Speakers Series Bios

Session One

Disaster Resistance and Resilience: Why Neighborhood Parks Matter
March 12, 2013 • McGann Conference Center

Andrew Mowen, Ph.D.
Dr. Mowen earned a B.S. in Leisure Studies from Pennsylvania State University in 1992, an M.S. in Forestry with an emphasis in  Outdoor Recreation from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1994, and a Ph.D. in Leisure Studies with a minor in Business Administration from Penn State in 1999. He currently serves as a member of the National Recreation and Park Association Research Advisory Council and as a board member of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation. An associate professor and professor-in-charge of the honors program at Penn State, Dr. Mowen is interested in environmental stewardship, opportunities for physical activity in nature, public health and the impact of neighborhood parks.

Ariane Rung, Ph.D.
Dr. Rung earned a B.A. in Politics from Brandeis University in 1988, an M.P.H. in International Health and Development from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 1994, and a Ph.D. in Behavioral Epidemiology from Tulane in 1999. She serves as president of the Louisiana State University School of Public Health Faculty Assembly, chair of the Epidemiology Student Admissions Committee and as an active member of the LSUHSC School of Public Health Administrative Council. An associate professor in the School of Public Health, Dr. Rung is interested in the built  environment, social environments, parks, physical activity and the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS.

Session Two

Disaster Revelations: Losses, Gains and Rebuilding Efforts for a New Future
April 10, 2013 • McGann Conference Center

Mr. Wolff's documentary I'm Carolyn Parker will be screened before the talk at 3 p.m. in the McGann Conference Center.

Daniel Wolff
Mr. Wolff is the author of How Lincoln Learned to Read, a Chicago Tribune Editor’s Choice pick; 4th of July, Asbury Park, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice pick; You Send Me: The Life and Times of Sam Cooke, a national bestseller; and two volumes of poetry, among other books. His writing has appeared in publications ranging from Vogue to Wooden Boat to Education Weekly. Mr. Wolff is the co-producer, with Jonathan Demme, of several documentary film projects on New Orleans.

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