inflammatory Diseases (UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO TECHNICAL PROBLEMS, WE WERE UNABLE TO RECORD THIS LECTURE AND IT WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO VIEW ONLINE)
- 30 October: What's New in Magnetic Healing?
- 11 November: The Northern Utopia: What is Distinctive About the Nordic Countries
- 13 November: Do We Need a British Bill of Rights and a Written Constitution?
- 18 November: TRIM5, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and the Red Queen
- 20 November: Rescuing the Past: Prayer Books, Parchment and Multi-Spectral Imaging
- 25 November: The Secret of Man's Red Fire
- 27 November: From 'Grey Goo' to Nanomedicine
- 2 December: Earthquake Vulnerability: An Engineer's Perspective With a Difference
- 4 December: Stemming Vision Loss With Stem Cells - Seeing is Believing
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2 December: Earthquake Vulnerability: An Engineer's Perspective With a Difference
2 January 2007
Dr Tiziana Rossetto – UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
In engineering, earthquake vulnerability is traditionally thought of as the likelihood of damage (or collapse) occurring in the built environment under earthquake loading. Human losses, in terms of deaths and injuries, are assumed to be linked to the vulnerability of the built environment and are derived from the latter through fairly simplistic approaches. Societal impact is practically never assessed, nor is societal composition or factors of resilience included in the majority of human loss calculations. This lecture advocates that the traditional barriers between disciplines (such as engineering and social sciences) need to be overcome in order to advance the state-of-the-art in earthquake vulnerability assessment, and presents some attempts for doing this.
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